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Live thread: Updates on which Washington State, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Spokane-area prep players made NFL 53-man rosters

These next 24 hours are some of the most nerving on the football calendar for NFL hopefuls. All 32 teams will have their rosters trimmed to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday and most of the 30 players from local schools vying for roster spots will either have good news or bad news by the time they sit down to watch their alma maters open the 2019 college football season.

We’ll continue to track the roster cuts as they’re made, providing updates on which Washington State, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Spokane-area high school players made it, and which ones didn’t.

Washington State

Andre Dillard, OL, Philadelphia – Dillard impressed the Eagles throughout the preseason and there was never much doubt Philadelphia would keep its first-round draft pick on the 53-man roster.

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville – After starting in three of Jacksonville’s four preseason games, Minshew was one of two quarterbacks to make the Jaguars’ roster, along with starter Nick Foles.

James Williams, RB, Detroit – The versatile running back made his NFL preseason debut Thursday night and pulled off a sweet hurdle, but was among the first players dropped by Detroit Friday.

Luke Falk, QB, N.Y. Jets – Despite a strong preseason, New York waived the former WSU signal-caller and all-time Pac-12 leading passer.

River Cracraft, WR, Denver – Cracraft made the Broncos’ roster and will apparently compete for the club’s sixth wide receiver spot.

Hercules Mata’afa, DL, Minnesota – An injury kept Mata’afa out of the mix last season, but it appears the former collegiate All-American has landed a spot with the Vikings.

Frankie Luvu, LB, N.Y. Jets – The Jets cut Falk, but kept the other former Washingon State player on their roster.

Deone Bucannon, LB, Tampa Bay – After trading for Bucannon in the offseason, the Bucaneers are expected to start the former WSU player at linebacker.

Joe Dahl, OL, Detroit – The Spokane native and University High graduate secured a spot on Detroit’s roster and will spend his fourth season with the Lions.

Daniel Ekuale, DL, Cleveland – WSU’s former nose tackle was told Saturday he earned a spot on Cleveland’s 53-man roster.

Shalom Luani, S, Seattle – Luani made 16 appearances for Seattle in 2018, but he won’t get another season with the Seahawks, who reportedly waived him Friday night.

Logan Tago, DL, Seattle – Tago’s stint in Seattle was short-lived. Forty-eight hours after the Seahawks brought him in to fill out the roster, the former WSU defensive end was cut.

Cole Madison, OL, Green Bay – After taking a yearlong sabbatical from the game, Madison returned to Green Bay and made the Packers’ initial 53-man roster.

Jalen Thompson, S, Arizona – A fifth-round selection in the NFL Supplemental Draft, the former WSU defensive back made Arizona’s 53-man squad.

Destiny Vaeao, DL, Carolina – Vaeao was placed on Carolina’s injured reserve list earlier this week, but the Panthers didn’t waive the former WSU D-lineman.

Vince Mayle, TE, LA Chargers – Mayle didn’t make the cut for Los Angeles, which waived the fourth-year player Saturday.

Eastern Washington

Cooper Kupp, WR, LA Rams – After an injury kept Kupp out of the Super Bowl, the third-year player projects to be a difference-maker for the Rams again in 2019.

Taiwan Jones, RB, Houston – The 31-year-old Jones made his way onto Houston’s 53-man roster.

Kendrick Bourne, WR, San Francisco – Bourne seemed to be on the fringe of being cut by the Niners, but it appears he’ll spend his third NFL season with the NFC West franchise.

Jake Rodgers, OL, Denver – The NFL journeyman who’s played for nine different teams earned a spot on the Broncos’ roster.

Jay-Tee Tiuli, DL, Seattle – The Federal Way native was waived by his hometown Seahawks on Wednesday.

Samson Ebukam, LB, LA Rams – Ebukam unsurprisingly made the roster and figures to play a big role for Los Angeles’ defense.

Aaron Neary, OL, LA Rams – Neary will be out for an extended period of time with an injury, but he wasn’t cut by the Rams Saturday.

Nsimba Webster, WR, LA Rams – After a successful preseason for Webster, the NFC West champions decided to hold onto the former Eagles wideout.

Ketner Kupp, LB, LA Rams – The brother of the Rams’ standout receiver was among the first players cut by the organization Friday, as reported by ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry.


Kaden Elliss, LB, New Orleans – A stellar prseason with the Saints earned the former Idaho linebacker a spot on the 53-man roster.

Jesse Davis, OL, Miami – The Asotin native and former Vandal will return to the Dolphins and likely start on Miami’s offensive line.

Benson Mayowa, DL, Oakland – Mayowa was on the bubble for a roster spot, but it appears the Raiders have kept the ex-Vandal pass-rusher.

Elijhaa Penny, FB, N.Y. Giants – The versatile fullback, a lead blocker for running back Saquon Barkley, has kept his spot on the New York roster.

Mike Iupati, OL, Seattle – Seattle held onto the 10th-year NFL veteran, who signed with the Seahawks in March after spending four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

High schools

Brett Rypien, QB, Denver – The former Shadle Park High and Boise State signal-caller didn’t make Denver’s 53-man roster, but could rejoin the team as a practice squad player.