NFL Roster Cuts 2013: Players Who Won't Survive Roster Bubble by Deadline
The most difficult part of the NFL calendar year for players is here as NFL teams are forced to cut down to just 53 members.
Players currently on the roster bubble survived the cut from 90 to 75 and had one last opportunity to show what they bring to their roster in Week 4 of the preseason.
The time for competition is now over, and the tough decision-making process by each coaching staff is underway as the 53 must be complete by 6 p.m. EST.
Unfortunately for players on the roster bubble, most will have to wait to hear results. Whether it's a disappointing rookie, an aging veteran or somewhere in between, not everyone on the bubble is going to stick.
Here are a few players who are sure to not survive final cuts at the deadline.
Taylor Mays, S, Cincinnati Bengals
Taylor Mays has been on the roster bubble since joining the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011 for a seventh-round pick after failing to impress in San Francisco despite being a second-round selection.
The 49ers were willing to dump Mays so early because he took horrible routes to the ball and showed little awareness.
As Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer (via ESPN.com) writes, Mays only appeared in 22.8 percent of all defensive snaps last season. Mays was so putrid the team went out and grabbed veteran Chris Crocker off the heap of free agents and started him in Mays' place.
One of the knocks on Mays has consistently been his lack of awareness and propensity for getting in the way of his own teammates. That reputation continued this preseason when Mays elected to stiff arm linebacker J.K. Schaffer out of the way as captured by Steve Palazzolo of ProFootballFocus:
Cincinnati now has a rookie in Shawn Williams and a developing talent in George Iloka at the position. Mays is as good as gone.
Quentin Jammer, CB, Denver Broncos
The Quentin Jammer experiment in Denver is nearing its conclusion.
The Broncos brought on the 34-year-old veteran this offseason to try him out at safety. Jammer spent the preceding 11 seasons with heated rival San Diego, so the front office clearly believed he had something left in the tank.
With Jammer back at cornerback, that makes eight corners fighting for what should be five to six spots. Due to his failed attempt at the position Denver brought him on to play in the first place, combined with his ineffectiveness, Jammer is the safe bet for odd man out.
Ryan Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Second-year running back Ryan Williams has had a tough go of it this offseason. After only appearing in five games last year, Arizona saw it fit to draft Stanford product Stepfan Taylor and Clemson star Andre Ellington.
Not only that, the Cardinals brought on former Pittsburgh running back Rashard Mendenhall. To put the final nail in the coffin, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the team has placed Williams on the trade block:
The Cardinals are shopping RB Ryan Williams ahead of the roster cutdown deadlines.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 26, 2013
While Williams went ahead and carried the ball nine times for 25 yards and a score during his last chance to impress, it may be too little too late.
There are only so many roster spots to go around, and Williams would have a hard time finding regular work during the season. Williams' time in Arizona is nearing its conclusion.
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