The NFL kicks off this weekend, and for 18 weeks in a row, you’ll be able to see some former Rebels on the big stage.
On August 31, all 32 NFL teams were required to cut down their rosters to 53 players. During the off-season, they were allowed to carry up to 90 players, but after the deadline, they are forced to trim down to 53. You probably saw a lot of the big-name headlines of players cut (I’m looking at you, Cam Newton,) but there are some notable Ole Miss alumni who made the cuts.
As you start your 15 hours of football Sunday this week, keep an eye out for all of your favorite Rebels.
- Elijah Moore: NY Jets, expected to be one of three starting wide receivers
- DK Metcalf: Seattle Seahawks, starting WR and maybe a robot
- A.J. Brown: Tennessee Titans, starting WR and quickly becoming mayor of Nashville in addition to mayor of Starkville
- Evan Engram: NY Giants, starting tight end is battling an injury to start the year
- Royce Newman: Green Bay Packers, starting offensive guard and quickly becoming a rising rookie name of note across the greater Wisconsin area
- Greg Little: Miami Dolphins, backup left tackle behind Austin Jackson
- Bobbie Massie: Denver Broncos, starting right tackle for a Broncos squad in a weird place without a big name QB
- Dawson Knox: Buffalo Bills, starting TE looks for a more consistent 2021 season
- Scottie Phillips: Houston Texans, running back third string currently behind Mark Ingram and David Johnson who both have some significant mileage on their legs at 31 and 29 years of age
- Mike Hilton: Cincinnati Bengals, starting cornerback made the jump from the Steelers to in-conference rival
- Laremy Tunsil: Houston Texans, starting left tackle who has become one of the most dominant blockers in the league
- Myles Hartsfield: Carolina Panthers, backup safety behind Jeremy Chinn
- AJ Moore: Houston Texans, currently on injured reserve at safety
- CJ Moore: Detroit Lions, backup safety behind Tracy Walker III
- D.J Jones: San Francisco 49ers, starting defensive tackle is coming back on a one year deal at $5.3 million but has some competition at his position this season
- Marquis Haynes: Carolina Panthers, backup defensive end behind Brian Burns
- Jordan Wilkins: Indianapolis Colts, battling for playing time in a crowded RB room that features Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines