TE Charles Clay (Miami): Traded on draft day from San Francisco to Miami, Clay has developed into a key member of the Dolphins’ offense. Entering his fourth season, Clay a tight end/H-back hauled in 69 receptions for 759 yards and six touchdowns last season.
DE Tyrunn Walker (New Orleans): An undrafted free agent, Walker made the Saints roster two years ago but never appeared in a game. Last season he made his NFL debut, playing primarily on special teams, accumulating 12 tackles in seven games.
RB Trey Watts (St. Louis): An undrafted free agent, the third all-time leading rusher in TU history, ran for 51 yards on 13 carries in St. Louis’ preseason finale last week, a sign Watts might be given some carries at some point this season.
Tulsa players who didn’t make the cut
WR Demarius Johnson (Philadelphia): Once the Eagles signed Darren Sproles, the NCAA’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards and kickoff return yards, Johnson faced a major challenge to retain his roster spot. An undrafted free agent, Johnson compiled only 21 receptions in his two seasons with the Eagles. His specialty was punt returns (10.3 average) and kickoff returns (25.9) but Philly now has Sproles.
QB G.J. Kinne (Philadelphia): The former Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year battled former USC star Matt Barkley to the final preseason game for the Eagles No. 3 job. Kinne really didn’t get a fair shot but he was good in limited action (12-of-14 for 135 yards, 1 TD) before the Eagles chose Barkley.
OL Michael Bowie, Northwestern (Cleveland): After playing a key role when Seattle suffered O-line injuries en route to the Super Bowl last season, the Sand Springs product signed with Cleveland but has been placed on injured reserve after undergoing shoulder surgery.
DL Armonty Bryant, ECU (Cleveland): Appearing in a dozen games with the Browns, Bryant, a seventh-round pick, recorded 12 tackles and a dozen quarterback hurries last season. Once again, he’s a backup in the Browns’ defensive-line rotation.
DS Bryce Davis, UCO (Pittsburgh): With starter Greg Warren sidelined by a knee injury, Davis will serve as the Steelers’ deep snapper for at a week or two after spending the past two seasons on the Bengals practice squad.
State college player who was cut
WR Caleb Holley, ECU (Buffalo): An Alaska native who earned a training camp invite after a strong tryout last spring, Holley turned some heads in camp but was one of the Bills’ final cuts. He could be re-signed to the practice squad.
OKLAHOMA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
RB Deji Karim, Putnam North (Indianapolis): Placed on injured reserve midway through training camp, Karim has appeared in 33 games with the Jaguars, Texans and Colts the past four seasons. Karim’s top highlight was a 101-yard TD kickoff return in 2012 with Indianapolis.
WR Wes Welker, Heritage Hall (Denver): The consummate slot receiver has averaged 107 receptions the past seven seasons, but he’s suffered three concussions since November, including one in preseason. In his debut season with the Broncos Welker hauled in “only” 73 receptions in 13 games but notched a career-high 10 touchdowns.
Oklahoma high school players who were cut
DT Jermelle Cudjo, Lawton MacArthur (Kansas City): After appearing in 38 games the past three seasons with the St. Louis Rams, compiling 45 tackles, Cudjo was trying to make the Chiefs roster but was cut before the preseason finale.
RB Felix Jones, Tulsa Washington (free agent): After playing four years in Dallas, Jones saw limited action (48 carries) last year with the Steelers. He has 2,912 career yards rushing but is looking for work.
CB Bryan McCann, Putnam City (Arizona): Signing late in the season with the Cardinals, McCann recorded two special teams tackles in six games. In 35 NFL games after going undrafted four years ago, McCann has totaled 29 tackles in 35 games with the Cowboys, Ravens and Raiders but must try to find a team after being cut.
WR Robert Meachem, Tulsa Washington (New Orleans): Age (29) isn’t an issue, but Meachem recorded only 16 catches last season. After he was bypassed on the depth chart by former OU standout Kenny Stills and three other Saint wideouts, New Orleans put him on waivers. His career might be over.
LB Anthony Morales, Edmond Memorial (Carolina): The Weber State product signed with the Panthers before the start of training camp. He made a strong showing but was cut before the final preseason, making it uncertain whether he’ll be signed to the practice squad.