NFL Cuts: Unknown Talents Guaranteed to Make Other Teams' Final Rosters

Steven Gerwel@Steve_GerContributor IIISeptember 1, 2012

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Marvin McNutt #7 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during the Insight Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners at Sun Devil Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Sooners defeated the Hawkeyes 31-14.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The deadline has passed for NFL teams to finalize their 53-man rosters, and as a result there have been numerous cuts by each team. 

With all those players now available and on the market, teams that are depleted in certain areas can go shopping and possibly fill some glaring roster needs. 

Many teams will attempt to fill those needs by signing well-known veterans who have been productive in the past and can help out immediately. 

But we've already heard about Deion Branch, Terrell Owens, Chris Cooley and O.J. Atogwe. What we haven't heard a lot about are the younger and unknown players who have shots at helping teams out. 

Every year there's a Danny Amendola or Danny Woodhead—a generally unknown player who ends up helping his team more than a released veteran ever could. 

Here are some players that somewhat fit that description. 


WR Marvin McNutt

At 6'4" and nearly 220 pounds, Marvin McNutt possesses the size and frame that coaches love to see in NFL receivers. 

McNutt was drafted in the sixth round out of Iowa last April by the Philadelphia Eagles, but Philly is a team with solid talent at receiver, which made it difficult for McNutt to make a major impression. 

If McNutt is placed on the Eagles practice squad, it might not be that long before a team decides to claim him just to see what he can do on game day. 


TE DeAngelo Peterson

As a Louisiana State product, tight end DeAngelo Peterson is already used to the big stage. 

Peterson was not utilized to his full potential in the Tigers offense and therefore did not have a chance to show NFL scouts his excellent receiving skills. 

Peterson, who was an undrafted rookie, was cut from the St. Louis Rams simply due to numbers. Lance Kendricks and Michael Hoomanwanui are their receiving tight ends, so the only other tight ends with shots at making the roster were blocking specialists, which doesn't describe Peterson. 

If a team needs a pass-catching threat at the tight-end position, it would be wise to call Peterson's agent. 


LB Jabara Williams

Jabara Williams is a second-year player out of the small school known as Stephen F. Austin. 

Since he faced low-level competition in college and received mediocre coaching, Williams was considered a very raw project coming out of school. 

The Bears didn't have room for Williams on their roster, but he'll be able to instantly play special teams for any club in need, and he could eventually see time on defense after further development. 


WR Jordan Shipley

OK, so Jordan Shipley is not really an unknown in any way. 

But as a third-round draft pick in 2010, he can't really be considered a premier talent. And after being waived by Cincinnati because he tore his ACL and MCL, he has pretty much been knocked down to the same level as that of an undrafted hopeful. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Shipley during the final cuts, so he's once again looking for a new home. 

It's unclear whether or not Shipley has fully healed from his devastating knee injury, but if a team decides to be patient with him, then they'll reap the benefits of a dynamic football player.  


RB Chase Reynolds 

Chase Reynolds has struggled to make NFL rosters in his young career, but he fits the Danny Amendola-Danny Woodhead mold better than anyone on this list. 

The guy isn't a feature back or a big-time playmaker, but he's an all-around player who does what is asked of him. 

He'll make tackles and return kicks on special teams, he'll catch the ball out of the backfield, and he'll even carry the ball and pound away at the defense. 

He may not have the raw talent, but he has enough heart to work hard and succeed.