The NFL season kicks off on Thursday as the Bears take on the Packers, two of the more popular teams in Nebraska. Prince Amukamara is the only former Husker playing in that game. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of other former Huskers playing this weekend. This article is just going to be a preview of who is in the league. I’m going to structure these weekly articles like I did last year. I’m only going to focus on the skill position players, unless there’s something specific I want to expand on from the lineman. For example, since Ndamukong Suh plays defense, he’ll have stats almost every game so he’ll be in almost every article.
I want to make sure I still highlight other Husker players, such as offensive lineman or practice squad guys, so I’m going to mention them here. If you’re curious about a certain player let me know in the comments and I will try to respond or let you know next week. If you just can’t wait to find out about your favorite former Husker, Twitter is a great place to search.
Tanner Lee - Free Agent (FA): Lee is currently not on an NFL roster, though the Chiefs did work out Lee on Monday. I doubt this goes anywhere, but I’ll have an update next week if so.
Rex Burkhead - New England Patriots: Burkhead is still in the loaded Patriots backfield for the 2019 season.
Ameer Abdullah - Minnesota Vikings: Abdullah is, from what I’ve heard, the main running back behind Dalvin Cook. Considering Cook has been injured a lot, there might be a lot of opportunity for Abdullah this season.
Devine Ozigbo - Jacksonville Jaguars: Ozigbo was on the Saints during the preseason, and when they cut him they tried to quietly get him to their practice squad. That didn’t happen because the Lions, Browns and Jags all put in claims for him. He had an impressive preseason so he was a strong candidate to get picked up somewhere.
Andy Janovich - Denver Broncos: Janovich is going to be a strong contributor from the Broncos again this season. He plays on offense as well as special teams.
Quincy Enunwa - New York Jets: Enunwa had some injury trouble last year, but I expect him to hook up with Sam Darnold a lot this season.
Stanley Morgan Jr. - Cincinnati Bengals Practice Squad (PS): Morgan Jr. had a really good preseason, but was inched out of a roster spot because the Bengals expect A.J Green to be back relatively soon. Green wasn’t placed on IR, so the Bengals cut Morgan Jr. to get to the required 53-man roster. They later signed him onto their practice squad.
Cethan Carter - Cincinnati Bengals: Carter is listed as the number four TE on the Bengals. A lot of teams only carry three tight ends, so if the Bengals make any moves he might be on his way out.
Niles Paul - Retired: In case some people missed it, Paul retired earlier in the summer. Congratulations on a good career Niles!
Jerald Foster - FA: Foster was on the Redskins during the preseason, but was cut a few days ago. I haven’t heard whether he’s going to get a shot somewhere else.
Nick Gates - New York Giants: It sounds like Gates might be a backup tackle for the Giants, but I can’t confirm that. I know he did make the initial 53-man roster.
Richie Incognito - Oakland Raiders: Oh Richie! Let’s not forget that Mr. Incognito said he was going to retire after the 2018 season. He got himself suspended because he threatened to shoot up a funeral home because they wouldn’t let him cut off his father’s head. He’ll serve his suspension and then start for the Raiders. He fits perfectly on the Raiders.
Alex Lewis - New York Jets: Lewis was a starter on the Ravens offensive line last year, but he battled some injuries and for whatever reason he was going to get cut before the Jets agreed to trade for him.
Spencer Long - Buffalo Bills: Long is the backup center in Buffalo, but that could change at any moment. As a Chiefs fan, I know Mitch Morse (the Bills starting center) is in concussion protocol a lot. In fact, he just got out of it. We’ll see if Long is needed at any point this season.
Jeremiah Sirles - FA: I can’t confirm whether Sirles is a free agent, but I know he was on the Bills and was released from their injured reserve list with a settlement.
Brent Qvale - New York Jets IR: Qvale was just placed on IR on Monday, so I don’t expect to see him play much this season, if not at all.
Zach Sterup - Miami Dolphins PS: Sterup was cut by the Dolphins over the weekend, but he rejoined their practice squad on Monday.
Freedom Akinmoladun - New York Giants PS: Akinmoladun was cut over the weekend, but was signed to the Giants practice squad on Monday.
Maliek Collins Sr. - Dallas Cowboys: Collins is in kind of a prove it year. He’s with the Cowboys again, and this year he needs to prove he can compete in the NFL.
Randy Gregory - Dallas Cowboys (Suspended): Gregory was suspended during this last offseason once again for violating the league substance abuse policy. It’s interesting to see Josh Gordon, a player on the Patriots who has had similar issues, get reinstated earlier in August. We’ll see if Gregory ever plays in the NFL again.
Ndamukong Suh - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Suh is on his fourth team in his ninth NFL season. Last season he almost won a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams, but they didn’t resign him so he came back to Florida.
Will Compton - New Orleans Saints (IR): Compton goes to his third team in six seasons. Sadly, his season may be over before it started. Over the weekend, the Saints put Compton on injured reserve.
Lavonte David - Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David will hopefully be ready to play this week as he’s coming back from a knee injury. For everybody who wished they could’ve seen Suh and David play together, now is your chance.
Nathan Gerry - Philadelphia Eagles: Gerry enters his third season with the Eagles. He started the first game of the season last year, but was injured for most of the remaining games. Gerry is also in a prove it year.
Luke Gifford - Dallas Cowboys: Gifford must’ve shown the Cowboys a lot in the preseason because he was kept on the 53-man roster after being injured during the first preseason game.
Dedrick Young II - FA: Young was with the Browns during preseason, but didn’t survive the final round of cuts.
Prince Amukamara - Chicago Bears: Amukamara is the first former Husker to play in the NFL regular season. He’ll be a starting corner again in the Bears’ solid defense.
Chris Jones - Arizona Cardinals: Jones has made his way up on the depth chart since being signed by the Cardinals during the 2018 season. Jones will get the start in week one since Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals best corner, is suspended.
Joshua Kalu - Tennessee Titans (IR): Kalu made the initial 53-man roster for the Titans, but he was placed on injured reserve on Monday.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste - FA: Jean-Baptiste was most recently with the Ravens, and I believe they cut him and gave him an injury settlement.
Brett Maher - Dallas Cowboys: Maher signed an extension with the Cowboys during the offseason, and will enter his second season in the NFL with the Cowboys.
Sam Koch - Baltimore Ravens: Koch enters the 2019 NFL season as the oldest former Husker currently in the NFL at age 37. He will handle the punting duties for at least another year in Baltimore.
Well, that’s everyone folks. I know I tried to keep it brief, even though I included everyone. Don’t worry, when weekly recaps are written they won’t be this long. Let me know who you think is going to win the Super Bowl in the comments. I’d love to see what people think.