The first round of NFL cuts took place this past weekend. 15 former Syracuse Orange players made it past the first cut. Unfortunately others were not so lucky. Here is a quick rundown of players currently on NFL rosters.
-Steve Gregory, Safety, New England Patriots
Gregory has had a solid preseason and looks to be the starting safety for the New England Patriots.
-Chandler Jones, Defensive End, New England Patriots
Jones achieved his first NFL sack against Tampa Bay and figures to have many more. He will start for the Patriots and is mentioned among the favorites to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.
-Kevyn Scott, Defensive Back, Miami Dolphins
Scott is an undrafted free agent trying to make the team. He was considered a long shot by many, but a solid camp has kept him on the roster thus far.
-Dorian Graham, Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens
Graham, also an undrafted free agent, has been a solid surprise for Baltimore. He has played sparingly, but well for the Ravens. His unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.2 seconds excited several teams.
-Arthur Jones, Defensive End, Baltimore Ravens
Jones has overcome injuries in camp and figures to be the starter come opening day.
-Jameel McClain, Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens
McClain re-signed with the Ravens after becoming a free agent in the offseason. He will start for Baltimore and do not be surprised to see him in the Pro Bowl this season.
-Delone Carter, Running Back, Indianapolis Colts
Carter has overcome a rib injury and figures to get a decent amount of playing time for the Colts. He is attempting to become the backup for starter Donald Brown.
-Dwight Freeney, Linebacker, Indianapolis Colts
Freeney is in his first season as linebacker for the Colts after the team switched to a 3-4 defense. He will start and looks to continue being the sackmaster in the AFC.
-Ryan Durand, Guard, Tennessee Titans
Durand has spent bits and pieces of the last couple seasons with the Titans. This year he hopes to make it on the roster full-time as a reserve lineman.
-Curtis Brinkley, Running Back, San Diego Chargers
Brinkley had a very good first preseason game against the Packers, scoring a touchdown. Since he has played sparingly, but nonetheless figures to get plenty of playing time out of the backfield in San Diego.
-Tanard Jackson, Safety, Washington Redskins
Jackson spent his whole career up until this season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He signed as a reserve in Washington, but a solid preseason so far could be cause for a starting job for Jackson.
-Phillip Thomas, Defensive Back, Philadelphia Eagles
Thomas is another undrafted free agent looking to make a team. He had an excellent game last week and with another fine performance in game 4 could find himself with a roster spot.
-Doug Hogue, Linebacker, Detroit Lions
Hogue was used little last season in Detroit. This season he has made a case for more playing time. He has had 16 tackles so far in the preseason.
-Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Williams will be the starter this year for the Bucs. Newly signed Vincent Jackson should draw plenty of coverage away from him and offer him a chance to become a superstar.
-Quinn Ojinnaka, Offensive Line, St. Louis Rams
Ojinnaka has started each of the 3 games for the Rams and will most likely be the starter on opening day.
The following players were released by their respective teams: Derrell Smith-Texans, Mike Holmes-Jaguars, Aaron Weaver-Chiefs, Antwon Bailey-Redskins, Olindo Mare-Panthers, and Micheal Hay-Rams.
The following were placed on IR or Exempt lists: Tony Fiammetta-Patriots, Andrew Tiller-Saints, Will Allen-Patriots.