Former Husker Rex Burkhead has officially made the 2013 Cincinnati Bengals 53 man regular season roster edging out former Ohio State running back Daniel Herron. Burkhead is listed as the fourth string running back on the Cincinnati Bengals official website. Burkhead finished the preseason with 4.6 yards/per carry and a single touchdown. The Bengals made a great “character” choice by keeping Burkhead around the clubhouse.
Safety Dejon Gomes and LB Eric Martin were both picked up off waivers. Gomes was signed by the Detroit Lions and Eric Martin with the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland apparently saw something they liked in Martin during the preseason while he was battling for a spot in New Orleans.
Former Husker players that have been cut and not assigned to NFL rosters include, Brandon Jackson, Phillip Dillard, Zach Potter, Ricky Henry, Ben Cotton, Larry Asante, and Brett Maher. Cleveland’s release of Brandon Jackson was somewhat of a surprise as he seemed to have solidified a back up running back slot this preseason. SafetyLarry Asante made a positive impact in the preseason for the Colts and was written about here.
Marcel Jones and Will Compton have confirmed scout team signings. Jones with the Saints and Compton with the Redskins. This is no small feat as NFL teams are allowed a maximum of eight scout team players each.
If the HBO series Hard Knocks has taught us one thing, it is that the NFL is purely a business looking to capitalize on talent and there’s plenty of it out there. You’re either good enough or you’re not. No one gets a spot solely because of how well they preformed in college or how many years they’ve already put in, it’s all about what can you do for the team now.
Keep your eyes on Husker Corner for more coverage of former Huskers in the NFL each week.