The NFL gets underway this weekend, and plenty of former Razorbacks will be playing on Sundays. Here’s who made the cut after NFL teams were required to name their final 53-man rosters.
Brandon Allen - Los Angeles Rams
Allen had a solid enough showing with the Rams to grab that third QB spot behind Jared Goff and Sean Mannion. He completed 64% of his passes for 261 yards and a touchdown in the preseason.
Alex Collins - Baltimore Ravens
After a breakthrough 2017 season, Collins will be a main part of the Ravens offense. He rushed for nearly 1,000 yards last year and could be a nice pick up for your fantasy team as he looks to beat his mark of six touchdowns last season.
A.J. Derby - Miami Dolphins
He was one of four tight ends named to the Dolphins roster this season. He’ll play a role on both offense and special teams this year.
Trey Flowers - New England Patriots
Arguably the most successful former Hog in the league at this moment, Flowers didn’t play in any preseason games but was a lock for the final roster. Flowers had 6.5 sacks in 2017 and will lead a Patriots defense that will look to make a third straight Super Bowl.
Keon Hatcher - Oakland Raiders
Hatcher may have played himself onto the roster with a huge showing in the preseason finale against the Seahawks. He caught eight passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns in addition to returning a couple of punts. His versatility landed him a spot on the team, going from an undrafted free agent, to an NFL player.
Hunter Henry - Los Angeles Chargers
Unfortunately, a torn ACL will keep Henry on the sidelines. He had broken into the league making an impact on the Chargers from day one. Hopefully he can make a full recovery and get back to that level.
Mitchell Loewen - New Orleans Saints
Loewen has been a versatile piece on the Saints defensive line and that versatility played a big role in his earning a spot on the roster.
Jason Peters - Philadelphia Eagles
Peters is climbing a mountain to get back on the field for the defending Super Bowl champs. After a torn ACL and MCL, he should be back on the field in 2018. Time will tell if one of the most successful Razorbacks in NFL History can maintain his level of play before the injury.
Frank Ragnow - Detroit Lions
The newest Hog in the NFL and first round draft pick will be expected to start from day on in the NFL.
Chris Smith - Cleveland Browns
Smith spent plenty of time in the opponents’ backfield this preseason. He had 4 TFL’s (2 were sacks) and 3 hits on the quarterback. It was enough to land on Cleveland’s roster.
Jeremy Sprinkle - Washington Redskins
Last year Sprinkle played on both offense and special teams for Washington. He’s currently the third tight end on the roster behind Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis. He likely could move up the depth chart in the near future whenever Davis retires.
Travis Swanson - Miami Dolphins
Swanson played the preseason with the New York Jets, but they didn’t sign him to their roster. Instead the Dolphins swooped in and signed the veteran.
Deatrich Wise Jr. - New England Patriots
Wise started the first three games of preseason and sat the final, which is usually reserved for the back end of the roster. A good sign he’ll see plenty of time alongside Flowers on that defensive line.
Jarius Wright - Carolina Panthers
After several years with the Vikings, Wright has moved to Carolina and is expected to contribute right away in their offense.