National Football League teams made their final cuts on Saturday to reduce their rosters to 53 players, with those final cuts claiming some promising players.
Atlanta Falcons rookie tackle Terren Jones was not one of the cuts. Jones, the former starting left tackle for Alabama State, survived the final cut and will be part of the Falcons’ 53-man roster when it opens the season next weekend.
Oakland Raiders receiver Greg Jenkins was not as lucky. The former Alabama State quarterback made it until the final hours on Saturday before being cut by the Raiders.
Others who learned their fate in the final hours were former Alabama safety Robert Lester, cut by the Panthers; Auburn tailback Onterrio McCalebb and Auburn guard John Sullen, cut by the Bengals; Troy defender Kanorris Davis, cut by the Patriots; Selma native and veteran receiver Ben Obamanu of Auburn, cut by the Jets; and Auburn receiver Emory Blake, cut by the Rams.
Among those learning his fate on Friday was former ASU linebacker Nigel Carr, who was one of four players cut by the Ravens. Carr was cut by the Ravens last year, then picked up in October and put back on the roster in time to grab a Super Bowl ring.
Others on the chopping block Friday included former Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley, cut by the Falcons; former NFL quarterback Matt Leinart, one of five players cut by the Bills; and former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, one of 10 players cut by the Rams.
The next wave of cuts came early Saturday as a few veterans were added to the cut list, including former Tuskegee defensive back Drayton Florence, cut by the Panthers; Montgomery native and former Alabama center Antoine Caldwell, cut by the Bills; former Alabama linebacker Jerrell Harris, cut by the Chargers; former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, cut by the Jets; former Texas quarterback Vince Young, who was picked up by the Packers, then cut in a surprise move; and former Heisman winner Tim Tebow, who learned his NFL career may be over after being cut by the Patriots on Saturday.
Jones, along with former Alabama defensive lineman Damion Square of the Eagles, is one of the few from this area who defied the odds by signing with a team as a free agent after failing to be drafted, then making the team.