NFL Roster Cuts 2014: Tracking Moves from All 32 Teams
The NFL's dreaded cutdown day has come once again for the league's fringe players, which means it's time for each franchise to trim its roster to the 53-man maximum.
Teams had until 4 p.m. ET Sunday to pare their squads to the final number.
These are not what one would call "good times."
Most of the players cut came into camp knowing their chances of making the final roster were small. Undrafted free agents, camp bodies who have been through this process before and former draft picks who flamed out adorn rosters on the margins, hoping possibly to latch on with a club's practice squad.
With the NFL increasing the practice squad sizes to 10 players, as many as 320 of the guys cut could still wind up with a solid paycheck. (Practice squad players, assuming they're on the team all season, can make a solid six figures.)
That said, for many more, their dreams will be dashed. And not only that, but every August comes with one or two cuts no one saw coming. The likes of Antoine Winfield, Drayton Florence and Michael Robinson were shown the door last season.
Who joined that unenviable list this year? Read on to see the cut list for all 32 teams.
All cuts are via NFL.com
Players Cut: K Jay Feely, QB Ryan Lindley, OT Max Starks, LB Keenan Clayton, LB JoJo Dickson, C Tommie Draheim, WR Reggie Dunn, LB Derrell Johnson, S Orhian Johnson, WR Kevin Ozier, DT Justin Renfrow, CB Brandon Sermons, RB Damien Thigpen, RB Zach Bauman, LB Marcus Benard, C-G Philip Blake, LB Jonathan Brown, WR Dan Buckner, C John Estes, DT Bruce Gaston, WR Brittan Golden, TE Andre Hardy, CB Jimmy Legree, CB Bryan McCann, OT Kelvin Palmer, RB Jalen Parmele, DT Isaac Sopoaga, G-C Anthony Steen, S Curtis Taylor, LB Adrian Tracy, DT Christian Tupou, S Anthony Walters and CB Teddy Williams.
While most names released by teams during their initial round of cuts are unrecognizable, the Cardinals actually sent some noteworthy players packing. Kicker Jay Feely, offensive tackle Max Starks and quarterback Ryan Lindley were all released Monday.
Feely, 38, made 30 of 36 field goals in 2013 and has been with the Cardinals for the last four seasons. He lost a position battle in camp to rookie Chandler Catanzaro. Starks, head coach Bruce Arians' latest import from his Pittsburgh days, failed to impress after signing with the team early this month. He was attempting to earn a backup spot behind starters Bobby Massie and Jared Veldheer.
Lindley played six games for the Cardinals in 2012 but was unable to beat out Logan Thomas for the third-string job.
Players Cut: QB Jeff Mathews, WR Julian Jones, LB Walker May, RB Jerome Smith, WR Tramaine Thompson, DE Theo Agnew, LB Darin Drakeford, S Tay Glover-Wright, TE Brian Wozniak, S Tyrell Johnson, LB Pat Angerer, DL Nosa Eguae, RB Maurice Hagens, CB Jordan Maybin, WR Freddie Martino, S Kimario McFadden, OL Pat McQuistan, TE Jacob Pederson, OL Adam Replogle, DL Donte Rumph, RB Josh Vaughan, WR Jeremy Ebert, CB Ricardo Allen, LB Jacques Smith, WR Geraldo Boldewjin.
The most surprising names on the cut list are both at the same position. Veteran linebacker Pat Angerer finished fourth in the NFL in tackles in 2011 (148) while with the Colts, but he has struggled with injuries since then and has not replicated the same production.
While he appeared healthy this preseason, he apparently was not up to the standards Atlanta wanted.
Meanwhile, rookie Yawin Smallwood was a seventh-round pick by the Falcons but clearly has not impressed enough for the Falcons to keep him around.
Players Cut: S Omar Brown, LB Nick DiMarco, P Richie Leone, OT David Mims, CB Marrio Norman, CB Deji Olatoye, LB Austin Spitler, WR LaQuan Williams, WR Mike Willie, RB Cierre Wood, FB Shaun Chapas, OT Brett Van Sloten, DT Levi Brown, DT Derrick Hopkins, TE Nathan Overbay, LB D.J. Roberts, C Reggie Stephens, G A.Q. Shipley, OG Ryan Jensen, LB John Simon, CB Dominique Franks, RB Fitz Toussaint, DB Sammy Seamster, CB Tramain Jacobs, DT A.J. Pataiali'i, QB Keith Wenning,G A.Q. Shipley, LB John Simon, CB Dominique Franks and CB Derek Cox.
