NFL teams made final roster cuts on Saturday to get to the 53 player maximum. 2007 WPDE Zoneman linebacker Bruce Taylor out of Myrtle Beach High was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, along with former All-Zoner from Aynor High and ex-South Carolina Gamecocks center T.J. Johnson. Johnson has been placed on the Bengals practice squad.
In addition, former Lamar High star Marshall McFadden has been cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Former Loris High and Clemson LB Jonathan "Tig" Willard was cut by the Tennessee Titans.
Former Cheraw High WR Jaron Brown out of Clemson has made the Arizona Cardinals roster.
Also making it on 53 man NFL rosters are TE Brandon Bostick from West Florence High to the Green Bay Packers, and former Conway WR Junior Hemingway to the Kansas City Chiefs.
335 pound DL Kwame Geathers out of Carvers Bay High has earned a spot on the San Diego Chargers opening day roster. Kwame's older brother, Clifton Geathers, made the Philadelphia Eagles roster. Robert Geathers, Jr. is the oldest of the three NFL brothers currently with the Cincinnati Bengals.
4th round pick out of Clemson, Malliciah Goodman, who attended West Florence High, has made the final cut with the Atlanta Falcons, along with former Cheraw High star DE Cliff Matthews.
Other veterans with ties to the Grand Strand and Pee Dee on NFL rosters this season:
DE John Abraham (Lamar High) - Arizona Cardinals
FB Mike Tolbert (Coastal Carolina) - Carolina Panthers
DB Josh Norman (Coastal Carolina) - Carolina Panthers
DE Robert Geathers, Jr. (Carvers Bay High) - Cincinnati Bengals
LB Justin Durant (Wilson High) - Dallas Cowboys
DE Robert Ayers (Marlboro County High) - Denver Broncos
WR Jerome Simpson (Coastal Carolina) - Minnesota Vikings
LB Lawrence Timmons (Wilson High) - Pittsburgh Steelers