Which previous Syracuse football players made NFL lineups for 2020?
College football isn’t the only sport prepping to begin next week. The NFL is doing the same, finalizing rosters before the season gets going on Thursday night. All NFL teams revealed 53-man rosters on Saturday, and seven previous Syracuse Orange gamers made it.
Some of the names were more surprising than others. Chandler Jones and Justin Pugh were absolutely making the Arizona Cardinals’ roster, and both Riley Dixon (New York City Giants) and Zaire Franklin (Indianapolis Colts) stood an excellent shot at making theirs also. Three Orange rookies also made it through. Alton Robinson will belong to the Seattle Seahawks this season after being chosen in the fifth round, and Sterling Hofrichter made the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the seventh.
Trishton Jackson is the surprise, however, after being included as an undrafted complimentary agent. Not getting chosen back in the spring may have created some questions about his choice to declare early. But the reality that he winds up making the Los Angeles Rams’ lineup here wipes those doubts out.
All of that great news inevitably features the bad of some players not making rosters as well, though. Amongst those that were cut:
In addition to those names, Evan Adams (Ravens), Jamal Custis (Steelers), Steve Ishmael (Colts) and Sean Riley (Patriots) were also cut formerly in the offseason.
Foster’s cut is perhaps the biggest surprise, given that he just signed a three-year deal with the Niners. But he, like the rest of these names, could find themselves on a practice team even without making lineups. Offered the potential concern for coronavirus-related lacks this year, those spots would appear to be a bit more essential than regular, too.