Like many teams, the Ravens' cut list is decidedly mundane. Safety Omar Brown, who has moved back and forth from the practices quad to the active roster, was the most notable hitting the unemployment line. He's made three tackles total in his career.
Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood was also released. He spent last season with the Texans and Patriots.
Players Cut: DT Alan Branch, S Derek Brim, QB Dennis Dixon, P Jake Dombrowski, WR Tori Gurley, S Jajuan Harley, K Dustin Hopkins, DT Damien Jacobs, C Macky MacPherson, WR Chris Summers, G J.J. Unga, RB Ronnie Wingo, QB Thad Lewis, LB Xavius Boyd, DT Landon Cohen, TE Dominique Jones, CB Kamaal McIlwain, CB Sam Miller, P Brian Moorman, QB Jordan Palmer, FB Evan Rodriguez, WR Naaman Roosevelt, C Jared Wheeler, QB Jeff Tuel, WR T.J. Graham.
Jordan Palmer had just signed with the Buffalo Bills, but his stint did not last long as the veteran quarterback was released. He is considered a quality teacher who could have helped EJ Manuel, but it is clear the team prefers Jeff Tuel as the backup.
The team also released longtime punter Brian Moorman, who provided a letter to the organization and its fans after hearing the news.
Two days before the Bills had to trim their roster to 75 for Tuesday's cuts, they didn't waste any time in releasing defensive tackle Alan Branch. The team's official website reported the news. Branch was charged with a DUI Saturday, per the Associated Press (via NFL.com) and didn't play in the team's preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Players Cut: WR Tiquan Underwood, WR Toney Clemons, P Jordan Gay, DT Linden Gaydosh, DE Alex Hall, OT Oscar Johnson, WR Marvin McNutt, LB Anthony Morales, WR Kealoha Pilares, DE Craig Roh, WR Tavarres King, CB James Dockery, LB Denicos Allen, DT Casey Walker, OL David Foucault, OL Andrew McDonald, OL Chris Scott, CB Carrington Byndom, G Derek Dennis, LB Adarius Glanton, S Robert Lester, WR Marcus Lucas, S Tom Nelson, DT Drake Nevis, RB Darrin Reaves, DT Micanor Regis, LB D.J. Smith, CB Josh Thomas, FB Michael Zordich
The Panthers' wide receiver woes continue with the release of Tiquan Underwood. Underwood failed to develop chemistry with quarterback Cam Newton and quickly dropped on the depth chart. This comes after he was signed this offseason on a bargain deal with hopes of becoming a reliable slot receiver and return man.
He made only one catch for five yards and was targeted twice all preseason.
Players Cut: S Adrian Wilson, RB Michael Ford, WR Greg Herd, WR Kofi Hughes, OT Joe Long, CB Derricus Purdy, CB Peyton Thompson, DT Nate Collins, OL Dylan Gandy, QB Jordan Palmer, KR/PR Darius Reynaud, LB Jordan Senn, S Craig Steltz, OL James Brown, CB Isaiah Frey, WR Armanti Edwards, RB Jordan Lynch, TE Jeron Mastrud, OL Dennis Roland, OL Robert Turner, OL Eben Britton, WR Chris Williams, LB Devekeyan Lattimore, OL Taylor Boggs, OL Ryan Groy, WR Dale Moss, DL Lee Pegues, LB Jerry Franklin, S Marcus Trice, CB C.J. Wilson, CB Kelvin Hayden, CB Al Louis-Jean
College football fans should know Jordan Lynch, the Northern Illinois quarterback who was known more for his rushing ability. Unfortunately, it does not seem like he has been able to make the transition to running back at the next level.
Another former college quarterback, Armanti Edwards, also was not good enough to make the final roster in Chicago.
Former Pro Bowler Adrian Wilson, who hoped to continue his career with Chicago after signing in June, led the first wave of roster cuts made by coach Marc Trestman. Wilson spent last season on injured reserve as a member of the New England Patriots after suffering an Achilles injury. Wilson struggled to impress in camp after he was brought in with designs of shoring up the back half of the secondary.
One has to wonder if this will mark the end of Wilson's career. A five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, he spent his first 12 NFL seasons as the Cardinals' best defensive playmaker.
The release of Jordan Palmer leaves Jimmy Clausen as Jay Cutler's backup under center. Palmer latched on with the Bills but couldn't make the cut there either.
