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3 NFL Players Who Deserve to Be Cut After Thursday's Games

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 17:  Quarterback Kevin Kolb #4 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before the NFL preseason game against Oakland Raiders at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Gary DavenportNFL AnalystAugust 24, 2012

The third week of the NFL preseason is underway, and while some players acquitted themselves very well in the trio of contests that took place on Thursday night, for others a preseason of misery and disappointment kept slogging right along.

Here's a look at three players who, in a perfect world, would be due for a visit from "The Turk" after another exhibition faceplant.

 

Kevin Kolb, Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals

You know, every time I type out the fact that the Arizona Cardinals traded a second-round pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Philadelphia Eagles for Kevin Kolb last year and then signed him to a five-year, $63 million contract, it just seems that much more surreal.

After two atrocious preseason starts, the sixth-year pro was finally able to move the ball in Thursday's loss to the Tennessee Titans, completing 17 of 22 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. However, Kolb also threw a pair of mind-numbingly bad interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

Here's the bottom line with Kevin Kolb; he panics at the first sign of trouble in the pocket, and given how abysmal the Cardinals offensive line looks this year, the 2012 season is going to be nothing but trouble in the pocket.

Trading for Kevin Kolb was a mistake. Signing him to that ridiculous extension was an even bigger one. It's time for the Cardinals to bite the bullet, acquire a veteran quarterback like Tarvaris Jackson to pair with John Skelton, and move on.

 

D.J, Young, Offensive Tackle, Arizona Cardinals

Speaking of the Cardinals abysmal offensive line, enter offensive tackle D.J. Young!

Granted, the Cardinals offensive line was already terrible even with Levi Brown in the starting lineup. With that said though, Brown's torn triceps has thrust the undrafted second-year pro from Michigan State into the starting lineup, and things have rapidly gone from bad to worse.

To say that Young was abused by Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley on Thursday is an understatement. Wimbley racked up three tackles, a pair of sacks and stole Young's wallet, which contained the last money that the 24-year-old should be getting from the Redbirds.

Unfortunately the Cardinals are probably stuck, because by this time of year, the available tackle market has been picked clean and then some.

 

James Starks, Running Back, Green Bay Packers

It may seem a little unfair to advocate the hook for a player who wasn't even involved in Thursday's action, but Green Bay Packers running back James Starks brought most of this on himself.

After slogging through a miserable training camp filled with fumbles, lackluster runs and poor pass protection, the third-year pro is currently battling turf toe. Rob Reischel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel speculated earlier this week that it's Starks' lack of durability that may ultimately be his undoing:

Injuries have limited Starks to just 16 games his first two years, and he's out again with a turf toe. Dating back to his days at Buffalo, Starks has missed time five straight years. At some point, his inability to stay on the field will cost him. The guess is it's now.

The Packers were concerned enough about the state of their backfield to bring in free agent Cedric Benson, and after Benson performed well in Thursday's game with the Cincinnati Bengals, the clock is ticking on Starks' tenure in Titletown.

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