Buckeyes in the NFL, Season Preview: Camp Cuts & Former Buckeyes to Watch in 2014

By Mike Young on September 1, 2014 at 10:10a

While Ohio State pulled away from Navy, several former Buckeyes received word that they were cut by their professional teams.

Saturday was the deadline for NFL organizations to cut their rosters down to 53 players. In total, 20 ex-OSU players were waived in the buildup to the regular season. The most notable of those was the only Buckeye quarterback in the NFL.

Seattle Waives Pryor

After withering away on the Raiders' bench the second half of last season – behind Matt McGloin, no less – Oakland officially gave up on Pryor in April. 

The Seahawks stepped in as trade partners, eager to improve their backup QB situation (Tarvaris Jackson is a Super Bowl winning quarterback, you guys!). The Raiders, somehow, received a seventh round pick in exchange for Pryor. 

Four months later, any team can pick him up because Seattle released the former Buckeye signal caller, Friday. Pryor had a few highlights in the preseason, one of which was against Oakland

The Rams are a potential destination for Pryor, due to Sam Bradford's season-ending injury. St. Louis severely lacks experience behind starter Shaun Hill, as backup Austin Davis has never thrown a pass in an NFL regular season game. 

If no team signs Pryor as a backup QB, perhaps he'll consider a position change. After all, local sports-talk radio callers and my former roommate, Travis, (you all had that one friend) have begged Pryor to switch to wide receiver since his freshman year at Ohio State:

Brewster and Other camp cuts

The Seahawks waiving Pryor isn't particularly surprising considering the Raiders, one of the most quarterback-starved teams in the league, also sent him packing.

On the other hand, Mike Brewster came into Jaguars camp as the starting center after Brad Meester retired. They tried to sign Cleveland's Alex Mack in the offseason but the Browns matched his offer sheet. So, Brewster, after starting ten games in the last two seasons, seemed like a safe bet to make Jacksonville's roster.

Instead, the Jags waived him, Friday. Brewster struggled all preseason with high snaps, bounced one in Jacksonville's final preseason game and, according to ESPN, was worried about his chances of making the roster.  

The other 18 former Buckeyes waived before the NFL's cut down day: 

  • Zach Boren
  • Christian Bryant
  • C.J. Barnett
  • Kurt Coleman
  • Reid Fragel, waived by the Browns but signed to the Colts' practice squad
  • Jordan Hall
  • Marcus Hall
  • Ben Hartsock
  • Travis Howard
  • Orhian Johnson
  • Brian Robiskie
  • Anderson Russell, as seen in the lower right of this picture 
  • Etienne Sabino
  • John Simon, although the Ravens signed him to their practice squad
  • Will Smith
  • Austin Spitler
  • Jake Stoneburner, "waived injured," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
  • Doug Worthington

Also of note, the Steelers placed Bryant Browning on injured reserve due to a separated shoulder.

Rookies to Watch

Ryan Shazier and Bradley Roby were selected in the first round of this year's draft and, obviously, have to deal with high expectations.

Three teams found value in Buckeyes outside of the first round, as well. 

Indianapolis, who selected Jack Mewhort in the second round, now needs his versatility due to injuries on the offensive line. The former Ohio State tackle is expected to start at left guard and, with both Colts centers ailing, started at center in their final preseason game. 

Corey Linsley has also thrust his way into the Packers' lineup because of injuries. Selected in the fifth round, Linsley will be the one snapping to Aaron Rodgers in week one because starting center JC Tretter hurt his knee. Head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Linsley's role, Sunday:

Philly Brown is one of two undrafted, rookie Buckeyes to crack Carolina's 53-man squad. He broke camp with the Panthers, becoming their main kick and punt returner. Carolina's depth at wide receiver is thin, so Brown might also see time as one of Cam Newton's targets.

