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NFL Roster Cuts: Which Former Pokes Made the Cut and Who’s Out

Who made the cut as NFL teams turned in their final rosters?

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Several former OSU rookies and a few other former Pokes gained some closure on Saturday as NFL teams made final roster cuts, trimming their teams down to 53.

For some, waiting for their names to be inked on the final roster was nothing more than a formality. For others, they held bated breathes before seeing theirs. And several others hit a snag in the realization of their childhood dream.

Let’s take a look at how these rookies and a few other bubble players fared on the NFL’s decision day.

Who’s in

Mason Rudolph — Pittsburgh Steelers
James Washington — Pittsburgh Steelers
Tre Flowers — Seattle Seahawks
Chris Carson — Seattle Seahawks
Blake Jarwin — Dallas Cowboys
Lenzy Pipkins — Indianapolis Colts
Kevin Peterson — Los Angeles Rams (Reserve/Injured)

No surprises at the top of this list. Rudolph and Washington have a home in Pittsburgh. It was especially interesting to see the Steelers let Landry Jones walk instead of splitting up their young QBs Rudolph and Josh Dobbs.

Tre Flowers has worked his way into a rotational role (and as a possible future starter) in Seattle’s retooling secondary. Chris Carson almost shouldn’t be on this list since he’s been Pete Carroll’s RB1 when healthy for over 365 days.

Who’s out

Dan Bailey — Dallas Cowboys (!)
Marcell Ateman — Oakland Raiders
Chris Lacy — Detroit Lions
Ramon Richards — Los Angeles Rams
Jordan Sterns — Kansas City Chiefs
Michael Hunter — Denver Broncos
DeQuinton Osborne — Denver Broncos
Zachary Crabtree — Los Angeles Rams (Waived/Injured)
Brad Lundblade — Cincinnati Bengals (played some reserve guard)
Victor Salako — New York Giants

Pair of dynamic wideouts find themselves on the outs

We touched on the surprising release of Dan Bailey as the Cowboys spurned one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history (who missed the first games of his entire career just last season) for a 28-year-old with zero experience in the league.

The Raiders waived Marcell Ateman despite the seventh-round pick showing flashes of what made him a great third-down and redzone target at OSU. Even head coach Jon Gruden became a fan of his playmaking, but that wasn’t enough to earn him a roster spot among a deep group of receivers in the Bay Area.

Chris Lacy was waived by his second team this offseason after the Lions parted ways with the undrafted free agent Saturday morning. And this came just hours after his acrobatic TD catch during Detroit’s preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns.

 


It’s possible that Ateman, Lacy and any of the rest of the group can still find their way onto a roster or are at least retained as practice squad players with the chance of earning a spot if one opens up due to injury.

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