As NFL rosters have been cut-down to the maximum of 53-players, several Gamecocks were involved on the NFL transaction wire. Find out below how some notable Gamecocks fared on the day that most young NFL players fear the most.
Tori Gurley: Gurley was waived by the Green Bay Packers. Gurley spent 2011 on the Packers practice squad and was making a name for himself in Green Bay for his standout special teams play and practice efforts. Unfortunately, those efforts weren’t enough for the Packers to keep Gurley on the roster or practice squad. Gurley has been signed to the Minnesota Vikings practice sqaud. The Vikings showed interest in Gurley last year by offering him a spot on the active 53-man roster. Gurley declined at the time to learn more in the Green Bay offense and hopefully see postseason action. Gurley will have an opportunity to become active at some point of the season and see his first regular season NFL snaps with the Vikings.
Rokevious Watkins: Watkins was perhaps the biggest surprise of the St. Louis Rams 2012 NFL Draft Class. After parting ways with guard Quinn Ojinakka, Watkins consistent play has perhaps earned himself a starting spot on the offensive line. Watkins was listed behind Harvey Dahl and Ojinakka on the Rams depth chart at both right and left guard. Unless the Rams sign a veteran offensive lineman, expect to see Watkins open the season opening holes for Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson.
Antonio Allen: Allen was selected by the New York Jets in the 2012 NFL Draft. After a solid camp and preseason, Allen was waived by the Jets. After clearing waivers, Allen was signed to the practice squad. It’s hard to determine whether Allen will see the field in the 2012 after being one 0f the top safety prospects in the draft. The Jets had one of the shakiest safety rotations in the NFL last season and have hoped to solidify it by signing former top draft choice of the Redskins LaRon Landry, and former Miami Dolphin Yeremiah Bell.
Spencer Lanning: Lanning was cut the Cleveland Browns initially during the first round of cuts in the NFL, only to be signed by the Jets and once again let go. Since joining the NFL, Lanning has spent time on the rosters of the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets.
Patrick DiMarco: DiMarco was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Chargers after the 2011 NFL Draft. DiMarco was injured during camp and would miss the entire season. DiMarco was released by the Chargers during the 2012 training camp and was picked up by the rival Kansas City Chiefs. DiMarco was waived by the Chiefs and then brought back to the practice squad. Not bad for an undersized fullback who has missed an entire season.
Travian Robertson: Robertson was a 7th round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, joining former Gamecocks teammate Cliff Matthews. Roberston saw an extended amount of action during the preseason and his hard work wouldn’t go un-noticed. Roberston joined Cliff Matthews by earning a spot on the active 53-man roster. Roberston should be expected to see some action season, especially after the injury to defensive tackle Corey Peters.
Eric Norwood: Remains a free agent after being released by the Carolina Panthers.
Jason Barnes: Remains a free agent after being released by the San Diego Chargers.
Terrence Campbell: Remains a free agent after being released by the New York Jets.