The NFL season kicks off in just a few days, so its time to check in with the Beavers around the league. After last weekend’s final cuts, there are currently 11 Beavers on NFL rosters. Here’s everybody.
Sean Mannion - QB, Minnesota Vikings
Mannion has carved out a niche for himself as a career backup. He threw 21 passes for the Vikings last season, completing 12, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s done enough to keep the backup job for Minnesota, and will be back on the bench when the Vikings take on Green Bay in Week 1.
Jake Luton - QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Luton won the Jaguars backup job over the weekend. The Jaguars are in an odd place at the moment, with former GM Tom Coughlin having driven off many of the franchise’s top players. They appear set with Gardner Minshew as their starter so far, but if he struggles it wouldn’t be shocking for Luton to see some action this season. The Jaguars take on the Colts this weekend.
Ryan Nall - RB, Chicago Bears
Nall saw a bit of action in Chicago last season; after the Bears released Mike Davis Nall was promoted from the practice squad for the final eight games of the season. He rushed twice, for eight yards, in the Bears’ last game of the season. Nall finally managed to make the 53 man roster this season, and looks to be third on Chicago’s depth chart behind David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen. He may not see a ton of action, but it looks like the Bears feel like they can find a place for him on the offense.
Brandin Cooks - WR, Houston Texans
In a head scratcher of a trade that somehow made both teams look stupid, the Rams sent Cooks to the Texans for a 2nd round draft pick. Cooks suffered from the same ennui that affected the rest of the Rams last season, with his stats down across the board. He finished the year with 583 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns, along with an additional rushing touchdown. That season was also injury riddled for Cooks, and he’s still dealing with a quad issue. He’ll be a gametime decision for tonight’s opener against the Chiefs.
Noah Togiai - TE, Indianapolis Colts
In a surprise move, the Colts grabbed Togiai off of waivers after he was released by the Eagles. The Eagles had scooped up Togiai as an Undrafted Free Agent after this year’s draft, but he failed to make the roster. The Colts have found room for him, and we’ll have to see how they plan on using him this Sunday against Jacksonville.
Josh Andrews - C, New York Jets
After spending the last couple seasons with the Colts, Andrews was signed by the Jets this offseason. He’ll be depth for their O-line. The Jets take on the Bills this weekend.
Isaac Seumalo - G, Philadelphia Eagles
Seumalo’s been with the Eagles his entire career, and is expected to be a starter this season. The Eagles play Washington in Week 1.
Mike Remmers - OT, Kansas City Chiefs
Remmers continues his trip around the NFL. After spending 2019 with the Giants, Remmers signed with the Chiefs in the offseason. That’s Remmers’s eighth different team in his career. The Chiefs take on the Texans tonight.
Steven Nelson - CB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Last season the Steelers made big moves to address their secondary, signing Nelson to give them a shut down pair of corners between him and Joe Haden. Nelson grabbed one interception and recovered a fumble last season, and the Steelers as a whole were top 5 in takeaways. Their solid secondary was part of that, and should be an asset in 2020. The Steelers take on the Giants this weekend.
Jordan Poyer - S, Buffalo Bills
Poyer is a big reason why the Bills defense has improved over the last couple seasons. The team rewarded him with a contract extension during the offseason, and named him a team captain. Last season he had 2 interceptions and 3 pass deflections, with 107 total tackles. The Bills take on the Jets this week.
Johnny Hekker - P, Los Angeles Rams
Hekker is back for another season with the Rams. He remains one of the top punters in the league, but unfortunately last season his passing numbers dipped, throwing an interception on one of his three attempts. For a punter, that’s still pretty good, but I need LA to start busting out some amazing trick plays to truly take advantage of Hekker’s gifts. The Rams play the Cowboys Sunday night.
The NFL season kicks off tonight with the Super Bowl champion Chiefs hosting Houston. We may see appearances from Mike Remmers and Brandin Cooks, but other than that, which Beavers are you most looking forward to seeing in the NFL this season? Sound off in the comments.