NFL Cowboy Call-Ups: former OSU standouts set to start season

Brock Busick

Sports Blogger

@theozoneonline

Many former Cowboys are making a living in the NFL, furthering their careers started in Stillwater. The preseason is over, and the final roster cuts have been made. Let’s take a look around the league at some of the most notable former Cowboys and what colors they’ll be wearing this season.

Dez Bryant, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys

Former Oklahoma State star receiver Dez Bryant enters his seventh season as a Dallas Cowboy. Bryant looks to rebound from an injury-plagued season a year ago, where he played in only nine games and posted career lows in receptions, yardage and touchdowns. If Bryant stays healthy, look for him to put up a monster stat line once again.

Justin Gilbert, cornerback, Pittsburgh Steelers

Defensive back Justin Gilbert was traded to the Steelers on Saturday in exchange for Pittsburgh’s 2018 sixth round pick. The Browns’ 2014 first round draft pick, Gilbert hasn’t lived up to the hype that surrounded him coming out of OSU. He hasn’t made the necessary improvements to compete at the professional level in his career. A change of scenery may be exactly what Gilbert needs to revitalize his career.

Russell Okung, offensive tackle, Denver Broncos

Russell Okung changed teams for the first time in his NFL career. The former sixth overall pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 NFL draft signed with the defending champion Denver Broncos during the offseason. Okung will look to regain Pro Bowl status for the second time in his career.

Brandon Pettigrew, tight end, Detroit Lions

Veteran tight end Brandon Pettigrew will begin his eighth season on the PUP/Inactive list after enduring a torn ACL in December. He will try to bounce back from a few consecutive seasons of declining stats once he returns to the field.

Brandon Weeden, quarterback, Houston Texans

Brandon Weeden will start his first full season as a Houston Texan. Weeden appeared in two games for the Texans last year, going 26-for-42 for 305 yards and three touchdowns. The former Cowboy is projected to start the season third on the depth chart behind former Bronco Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage.

Dan Bailey, kicker, Dallas Cowboys

Former Cowboy Dan Bailey is entering his sixth season as a Dallas Cowboy. Bailey has been one of the better kickers in the league since signing with Dallas in 2011. Through six seasons, Bailey is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, connecting on 9o.57 percent of his attempts.

Emmanuel Ogbah, linebacker, Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah talks to scouts during his pro day at Oklahoma State. Ogbah will start his first NFL season Sunday. (O'Colly File Photo)
Cleveland Browns linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah talks to scouts during his pro day at Oklahoma State. Ogbah will start his first NFL season Sunday.
(O’Colly File Photo)

Emmanuel Ogbah, last year’s Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the first pick of the second round in the 2016 NFL Draft. Ogbah had a huge season in his final season with the Cowboys, tallying 13 sacks, which was good for second in the country. Ogbah will start his professional career at linebacker after playing defensive end during his career at OSU.

Others:

Perrish Cox, cornerback, Tennessee Titans,

Michael Hunter, cornerback, New York Giants,

Kevin Peterson, cornerback, Chicago Bears,

Ryan Robinson, defensive end, Seattle Seahawks,

Lane Taylor, offensive guard, Green Bay Packers

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