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Beavers in the NFL: End of Preseason

The first cut is the deepest, but all the others hurt too.

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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.


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.

Andrews was waived by the Vikings after being injured. He cleared waivers, and was then placed on the Vikings Injured Reserve list.

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.

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.

Cooks didn’t play in the Rams final preseason game, but his spot on the roster was obviously never in doubt.

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.

Harlow was cut by the Falcons, and hasn’t found his way onto a practice squad yet.

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.

Hungalu was cut following the final preseason game for the Jaguars, but cleared waivers and was placed on Injured Reserve.

The veteran guard’s position with the Falcons has never been in doubt. He’s expected to start at Left Guard.

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.

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.

Nelson’s been banged up this preseason, but is still expected to be a starter for the Chiefs.

Ortiz has won the battle for the Falcons Fullback position, and made the final roster.

For the third year in a row, Peko was cut by the Broncos and then signed to their practice squad.

Despite a tumultuous offseason for his personal life, Poyer is ready to help make the Bills secondary one of the best in the league.

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.

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.

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.

After being waived last week, Stanton cleared waivers and has been placed on the Cowboys Injured Reserve.

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!