Several HBCU football players saw their NFL dreams stay alive as they were claimed off waivers Wednesday by NFL teams and added to active gameday rosters or signed to practice squads.
Cowboys fans were unhappy to see the HBCU product go to the Colts as they expected the Cowboys to put him on their active roster to keep other teams from claiming him.
Alcorn State linebacker Claudin Cherelus spent training camp with the New York Jets but didn’t see much action due to an injury and was cut. The 6’2 HBCU linebacker showed solid speed and tackling ability in the Hall Of Fame Game against the Cleveland Browns in August and was claimed by the Carolina Panthers, who have a young but spirited team this season.
LB Claudin Cherelus is a UDFA from Alcorn State. Signed with the Jets.
Was safety in HS, moved to LB in college. In only 9 games last year in college, he had 14.5 tackles for loss. pic.twitter.com/UuwV6ehUDS
South Carolina State receiver Shaquan Davis didn’t make the New Orleans Saints active roster, but his NFL dreams are still alive after they signed the HBCU athlete to their practice squad. Davis led the MEAC last season with 36 receptions for 738 yards and eight touchdowns, showing a habit for dramatic catches.
Other HBCU players in the league include Cowboys safety and FAMU product Markquese Bell, Houston Texans offensive lineman Tytus Howard, who played at Alabama State, and Arkansas Pine Bluff punter Jamie Guillan, who is on the New York Giants.
Source: Black Enterprise