Though this tends to be an exciting time for fans of football, it can also be the most stressful for those who throw on the helmets and pads each week—especially those playing on Sundays.
NFL rosters needed to be trimmed to the designated 53-man rosters on Saturday, and there are quite a few former Wisconsin Badgers who will play starting next week. That includes running back Corey Clement, who found out he made the Philadelphia Eagles roster after not being selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Clement was second on the Eagles in rushing during the preseason, gaining 105 yards on 28 carries (3.8 yards per attempt) with two touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 46 yards. He took to social media on Saturday afternoon in celebration:
God is good. From undrafted to a 53 man roster spot ! #FlyEaglesFly— Corey Clement (@CoreyClement_6) September 2, 2017
Clement also joins Beau Allen and Chris Maragos as former Badgers making their professional homes in Philadelphia.
From the class of 2017 rookies, first-round draft picks Ryan Ramczyk and T.J. Watt—without surprise—are currently on the New Orleans Saints’ and Pittsburgh Steelers’ rosters, respectively.
The Green Bay Packers placed fourth-round draft pick and former Wisconsin captain Vince Biegel on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, which means he’ll miss the first six weeks of the season.
Clement earned a spot on the Eagles’ 53-man roster, but other undrafted free agents from Wisconsin weren’t so lucky. Running back Dare Ogunbowale (Houston Texans), defensive back Sojourn Shelton (Arizona Cardinals), quarterback Bart Houston (Pittsburgh Steelers), and wide receiver Robert Wheelwright (Kansas City Chiefs) were let go.
Quarterback Joel Stave (Chiefs), offensive lineman Tyler Marz (Tennessee Titans), defensive back Dez Southward (Carolina Panthers) and tight end Austin Traylor (Denver Broncos) were also among those other Badgers no longer on their teams.
Kraig Urbik was also released/injury settlement by the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 26.
Out of those no longer on teams, it will be interesting to see who lands on practice squads, or for the veteran like Urbik, if he lands on a roster. Stay tuned, as B5Q will give a full list of former Wisconsin players in the NFL after those are set.