Players Cut: WR Ryan Whalen, K Quinn Sharp, CB R.J. Stanford, DT Larry Black, S Isaiah Lewis, TE Kevin Brock, WR Jasper Collins, LB James Davidson, QB Matt Scott, LB J.K. Schaffer, CB Lavelle Westbrooks, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, LB Brandon Joiner, DT LaKendrick Ross, QB Tyler Wilson, S Danieal Manning, OT Will Svitek, HB Orson Charles, OT Dan France, WR Cobi Hamilton, CB Victor Hampton, DT David King, WR Colin Lockett, CB Onterio McCalebb, DE Dontay Moch, DE Sam Montgomery, C Trevor Robinson, DT Devon Still, FB Nikita Whitlock, HB James Wilder Jr., CB Lavelle Westbrooks
BenJarvus Green-Ellis becomes the most notable name on the cut list after the veteran running back led the team in rushing last season (756 yards). However, second-round draft pick Jeremy Hill will likely take the role as the inside presence to counter Giovani Bernard.
Tyler Wilson has now been released from three teams since being a highly touted prospect out of Arkansas. The quarterback has a big arm, but his chances to make it at this level are running out.
The Stanford program that current San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh built produced Ryan Whalen, who was a 2011 sixth-round pick but never quite panned out in Cincinnati. Whalen has just 11 catches for 80 yards in his career and wasn't going to be the one playmaker to step up in lieu of injured wideout Marvin Jones (foot surgery).
Backup kicker and capable punter Quinn Sharp got a longer look, but he faced long odds to secure a spot with incumbents Mike Nugent and Kevin Huber in the fold. Safety Isaiah Lewis was another notable cut. The rookie was a first-team All-Big Ten selection at Michigan State last year and could catch on elsewhere.
Players Cut: WR Anthony Armstrong, DB Royce Adams, RB Edwin Baker, OL Randall Harris, DB T.J. Heath, DL Cam Henderson, WR Jonathan Krause, OL Ryan Lee, LB Caleb McSurdy, OL Keavon Milton, LB Keith Pough, WR Tim Smith, OL Jeremiah Warren, TE Martell Webb, WR Nate Burleson, RB Dion Lewis, LB Justin Staples, RB Chris Ogbonnaya, CB Leon McFadden, QB Connor Shaw, DB Josh Aubrey, DL Calvin Barnett, DL Jacobbi McDaniel, DL Justin Staples, OL Reid Fragel, OL Garrett Gilkey, OL Donald Hawkins, OL Alex Parsons, OL Abasi Salimu, TE MarQueis Gray, TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi, WR Willie Snead
Anthony Armstrong, 31, highlights the list of roster cuts, though he was out of football last season after being released by the Dallas Cowboys in training camp. A 5'11" speedster, Armstrong was hoping to impress the Cleveland staff with his downfield playmaking ability.
The Browns also let go of former Michigan State running back Edwin Baker, who rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns in three games for the team in 2013.
Wideout Nate Burleson was brought in with hope he could provide some experienced depth in an area of need for Cleveland. The veteran wideout could never get fully healthy during training camp, however, and the Browns ultimately opted to go in another direction.
Players Cut: DE Martez Wilson, FB J.C. Copeland, WR Chris Boyd, P Tom Hornsey, LS Casey Kreiter, DE Adewale Ojomo, G Wayne Tribue, QB Caleb Hanie, TE Jordan Najvar, S Matt Johnson, CB Justin Green, LB DeVonte Holloman, CB Johnny Thomas, CB Terrance Mitchell, RB D.J. Adams, T Josh Aladenoye,, DE Kenneth Boatright, DT Dartwan Bush, WR LaRon Byrd, G Stephen Goodin, WR Jamar Newsome, C Ronald Patrick, DE Caesar Rayford, LB Dontavis Sapp, LB Keith Smith, S Ryan Smith, LB Will Smith, RB Phillip Tanner, TE Asa Watson, RB Ryan Williams, LB Orie Lemon, DT Zach Minter
Running back Phillip Tanner won't be joining the team for a fourth season. The Middle Tennessee State product only averaged 2.7 yards per rush in Dallas, but was a contributor on special teams.
Martez Wilson has exceptional speed and was a third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2011. Despite some excellent upside as a pass-rusher, he evidently wasn't good enough to stick in the rotation of what should be a struggling Cowboys defense.
J.C. Copeland is a rookie who has good athleticism for his position and attended LSU. The position isn't as much of a prized commodity in the pass-happy modern NFL, but another team could scoop him up.
