Saturday at 4 p.m. ET marked the NFL's annual 53-man roster deadline. At that point in time, all 32 teams were required to be at that hard cap, with plenty of difficult decisions to go around and a ton of players walking on eggshells in the wake of some potentially tough phone calls.
Though Ohio State was well represented throughout the NFL's training camps in terms of an alumni presence, the last few weeks haven't been particularly kind to Buckeyes.
A decent number of ex-Buckeye stars will probably yet find their way onto practice squads, and a few of the other top cuts may ultimately make someone else's Week 1 roster when NFL action kicks off this Thursday night.
So which Buckeyes survived the NFL's 'black Saturday' and who'll be looking for a new home with which to hone their craft?
Philly Brown, Panthers
Philly played well most of the Panthers' preseason contests reeling in 6 catches for 91 yards including a 53 yard reception. What likely helped Brown clinch his place on the roster (and help push Kenjon Barner out the door in a trade) was his versatility as a return specialist. Though he was rather pedestrian on kick returns, Philly had two punt returns for 65 yards, including a 37-yarder.
Andrew Norwell, Panthers
Norwell was a longshot to make the Panthers coming into camp as an undrafted free agency, but he beat the odds and will join the Panthers' two deep. Buckeye fans who were well versed in the reliability Norwell brought to the interior line are likely less surprised than the NFL partisans who didn't think Norwell had the makeup to be a rostered NFL guard.
Corey Linsley, Packers
This one comes as no surprise but is worth noting given Linsley's place as a 5th round draft choice. Linsley will likely even start for the Packers given the injury to presumed starter J.C. Tretter.
25 other Buckeyes
The best of the rest are the usual suspects, and any Buckeyes picked in the third round or higher of this year's draft (Jack Mewhort of the Colts, Carlos Hyde of the 49ers, Bradley Roby of the Broncos, et al) are hardly a surprise given their contractual guarantees. Former OSU TE/WR Jake Stoneburner would make 29 total Buckeyes on opening weekend rosters, but is reportedly in the process of finalizing an injury settlement with the Packers and is expected to be waived.
Looking for new homes
C.J. Barnett, Giants
Barnett made it farther than some might've expected and could be a practice squad candidate. SB Nation's Big Blue View doesn't project it'll be with the Giants, however.
Terrelle Pryor, Seahawks
This one caught many folks off guard, especially after a solid showing in the Seahawks' final preseason game of the year. But the Seahawks were always going to go with just two quarterbacks and Pryor found himself on the wrong end of the ledger. Seattle gave up a seventh-round draft choice to take a chance on Pryor in the offseason. SB Nation's Seahawks site, Field Gulls, said the following about Pryor's release:
He had issues with accuracy and velocity though, and those two turnovers likely did not help his cause, as it's well known that Pete Carroll values taking care of the football above almost everything else.
Nonetheless, it was fun to watch him play and hopefully he'll catch on somewhere and continue his development, preferably not in the NFC West.
Doug Worthington, Chargers
The veteran failed to make it to the last round of cuts by San Diego and second-year head coach Mike McCoy. He'll likely work to remain in game shape and stay by the phone in case any 3-4 or 4-3 teams are looking for a DE or DT respectively.
Michael Brewster, Jaguars
Brewster was the Jaguars' starter at center recently, but now finds himself looking for employment elsewhere. In the Jaguars' Week 2 preseason game against the Bears, Brewster was the target of some pretty harsh criticism from #NFLTwitter, and played inconsistently throughout the rest of the Jags' other three contests.
John Simon, Ravens
SImon's cut came in a bit of a surprise; he played fairly well in the Ravens' final preseason contest. But it didn't take long for the former Buckeye defensive heart and soul to find a landing place. He's re-signed back in Baltimore to their practice squad.
Kurt Coleman, Vikings
In what The Daily Norseman called "a significant surprise", Coleman was let go by the Vikings. Apparently they liked what they saw enough in Andrew Sendejo and Antone Exum to give the former Eagles starter his walking papers.
Christian Bryant and Etienne Sabino, Rams
Bryant came close, joining Michael Sam as one of Jeff Fisher's final 4 cuts, but Sabino was released a bit earlier.
You have to think Bryant will get a shot on someone's practice squad, but Sabino may be running out of chances.
Anderson Russell, Panthers
The Panthers and Russell agreed to an injury settlement, ending his time in Carolina. What the future holds in light of that, remains to be seen.
Reid Fragel, Browns
Fragel wasn't necessarily projected to make the Browns' 53-man roster, but on the plus side, some are talking as though he could be one of their 10 practice squad signees. Not a bad way to make a living, be it in Cleveland or elsewhere.
UPDATE: Fragel's signed to the Colts' practice squad.
One door closes and another door opens, excited for this new opportunity as an Indianapolis Colt!— Reid Fragel (@Fragel79) September 1, 2014
Brian Robiskie, Titans
Robiskie, in no uncertain terms, seemed like a bit of a longshot to make the team. Given his career trajectory, one has to wonder what's next for the veteran.