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Which Former Wisconsin Football Players Made 2023 NFL Rosters?



Former Wisconsin football star tight end Jake Ferguson
Aug 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jake Ferguson (87) makes a leaping catch past Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (50) during the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

NFL GMs had to cut down their rosters on Tuesday, and quite a few former Wisconsin Football players made 53-man rosters. 

Tuesday was officially cutdown day across the NFL, meaning GMs had to trim their rosters down to 53 players ahead of week one. That meant several former Wisconsin football stars sat close to the phone, waiting for the call that determined their fate. 

Several Badgers were released or waived by their respective franchise, while 22 alumni made initial 53-man rosters — some for the first time. 

Let’s take a look at how things shook out. 

Former Wisconsin Football Stars Who Made Initial 53-Man Rosters in the NFL

These former Wisconsin Badgers football players made 53-man rosters ahead of week one. 

  • Zack Baun, LB, Saints
  • Keeanu Benton, DL, Steelers
  • Tyler Biadasz, OL, Cowboys
  • Leo Chenal, LB, Chiefs
  • David Edwards, OL, Bills
  • T.J. Edwards, LB, Bears
  • Jake Ferguson, TE, Cowboys
  • Rob Havenstein, OL, Rams
  • Matt Henningsen, DL, Broncos
  • Nick Herbig, OLB, Steelers
  • Alec Ingold, FB, Dolphins
  • Isaiahh Loudermilk, DL, Steelers
  • Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Texans
  • Ryan Ramczyk, OL, Saints
  • Jack Sanborn, LB, Bears
  • Jonathan Taylor, RB, Colts (PUP)
  • Joe Tippmann, OL, Jets
  • Andrew Van Ginkel, OLB, Dolphins
  • Cole Van Lanen, OL, Jaguars
  • T.J. Watt, OLB, Steelers
  • Russell Wilson, QB, Broncos
  • Kevin Zeitler, OL, Ravens

Which Badgers Got Cut by Their NFL Teams? 

These former Wisconsin football players did not make rosters on Tuesday and will hope to latch onto another team’s practice squad to continue their development.

  • Corey Clement, RB, Cardinals
  • Ryan Connelly, LB, Saints
  • Michael Deiter, OL, Texans
  • Alex Erickson, WR, Jets
  • Troy Fumagalli, TE, 49ers
  • Melvin Gordon, RB, Ravens
  • Olive Sagapolu, DL, Eagles
  • Rashad Wildgoose, CB, Commanders
  • Tyler Beach, OL, Texans (Waived)
  • Logan Bruss, OL, Rams (Waived)
  • Faion Hicks, CB, Broncos (Waived)
  • Scott Nelson, S, Lions (Waived)
  • Kendrick Pryor, WR, Jaguars (Waived)

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