Detrez Newsome #38 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball as he is chased by Poona Ford #97 of the Seattle Seahawks during a 24-14 presseason Charger win at StubHub Center on August 18, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Longhorns in the NFL: Seven Rookies Make the Cut

Posted September 1st, 2018


Saturday was a big day for Longhorns vying to make NFL squads. It was cut-down day and all 32 NFL teams had to pare their rosters down to 53 men. Of the 34 former Longhorns attempting to play in the NFL this season, 28 made a roster. Of the 28 Longhorns named to squads, seven are rookies. DeShon Elliott, Malik Jefferson, Connor Williams, Holton Hill, Chris Warren, Michael Dickson and Poona Ford all made the cut. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Phil Dawson is set to begin his 20th year on an NFL team.

2018 Longhorns in the NFL

Phil Dawson, Cardinals


Justin Tucker, Ravens

DeShon Elliott, Ravens (injured reserve)

Fozzy Whittaker, Panthers (injured reserve)

Sam Acho, Bears

Trey Hopkins, Bengals

Malik Jefferson, Bengals

Connor Williams, Cowboys

Geoff Swaim, Cowboys

Quandre Diggs, Lions

D’Onta Foreman, Texans (PUP list)

Marcus Johnson, Colts

Hassan Ridgeway, Colts

Adrian Phillips, Chargers

Malcolm Brown, Rams

Holton Hill, Vikings

Malcom Brown, Patriots

Alex Okafor, Saints

Derrick Johnson, Raiders

Chris Warren, Raiders (injured reserve)

Jordan Hicks, Eagles

Marquise Goodwin, 49ers

Michael Dickson, Seahawks

Poona Ford, Seahawks

Earl Thomas, Seahawks (reserve/did not report)

Brian Orakpo, Titans

Kenny Vaccaro, Titans

Colt McCoy, Redskins

Of course, not everyone was happy on Saturday. The Vikings released long-time veteran Brian Robison after 11  years with the team. His release comes at a time when the Vikings are seen as a possible Super Bowl contender after making the NFC Championship game last season.


Brian Robison, Vikings

Here are the Longhorns that got cut Saturday. Don’t be surprised to see some of them scooped up by other teams, or named to practice squads.


Tyrone Swoopes, Seahawks

Kent Perkins, Bengals

Duke Thomas, Cowboys

Naashon Hughes, Packers

Nick Rose, Texans


Keenan Robinson, Bills

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