When NFL teams trimmed down rosters to 53 players over the weekend, only four former Montana Griz players held a job. By Monday morning, that number was down to three. Here’s a look at how former Griz played this preseason, and who remains on an NFL roster to begin the season.
Trumaine Johnson, Los Angeles Rams cornerback
No surprise here. The Rams’ highest-paid player in 2017 only played in one preseason game, but the Stockton, California native registered a nine-yard interception in the process. Expect Johnson to remain the Rams’ No. 1 option at cornerback this season.
Brock Coyle, San Francisco 49ers linebacker
Coyle signed a one-year, $1.45 million contract with San Francisco this offseason, and while the Bozeman product is factored to be NaVorro Bowman’s backup, he safely made San Francisco’s 53-man roster. Though he didn’t play in the first preseason game of 2017, Coyle finished with six tackles in three games, including four against the Los Angeles Chargers. Should any of San Francisco’s linebackers suffer an injury, expect Coyle to step up and play as he did last season for the Seattle Seahawks.
Tyrone Holmes, Cleveland Browns defensive lineman
Making perhaps the biggest impact out of all former Griz this preseason, Tyrone Holmes was released by Cleveland on Sunday. Holmes — a 2016 sixth-round draft pick — made two game-changing plays in the Browns’ first three games, forcing fumbles on the final play of Cleveland’s wins against New Orleans in Week 1 and Tampa Bay in Week 3. Holmes made a total of 10 tackles this preseason, in addition to two sacks as the Browns finished the preseason 4-0.
Colt Anderson, Safety
In order to make room for quarterback Joe Webb, the Buffalo Bills released safety Colt Anderson on Monday. Anderson was set to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. UPDATE: Anderson has re-signed with the Bills, according to Skyline Sports.
William Poehls, Offensive Lineman
As a rookie, Poehls played in every game for the Chicago Bears, but was released on Sunday. UPDATE: Poehls was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Adam Schefter.
Jordan Tripp, Linebacker
Tripp played in the first two of Green Bay’s preseason games, totaling four tackles in the preseason opener against Philadelphia. He was released on Sunday. UPDATE: Tripp has signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons, according to Vaughn McClure.
JR Nelson, Cornerback
Nelson made one tackle in the Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason opener against San Francisco, but was released prior to Week 4 due to an injury.
Jamaal Jones, Wide Receiver
In his second NFL season, Jones was released by the organization that signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2016, the (then-San Diego) Los Angeles Chargers. Jones played in all four of the Chargers’ preseason games, hauling in 10 receptions for 99 yards total.