Former Coyotes change NFL locations

Former Coyotes change NFL locations Two former South Dakota Coyotes football players � Filip Filipovic and Jamel White � have changed NFL locations and will compete for spots on their respective team rosters this fall.

Filipovic recently signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Meanwhile, White, who was with the Cleveland Browns for four seasons, signed with Tampa Bay earlier this season.

Filipovic had a solid career for the South Dakota Coyotes. In three seasons at South Dakota, Filipovic had 183 punts for 7,265 yards for an average of 39.7. He had a career long of 66 yards and knocked 35 kicks inside the 20-yard line. Filipovic pulled double duty for the Coyotes in 2001, also serving as kicker. He made seven of 10 field goals and 17 of 18 PATs.

Filipovic came to America in 1997. He completed his high school education at Warren High School in Youngstown, Ohio and attended Urbana College in Ohio and Eastern Michigan before finding a home at USD. His parents, Dragan and Gordana Filipovic, still live in Vermillion.

Matt Chatham, a special teams standout and backup linebacker, returns to the world champion New England Patriots. Chatham won his second Super Bowl ring last season with the Patriots.

In 2003, Chatham recorded 23 tackles, including 1.5 quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries as a reserve on defense. He registered 12 tackles on special teams.

Chatham was originally signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent. When it didn't work out for Chatham in St. Louis, he caught on with the New England Patriots on Aug. 28, 2000.

In his career, Chatham has 25 tackles as a member of the defensive unit and another 44 tackles on special teams. He has two fumble recoveries, forced fumble and a touchdown.

The son of Jeff and Brenda Chatham of Vermillion, Chatham starred at South Dakota from 1995-98, totaling 228 tackles, including 106 solo hits.

Another Coyote in the NFL is Josh Stamer, who was a special teams and reserve linebacker with the Buffalo Bills.

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