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Spartans in the NFL: End of Preseason Update

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Now that the NFL preseason has concluded, it's time to take another look at Spartan alumni.

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The NFL preseason is now over, giving way to the regular season. The two weeks prior to the season starting are the hardest weeks for fringe players, and unfortunately, some didn't make the cut.  Let's take a look at which players were lucky enough to make rosters and players that didn't.


Johnny Adams

Adams went undrafted in this year's NFL draft, but played with the Indianapolis Colts during training camp. After being released by them, he was signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad. If he's needed on the team's 53-man roster, he'll be a seventh cornerback. While seventh string cornerback sounds awful, he still may get playing time if injuries occur farther down the depth chart. He's already playing as their sixth cornerback due to Stephon Gilmore's (the starting defensive back) injury.

Le'Veon Bell

After returning from his injury, Bell was poised to make a big impact in the Steelers' Monday Night preseason matchup against the Redskins. Unfortunately, after a mere four carries for nine yards, Bell hurt his foot and was out for the rest of the preseason. While initially the injury looked bad, it looks like Bell will be able to return to the lineup week three for the Steelers' game against the Chicago Bears.

While Bell was as healthy as any guy back in his days at MSU, the wear and tear the MSU offensive scheme used for him might be catching up with him. The regular season hasn't even started yet and he's already suffered two injuries.

Garrett Celek

Celek was never a shining star at MSU, but seemingly got better as time went on and made his way to the NFL. With the San Francisco 49ers last year-- his first year in the NFL-- he played in 13 of San Francisco's 19 games, playing as a blocking end. He only caught four passes last season for a grand total of 51 yards, but it's not a very telling statistic, considering he, as I said earlier, is more of a blocking back.

For what it's worth, Celek had three receptions for a total of 17 yards this preseason. He's poised to play the same role as he did last year on the Niners.

Kirk Cousins

After blowing minds of doubters in his preseason showing against the Titans, Cousins was hurt against the Steelers on Monday Night Football (the same game Bell was hurt) and never saw the preseason field again. Although he's healthy and ready to begin the season this weekend, Redskins' starter Robert Griffin III should be ready to go.

Cousins, however, still could be used in a trade as he has earned many more supporters this far in the preseason.

Kellen Davis

Davis' stint with his second NFL team, the Cleveland Browns, didn't last long as he was cut by the team on Monday.

Things seemed to be going well; Davis started week three and four of the preseason and made the 53-man roster. But then, suddenly, he was released. There's a good chance he'll find a home somewhere, because he could be a good veteran addition to a team.

Will Gholston

Gholston's preseason was relatively quiet, as he made the Buccaneer's 53-man roster and will see a considerable amount of time at defensive end. In the preseason, he had 11 tackles, four for loss. In the last preseason game against the Redskins, in particular, he had five tackles (four solo) and three tackles for loss.

As I've said since Spartan Nation became familiar with Gholston, if he works to the best of his abilities, he'll become a very good NFL player. Tampa Bay is seeing flashes of that already.

Brian Hoyer

Although he led the Browns to a comeback victory against the Browns in place of Jason Campbell (second string quarterback), he will not get the second string job in Cleveland. He'll be third behind Brandon Weeden and Campbell, but will have many opportunities to rise on the depth chart. The QB competition in Cleveland isn't necessarily "high profile", so he'll probably have his shots.

Keshawn Martin

Last season, Martin found himself as an asset on special teams. But by the looks of this preseason, in which he had eight receptions for 86 yards with the Houston Texans, the team looks to insert him more in their offensive scheme, playing mostly slot receiver. He'll play a similar role as he played with the Spartans in his tenure in East Lansing, which is good for him, because that's where he thrives.

Trenton Robinson

After getting basically no playing time in his rookie season in which me made the Super Bowl with his team, the 49ers, Trenton Robinson has found a new home. He's been signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad.

It was an interesting turn of events, to say the least. He barely played at all in San Francisco last season, but was reportedly getting reps with the first team squad as late as two weeks ago, and then the Niners abruptly cut him. At that point, most would think that he could find another team to play on, but he evidently struggled-- getting signed to a team's practice squad.

Dion Sims

Sims made the Dolphins' 53-man roster, which is definitely a step in the right direction.

Last update, he was listed at fourth on the Dolphins' depth chart at tight end behind Dustin Keller, Charles Clay and Michael Egnew. However, not long after posting that, Keller went down with a season-ending leg injury, moving Sims up to third on the depth chart, meaning he'll most likely get playing time. This doesn't mean Miami won't bring in another tight end-- high-profile tight ends are exactly what Ryan Tannehill loves-- but at least for the time being, Sims will get playing time.

Drew Stanton

Drew Stanton has locked himself in as the second string quarterback in Arizona for the Cardinals, behind seasoned veteran Carson Palmer. He's played a lot in the preseason and impressed the coaches, and he's apparently poised to return to the position he was destined for-- backup quarterback.

Anthony Rashad White

White, who was signed by the Patriots after going undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, saw minimal playing time in New England and was cut. It doesn't look like he has been picked up anywhere.

Jerel Worthy

Still on the Packers' physically unable to perform list after a bad knee injury late last season.

Edwin Baker

A seventh-round pick of the Chargers, Edwin Baker was on the practice squad most of last season, but was active for the final two weeks. He had 11 carries this preseason for 57 yards in two games, but was cut. He was recently signed to the Broncos practice squad.

Myles White

The former MSU receiver who transferred to Louisiana Tech after some legal problems made the Green Bay Packers' practice squad.


The NFL regular season starts Thursday night at 8:30 with the Ravens headed to Denver to play the Broncos. Former MSU defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson plays for the Broncos, the only Spartan on the active rosters of the two teams.