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18 HBCU players make initial NFL 53 man rosters

18 HBCU alumni made an initial NFL 53 man roster. Players can continue to be signed to rosters and practice squads will be updated here.

19 former HBCU players make an initial NFL 53 man roster. Players can continue to be signed to rosters and practice squads heading into next week’s season opener. This list does not include players that may be signed to an NFL practice squad, but active rosters only.

BY NFL DIVISION

AFC West

Oakland Raiders

  • Brandon Parker, T (North Carolina A&T)

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Ryan Smith, DB (North Carolina Central)
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AFC NORTH

Cleveland Browns

  • Montrel Meander, LB (Grambling State)
  • Jamie Gillan, P (Arkansas-Pine Bluff)

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans

  • Tytus Howard, OL (Alabama State)

Indianapolis Colts

Tennessee Titans

  • Chester Rogers, WR (Grambling State)

NFC EAST

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Javon Hargrave, DT (South Carolina State)

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears

  • Lachavious Simmons, OL (Tennessee State)
  • Tarik Cohen, RB (North Carolina A&T)
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Detroit Lions

  • Bobby Price, DB (Norfolk State University)
  • KhaDarel Hodge, WR (Prarie View A&M)

NFC SOUTH

Carolina Panthers

  • Darryl Johnson, DE (North Carolina A&T)
  • Trent Scott, T (Grambling State)
  • Trenton Cannon, RB (Virginia State)

New Orleans Saints

  • Terron Armstead, T (Arkansas-Pine Bluff)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Nick Leverett, G (North Carolina Central)

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals

  • Joshua Miles, T (Morgan State)

MEAC TO NFL

The MEAC has nine former HBCU players represented on this year’s initial NFL 53 man release. North Carolina A&T will kick off its first season in the Big South this season, however, each player on this list played with the Aggies in the MEAC.

HBCU TRENCH MOB

Ten of the HBCU alumni on this list are defensive or offensive linemen. Black college football teams are getting it done in the trenches.

18 HBCU players make initial NFL 53 man rosters
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