NFL Nittany Lions: Camp Edition

By Craig Fritz on August 31, 2016 at 2:01 pm
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With just one preseason game left before the NFL season starts on Thursday, Sept. 8, there are 36 former Penn Staters on rosters across the league. Many veterans are assured of being on the 53-man, but just as many players are fighting for jobs to continue their football careers. Final rosters must be trimmed from 75 to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. We breakdown the status of all 36 players.


  • Deion Barnes - New York Jets
  • Sam Ficken - Jacksonville Jaguars

 Safe and sound

player team position
adrian amos Chicago Bears Safety
navorro bowman San Francisco 49ers Linebacker
Jack crawford Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle
Robbie Gould Chicago Bears Kicker
Tamba hali Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker
Jesse James Pittsburgh Steelers Tight End
daquan jones Tennessee Titans  Defensive Tackle
Sean lee Dallas Cowboys Linebacker
matt mcgloin Oakland Raiders Quarterback
carl Nassib Cleveland Browns Defensive End
Jared Odrick Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive End
paul posluszny Jacksonville Jaguars Linebacker
allen Robinson Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receiver
a.q. Shipley Arizona Cardinals Center
DONOVAN SMITH Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Tackle
devon still Houston Texans Defensive End
John Urschel Baltimore Ravens Offensive Guard
cameron wake Miami Dolphins Defensive End
stefen wisniewski Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Guard/Center


player team position
garry gilliam Seattle Seahawks Offensive Tackle
christian hackenberg New York Jets Quarterback
Jordan hill Seattle Seahawks Defensive Tackle
gerald Hodges San Francisco 49ers Linebacker
austin Johnson Tennessee Titans Defensive Tackle
michael mauti New Orleans Saints Linebacker
Jordan norwood Denver Broncos Wide Receiver
nate stupar New Orleans Saints Linebacker
Ross travis Kansas City Chiefs Tight End


  • I don't see any way the Jets cut ties with Hack this soon. They will likely either trade Geno Smith or Bryce Petty, or Hack will end up on season-long IR (though there are reports they may keep all four players). He's going to get lots of action in the preseason finale, as the Jets are sitting Ryan Fitzpatrick and Smith.
  • I also don't think the Titans are going to cut AJ, but he's currently running 3rd team and apparently hasn't been all that impressive in camp.
  • Hodges is in a battle with two other players to earn first team reps next to NaVorro Bowman.
  • Mauti and Stupar are currently running as 2nd team linebackers for the Saints. Both have been career-long special teams contributors.
  • Norwood is one of three players competing for the final two wide-out spots for the Broncos. I give him the nod based on experience.
  • Travis continues to impress at Chiefs camp. The team loves 3 tight end looks, so expect him to get some run.


player team position
tarow barney New York Jets Defensive Tackle
brad bars New York Giants Defensive End/Linebacker
kyle carter Minnesota Vikings Tight End
mike hull Miami Dolphins Linebacker
jordan lucas Miami Dolphins Cornerback
andrew Quarless Detroit Lions Tight End
Trevor Williams San Diego Chargers Cornerback
anthony Zettel Detroit Lions Defensive End/Tackle


  • Barney is currently running as the 3rd team defensive tackle for the Jets. I don't expect him to make the 53-man roster.
  • Bars impressed the Giants enough to be activated to their roster for a few games last season. He's a guy without a true position, and it will probably hurt his chances to make the squad out of camp.
  • Carter is listed as "Other" on the Vikings tight end depth chart.
  • Hull spent most of last season inactive for the Dolphins, getting the call in just 3 games. While he's currently running 3rd team on their linebacker depth chart, I like his chances to stick since he is a versatile player that can contribute on special teams.
  • Lucas is getting 3rd team reps for the Dolphins at cornerback. He's struggled a bit in camp and I don't expect the 6th-round pick to make the team.
  • The Lions signed Quarless even though he's facing a 2-game suspension. Currently listed as "other" on the depth chart, I don't think he'll make the team, especially with Eric Ebron poised to return from injury.
  • Williams was an un-drafted free agent signing by the Chargers, and is getting 3rd team reps. He has apparently flashed a bit in camp, but San Diego is deep at defensive back. He'll have a tough time making the roster.
  • Zettel is also running 3rd team for the Lions at defensive end. He's consistently made plays, despite being a bit of a tweener on the line. I think this 6th-rounder makes Detroit's final 53.


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