Full List of Buckeyes in the NFL

Player team position stats/Notes
Mike Adams Pittsburgh Steelers OT  
Will Allen Pittsburgh Steelers S  
Alex Boone San Francisco 49ers OL Returned to the 49ers with a new contract after a long holdout
Philly Brown Carolina Panthers WR/KR/PR  
Chimdi Chekwa Oakland Raiders CB  
Kurt Coleman Kansas City Chiefs S  
Nate Ebner New England Patriots DB/ST  
Ted Ginn Jr. Arizona Cardinals WR Signed a three-year deal with the Cardinals in the offseason
Johnathan Hankins New York Giants DT  
Brian Hartline Miami Dolphins WR  
A.J. Hawk Green Bay Packers LB  
Boom Herron  Indianapolis Colts RB  
Cameron Heyward Pittsburgh Steelers DE  
Santonio Holmes Chicago Bears WR Signed with the Bears, Aug. 16
Carlos Hyde San Francisco 49ers RB Drafted by 49ers in the second round
Malcolm Jenkins Philadelphia Eagles S Signed a three-year deal with the Eagles in offseason
James Laurinaitis St. Louis Rams LB  
Corey Linsley Green Bay Packers C  
Nick Mangold New York Jets C  
Jake McQuaide St. Louis Rams LS  
Jack Mewhort Indianapolis Colts OL Selected in second round, 59th overall by the Colts
Andrew Norwell Carolina Panthers OL Made Panthers' 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent
Mike Nugent Cincinnati Bengals K  
DeVier Posey Houston Texans WR  
Bradley Roby Denver Broncos CB Selected in first round, 31st overall by the Broncos
Dane Sanzenbacher Cincinnati Bengals WR  
Ryan Shazier Pittsburgh Steelers LB Selected in first round, 15th overall by the Steelers
Rob Sims Detroit Lions OG  
Donte Whitner Cleveland Browns S Returned home and signed a four-year deal with the Browns

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

Fragel as been picked up by the Colts.

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zachross83's picture

Reid Fragel said about an hour ago he got picked up by the Colts


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Mike Young's picture

Just updated, thanks

ibuck's picture

Outstanding to have all these former Buckeyes* in the NFL. I hope those just cut catch on somewhere, or have successful careers in whatever they choose next.

As I look at the above O-H-I-O photo, it just occurs to me that each is a signal: the H is a touchdown, the I is a safety, and the O's (all around) are successful free-throws (in basketball). Total 10 points. Go Buckeyes! 

* Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

If you can't win your conference, just quietly accept your non-playoff bowl game.

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nfischer's picture

Thanks for the strike through.  It annoys me to no end when people reference players as "former" Buckeyes.  

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Philly Brown is one of two undrafted, rookie Buckeyes to crack Carolina's 53-man squad. He broke camp with the Panthers, becoming their main kick and punt returner. 

This is an amusing turn in the saga of Slow Old Philly Brown. I remember last year, a reporter mentioned to Urbz that Philly played RB in high school. Meyer quipped that Philly was a "very poor running back" in high school, which did not amuse Philly.

And now the old man is returning kicks in the NFL - a spot where they usually put super fast jitterbugs like Josh Cribbs and Devin Hester. Haha, Philly gets the last laugh . . .

Mike Young's picture

Plus, Carolina needs to keep that Buckeye pipeline going since they let Ted Ginn walk

J.Mo's picture

How many running backs in the NFL return kicks? I don't think Urban is rooting against Philly but I think it's true he doesn't have the body type to be a RB. In fact Urban is probably hoping Philly kicks some butt in the NFL.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

When Urbz said that Philly was a poor RB, he was razzing him, and Philly seemed to be touchy about such jokes. In other words, it was sort of a running, locker room joke with Philly, who didn't like to be characterized as an unathletic possession receiver (and, at one point, didn't like being called Philly). Urbz knew that Philly ran for a ton of yards in high school. My comment was in the same spirit - just extending that running gag into Philly's pro career. Yes, Urbz and I and everyone else in Buckeye Nation hope that Philly kills it in the NFL . . .

Byaaaahhh's picture

Pretty surprised about John Simon. Thought he had everything needed for an NFL star. It's not over yet though, so best wishes for him and all other Buckeyes in the NFL.

BassDropper's picture

Only 28 players on a 53 man roster...this seems very low for Ohio State standards


11UrbzAndSpices's picture


"Quit skipping leg day bro" - Dr James Andrews

Crumb's picture

These guys are the only reason I follow the NFL anymore (sorry Bengals and Browns). Mewhort and Linsley have some big opportunities, hope the kick butt!

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

Curt Heinrichs's picture

It is a bit disappointing when you see how many Buckeyes were cut until you continue scrolling and see that there are far more still on active rosters. Not bad for a synchronized swimming school.