Justin March-Lillard
No. 53 – Las Vegas Raiders
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1993-07-05) July 5, 1993 (age 28)
Danville, Illinois
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school:Danville (Danville, Illinois)
College:Akron
Undrafted:2015
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Total tackles:45
Sacks:0.0
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Interceptions:0
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Justin March-Lillard (born July 5, 1993) is an American football linebacker who is a free agent. He played college football at the University of Akron.

Early years

March-Lillard attended Danville High School, where he played as a linebacker. As a junior, he had 203 tackles, 6 sacks and helped his team win the conference championship.

As a senior, he made 153 tackles, 2 sacks, contributing to his team winning back-to-back conference championships. He received All-Conference, All-Area and All-Area Player of the Year honors. He also practiced basketball and baseball.

College career

March-Lillard accepted a football scholarship from the University of Akron. As a freshman, he appeared in 12 games (2 starts), tallying 36 tackles. He had 9 tackles against the University of Cincinnati.

As a sophomore, he started in 11 games, collecting 62 tackles (third on the team), 2 tackles for loss, one interception and 3 passes defensed. He made 11 tackles against the University of Massachusetts and 10 tackles against Northern Illinois University.

As a junior, he started 12 games at strongside linebacker, registering 80 tackles (second on the team), 4.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions (tied for the team lead), 2 passes defensed, one sack and one defensive touchdown. Against the University of Michigan, he had 4 tackles (1 for loss) and 2 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. He made 10 tackles against Ball State University.

As a senior, he started 10 games at strongside linebacker, posting 72 tackles (second on the team), 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 8 passes defensed and 2 forced fumbles. He did not play against Marshall University because of injury. He had 8 tackles and 2 sacks against Miami University.

Professional career

Kansas City Chiefs

March-Lillard was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2015 NFL Draft.[1] On September 1, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a meniscus tear in his right knee.[2]

In 2016, he started the first 5 games at the right inside linebacker position next to Pro Bowl player Derrick Johnson, while collecting 22 tackles (one for loss) and 2 pass defensed. He had 9 tackles in the season opener against the San Diego Chargers. The next week, he had 8 tackles (one for loss) against the Houston Texans. On October 18, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a broken hand that he suffered in Week 5 against the Oakland Raiders.[3] On December 30, he was activated off injured reserve to the active roster.[4]

On September 2, 2017, March-Lillard was waived by the Chiefs.[5]

Miami Dolphins

On September 3, 2017, March-Lillard was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins.[6] He appeared in two games without recording any stat. He was waived by the Dolphins on September 26.[7]

Seattle Seahawks

On September 27, 2017, March-Lillard was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks.[8] He appeared in one game without recording any stat. He was waived by the Seahawks on October 7.[9]

Dallas Cowboys

On October 11, 2017, March-Lillard signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent, his fourth team in nearly a month.[10] He was a backup linebacker that appeared in 7 games and was declared inactive in 4 contests. He posted 5 special teams tackles.

In 2018, he appeared in all 16 games as a reserve player, while registering 7 special teams tackles (fifth on the team) and one defensive tackle.

On March 7, 2019, he was re-signed to a one-year contract.[11] He appeared in all 16 games, tallying 10 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 7 special teams tackles (third on the team). He had 8 tackles and 2 passes defensed in the fourteenth game against the Los Angeles Rams.

On March 21, 2020, March re-signed with the Cowboys.[12] He was released during final roster cuts on September 5, 2020,[13] but was re-signed two days later.[14] He was placed on injured reserve on December 19, 2020.[15] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on January 2, 2021,[16] and moved back to injured reserve on February 1.[17] He appeared in 12 games and ranked fourth on the team with 5 special teams tackles. He was not re-signed after the season.

Tennessee Titans

On May 6, 2021, March signed with the Tennessee Titans.[18] He was released on September 6, 2021.[19]

San Francisco 49ers

On December 1, 2021, March was signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.[20] He was released on December 6.[21]

New Orleans Saints

On December 27, 2021, March was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad, but was released the next day.

Las Vegas Raiders

On December 29, 2021, March was signed by the Las Vegas Raiders.[22] He was released on January 5, 2022. After the Raiders were eliminated in the 2021 Wild Card round of the playoffs, he signed a reserve/future contract on January 17, 2022.[23]

References

  1. ^ "2015 undrafted free-agent deals for all 32 NFL teams". NFL.com.
  2. ^ "E.J. Gaines placed on Injured Reserve by Rams, waive ten more. Chiefs make four moves as both teams get down to 75 players". Missourinet.com. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "Chiefs Announce Roster Moves". Chiefs.com. October 18, 2016. Archived from the original on December 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "NFL report: Chiefs' Justin Houston is out Sunday and might miss the playoffs". LATimes.com. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  5. ^ "Chiefs Roster Down to NFL Mandated 53". Chiefs.com. September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Dolphins Make Roster Moves". MiamiDolphins.com. September 3, 2017. Archived from the original on September 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "Dolphins Reinstate Timmons". MiamiDolphins.com. September 26, 2017. Archived from the original on June 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Boyle, John (September 27, 2017). "Seahawks Make Roster Moves". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Boyle, John (October 7, 2017). "Seahawks Sign DE Branden Jackson; Waive LB Justin March-Lillard". Seahawks.com.
  10. ^ Helman, David (October 11, 2017). "Cowboys Release Veteran Cornerback Nolan Carroll; Sign Linebacker". DallasCowboys.com.
  11. ^ Helman, David (March 7, 2019). "Justin March-Lillard Re-Signs On 1-Year Deal". DallasCowboys.com.
  12. ^ Eatman, Nick (March 19, 2020). "Cowboys Agree to Terms With 2 Veteran LBs". DallasCowboys.com.
  13. ^ Helman, David (September 5, 2020). "Two LBs Among Notable Cowboys Roster Cuts". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  14. ^ Eatman, Nick (September 7, 2020). "Collins, Lee, Bryant to IR; Cowboys Re-Sign 3 Vets". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  15. ^ Henry, Asa (December 19, 2020). "Cowboys roster shuffle: Trevon Diggs activated, two others added to IR". USAToday.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  16. ^ "Cowboys' Justin March: Shifts to COVID-19 list". CBSSports.com. January 2, 2021. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  17. ^ "Cowboys' Justin March: Shifts back to injured reserve". CBSSports.com. February 1, 2021. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  18. ^ Wyatt, Jim (May 6, 2021). "Roster Moves: Titans Add Three Players, While Waiving One More". TennesseeTitans.com. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  19. ^ Wyatt, Jim (September 6, 2021). "Titans Activate TE Geoff Swaim from Reserve/COVID-19 List, Waive DB Chris Jones, LB Justin March-Lillard". TennesseeTitans.com.
  20. ^ "49ers Announce a Series of Practice Squad Moves". 49ers.com. December 1, 2021.
  21. ^ "49ers Sign a WR and LB to the Practice Squad; Waive Two Players". 49ers.com. December 6, 2021.
  22. ^ "Raiders sign two linebackers, make COVID-19 transactions ahead of Week 17". Raiders.com. December 29, 2021.
  23. ^ Raiders Public Relations (January 17, 2022). "Raiders announce Reserve/Future signings". Raiders.com. Retrieved January 17, 2022.