NFL teams have cut rosters to 53 players, and names like Tim Hightower, Mike Kafka, Stephen McGee and Kellen Winslow are now all out on the open market.
Before the September 5 opener between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, teams are sure to be active on the waiver wire, setting their practice squads and looking for unwanted players and good fits on the trade market.
Mike Kafka is garnering a lot of interest on the open market, reportedly being sought after by at least four teams looking for a backup QB (per PhillyMag.com). He couldn't get on the field in preseason due to a hand injury, and Nick Foles seized the backup job with his solid play.
According to Erik Scalavino from Patriots Football Weekly, the Patriots have interest in bringing Kafka in on the practice squad:
#Patriots could be holding eighth p-squad slot open for a QB. Mike Kafka is a name they're reportedly pursuing.— Erik Scalavino (@PFWErik) September 1, 2012
James Jones on the Move?
Green Bay wide receiver James Jones has caught the eye of the Miami Dolphins, who just a made a move for a draft pick after dealing Ryan Cook to the Dallas Cowboys for a seventh-rounder.
ESPN's John Clayton sees Miami as a potential destination for the receiver, who seems to have hit a wall in the Packers offense and would be one of the top receivers for Ryan Tannehill in Miami:
With all of these extra picks, you have to figure the Dolphins will try to make a pitch to acquire WR James Jones from Green Bay— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) August 31, 2012
Trent Richardson Week 1 Status
Richardson will reportedly play the entire game if he's ready for the Browns' season opener, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN). He's getting closer to a return, but it doesn't look like he'll play unless he's 100 percent for his NFL debut:
#BRowns GM Tom Heckert believes if Trent Richardson gets in full week of practice (starting Monday), he might be able to play v. Philly.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) September 1, 2012
Richardson brings a new element to the Cleveland offense that it hasn't had in a long time. He'll be counted on for big-time carries to help fellow rookie Brandon Weeden in the flow of the offense.