NFL teams finalized their active rosters and practice squads this week and nearly a dozen Cougars will begin the season on teams.
The NFL Cougars are headlined by Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback Gardner Minshew. Minshew begins his second season as the unquestioned starter.
Many Cougs begin the season in familiar places. Jalen Thompson begins year two in Arizona while Frankie Luvu (New York Jets), Joe Dahl (Detroit Lions) and Hercules Mata’afa (Minnesota Vikings) return with their teams from last season. Deone Bucannon will begin his first season with the Atlanta Falcons.
Dezmon Patmon made the Indianapolis Colts’ final roster and is the only WSU rookie to make an active roster for Week 1.
While they didn’t make it through cut down day, River Cracraft and Daniel Ekuale were added to practice squads on Sunday. Cracraft returned to the 49ers, while Ekuale will join Minshew in Jacksonville after being released by the Browns.
Andre Dillard remains with the Eagles, but will miss the 2020 season after being placed on Injured Reserve.
Anthony Gordon, Easop Winston Jr, Cole Madison and Shalom Luani all spent time with various teams during camp, but are not currently on rosters. This season, however, figures to be an active one for transactions and all four could get another chance this season.
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