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11 Cougs make Week 1 NFL rosters

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While the Washington State Cougars were busy racking up touchdowns against the New Mexico State Aggies, many of their former teammates were settling in after the final NFL Week 1 rosters were set.

Not all of the Cougs had it go there way, but pending further changes, there will be 12 Cougs on NFL sidelines on Sunday.

Deone Bucannon and Joe Dahl are the veterans of the group. Dahl recently signed an extension with the Detroit Lions and Bucannon should be in line for a significant role on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.

Frankie Luvu once again made the New York Jets’ 53-man roster. Hercules Mata’afa, Daniel Ekuale and Cole Madison all made the active roster for Week 1 for the first time. This will be the first time Mata’afa (Minnesota Vikings), Ekuale (Cleveland Browns) and Madison (Green Bay Packers) are on the active roster for a regular season game.

Andre Dillard’s place is secure with the Philadelphia Eagles and Gardner Minshew will open the season as the backup quarterback with the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Jalen Thompson will kick off his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals.

River Cracraft initially made the Denver Broncos’ 53-man roster, but he was waived Sunday night and has not yet been re-signed by anyone. The Broncos’ practice squad seems like the most likely bet.

Luke Falk did not make the active roster in New York, but did join the Jets’ practice squad. The Jets only kept two quarterbacks, so Falk could receive a promotion should an injury occur.

Destiny Vaeao landed on injured reserve with the Carolina Panthers after missing the preseason with a quad injury.

James Williams was waived following a brief stint with the Detroit Lions. Logan Tago and Shalom Luani were both released by the Seattle Seahawks. Vince Mayle was released by the Los Angeles Chargers. All four have not yet landed on another roster or practice squad.



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