#NFLMeanGreen - Four Former NT Players Prepare For NFL Regular Season
Four Former Mean Green Players Are On Opening Week NFL Rosters
DENTON -- The NFL preseason is complete (exhale), 53-man rosters have been set, and four former Mean Green players find themselves on Week 1 rosters. Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar did not make an appearance in the preseason, as he continues to fight back from a knee injury suffered in Week 4 of 2015, but he, along with linebacker Zach Orr (Baltimore Ravens), linebacker Craig Robertson (New Orleans Saints) and fullback Jamize Olawale (Oakland Raiders) are set to begin the 2016 season.
In the Cowboys preseason finale, as stated above, Dunbar was held out of action, but another former Mean Green player, Derek Akunne had a big night. Akunne recorded 10 combined tackles, five of which were solo, in a 28-17 loss to the Houston Texans at home last Thursday.
Unfortunately, Akunne was released last week, as the Cowboys trimmed their roster down to 53. Seven of the 10 spots on the Cowboys' practice squad have been filled thus far, so there is still an opportunity Akunne lands there. If not, his strong showing this preseason could earn him a spot on someone else's roster later on down the road. Dallas opens the 2016 regular season on Sunday at AT&T Stadium when they host their NFC East rival, the New York Giants at 3:25 p.m. CT live on Fox.
Orr's Ravens bested Robertson and the Saints on Thursday night in New Orleans, 23-14, as the teams finished the preseason with opposite records. The Ravens went 4-0, while the Saints wrapped up the preseason at 0-4. Both Orr and Robertson each saw action, with the latter recording a sack and three total tackles for the Saints.
Orr is expected to get the starting nod for the Ravens at an inside linebacker spot in their 3-4 base scheme. Robertson figures to be right behind James Laurinaitis at middle linebacker for the Saints after his solid preseason. Baltimore opens the regular season at home against the Buffalo Bills at noon CT on CBS, while the Saints host Olawale's Oakland Raiders at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, also at noon CT, but on Fox.
Speaking of Olawale, the bruising fullback did not see action in the Raiders' preseason finale, a 23-21 loss at home to the visiting Seattle Seahawks.
MeanGreenSports.com will continue to follow the journeys of former Mean Green players in the NFL throughout the course of the regular season with updates every Monday.