Penn State in the NFL: Nittany Lions on 53-man Rosters

By Joel Neuschwander on September 1, 2021 at 9:00 am
Dec 22, 2019; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past Washington Redskins nose tackle Daron Payne (94) in the second quarter at FedExField.
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The final wave of NFL cuts has come and gone, and despite several former Penn State players finding themselves on the outside looking in, many solidified their spot on a 53-man roster.

Here’s a look at where you can find former Nittany Lions on initial 53-man squads.


Baltimore Ravens

  • DE/OLB Odafe Oweh - No. 99

buffalo bills

  • OL Ryan Bates - No. 71

carolina panthers

  • DT DaQuan Jones - No. 90
  • DE Yetur Gross-Matos - No. 97

Chicago bears

  • WR Allen Robinson - No. 12
  • TE Jesse James - No. 18

Dallas cowboys

  • LB Micah Parsons - No. 11
  • OL Connor McGovern - No. 66

Denver Broncos

  • WR KJ Hamler - No. 1

Detroit Lions

  • CB Amani Oruwariye - No. 24
  • FB Jason Cabinda - No. 45

Green Bay Packers

  • S Adrian Amos - No. 31

Indianapolis Colts

  • OL Will Fries - No. 75

Las Vegas Raiders

  • DE Carl Nassib - No. 94
  • TE Nick Bowers - No. 82

Los Angeles Rams

  • S Nick Scott - No. 33

Miami Dolphins

  • TE Mike Gesicki - No. 88

Minnesota Vikings 

  • WR Dan Chisena - No. 85

New Orleans Saints

  • P Blake Gillikin - No. 4

New York Giants

  • DT Austin Johnson - No. 98
  • LB Cam Brown - No. 47
  • RB Saquon Barkley - No. 26

Philadelphia Eagles

  • RB Miles Sanders - No. 26

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • LB Marcus Allen - No. 27
  • TE Pat Freiermuth - No. 88

San Francisco 49ers

  • K Robbie Gould - No. 9
  • DT Kevin Givens - No. 90

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • WR Chris Godwin - No. 14
  • OL Donovan Smith - No. 76

Tennessee titans

  • K Sam Ficken - No. 4

Washington Football Team

  • S Troy Apke - No. 30
  • DE Shaka Toney - No. 58

Additionally, a handful of players who began their college careers at Penn State before transferring elsewhere cracked a 53-man roster: LB Troy Reeder (Rams), CB Zech McPhearson (Eagles) and TE Juwan Johnson (Saints).

Some players also are still on rosters but have been placed on the injured list with the three most notable Penn Staters in that category being DaeSean Hamilton (Broncos), Rob Windsor (Colts) and Jack Crawford (Cardinals).

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