How Former Terps Fared on Cutdown Day

On Tuesday players found out if they had made a team’s roster or not. For some, a lifelong dream was realized while others saw it end. Let’s see which Terps made the 53-man roster and who didn’t.

The Kansas City Chiefs parted ways with linebacker Jermaine Carter on Tuesday, sending the former fifth-round pick to the waiver wire. Carter made 17 starters one season ago with the Carolina Panthers where he racked up 88 tackles, three tackles for loss, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. The Chiefs also parted with rookie running back Tayon Fleet-Davis, who scored his first career touchdown against the Washington Commanders in preseason. The Seattle Seahawks, meanwhile, moved on from tight end Tyler Mabry while former fourth-round pick Anthony McFarland was a casualty of roster cuts in his third NFL season. The Cincinnati Bengals also waived linebacker Keandre Jones while the Titans waived rookie defensive lineman Sam Okuayinonu.

On Wednesday, McFarland, Jones, Okuayinonu and Mabry signed to the practice squad of the respective teams who signed them.

But a pair of rookies were safe inclusions on two NFL teams with Nick Cross and Chigoziem Okonkwo expected to play a role on the Colts and Titans this season. Okonkwo finished the preseason with 33 yards and one touchdown on five catches. Cross, meanwhile, drew a 90.8 overall grade over the preseason and was first among all safeties. Former Maryland and Ole Miss linebacker Chance Campbell also made the roster where he’ll get a chance to play special teams.

It’s no surprise that several made the roster. Bills receiver Stefon Diggs hopes to take Buffalo to its first Super Bowl since 1994, while defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was brought in to help the Colts pass rush. He only played in the final preseason game as the Colts rested their starters in the first two weeks. JC Jackson, meanwhile, secured a five-year deal with $82.5 million with the Los Angeles Chargers to bolster what’s expected to be a top defense. DJ Moore also got a new contract this offseason, signing a three-year extension worth nearly $62 million as the Carolina Panthers made sure their best receiver wasn’t going anywhere. Moore is coming off his third consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Elsewhere, there’s good news for both Darnell Savage and the Packers after he was back at practice this week. Savage’s fifth-year option was picked up this offseason and he wants to show why the Packers made that decision. Byron Cowart made the Titans roster to become a rotational piece on the defensive line. Michael Dunn, meanwhile, made the Browns roster for the third straight year. He could also become a starter at some point depending on what happens with the Browns’ offensive line.

There was talk that the Rams could be interested in claiming Sony Michell off waivers, risking Jake Funk’s status with the team, but that didn’t come to fruition to keep the second-year running back out west. After missing the bulk of last season to an injury, Funk is ready to put that all behind him and focus on helping the Rams repeat. The veteran Quinton Jefferson returned to Seattle, where his career started this offseason. He has turned into a reliable piece on the defensive line since the Seahawks drafted him. Ty Johnson missed some time in training camp with an injury but came back and made the Jets roster. Playing time will be hard to come by with Breece Hall and Michael Carter ahead of him. Josh Woods made the Lions’ 53-man roster after s strong showing in the preseason. He is coming off his best season since entering the league as an undrafted rookie and could see a lot of action this year.

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