Pro Hogs:

NFL report: 22 Hogs remain on 75-man rosters

By: Andrew Hutchinson
Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) in the second half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) in the second half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

All 32 NFL teams had to reduce their rosters from 90 to 75 players Tuesday afternoon.

With the shrinking rosters, several former Arkansas football players were cut over the last several days.

Tight end D.J. Williams was the first to go, as the Patriots released him Thursday. New England traded for Tim Wright to add tight end depth to its roster, so it is unlikely he'll end up back in a Patriots uniform barring an injury.

Wide receivers Joe Adams and Julian Horton, as well as running back Ronnie Wingo were waived Monday.

Adams returned one kickoff for 26 yards in his last preseason game for the Texans, while Horton did not have any stats with the Titans and Wingo had eight carries for 40 yards for the Bills.

The cuts mean the number of former Razorbacks on NFL rosters is down to 22. The rosters will be reduced to 53 players by Aug. 30.

Here is an update on how each player is doing.

Alvin Bailey - Seattle Seahawks

ESPN's Seahawks beat writer Terry Blount still projects Bailey to make the 53-man roster and said he is "probably locked in" as one of the backup offensive linemen.

Jake Bequette - New England Patriots

Bequette registered a quarterback hit in the Patriots' preseason game against the Panthers. He made the 75-man roster.

Knile Davis - Kansas City Chiefs

In his second straight start in place of star running back Jamaal Charles, Davis gained 27 yards on 12 carries, caught two passes for 37 yards and returned one kickoff for 23 yards, bringing his preseason all-purpose yard total to 226.

He also continued to run with ball security, keeping his fumbles to zero this preseason through three games.

Jerry Franklin - Chicago Bears

Franklin registered one tackle in the Bears' preseason game against the Seahawks, but ESPN's Bears beat writer Michael C. Wright doesn't project him to make the 53-man roster.

However, Wright said Franklin "remains on the bubble" and could make the team as a special teams player.

Nate Garner - Miami Dolphins

According to Pro Football Focus, Garner earned a plus-1.0 grade in the Dolphins' preseason game against the Cowboys. A zero grade is average, while a minus-2.0 is terrible and plus-2.0 is outstanding.

He is playing as the backup center while Sam Brenner battles a shoulder injury.

Brett Goode - Green Bay Packers

Goode served as the Packers' special teams team captain against the Raiders.

Chris Gragg - Buffalo Bills

Gragg caught four passes for 22 yards against the Buccaneers, increasing his preseason total to nine receptions for 56 yards. His nine receptions ranks third on the team this preseason.

Cobi Hamilton - Cincinnati Bengals

By catching three passes for 42 yards against the Cardinals, Hamilton remains on the Bengals' roster. However, ESPN's Bengals beat writer said he is "worth keeping an eye on" when the rosters are reduced to 53 players.

Javontee Herndon - San Diego Chargers

Herndon caught one pass for six yards against the 49ers. ESPN's Chargers beat writer Eric D. Williams doesn't project him to make the 53-man roster, but thinks he is a strong practice squad candidate.

Alonzo Highsmith - Kansas City Chiefs

Despite not collecting any statistics this preseason, Highsmith remains on the Chiefs' 75-man roster.

Peyton Hillis - New York Giants

After missing the last three weeks with an ankle and foot injury, Hillis returned to practice Monday. By Tuesday, he was well enough to make a "nice juggling catch on a wheel route," according to ESPN's Giants beat writer Dan Graziano.

Zach Hocker - Washington Redskins

Hocker converted his only PAT against the Ravens and ESPN's Redskins beat writer John Keim still believes he will win the starting kicker job and make the 53-man roster.

Ryan Mallett - New England Patriots

Playing only seven snaps against the Panthers, Mallett completed 2-of-3 passes for 14 yards. Rookie Jimmy Garoppolo took 24 snaps in the game, leading NESN's Doug Kyed to believe that Mallett will likely be traded or released before the 53-man roster is finalized.

However, ESPN's Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss still believe he'll make the roster. The St. Louis Rams have also been rumored to be interested in Mallett in wake of Sam Bradford's injury.

Darren McFadden - Oakland Raiders

Despite gaining only five yards on three carries against the Packers, many experts believe McFadden is primed for a big year because, with Maurice Jones-Drew and Latavius Murray behind him, he might be able to take fewer reps and stay healthy through the entire season.

Jason Peters - Philadelphia Eagles

During the Eagles' game against the Steelers, Peters protected quarterback Nick Foles' blindside. He also sealed off linebacker Lawrence Timmons on one play, allowing Darren Sproles to gain 14 yards on a run.

Kiero Small - Seattle Seahawks

Blount doesn't project Small to make the 53-man roster, but he said he "could end up on the practice squad." Small is the No. 2 fullback on the Seahawks' depth chart, behind Derrick Coleman.

Chris Smith - Jacksonville Jaguars

ESPN's Jaguars beat writer Michael DiRocco said Smith could play more than Ryan Davis as Jacksonville's No. 3 LEO (hybrid end/linebacker) by the end of the season.

Travis Swanson - Detroit Lions

Swanson is battling offensive guard Rodney Austin for a spot as the Lions' game day reserve lineman. ESPN's Lions beat writer Michael Rothstein still projects him to make the 53-man roster.

George Wilson - Tennessee Titans

In his first significant playing time this preseason, Wilson made three solo tackles and defended two passes that helped end drives against the Falcons.

Tyler Wilson - Cincinnati Bengals

In a surprising move, the Bengals cut Matt Scott and kept Wilson on its 75-man roster. He did not play against the Cardinals, but this move means Wilson could be in position to make Cincinnati's practice squad.

Jarius Wright - Minnesota Vikings

Wright caught the only pass thrown to him against the Chiefs for 14 yards. He now has three receptions for 38 yards this preseason.

ESPN's Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling still projects him to make the 53-man roster.


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