Last week we predicted which Hogs were making the 53-man rosters in the NFL. They were announced this weekend and there were a few surprises. We only missed five predictions but they were some profile names.
First the good surprises, Denver Kirkland and Darius Philon both made their teams after I had predicted they wouldn’t make it. The bad surprises were Alex Collins, Jonathan Williams, and Brandon Allen. Collins was perhaps the least surprising of the three, and has been picked up by the Ravens practice squad. Williams has cleared waivers after a great preseason. The decision was a surprise to many in the NFL.
Unexpected move: The #Bills just cut RB Jonathan Williams, source said. Productive player, was slated to be their No. 2 RB at one point.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 3, 2017
Allen getting dropped by the Jaguars was another big surprise. After some quarterback controversy, and some good preseason performances some thought Allen could be in the mix for playing time. He has landed on his feet and was picked up by the Los Angeles Rams. He’s behind starter Jared Goff, but should compete with Sean Mannion for the back up spot.
Here is the entire list of former Hogs on active rosters.
- Baltimore Ravens - Ryan Mallett
- Cincinnati Bengals - Chris Smith
- Dallas Cowboys - Darren McFadden
- Denver Broncos - AJ Derby
- Detroit Lions - Jeremiah Ledbetter, Travis Swanson
- Green Bay Packers - Brett Goode
- Los Angeles Chargers - Darius Philon, Hunter Henry
- Los Angeles Rams - Brandon Allen
- Minnesota Vikings - Jarius Wright
- New England Patriots - Deatrich Wise Jr., Trey Flowers
- New Orleans Saints - Mitchell Loewen
- New York Giants - Robert Thomas
- Oakland Raiders - Denver Kirkland
- Philadelphia Eagles - Jason Peters
- Washington - Jeremy Sprinkle, Martrell Spaight
There are also a handful of players on inactive or practice squad lists. Chris Gragg and Tevin Mitchel start on the inactive list for the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts. A trio of receivers, Keon Hatcher, Cody Hollister, and Drew Morgan, are on the practice squads for Oakland, New England, and Miami. Dan Skipper did enough to earn a practice squad spot with the Dallas Cowboys, and we already mentioned Collins’ new home.
Overall that’s 19 players on 15 different active rosters, with seven more on practice squad/inactive lists. It’s a much better number in recent years and has a handful of guys who will start and make an important impact for their teams. So if you don’t follow an NFL team, check out some of these teams on Sundays and see if a familiar face makes some big plays.