Safety Matt Johnson headlined a large group of cuts on Tuesday. The former Eastern Washington star showed promise after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 draft, but hamstring and foot injuries robbed him each of his two NFL seasons.
Players Cut: LB Jamar Chaney, RB Brennan Clay, WR Greg Hardin, LB Jerrell Harris, OT Winston Justice, S Charles Mitchell, DT Will Pericak, QB Bryn Renner, DE Chase Vaughn, RB Jerodis Williams, WR Greg Wilson, DT Cody Larsen, DT Kevin Vickerson, LB L.J. Fort, DT Sione Fua, TE Jameson Konz, OL Ryan Miller, TE Cameron Morrah, DB Jerome Murphy, DB Jordan Sullen, SS Duke Ihenacho, S John Boyett, LB Shaq Barrett, QB Zac Dysert, DL Brian Sanford, RB Kapri Bibbs, WR Bennie Fowler, OL Vinston Painter, WR Nathan Palmer, OL Matt Paradis, TE Gerell Robinson, CB Louis Young
A Super Bowl-caliber roster in Denver will inevitably lend itself to cutting players who might find an NFL home elsewhere.
One big surprise was the release of defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson. The 6'5", 328-pound veteran was known for his ability to plug holes and punish ball-carriers on the interior. Expect the nine-year veteran to quickly find a home elsewhere.
Linebacker Jamar Chaney, who started all 16 games and had three interceptions for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, was one of the headliners among the cuts, via DenverBroncos.com. Chaney is just 27 years old, has great speed and has yet to emulate the impact he made several years ago, but he ought to get another shot.
Rookie quarterback Bryn Renner may have a shot at a different roster. The North Carolina product faced an uphill battle to gain any ground on the likes of Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert.
Players Cut: G Alex Bullard, G A.J. Dalton, DT Gregory Hickman, RB Steven Miller, DE Kris Redding, WR Conner Vernon, FB Chad Abram, P Drew Butler, QB James Franklin, CB Jonte Green, CB Aaron Hester, K Giorgio Tavecchio, RB Mikel Leshoure, RB George Winn, RB Emil Igwenagu, WR Kris Durham, WR Andrew Peacock, WR Pat Edwards, TE Michael Egnew, TE Jordan Thompson, OL Rodney Austin, OL Garrett Reynolds, OL Michael Williams, OL Darren Keyton, DL Darryl Tapp, DE Andre Fluellen, DL Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, DL Xavier Proctor, LB Brandon Hepburn, LB Julian Stanford, LB Shamari Benton, CB Mohammed Seisay, CB Chris Greenwood, S Nate Ness
The Lions made their first slight move of the offseason last Saturday, trimming down six players. Of the players let go, Steven Miller is probably the most notable. The former Appalachian State star spent last season on the practice squad. He received only four carries this preseason, losing one yard total.
Mikel Leshoure was the odd man out in an overcrowded Detroit backfield. He rushed for nearly 800 yards and nine touchdowns in 2012 but only appeared in three games last season. Now he'll search for a team where he could become more involved.
Green Bay Packers
Players Cut: S Charles Clay, CB Antonio Dennard, WR Chris Harper, LB Korey Jones, FB Ina Liaina, QB Chase Rettig, WR Gerrard Sheppard, CB Ryan White, S Chris Banjo, WR Myles White, WR Kevin Dorsey, S Chris Banjo, WR Kevin Dorsey, LB Jake Doughty, OT John Fullington, C Garth Gerhart, WR Alex Gillett, DT Carlos Gray, RB Michael Hill, LB Adrian Hubbard, G Jordan McCray, S Tanner Miller, TE Justin Perillo, RB LaDarius Perkins, DE Luther Robinson, CB Jumal Rolle, OT Jeremy Vujnovich, WR Myles White and CB Ryan White.
The Packers began whittling down their roster with a series of largely unsurprising cuts. Of the players sent packing, . Harper, a 2013 fourth-round pick, played special teams for Green Bay last season and did not make a reception.
Players Cut: WR Joe Adams, NT Austin Brown, NT David Hunter, WR Alec Lemon, LB Terrance Lloyd, G Sam Longo, CB Junior Mertile, RB William Powell, LB Lawrence Sidbury, LB Paul Hazel, OL Conor Boffeli, WR Anthony McClung, DB Brandon Harris, S Jawanza Sterling, TE Zach Potter, DL Ricardo Mathews, LB Max Bullough, CB Marcus Williams, DE Julius Warmsley, DE Keith Browner, OLB Chris McAllister, LB Chris Young, WR Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR Lacoltan Bester, G Alex Kupper, C James Ferentz, TE Anthony Denham, G Bronson Irwin, T Matt Feiler
After a few unsurprising moves in the first set of cuts, the Texans made an interesting move by releasing cornerback Brandon Harris. The fourth-year player played in all 16 games with Houston last season, but some inconsistent play has made him expendable.
