13 Penn Staters Released as 53-man Rosters are Finalized
For many young Nittany Lions, the 2012 NFL offseason is now nothing more than the memory of a glorified summer camp.
Final cuts were made on Friday and 13 Nittany Lions fell victim to roster downsizing. The only genuine surprise of the cuts — in my opinion — was that of Steelers punter Jeremy Kapinos. More on that later on in the post.
Despite the negativity built in to final cuts, there were a few Penn Staters who were on the bubble and actually made the active roster. There were also a couple of younger players who were signed to their team’s practice squad almost immediately after being cut.
See all of the Penn Staters who were cut, as well as the bubble players who made it after the jump!
Released, Signed to Practice Squad
- Stephfon Green, RB, Lions
- Nate Stupar, LB, Raiders
- Brett Brackett, TE, Jaguars (Cut by Eagles, claimed by Jaguars — Likely to practice squad)
Released to Free Agency
- Scott Paxson, DT, Browns
- Ollie Ogbu, DT, Eagles
- Jeremy Kapinos, P, Steelers
- Derrick Williams, WR, Steelers
- DeOn’Tae Pannell, OL, Saints
- Mickey Shuler, TE, Vikings
- Deon Butler, WR, Seahawks
- Andrew Szczerba, TE, Cowboys
- D’Anton Lynn, CB, Jets
- Chris Hogan, WR, Dolphins
Made Initial 53-Man Roster
- Jordan Norwood, WR, Browns
- A.Q. Shipley, C, Colts
- Rich Ohrnberger, OG, Cardinals
- Dennis Landolt, OT, Jets
- Pat Devlin, QB, Dolphins
- Thing just never seem to work out for Jeremy Kapinos. This offseason appeared to be the first one in recent years where he had a secure job as starting punter for the Steelers. Fate being unkind as it is, Kapinos injured his back during this training camp and opened the door for rookie Drew Butler to prove his worth. Unfortunately for Kapinos, Butler thrived in the role during the preseason and that was all the Steelers needed to pick Butler as the starter.
- The Redskins decided to part ways with Tim Hightower, which means Evan Royster and Roy Helu are now officially ”the guys” in Washington. Neither Royster nor Helu is a clear-cut favorite to win the starting job, but it’s fair to say that we’ll see Royster getting a solid number of carries per game now, regardless of his starting status.
- After spending all of the 2010 and 2011 season on practice squads, Dennis Landolt has finally made an active NFL roster. Assuming the Jets don’t cut him between now and next Sunday, week 1 will be the first time Landolt actually gets to suit up on an NFL sideline. It only took him until his third season!
- Colts center A.Q. Shipley sees Landolt’s 3 seasons, and raises him 4. Shipley has also made an active roster for the first time in his career. For Shipley, however, that wait was one year longer, as he will be entering his 4th year in the league. He will be the second-string center, which means he will always be one injury from being the guy snapping the ball to Andrew Luck. Not a bad gig for the first one.
- The Dolphins raised a few eyebrows when they chose to keep 4 quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. One of those four was none other than Pat Devlin, who is currently listed as the 3rd QB on the depth chart, ahead of David Garrard. The ‘Phins will probably whittle the group down to three by the time opening weekend rolls around, but it looks like Devlin could be safe if they decide to do so.
- After being claimed by the Jaguars, Brett Brackett will enter his second stint in Jacksonville. He spent time on their practice squad in 2011, so it appears someone was watching his 2 touchdown preseason.