NFL Playoff Participants Who Went to FCS Schools

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JANUARY 03: Darius Leonard #53 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates as Kemoko Turay #57 sacks Mike Glennon #2 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Here’s a look at the dozens of FCS products that will be active this weekend during the NFL Playoffs. All six games and 12 teams participating have active FCS alumni, as do both teams with first-round byes (Kansas City and Green Bay).

Tampa Bay and Tennessee lead the way with seven active FCS products apiece on their active 53-man playoff rosters. Will the teams with the most FCS products have better NFL betting lines?

Here’s a look at each game, and how many there are per team — both active and inactive.

AFC

FIRST-ROUND BYE

1. Kansas City Chiefs

ACTIVE: CB Antonio Hamilton (South Carolina State); DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova); DT Khalen Saunders (Western Illinois). 

INACTIVE: DB Alex Brown (South Carolina State); OG Bryan Witzmann (South Dakota State).

THE MATCHUPS

INDIANAPOLIS AT BUFFALO

7. Indianapolis Colts

ACTIVE: LB Darius Leonard (South Carolina State); S George Odum (Central Arkansas); LS Luke Rhodes (William & Mary); CB Tremon Smith (Central Arkansas). 

INACTIVE: DT Kameron Cline (South Dakota); WR Daurice Fountain (Northern Iowa); DT Chris Williams (Wagner).

2. Buffalo Bills

ACTIVE: DE Darryl Johnson (North Carolina A&T); CB Taron Johnson (Weber State); RB Taiwan Jones (Eastern Washington); S Dean Marlowe (James Madison); CB Siran Neal (Jacksonville State); WR Andre Roberts (The Citadel).

CLEVELAND AT PITTSBURGH

6. Cleveland Browns

ACTIVE: TE Stephen Carlson (Princeton); LB Tae Davis (Chattanooga); P Jamie Gillan (Arkansas-Pine Bluff); WR KhaDarel Hodge (Prairie View A&M); WR Alexander Hollins (Eastern Illinois); C J.C. Tretter (Cornell). 

INACTIVE: DE George Obinna (Sacramento State); QB Kyle Lauletta (Richmond); LB Montrell Meander (Grambling State); OT Alex Taylor (South Carolina State); OG Drew Forbes (SEMO).

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

ACTIVE:  P Jordan Berry (Eastern Kentucky); LS Kameron Canady (Portland State); OT Anthony Coyle (Fordham); S Jordan Dangerfield (Towson). 

INACTIVE: QB Devlin Hodges (Samford); LB/LS Christian Kuntz (Duquesne); TE Kevin Rader (Youngstown State).

BALTIMORE AT TENNESSEE

5. Baltimore Ravens

ACTIVE: LB Chris Board (North Dakota State); LB L.J. Fort (Northern Iowa); DB/LB Anthony Levine Sr. (Tennessee State); FB Patrick Ricard (Maine).

INACTIVE: TE Nick Boyle (Delaware); CB Khalil Dorsey (Northern Arizona); CB Davontae Harris (Illinois State); OLB Aaron Adeoye (SEMO); CB Terrell Bonds (Tennessee State); WR Jaylon Moore (UT Martin).

4. Tennessee Titans

ACTIVE: LB Nick Dzubnar (Cal Poly); TE Anthony Firkser (Harvard); CB Kareem Orr (Chattanooga); TE MyCole Pruitt (Southern Illinois); WR Kalif Raymond (Holy Cross); OLB Derick Robertson (Sam Houston State); CB Tye Smith (Towson). 

INACTIVE: DL Miles Brown (Wofford); WR Rashard Davis (James Madison); WR Chester Rogers (Grambling State).

ALT: ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled while throwing the ball during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Bills Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

NFC

FIRST-ROUND BYE

1. Green Bay Packers

ACTIVE: QB Tim Boyle (Eastern Kentucky); TE Dominique Dafney (Indiana State); TE Robert Tonyan (Indiana State); OG/OT Billy Turner (North Dakota State).

INACTIVE: S Raven Greene (James Madison); TE John Lovett (Princeton); Reggie Begelton (Lamar); OG Zack Johnson (North Dakota State).

THE MATCHUPS

CHICAGO AT NEW ORLEANS

7. Chicago Bears

ACTIVE: WR DeAndre Carter (Sacramento State); S DeAndre Houston-Carson (William & Mary); NT Bilal Nichols (Delaware); OL Lachavious Simmons (Tennessee State), CB Buster Skrine (Chattanooga). 

INACTIVE: RB Tarik Cohen (North Carolina A&T); DB Tre Roberson (Illinois State); Dieter Eiselen (Yale); TE Jesper Horsted (Princeton); WR Thomas Ives (Colgate); DL LaCale London (Western Illinois); QB Kyle Sloter (Northern Colorado).

2. New Orleans Saints

ACTIVE: OT Terron Armstead (Arkansas-Pine Bluff); C/OG Nick Easton (Harvard); LB Kaden Elliss (Idaho); OL Ethan Greenidge (Villanova); TE Josh Hill (Idaho State); TE Adam Trautman (Dayton). 

INACTIVE: DE Noah Spence (Eastern Kentucky); LB Marcus Willoughby (Elon); TE Cole Wick (Incarnate Word).

L.A RAMS AT SEATTLE

6. Los Angeles Rams

ACTIVE: OLB Samson Ebukam (Eastern Washington); ILB Troy Reeder (Delaware); DE Derek Rivers (Youngstown State); WR Nsimba Webster (Eastern Washington). 

INACTIVE: OL Jamil Demby (Maine); DL Michael Hoecht (Brown); WR J.J. Koski (Cal Poly); LB Christian Rozeboom (South Dakota State); DL Jonah Williams (Weber State); WR Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington).

3. Seattle Seahawks

ACTIVE: PK Jason Myers (Marist); CB Ryan Neal (Southern Illinois); LS Tyler Ott (Harvard). 

INACTIVE: CB Gavin Heslop (Stony Brook).

TAMPA BAY AT WASHINGTON

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ACTIVE: TE Cameron Brate (Harvard); OLB Cam Gill (Wagner); OT Joe Haeg (North Dakota State); CB Ryan Smith (North Carolina Central); OG Aaron Stinnie (James Madison); WR Justin Watson (Penn); OT Josh Wells (James Madison). 

INACTIVE: OLB Quinton Bell (Prairie View A&M); WR Travis Jonsen (Montana State); WR Josh Pearson (Jacksonville State); OT Brad Seaton (Villanova).

4. Washington Football Team

ACTIVE: CB Danny Johnson (Southern); CB Jimmy Moreland (James Madison). Reserve/Injured: TE Temarrick Hemingway (South Carolina State); OG Michael Liedtke (Illinois State). 

INACTIVE: DB Jordan Brown (South Dakota State); OT Timon Parris (Stony Brook).

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Brian McLaughlin is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of BMac and Herd’s FCS Podcast. He has written for The Sporting News, headed up the PARADE Magazine High School All American teams, covered the FCS for HERO Sports, and wrote for so many newspapers he lost count. Follow BMac on Twitter @BrianMacWriter.

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