The start of the NFL season is just hours away, with Dallas travelling to Tampa Bay to take on the Super Bowl Champions. There will be plenty of former Oregon State Beavers in action over the opening weekend, so we thought we’d check in on every Beaver on an NFL roster.
Blake Brandel - Minnesota Vikings (OT)
After spending 2020 on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad, Brandel made the 53 Man Roster for 2021, and will serve as the backup right tackle. The Vikings are at Cincinnati in Week One.
Brandin Cooks - Houston Texans (WR)
Cooks had a very productive season in his first year with the Texans, finishing 2020 with 1150 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. The Texans are a franchise going through some significant turmoil, but Cooks is a veteran hand and should bring some stability to the offense. The Texans open the season at home against the Jaguars on Sunday.
Isaiah Dunn - New York Jets (CB)
Despite going undrafted earlier this year, Dunn managed to snag a spot on the Jets roster. Dunn is currently third on the depth chart at left cornerback, but the Jets secondary is spotty and untested, and it wouldn’t be shocking if he started getting playing time early. The Jets kick off the season at Carolina.
Johnny Hekker - Los Angeles Rams (P)
Hekker continues to be one of the most reliable punters in the NFL. While his per punt average was down in 2020, he still managed to land 28 punts inside the opposing 20, tying for third most in the league. He and the Rams host Chicago in Week One.
Jermar Jefferson - Detroit Lions (RB)
After Jefferson was selected in the seventh round, he put on an impressive enough preseason to guarantee himself a roster spot. The Lions had a pretty spotty offensive line through most of the preseason, and Oregon State fans should know how slippery Jefferson can be for opposing defenses. Hopefully he gets a chance to show off sometime this season. The Lions open the season at home against San Francisco.
Jake Luton - Seattle Seahawks (QB)
After getting cut by the Jaguars, Luton managed to snag a spot as the Seahawks third string quarterback, displacing fellow former Beaver Sean Mannion. The Seahawks travel to Indy to face the Colts in Week One.
Steven Nelson - Philadelphia Eagles (CB)
After a couple seasons with the Steelers, Nelson asked for his release and signed a one year deal with Philadelphia. Nelson will start for the Eagles, and should have an immediate positive impact. Last season Nelson grabbed 2 interceptions and deflected 9 passes. He and the Eagles will take on the Falcons in Atlanta for Week One.
Jordan Poyer - Buffalo Bills (S)
Poyer continues to be a star on the Bills, and with the team set to make another deep playoff run his contributions will be crucial to Buffalo’s defense. In 2020 Poyer had 2 interceptions, 2 sacks, 5 pass deflections and 124 total tackles. He and the Bills will open the season hosting the Steelers.
Mike Remmers - Kansas City Chiefs (OL)
In his first season with the Chiefs, Remmers versatility proved to be a strength, as he took snaps at left tackle, right tackle and right guard. He proved to be a valuable enough asset that the Chiefs signed him to another one year deal. Kansas City will host Cleveland in Week One.
Isaac Seumalo - Philadelphia Eagles (OL)
Seumalo missed a good chunk of 2020 with a knee injury, but has bounced back and regained his starting job as the Eagles right guard. The Eagles open the season on the road in Atlanta.
Nahshon Wright - Dallas Cowboys (CB)
Many Cowboys fans criticized the team when they took a risk and picked Wright in the third round of this year’s draft, Wright has looked impressive in camp and seems to have secured a number 2 spot behind Trevon Diggs on the right side. The Cowboys open the season tonight at Tampa Bay.