While their former teammates were sweating through their home opener, several former USF football players were sweating through the NFL’s roster cutdown day. This year the league decided to do cuts all at once, instead of the two-stage process that had been used before. All 32 teams had to get from 90 players to 53 by Saturday afternoon.
Marlon Mack’s spot on the Indianapolis Colts’ roster was never really in jeopardy. Drafted in the fourth round and with very little competition on the roster, all Mack had to do was not screw up and he’d make the team. He ended up leading the Colts in rushing in the preseason, even though he only played in two of their four preseason games.
Rodney Adams survived a big competition at wide receiver to make the 53-man roster for the Minnesota Vikings. Adams, a fifth-round pick, caught nine passes for 73 yards and scored two touchdowns. He carried once for 14 yards, and added 177 yards in kick and punt returns. He did fumble twice, but it didn’t end up hurting him.
A pleasant surprise for USF fans and the Los Angeles Chargers was undrafted rookie Nigel Harris. He didn’t see action in the Chargers’ preseason opener, but he quickly made up for it in their second preseason game with nine tackles against the Seattle Seahawks. He finished with 15 total tackles. Nigel was the first to tell everyone he made the Chargers’ 53-man roster:
We on go!!! ☇☇☇— Nigel Harris (@wiz_kidnookie7) September 2, 2017
Kofi Amichia was the only Bull from the 2017 draft class who didn’t make a final roster. The Packers, who drafted Amichia in the sixth round, cut him on Saturday. However, practice squads have not started filling out, so it’s not over for Kofi. Green Bay or another team could sign him to their practice squad after he clears waivers tomorrow.
Other former Bulls who landed or stayed on NFL rosters include Nate Allen with the Dolphins, Austin Reiter with the Browns, Kayvon Webster and Darrell Williams on the Rams, and Terrell McClain on the Washington football team. Sam Barrington is also with the Bills, but was placed on injured reserve.