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Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Making the roster

The final roster cuts happened over the weekend. Which lifetime Longhorns survived?

Washington Redskins inside linebacker Keenan Robinson (52) reacts after Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (not pictured) missed field goal in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan - USA TODAY Sports
Washington Redskins inside linebacker Keenan Robinson (52) reacts after Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (not pictured) missed field goal in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan - USA TODAY Sports
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I wish I had good news to give you after our horrendous loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Unfortunately that's not the case, as eight former Texas Longhorns were released by their respective NFL teams when the period for the final round of cuts came to an end on Saturday. None of them were claimed off waivers.

As for now, and according to, Michael Huey and Adrian Phillips have been signed to the San Diego Chargers' practice squad. There are now 13 Longhorns in free agency, but that number could change in the next hours as the teams try to sign the players they want to their practice squads.

Despite having a good preseason, offensive UDFA rookies Jaxon Shipley and Malcolm Brown are no longer on the Cardinals and Rams rosters. Both quickly signed with the practice squads for Arizona and St. Louis.

As we could all see last night in South Bend, the offensive line situation is far from ideal on the Forty Acres, which has been a long-term issue for the Longhorns. We can consider the situation with the offensive linemen in the NFL as a mirror. With Donald Hawkins and Trey Hopkins joining Tony Hills in free agency and Huey not able to make the Chargers' final roster, Lyle Sendlein is the only former Longhorn offensive lineman on an NFL roster, and he is now the back-up center for the Cardinals.

DBU alums Carrington Byndom and Chykie Brown complete the list of the Longhorns released this weekend. Byndom quickly landed on the Carolina Panthers' practice squad, but since Brown came to an injury settlement with the New York Giants, he's unlikely to find a new landing spot until he's healthy again.

As expected, Colt McCoy is among the Longhorns who made a roster, even though his depth chart status with the Washington Redskins is unclear. According to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, Colt will be the backup QB behind Cousins in the season opener due to RGIII's health problems. No decision has been made yet beyond that point. Colt's teammate, Jackson Jeffcoat completed the preseason with his fourth sack in as many games and is on the roster as the backup ROLB.

The good news came with Geoff Swaim, Fozzy Whittaker and Tarell Brown, whose spots were not certain, but they made the final rosters for the Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots, respectively. NFL action will begin this coming Thursday with the matchup between New England and Pittsburgh.

Let's hope our beloved Longhorns in the NFL will give us some happiness on Sundays, since it now appears we're going to have some uncomfortable Saturdays from now through November.


Name Team Depth Experience
#16 Colt McCoy Washington Redskins #2QB 6th year


Name Team Depth Experience
#25 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs #1RB 8th year
#43 Fozzy Whittaker Carolina Panthers #2 RB 4th year
#39 Malcolm Brown St Louis Rams Practice Squad


Name Team Depth Experience
#88 Marquise Goodwin Buffalo Bills #2 RWR 3th year
#87 Geoff Swaim Dallas Cowbys #2 RTE Rookie
Jaxon Shilpey Arizona Cardinals Practice Squad Rookie
John Chiles Free Agent 2nd year
John Harris Free Agent Rookie
Mike Davis Free Agent 2nd year


Name Team Depth Experience
#63 Lyle Sendlein Arizona Cardinals #2 OC 9th year
Michael Huey San Diego Chargers Practice Squad 2nd year
Trey Hopkins Cincinnati Bengals Practice Squad 2nd year
Tony Hills Free Agent 8th year
Donald Hawkins Free Agent 2nd year


Name Team Depth Experience
#92 Malcom Brown New England Patriots #3 DT Rookie
#97 Roy Miller Jacksonville Jaguars #1 DT 7th year
#64 Chris Whaley Dallas Cowboys IR (Achilles) 2nd year
#96 Brian Robison Minnesota Vikings #1 LDE 9th year
#90 Henry Melton Tampa Bay Buccaneers #2 LDT 7th year
#90 Cory Redding Arizona Cardinals #2 LDE 13th year
Cedric Reed Buffalo Bills Practice Squad Rookie


Name Team Depth Experience
#98 Brian Orakpo Tennessee Titans #1 ROLB 7th year
#53 Jackson Jeffcoat Washington Redskins #2 ROLB 2nd year
#49 Sam Acho Chicago Bears #2 LOLB 5th year
#99 Lamarr Houston Chicago Bears #2 ROLB 6th year
#57 Alex Okafor Arizona Cardinals #1 WLB 3rd year


Name Team Depth Experience
#56 Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs #1 RILB 11th year
#58 Jordan Hicks Philadelphia Eagles #4 LILB Rookie
#52 Keenan Robinson Washington Redskins #1 LILB 4th year
Emmanuel Acho Free Agent 4 th year
Steve Edmond Free Agent Rookie


Name Team Depth Experience
#9 Tarell Brown New England Patriots #2 RCB 9th year
#23 Aaron Williams Buffalo Bills #1 SS 5th year
#33 Michael Griffin Tennessee Titans #1 FS 9th year
#33 Mykkele Thompson New York Giants IR Rookie
#28 Quandre Diggs Detroit Lions #2 Nickel Rookie
#32 Kenny Vaccaro New Orleans Saints #1 SS 3rd year
#29 Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks #1 FS 6th year
Adrian Phillips San Diego Chargers Practice Squad 2nd year
Carrington Byndom Carolina Panthers Practice Squad 2nd year
Chykie Brown Free Agent 5th year
Curtis Brown Free Agent 5th year
Aaron Ross Free Agent 9th year