It’s been a rough week for all the Oregon State players trying to make an NFL roster. During the final round of roster cuts following the preseason, a lot of former Beavers didn’t make the cut. Here’s how things shook out.
- D.J. Alexander: Philadelphia Eagles - Linebacker
Alexander was cut following his final preseason game with the Seahawks, but was quickly claimed off waivers by the Eagles. He’ll be a contributor on special teams, and likely sub in at weak side linebacker when required.
- Josh Andrews: Minnesota Vikigns - Guard
Andrews was waived by the Vikings after being injured. He cleared waivers, and was then placed on the Vikings Injured Reserve list.
- Victor Bolden Jr: San Francisco 49ers - Wide Receiver
Bolden saw a bit of playing time in the Niners final preseason game, grabbing 2 catches for 4 yards. The Niners have elected to keep Bolden on the roster despite his suspension for the first four games of the season. The Niners obviously believe that there’s some potential in Bolden, so hopefully we’ll see a lot of him later in the season.
- Tim Cook: Free Agent - Running Back
Cook had an amazing final game with the Jaguars, 16 carries for 51 yards and 2 touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to insure him a spot on the roster. The Jags cut Cook on Saturday, and then signed his primary competition for the backup RB spot, Brandon Wilds, to the Practice Squad. Cook hasn’t found a spot on a roster or practice squad yet.
- Brandin Cooks: Los Angeles Rams - Wide Receiver
Cooks didn’t play in the Rams final preseason game, but his spot on the roster was obviously never in doubt.
- Treston Decoud: Dallas Cowboys - Defensive Back
In his final preseason game with the Houston Texans, Decoud obviously impressed someone, just not the team he was signed to. After being cut by the Texans, he was snapped up by the Cowboys, who he’d just played against, for their practice squad.
- Sean Harlow: Free Agent - Guard
Harlow was cut by the Falcons, and hasn’t found his way onto a practice squad yet.
- Johnny Hekker: Los Angeles Rams - Punter
Hekker didn’t play in the final preseason game, but is ready to defend his status as the best punter in the league with the Rams.
- Manase Hungalu: Jacksonvile Jaguars - Linebacker
Hungalu was cut following the final preseason game for the Jaguars, but cleared waivers and was placed on Injured Reserve.
- Andy Levitre: Atlanta Falcons - Guard
The veteran guard’s position with the Falcons has never been in doubt. He’s expected to start at Left Guard.
- Sean Mannion: Los Angeles Rams- Quarterback
Mannion appears to have won the battle for the backup QB job, after the other players competing for the position performed poorly in the preseason finale. He’ll be backing up Jared Goff.
- Ryan Nall: Chicago Bears - Running Back
Despite scoring his first NFL touchdown in the Bears final preseason game, Nall didn’t make the last cut. He cleared waivers, and the Bears grabbed him for their practice squad.
- Steven Nelson: Kansas City Chiefs - Cornerback
Nelson’s been banged up this preseason, but is still expected to be a starter for the Chiefs.
- Ricky Ortiz: Atlanta Falcons - Fullback
Ortiz has won the battle for the Falcons Fullback position, and made the final roster.
- Kyle Peko: Denver Broncos - Nose Tackle
For the third year in a row, Peko was cut by the Broncos and then signed to their practice squad.
- Jordan Poyer: Buffalo Bills - Safety
Despite a tumultuous offseason for his personal life, Poyer is ready to help make the Bills secondary one of the best in the league.
- Mike Remmers: Minnesota Vikings - Offensive Tackle/Guard
With injuries shuffling the Vikings starting O-line, it looks like Remmers will line up at Right Guard instead of his usual position at Right Tackle until the rest of the line gets healthy. This will be an interesting situation to watch.
- Jacquizz Rodgers: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Running Back
Rodgers spot on the Bucs final roster was all but assured when Charles Sims went down with an injury, and now it’s official. Rodgers is expected to be used as a third down and pass catching back.
- Isaac Seumalo: Philadelphia Eagles - Guard
Seumalo has officially made the roster as the Eagles backup Center, but his versatility means he will likely triage wherever the Eagles need him to fill in.
- Dustin Stanton: Dallas Cowboys - Guard
After being waived last week, Stanton cleared waivers and has been placed on the Cowboys Injured Reserve.
- Markus Wheaton: Philadelphia Eagles - Wide Receiver
Wheaton had hoped to revive his career in Philadelphia, but after injuries derailed his preseason, it looked like he’d used up his last chance. Wheaton was cut on Saturday, after seeing only one target in his final preseason game. However, with injuries to the Eagles receiving corps opening up a spot on the roster, Philadelphia decided to give Wheaton another chance and signed him earlier today. Here’s hoping Wheaton makes the most of this opportunity, and can show off everything that made him amazing at Oregon State.
The NFL season gets underway Thursday, with the Eagles taking on the Falcons. This is the game of the week for Oregon State fans, with Markus Wheaton and Isaac Seumalo on the Eagles and Andy Levitre and Ricky Ortiz on the Falcons. Of course, you should also make sure to watch the Rams take on the Raiders on Monday night, to see how Brandin Cooks, Johnny Hekker, and potentially Sean Mannion are doing.
Check back with Building the Dam next week to find out how all our former Beavers did in week one!