The NFL season is about to start and some of the players playing on Thursday or Sunday spent their college lives in Lubbock. There are a total of 13 former Red Raiders on active rosters, two on practice squads, and two currently on Injured Reserved. Here are all of them and their potential role for their teams this season:
On Injured Reserve:
WR Antoine Wesley: Baltimore Ravens
DE Branden Jackson: Seattle Seahawks
Practice Squad Members:
TE/WR Dylan Cantrell: Arizona Cardinals
Cantrell moved from Wideout to Tight End this offseason when he signed with College Coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals. Without preseason action, we couldn’t really see Cantrell in his new position but the Cardinals must see something in him to sign him to their practice squad.
RB Deandre Washington: Kansas City Chiefs
Washington was easily one of the best running backs in Texas Tech history. He’s had some good moments with the Oakland Raiders the past few seasons and signed with the Chiefs in the offseason and could be someone called upon if their other running backs get injured.
WR Cameron Batson: Tennessee Titans
The run-heavy Titans have had Batson on their roster since 2018 and his speed is something the Titans love about him. He will backup at the slot and outside receivers this season and also might get some reps on special teams at both return positions.
Edit: Batson was released on Monday to make room for Jadaveous Clowney.
Active Roster Members:
OT Terrence Steele: Dallas Cowboys
Steele was not expected to make the Cowboys’ roster this offseason with no preseason action and one of the best offensive lines in the league. Steele managed to stick, which is great for the former Red Raider and he’ll provide solid depth for the Cowboys’ new offense.
DT Broderick Washington Jr.: Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens believe they got a steal in the draft this year when they nabbed Washington in the 5th Round of the draft this last offseason. They will play him at the nose tackle position and will most likely get some solid reps this season. Look for Washington to provide depth for the team and maybe get solid reps in running downs this season.
LB Jordyn Brooks: Seattle Seahawks
Brooks was the Seahawks’ first round pick this season and he will look to make an immediate impact at linebacker. He will most likely back-up KJ Wright at the inside linebacker spot, but don’t be surprised if the Seahawks gave Brooks a chance to make an impact almost immediately.
LB Sam Eguavoen: Miami Dolphins
This journey from the CFL to the NFL is inspiring and the former Red Raiders will look to make an impact on special teams and defensively at linebacker. He will provide depth at linebacker and most likely will make the most impact on special teams.
LB Dakota Allen: Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars brought in Allen this offseason and he managed to make the team after sticking on the Rams’ practice squad last season. He will also be a depth piece in the linebacking corp for Jacksonville playing multiple positions this season.
WR Keke Coutee: Houston Texans
There was much speculation about whether or not Coutee would be cut this offseason. Coutee will play the slot receiver spot behind Randall Cobb. He could also make an impact on special teams as a punt returner.
WR/KR/PR Jakeem Grant: Miami Dolphins
Probably the fastest guy in the league not named Tyreek Hill will look to have another good season for the Dolphins and will look to step up as their main option out of the slot this year. He will also be looking to make an impact as the main returner on special teams.
QB Patrick Mahomes III: Kansas City Chiefs
The defending Super Bowl MVP and half-billionaire will be leading the Chiefs for the next decade or so. Expect him to have another amazing season. Enough said right?
OT Le’Raven Clark: Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have one of the best offensive lines in football, and Clark adds great depth to that line, backing up both tackle positions this year.
DE Kerry Hyder: San Francisco 49ers
Hyder is coming off a good season with the Dallas Cowboys. The former Red Raider had 17 tackles and 1 sack last season in a depth role with Dallas. He will transition to a similar role in San Francisco.
S Cody Davis: New England Patriots
Davis has bounced around the NFL over the past few years and even had a good stint in Jacksonville where he played in ever game over the last two seasons. He now moves to a role in New England where he will get an opportunity to play a lot on special teams and backup the safety spot.
WR Danny Amendola: Detroit Lions
Amendola is the longest-tenured Red Raider in the NFL. He is currently in his second season with the Lions after a long stint with the New England Patriots. Look for Amendola to be one of the main slot receivers for the Lions passing attack.