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NFL Cut Day Tracker: What’s Happening with UCF Alums?

After four Knights were released Saturday, we’re tracking where they resurface in the NFL today

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Shaquem Griffin.
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A quartet of former Knights were waived on Saturday as NFL teams pared their rosters to 53 men. If you want to catch up on the moves that were made, we have a full roundup further down in this post.

Today, as released players are either claimed off the waiver wire or become free agents, we’re following where those Knights end up. As such, this post will be updated throughout Sunday.

2:59 p.m: Running back Adrian Killins Jr. rejoins the Philadelphia Eagles

Killins was used at running back, receiver and kick returner in Eagles camp. Philly cut him on Thursday. His speed and versatility will keep him in the league for a while. Hopefully he gets a shot on an active roster in the near future. Players such as Tarik Cohen, Tyreek Hill and many others have proven that small stature + speed + quickness + multi-purpose skills can be a winning combination in today’s NFL.

1:40 p.m: Linebacker Shaquem Griffin rejoins the Seattle Seahawks

As it should be.

1:39 p.m: Linebacker Nate Evans rejoins the Jacksonville Jaguars

This was expected as long as Evans cleared waivers, which he did. He was cut by the Jags on Saturday. Barring a waiver claim by another team, we should see similar outcomes with Shaquem Griffin and Nevelle Clarke, who were released by the Seahawks and Vikings, respectively, on Saturday.

Saturday

This is a bittersweet day across the NFL. As hundreds of players are handed their walking papers, many others are rewarded for their hard work in training camp with a spot on a 53-man roster.

UCF Knights alums will experience both the joy and the agony today, and we’ll be updating this post throughout the weekend as former Knights find out that they have either made the team or have been waived. For the players in the second category, they could be claimed off the waiver wire by another team tomorrow. The deadline for teams to submit their waiver claims is noon Sunday. Any unclaimed player becomes a free agent.

3:52 p.m: Fullback Bruce Miller makes the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster

Finally some positive UCF news today: Bruce Miller has made the Jags’ 53-man squad as a fullback after signing with them just three weeks ago. Miller, a seventh-round pick in 2011 following some great seasons as a defensive end at UCF, hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015.

3:05 p.m: Linebacker Nate Evans released by the Jacksonville Jaguars

Evans received some good reviews in camp, but he won’t be one of the 16 rookies on the Jags’ 53-man roster.

2:23 p.m: Cornerback Nevelle Clarke released by the Minnesota Vikings

Clarke’s father, Norman, broke the news on Twitter:

I would consider this a surprise as Nevelle had performed well in camp according to beat writers, and some of them included Clarke in their final 53-man roster projections. Clarke received $115,000 guaranteed from the Vikings when they signed him in April, so assuming he clears waivers, I would expect Minnesota to stash him as one of the four weekly protected players on its 16-player practice squad.

1:09 p.m: Tight end Jordan Franks released by the Cincinnati Bengals

Franks spent all of last season on the Bengals’ practice squad until he was called up to the active roster for the regular-season finale. He caught two passes in six games with Cincinnati in 2018.

1:10 p.m: Linebacker Shaquem Griffin released by Seattle Seahawks

Our Jeremy Brener covered this tough bit of news earlier today:

Earlier this week

A couple of Knights were released prior to today: Running back Adrian Killins Jr. and offensive lineman Wyatt Miller were cut by the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, respectively. MIller reached an injury settlement with the Cowboys on Friday.