On Saturday, all NFL teams were required to reach the magic number of 53, which is the maximum number of players permitted on a team roster during the regular season. The regular season kicks off this coming Thursday when the Carolina Panthers travel to the Mile-High City to take on the Denver Broncos.
This was not just a tough week for the Scarlet Knights still playing with a block R on their helmets. It was also a bad week for the undrafted rookies from Piscataway hoping to find a home on an NFL roster. All were waived by their teams, and the only rookie still on a squad is 3rd round draft pick Leonte Carroo. Here is how our former Rutgers football alums did:
Sam Bergen: The undrafted free agent was released by the Tennessee Titans on Friday.
Leonte Carroo: As would be expected by a third round pick, Carroo is on the 53-man roster as the team prepares for their 1st game clash against the Seattle Seahawks;
Quentin Gause: The rookie linebacker was released by the Philadelphia Eagles with no additional information;
UPDATE- The Eagles announced that Quentin has been added to the team’s practice squad.
#Eagles have signed four more players to the practice squad:— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 5, 2016
LB Don Cherry
LB Quentin Gause
FB Andrew Bonnet
C Aaron Neary
Steve Longa: Steve was released by the Seattle Seahawks in the last round of cuts to make the 53-man roster on Saturday;
Keith Lumpkin: The rookie OT, originally signed and then waived by the Buffalo Bills, was signed a second time, this time by the Indianapolis Colts. Unfortunately, Keith was released by the Colts as well on August 29. It seems that Keith keeps in perspective, however.
If u woke up this morning man u winning!!!!!— Keith Lumpkin Jr (@AyyyyItsLumpy) August 29, 2016
Of course, these moves do not necessarily mean the end of their pro dreams. Injuries by those kept on the roster can mean moves to add them, and of course, there are always opportunities on practice squads. We’ll keep you posted as it