Atlanta Falcons tight end Jacob Pedersen (81) was released today in the final round of NFL roster cuts: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Roster Cuts Hit Home: Handful of Badgers Left Off Final 53

In what we all hope to be a defining season-opening victory in Houston, Wisconsin fans must first deal with the NFL roster cuts that were handed out on Saturday afternoon.

A few Badgers were released before Saturday’s 3 p.m. CST deadline, including tight ends Brian Wozniak (Falcons) and former Super Bowl champion Travis Beckum (Saints).

Final NFL Roster Cuts

Ryan Groy (Bears): I was surprised Groy wasn’t drafted, but not shocked he found his way onto a team at the start of free agency. Groy was one of five offensive linemen cut by the Bears this week, a list that included veterans and rookies alike. I don’t know how soon Groy will pop up with another team, but at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds I’m sure there’s a team that will come calling.

Ethan Hemer (Steelers): Hemer was another undrafted free agent pickup that was a fringe player for us on our draft board. Aside from J.J. Watt, the Badgers have never had great success at developing defensive lineman for the NFL. Hemer is tall and about 285, but not the right fit at tackle after having spent his Badgers career at end.

Jacob Pedersen (Falcons): I really wanted this to work out. Pedersen was a great tight end for Wisconsin — setting records and actually having a highlight reel with Joel Stave that we could all be proud of — but seeing him get cut from a team that desperately needed a TE is a big blow to former Badgers TEs. The move leaves only Bear Pascoe and Levine Toilolo as Atlanta’s main blocking receivers.

Wide receiver Nick Toon was thought to be on the bubble in New Orleans Saints camp this year, but must have shown coach Sean Payton something, as Toon is safe and Robert Meachem was released.

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