Players Cut: CB Johnny Adams, CB Qua Cox, G Andre Cureton, G Marcus Hall, CB Kameron Jackson, WR Nu'keese Richardson, LB Jonathon Sharpe, S David Sims, WR Eric Thomas, WR Tony Washington, FB Cameron White, DE Gannon Conway, RB David Fluellen, QB Chandler Harnish, DE Tyler Hoover, OLB Phillip Hunt, ILB Andrew Jackson, WR Ryan Lankford, WR Josh Lenz, C FN Lutz, S Dewey McDonald, DT Nnamdi Obukwelu, CB Sheldon Price, ILB Rob Ruggiero, TE Weslye Saunders, ILB Kelvin Sheppard, TE Erik Swoope, G Josh Walker, DT Brandon McKinney, T Matt Hill, S Delano Howell
The Colts came close to finalizing their 75-man roster Monday, cutting 11 players to leave only four remaining. Of the players released, most were undrafted camp bodies who were brought in and largely expected to be let go.
Safety David Sims, who has bounced around practice squads and active rosters since 2011, has the lengthiest NFL career of the released players. He spent the last two seasons with the Eagles, accumulating 15 total tackles while appearing mostly on special teams. Also let go was wideout Nu'keese Richardson, a former budding star at Tennessee before off-the-field issues cut his collegiate career short.
Players Cut: CB Mike Harris, WR Ramses Barden, LB Allen Bradford, G Antoine Caldwell, LB Josh Hull, RB Harvey Unga, S Joe Young, C Patrick Lewis, DT David Carter, LS Charley Hughlett, WR Kenny Shaw, C Michael Brewster, G Drew Nowak, DE Gerald Rivers, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Chad Bumphis, FB, Eric Kettani, TE Brandon Barden, OT Cody Booth, DL Deandre Coleman, DT Ricky Havili-Heimuli, S Craig Loston, QB Stephen Morris, K/P Kasey Redfern, G Tyler Shatley, TE D.J. Tialavea, LB Marcus Whitfield, WR Kerry Taylor, S Sherrod Martin, LB Nate Stupar, CB Jamell Fleming
With increased confidence in Blake Bortles at quarterback, the Jaguars have cleared out a lot of depth at the position by releasing Ricky Stanzi and Stephen Morris.
Michael Brewster might have been the most significant loss as the offensive lineman had played in 26 games in the past two years, starting 10. It seems likely he will find a new home before long as an experienced player who can provide depth along the line.
The Jaguars made their first round of cuts Sunday, highlighted by wideout Ramses Barden. The former Giants receiver, who shot to fantasy football infamy for his nine-catch, 138-yard outing in 2012, was out of football last season after being released by the Bills. Former USC linebacker Allen Bradford, most recently a Giant, was also handed a pink slip.
Kansas City Chiefs
Players Cut: WR Deon Anthony, DL Jairus Campbell, DT Jermelle Cudjo, WR Weston Dressler, G Otis Hudson, WR Jerrell Jackson, CB Brandon Jones, CB Vernon Kearney, S Jerron McMillian, TE Adam Schilitz, WR Darryl Surgent, OT Ryan McKee, CB Kevin Rutland, CB Damond Smith, OT J'Marcus Webb, K Ryan Succop, S Jonathon Amaya, S Malcolm Bronson, FB Jordan Campbell, DL Dominique Hamilton, WR Mark Harrison, G Ricky Henry, LB Alonzo Highsmith, LB Nico Johnson, DT Kyle Love, CB Justin Rogers, DL Kona Schwenke, CB DeMarcus Van Dyke, LB Devan Walker, RB Charcandrick West, WR Fred Williams
Kicker Ryan Succop was an unexpected cut here. He's been steady for Kansas City, playing in all 16 games for the team over the last five seasons and connecting on 81.0 percent of his field-goal attempts. This move means the team has plenty of faith in undrafted kicker Cairo Santos going forward.
