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NFL Roster Cuts: Players That Will Make an Impact After Surviving Cut Day

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 26:  Running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos in action during a pre-season game against the San Francisco 49ers at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 26, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured Columnist IVNovember 20, 2016

Every player on an NFL roster bubble dreads the final cut day. It's when coaching staffs must decide between keeping an extra veteran or a promising young player. They have to choose either a third quarterback or a special teams ace.

When a player is lucky enough to avoid being released, it's like they are given a second life. Let's take a look at three players that should be feeling that way heading into Week 1 and should also make an impact on their respective teams before season's end.

 

Trent Edwards

Edwards was a long shot to make the Philadelphia Eagles when training camp began. Mike Kafka was expected to serve as the backup with rookie Nick Foles earning the third quarterback job.

Instead, Kafka ended up as the odd man out.

That leaves Edwards and Foles behind Michael Vick, who doesn't exactly have a history of durability and is already dealing with sore ribs. Edwards changed a lot of minds by completing 68 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the preseason.

Even though Foles is slated to serve as Vick's backup, he's only a rookie. If the dynamic Eagles starter is forced to miss time—and history says he will—Edwards should end up cracking the lineup at some point and should hold his own.

 

Knowshon Moreno

Moreno topped 1,000 total yards in his first two seasons with the Denver Broncos, scoring a total of 17 touchdowns over that span. An ACL injury forced him to miss the second half of last season, but he's looked good in the exhibition games.

Now that Peyton Manning is running the Broncos offense, he will be looking for running backs who can do more than grind out yards. That's where Moreno's versatility will help him, and should lead to more playing time as the season wears on.

Willis McGahee will likely remain the starter when healthy, but Lance Ball and Ronnie Hillman are unproven options, leaving the door open for Moreno. Once back to full strength, he has a great chance to become a key piece for Denver.

Braylon Edwards

The Seattle Seahawks let go fellow veteran Terrell Owens, but Edwards was able to elude the same fate. The former Cleveland Browns star showed enough to the coaching staff to warrant a spot on the outside for rookie quarterback Russell Wilson.

Seattle's group of receivers is among the least impressive in the league, giving Edwards a chance to shine. While he's not the same guy who caught 80 passes for almost 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns five years ago, he can still play.

The biggest key for Edwards is avoiding drops. That's always been the biggest knock against him and, with a rookie under center, the Seahawks can't afford inconsistency at other positions. As long as he does that, Edwards should have a bounce-back year.

 

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