It was another good draft filled with players out of Ohio State, but there were a few undrafted free agents that didn’t quite make their team’s final 53-man roster over the weekend. It wasn’t surprising to see at least one Buckeye signing to a practice squad, as quarterback J.T. Barrett had a good camp with the Saints, but his chances of making the team were significantly diminished when New Orleans traded for Teddy Bridgewater.
It wasn’t just incoming rookies who were released ahead of the Sept. 1 roster deadline, there were a few big name Buckeyes who ended up being let go as well. There’s still time for them to land with another team, but Week 1 of the 2018 NFL regular season gets underway on Thursday, so that window is getting smaller by the minute.
Here’s a look at the Buckeye roster moves ahead of the deadline:
Rookie Buckeye cuts
|J.T. Barrett||Quaterback||New Orleans Saints||Yes|
|Marcus Baugh||Tight End||Oakland Raiders||-|
|Tracy Sprinkle||Defensive End||Carolina Panthers||No|
|Damon Webb||Safety||Tennessee Titans||Yes|
|Chris Worley||Linebacker||Cincinnati Bengals||Yes|
|Cardale Jones||Quarterback||Los Angeles Chargers||Yes|
The Seahawks added Buckeye Jamarco Jones to their IR list with an ankle injury he sustained in the preseason, when he got rolled up on in-game.
Other Buckeyes released
Linebacker-turned-DE John Simon was released by the Colts after suffering a string of injuries since signing with the team last year. He was really an up-and-coming defender after working with Mike Vrabel in Houston, but too many injuries have kept him from sustained dominance.
Quarterback Cardale Jones was released by the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, despite making the initial 53-man roster. He was originally drafted by the Bills and was serving as QB3 for the Chargers last season, and was often a healthy scratch on game day. However, on Monday, Ian Rapoport reported that Jones would return to the Bolts as a member of their practice squad.
#Chargers QB Cardale Jones cleared waivers and is headed back to the LAC practice squad, source said. Good place to develop.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 3, 2018
Wide receiver Braxton Miller was released by the Houston Texans heading into his third season. During his two years in Texas, the team struggled with consistency at quarterback, but Miller still only managed 261 yards on 57 receptions and two touchdowns. He suffered a few injuries that kept him off the field each seasons too.
Among those not claimed on waivers, per sources: receivers Corey Coleman, Breshad Perriman, Braxton Miller and Martavis Bryant. They're all free to sign anywhere.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 2, 2018
DeVier Posey was signed by the Baltimore Ravens after spending a year playing in the CFL and having a record-breaking performance during the championship game. Despite the entire offseason with his new team, the wideout was released ahead of final roster cuts.
Safety Tyvis Powell was let go by the San Francisco 49ers despite having a really good camp and preseason. He’s spent some time bouncing around during his three years in the league, but was back under the tutelage of Richard Sherman and seemed to have a real shot of making the roster. Now, he’s looking for another place to land.
Doran Grant was another secondary player out of Ohio State to be cut on Saturday, with the Chicago Bears deciding to part ways with the cornerback.
We will update this list as more NFL Buckeye news (good or bad) is released.