Undrafted Free Agents That "Beat The Odds"

list of undrafted "underdogs" that have made week 1 regular season rosters

last updated: 9/26/2013

Arizona Cardinals:

WR Jaron Brown; FS Tony Jefferson

Atlanta Falcons:

OT Ryan Schraeder; OLB Joplo Bartu; OLB Paul Worrilow

Baltimore Ravens:

WR Marlon Brown; FS Brynden Trawick

Buffalo Bills:

QB Jeff Tuel; CB Nickell Robey

Carolina Panthers:

TE Brandon Williams; DE Wes Horton; CB Melvin White

Chicago Bears:

RB Michael Ford; DT Zach Minter; CB C.J. Wilson

Cincinnati Bengals:

OLB Jayson DiManche

Cleveland Browns:

OT Martin Wallace; OC Patrick Lewis; TE MarQueis Gray; TE Keavon Milton;

OLB Brandon Magee; DE Paul Hazel; ILB Eric Martin; CB Josh Aubrey

Dallas Cowboys:

SS Jeff Heath

Denver Broncos:

RB C.J. Anderson

Detroit Lions:

TE Joseph Fauria; OT LaAdrian Waddle

Green Bay Packers:

OG Lane Taylor; OLB Andy Mulumba

Houston Texans:

RB Cierre Wood; OLB Willie Jefferson; OLB Justin Tuggle; CB A.J. Bouye

Indianapolis Colts:

TE Jack Doyle

Jacksonville Jaguars:

DT Abry Jones; OLB LaRoy Reynolds; LS Carson Tinker LS

Kansas City Chiefs:

QB Tyler Bray; SS Brad McDougald; OLB Josh Martin OLB; CB Marcus Cooper

Miami Dolphins:

NONE

Minnesota Vikings:

FB Zach Line

New England Patriots:

WR Kenbrell Thompkins; OG Josh Kline; OG Chris Barker; TE Zach Sudfeld; DT Joe Vellano; P Ryan Allen

New Orleans Saints:

OG Tim Lelito; TE Josh Hill; RB Khiry Robinson; DE Glenn Foster; ILB Kevin Reddick; CB Rod Sweeting

New York Giants:

NONE

New York Jets:

WR Ryan Spadola

Oakland Raiders:

QB Matt McGloin; DE Ryan Robinson

Philadelphia Eagles:

OG Matt Tobin; DE Damion Square; OLB Jake Knott

Pittsburgh Steelers:

OLB Terence Garvin

San Diego Chargers:

NT Kwame Geathers; SS Jahleel Addae

San Francisco 49ers:

SF Kevin McDermott LS

Seattle Seahawks:

OG Alvin Bailey; DE Benson Mayowa; OLB John Lotulelei

St. Louis Rams:

RB Benny Cunningham; DE Gerald Rivers; MLB Daren Bates; OLB Jonathan Stewart; OLB Ray Ray Armstrong

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

WR Russell Shepard; TE Tim Wright

Tennessee Titans:

NONE

Washington Redskins:

NONE

DD.comment: We used to compile similar lists each year in the early days of DD.com (2004 to 2009) and the number of Undrafted Free Agents to make N.F.L. Week One rosters used to be in the 35 to 40 range. Obviously, we were absolutely shocked when we saw over 70 on 2013 opening week rosters!

One thing to note, most of the guys on this list were among the last players to make their respective teams, so don't be surprised if a few are cut in upcoming weeks -- Rams cut a UFA rookie linebacker yesterday. Also, it's very likely many more UFA rookies will make N.F.L. rosters before the season is over. In years past, there is usually an uptick in UFA rookies promoted to 53 man rosters after week 9, or so. This usually happens when teams that seem to be out of their respective playoff races look to replace injured veterans with young, practice squad types.

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