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Several Nittany Lions Re-Sign With NFL Teams Following Roster Cuts

This weekend, the NFL’s 32 teams were required to trim their rosters down to 53 players ahead of the 2020 season. Following the process, 16 former Penn State football players were cut from their respective teams.

While many lost spots on their teams, several Nittany Lions managed to sign with others or rejoin their original teams’ practice squads this week.

Defensive end Shareef Miller had a whirlwind of an afternoon Saturday when he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles and soon claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

Miller was drafted by Philadelphia in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft but struggled to contribute as a rookie. He’ll now join fellow Nittany Lion defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos in Carolina and play under former Penn State linebacker and letterman Matt Rhule, who became the team’s coach over the offseason.

Offensive lineman AQ Shipley had a brief stint in free agency but was quickly re-signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Shipley entered the NFL in 2009 and has played for multiple different teams, the Buccaneers being his sixth.

New Orleans Saints seventh-round pick Tommy Stevens and post-draft signee Juwan Johnson were both cut over the weekend but will remain with the team’s practice squad. Both had fairly productive careers in Happy Valley and eventually transferred to Mississippi State and Oregon, respectively.

Stevens played several different offensive positions as a Nittany Lion, and he’ll stay on the Saints’ practice squad as a tight end. While he still has room to grow at the position, “Touchdown Tommy” proved his pass-catching ability at Penn State by recording 14 grabs for 62 yards and two scores.

Defensive lineman Robert Windsor signed with the Colts’ practice squad after the team released him the previous day. Windsor, a sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft, was a surprise cut ahead of Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

Former Nittany Lion defensive back Trevor Williams was released by the Philadelphia Eagles but quickly rejoined the organization on its practice squad. Additionally, the New York Jets released Penn State hoops alum Ross Travis. The 6’6″ tight end was added to the organization’s practice squad the next day.

Former Penn State tight end Nick Bowers was cut by his Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday, but he’ll also stick with the team’s practice squad. Bowers was signed by Las Vegas after the 2020 NFL Draft, however, joined a team with several tight ends already on its roster.

Among other Nittany Lions cut were Grant Haley (New York Giants), Steven Gonzalez (Arizona Cardinals), Jan Johnson (Houston Texans), and Garrett Taylor (Buffalo Bills). There’s a chance they will rejoin their team’s practice squads, but nothing official has been confirmed.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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