The National Football League teams are determined on the original 53-man rosters. When preseason began, 17 NFL squads at 33 players with HBCU pedigree battling for a roster spot.
The four draftees from HBCU programs, Joshua Williams (Fayetteville State), Decobie Durant (SC State), James Houston (Jackson State), and Ja’Tyre Carter(Southern), remained within an excellent position to become listed on the NFL.
Here’s an update on the HBCU Rookies who made the rosters and both notables that fell short.
MAKING THE SQUAD
The Kansas City Chiefs’ fourth-round selection, Joshua Williams, earned a roster spot.
LA Rams’ fourth-rounder, Decobie Durant, has played exceptionally higher level during camp and preseason. Sean McVay released the roster, and Durant is currently an associate of the Super Bowl Champions.
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Finally, offensive lineman Ja’Tyre Carter made the Chicago roster. His consistency and growth had the Bears taking notice of these 7th-round pick’s upside.
Since signing his undrafted free-agent contract, Florida A&M’s Markquese Bell climbed the depth chart for the Dallas Cowboys. The All-SWAC Rattler has impressive cover skills, tackling, and play-making ability. He caught an interception in the Cowboys’ preseason finale contrary to the Seahawks.
Jacksonville gave De’Shaan Dixon his shot, and the young Norfolk Spartan won an area at outside linebacker. He previously two tackles and something sack this in preseason action. It isn’t a blunder that the 6-5 defender is really a Jaguar.
THERE’S STILL HOPE ON THE PRACTICE SQUAD
Detroit waived LB James Houston following a productive training camp but a quiet preseason. The 6th-round draft pick (217th overall) recorded 1.5 defensive tackles and something special team tackle in 3 games. His highest activity rate was contrary to the Colts when Houston played 23 defensive snaps at a 41% rate. The 31 NFL teams have 24 hours to claim Houston from waivers. If no club places a waiver claim, he’ll turn into a free agent and absolve to sign with the Lions or another team’s practice squad.
Fort Valley State’s wideout Shemar Bridges’ bid to catch on with the Baltimore Ravens fell short. The Ravens made a decision to waive the rookie having an injury designation.
Keep your eyes on these young HBCU rookies. I’ve a sneaky suspicion we haven’t heard the final of James Houston and Shemar Bridges.