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Badgers in the NFL: 10 former Wisconsin standouts get cut [UPDATE x2]

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Ryan Connelly, Chris Orr and Dare Ogunbowale headline the former Badgers who are now free agents.

Atlanta Falcons v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

On Saturday all of the NFL teams had to cut rosters down to their final 53 players and many teams had difficult decisions to make. We already learned that Dare Ogunbowale and D’Cota Dixon had been let go by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, but eight more Badgers are now looking for work too after Saturday.

Starting at noon on Sunday teams can begin filling out their practice squads. We will try and keep this post updated with where these players end up signing and then later this week we’ll have a post with every current NFL Badger so you can follow their exploits this season.

  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB (Buccaneers): A top quality special teamer for the Bucs, Ogunbowale, who also excels at catching the ball out of the backfield, shouldn’t be on the waiver wire for long.

UPDATE 9/6/20, 3:22 p.m. CT: Apparently Ogunbowale will have a meeting with the Raiders on Monday to see if the two sides can come to an agreement.

  • D’Cota Dixon, S (Buccaneers): Dixon had a strong camp but was the odd man out as the fifth safety on the roster.
  • Chris Orr, LB (Panthers): Orr came into Panthers camp as an undrafted free agent and was apparently Luke Kuechly’s shadow. He spoke to the media the day before roster cutdowns and appeared confident that Carolina liked his game. He might be a candidate for their practice squad.

UPDATE 9/6/20, 3:22 p.m. CT: Just as we thought, Orr will be joining Carolina’s practice squad.

  • Natrell Jamerson, DB (Panthers): Jamerson appeared in five games for Carolina last season before ending up on injured reserve. With larger practice squads in 2020, he’s also a candidate to remain with the Panthers.
  • Olive Sagapolu, DT (Lions): It has been a wild ride for Sagapolu with Detroit over the past few weeks. It’s clear the Lions like him, despite waiving him twice, and are probably looking for room for him on their practice squad.
  • Beau Benzschawel, OL (Lions): It sounds like Benzschawel was one of the last cuts the Lions made and the versatile backup lineman should be able to find a new home quickly.
  • Ryan Connelly, LB (Giants): Looking at the tweets from Giants fans about Connelly and it seems like they are not happy about the decision to cut the linebacker. I’d guess that another team makes Connelly an offer and he doesn’t go back to New York, but we’ll see.

UPDATE 9/6/20, 11:48 a.m. CT: The native of Eden Prairie, Minn. is coming home to play for the Vikings after being signed off waivers by Minnesota.

  • Troy Fumagalli, TE (Broncos): Fumagalli just had surgery but Denver is going to try and bring him back to their practice squad.
  • Ryan Groy, OL (Chargers): Tough move for the veteran offensive lineman, but with injuries sure to hit other teams one would think Groy could find a spot as a versatile backup.
  • Nick Nelson, S (Raiders): Nelson was cut back on Sept. 1 due to a failed physical. He’s played in 12 games over the past two seasons.