The Chiefs made their initial cuts Monday, paring down the roster to 78 players with a day remaining before their final decision. Most of the moves were largely expected. Safety Jerron McMillian and defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo were the players with the most extensive NFL experience let go. McMillian spent his first two seasons in Green Bay after being a fourth-round choice in 2012. Cudjo signed with the Chiefs after being let go by the Rams after a four-season stint this spring.
Guard Otis Hudson is the only other player with at least two years of active-roster experience who was let go.
Players Cut: DT Isaako Aaitui, WR Kevin Cone, CB Kevin Fogg, S Jordan Kovacs, QB Seth Lobato, TE Kyle Miller, DE Tevin Mims, DE D'Aundre Reed, K Jake Rogers, DT Garrison Smith, LB Andrew Wilson, TE Evan Wilson, DB Jalil Brown, TE Michael Egnew, DT Micajah Reynolds, OL Steven Baker, S Demetrius Wright, QB Brady Quinn, RB Daniel Thomas, RB/KR Marcus Thigpen, WR Matt Hazel, OG David Arkin, OL Sam Brenner, T Tony Hills, OL Evan Finkenberg
Quitting a former third-round pick isn't easy, but that's what the Dolphins did Saturday with the release of tight end Michael Egnew. The former Missouri standout was considered one of the best prospects in the 2012 class, equipped with 6'5" size and a 4.6-second 40-yard dash that made many consider him the next in a new breed at the position.
He's made seven receptions in his entire career.
Daniel Thomas never lived up to expectations after being drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft. He averaged below four yards per carry in all three of his seasons in Miami and was a player without a role in the team's backfield.
Players Cut: S Brandan Bishop, OT Pierce Burton, CB Derek Cox, WR Andy Cruse, WR Kamar Jorden, WR Erik Lora, OT Kevin Murphy, DT Kheeston Randall, DE Tyler Scott, DE Jake Snyder, TE Kory Sperry, CB Robert Steeples, WR Ty Walker, S Mistral Raymond, DT Fred Evans, RB Joe Banyard, G Jeff Baca, DT Chase Baker, RB Joe Banyard, S Kurt Coleman, WR Kain Colter, S Chris Crocker, DT Fred Evans, DT Isame Faciane, TE Chase Ford, WR Donte Foster, LB Justin Jackson, CB Kendall James, C Zac Kerin, CB Julian Posey, TE Allen Reisner, T Mike Remmers, DE Justin Trattou, RB Dominique Williams and LB Mike Zimmer.
The Vikings parted ways with former sixth-round pick Mistral Raymond and cornerback Derek Cox as part of their initial round of cuts Monday. Raymond, who has started 10 games as a backup safety, suffered an injury early in camp that hurt his chance of making the roster. In his fourth NFL season, he should be able to continue his career somewhere when fully healthy.
Cox, who is a year removed from signing a four-year deal in San Diego, was the most surprising cut. He's been underwhelming in camp but has the talent to be a third or fourth corner.
New England Patriots
Players Cut: DT Tommy Kelly, DE Will Smith, LB James Anderson, TE Justin Jones, DT Jerel Worthy, OL Jon Halapio, WR Josh Boyce, RB Jonas Gray, DE Jake Bequette, TE Steve Maneri, LB Steve Beauharnais, WR Jeremy Gallon, RB Roy Finch, LS Danny Aiken, DL Jake Bequette, OL Braxston Cave, LB Ja'Gared Davis, S Kanorris Davis, DB Daxton Swanson, S Shamiel Gary, DL Eathyn Manumaleuna, OL Chris Martin, LB Taylor McCuller, DL L.T. Tuipulotu
According to Football Outsiders, the New England Patriots were the 27th-best defense against the run. Despite that poor performance, the Pats jettisoned defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 33-year-old started five games for New England last year, making 2.5 sacks.
"I don't know but I enjoy my time and my teammates," said Kelly of why he might have been cut, per Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com. "I have no problem moving along with my career."
Joining Kelly on the unemployment line are Will Smith, who made the Pro Bowl in 2006, and James Anderson.
Josh Boyce was the odd-man out from a crowded receiver corps. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft and caught nine passes for 121 yards last season with the Patriots. The addition of Brandon LaFell from Carolina was likely the reason for Boyce's departure.
New Orleans Saints
Players Cut: TE Travis Beckum, LB Victor Butler, OL Manase Foketi, DE Rufus Johnson, QB Logan Kilgore, LB Kevin Reddick, DB Rod Sweeting, DE George Uko, CB Champ Bailey, CB Trevin Wade, WR Brandon Coleman, WR Robert Meachem, RB Derrick Strozier, WR Charles Hawkins, CB Terrence Frederick, OL Jason Weaver, OL Marcel Jones, CB Derrius Brooks, OLB Keyunta Dawson, K Shayne Graham, FB Greg Jones, T Thomas Welch, C Matt Armstrong, CB Derrius Brooks, WR Brandon Coleman, ILB Todd Davis, K Derek Dimke, TE Nic Jacobs, G Marcel Jones, WR Seantavius Jones, T Tavon Rooks, NT Lawrence Virgil, S Pierre Warren
Robert Meachem's return to New Orleans was short lived. After briefly departing to San Diego in 2012, the receiver came back to record 16 receptions in 2013. Although, the Saints opted to go in the direction of the explosive Kenny Still and rookie Brandin Cooks.
Travis Beckum, a former third-round pick with the New York Giants, wasn't able to crack a tight end rotation that includes Jimmy Graham, Benjamin Watson and Josh Hill. It's not surprising he was released, but Beckum, who has solid NFL experience, could catch on as a backup somewhere.
Victor Butler was once seen as a pass-rusher with intriguing talent, but he tore his ACL a year ago and was never able to recover.
Once one of the premier defensive backs in football, Bailey has been on a steady decline over the past couple years. The Saints had question marks in the secondary coming into the preseason, but decided the veteran wasn't the answer.
New York Giants
Players Cut: CB Charles James, CB Ross Weaver, S C.J. Barnett, S Kyle Sebetic, LB Spencer Adkins, WR Travis Harvey, TE Xavier Grimble, TE Jerome Cunningham, G John Sullen, DT Everett Dawkins, K Brandon McManus, DT Kelcy Quarles, QB Curtis Painter, DL Israel Idonije, FB John Conner, TE Kellen Davis, CB Bennett Jackson, OT Rogers Gaines, RB Michael Cox, WR Julian Talley, FB Kendall Gaskins, OT Mark Asper, OT Adam Gress, G Jamaal Johnson-Webb, LB Terrell Manning, LB Dan Fox, DB Chandler Fenner, DB Thomas Gordon, DE Jordan Stanton
The New York Giants' backup quarterback position is settled with the release of Curtis Painter on Saturday. Second-year signal-caller Ryan Nassib will be listed behind Eli Manning on this year's depth chart.
Before Saturday, the Giants carried three fullbacks on their roster. Veteran John Conner and Kendall Gaskins were released, so it looks like Henry Hynoski will be paving the way for Rashad Jennings and Co. this season.
A big surprise was the release of tight end Kellen Davis. He was a big part of a competition at tight end over the offseason after coming to New York after spending the 2013 season with the Seattle Seahawks.
New York Jets
Players Cut: WR Jacoby Ford, TE Colin Anderson, FB Chad Young, DE Anthony Grady, CB Ras-I Dowling, T Bruce Campbell, LB Steele Divitto, OL Patrick Ford, K Andrew Furney, P Jacob Schum, RB Michael Smith, OL Markus Zusevics, RB Daryl Richardson, LB A.J. Edds, CB Johnny Patrick, WR Stephen Hill, TE Chris Pantale, DL Zach Thompson, RB Alex Green, QB Tajh Boyd, DT Tevita Finau, S Rontez Miles, CB Dimitri Patterson, OL Brent Qvale, G William Campbell, LB Troy Davis, CB Brandon Dixon, WR Clyde Gates, DL Kerry Hyder, LB Garrett McIntyre, CB Jeremy Reeves, G Caleb Schlauderaff, QB Matt Simms, DL Zach Thompson
The Jets became the third NFL team to give up on tackle Bruce Campbell on Saturday, releasing the former fourth-round pick as part of their early cuts. Campbell was selected by Oakland in 2010 after wowing scouts with his impressive size and speed combination; he ran a ridiculous 4.75-second 40-yard dash at the combine. The physical prowess has not translated on the field, though, as he's appeared in only 19 games.
Also sent packing was wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who came over from Oakland this offseason. Ford struggled in camp as a receiver and did not establish himself as an irreplaceable special teams player.
Hill carried plenty of hype coming out of Georgia Tech in 2012, but the rest of his game never caught up with his blazing speed. He made just 45 catches over two seasons.
Boyd put up monster numbers during his collegiate career at Clemson. He seen limited action as the fourth quarterback in the Jets' pecking order during the preseason, however. They opted to keep Matt Simms to go along with Geno Smith and Michael Vick.
Players Cut: TE Kyle Auffray, WR Mike Davis, WR Rashaan Vaughn, OT Emmett Cleary, LB Justin Cole, DT Torell Troup, CB Jansen Watson, QB Trent Edwards, WR Juron Criner, S Larry Asante, WR Greg Jenkins, RB Kory Sheets, OL Lucas Nix, WR Greg Little, K Giorgio Tavecchio, RB George Atkinson III, DE Denico Autry, CB Chance Casey, OT Jack Cornell, DE Jack Crawford, LB Carlos Fields, LB Bojay Filimoeatu, LB Spencer Hadley, OT Dan Kistler, OT Erle Ladson, WR Greg Little, DT Ricky Lumpkin, G Lamar Mady, TE Jake Murphy, WR Seth Roberts, DE Ryan Robinson, S Brandian Ross, OL Jarrod Shaw, TE Scott Simonson, RB Jeremy Stewart, K Giorgio Tavecchio and FB Karl Williams.
A cast of receivers that was already limited will now be without Mike Davis and Rashaan Vaughn. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has stockpiled the roster with veterans across the board ahead of Oakland's make-or-break 2014 campaign. Not many undrafted rookies will be able to hang on when the final cuts are made before the regular season.
It appears that McKenzie and Co. minimized the casualties Sunday by releasing enough players in the preceding days and weeks to make only minor tweaks.
Juron Criner was a star of OTA's, but he just wasn't able to make a big impact during the preseason. The former fifth-round pick caught 16 passes for 151 yards and a score as a rookie in 2012.
Greg Little still can't seem to stick with a team. After leaving the Browns, he attempted to make a Raiders roster containing very little experience. He was unable to overcome some young talent, and perhaps his reputation for dropped passes, and was cut on Saturday.
Players Cut: TE Blake Annen, OL Michael Bamiro, OL Karim Barton, WR Kadron Boone, WR B.J. Cunningham, OL Donald Hawkins, TE Emil Igwenagu, LB Jake Knott, DE Joe Kruger, S Daytawion Lowe, DE Frances Mays, S Davon Morgan, K Carey Spear, DE Alejandro Villanueva, RB Henry Josey, LB Emmanuel Acho, OL Josh Andrews, RB Kenjon Barner, CB Roc Carmichael, OL Kevin Graf, K Alex Henery, WR Damaris Johnson, S Keelan Johnson, LB Josh Kaddu, DT Wade Keliikipi, QB G.J. Kinne, CB Curtis Marsh, WR Ifeanyi Momah, WR Will Murphy, WR Quron Pratt, S Ed Reynolds, DT Damion Square, RB Matthew Tucker
Chip Kelly has wasted little time doing anything since taking over the Eagles, and that includes roster moves. The Philly coach was the first to make significant roster decisions, cutting his roster down to the 75-player limit not long after the third preseason game.
The team released 2013 seventh-round choice Joe Kruger and inside linebacker Jake Knott, who was due for a four-game suspension after testing positive for PEDs. Also on the chopping block was Alejandro Villanueva, the Army Ranger who took a break from the service in an attempt to make the roster.
Former Oregon Duck Kenjon Barner was released by his college coach. Barner joined the team after being drafted by the Panthers in 2013. Although, the odds were stacked against him in Philadelphia in a very crowded backfield.
Kicker Alex Henery was also released after spending three seasons with the team and connecting on 86 percent of his field-goal attempts. It looks like Cody Parkey will be the team's kicker going forward.
Players Cut: RB Jordan Hall, RB Miguel Maysonet, WR C.J. Goodwin, WR Kashif Moore, TE Eric Waters, S Jordan Dangerfield, CB Devin Smith, LB Lew Toler, LB Vic So'oto, OL Chris Elkins, OL Emmanuel McCray, DL Hebron Fangupo, DL Brian Arnfelt, LS Luke Ingram, RB Tauren Poole, TE Rob Blanchflower, TE Bryce Davis, TE David Paulson, DB Isaiah Green, DB Dayonne Nunley, DB Shaquille Richardson, DB Ross Ventrone, RB Josh Harris, RB Stephen Houston, DL Ethan Hemer, DL Josh Mauro, DL Roy Philon, DL Nick Williams, LB Chris Carter, LB Howard Jones, LB Dan Molls, QB Brendon Kay, WR Derek Moye, WR Lanear Sampson, OL Graham Pocic, OL Will Simmons, OL Guy Whimper
Jordan Dangerfield and Eric Waters stood out as intriguing talents during the preseason, while Vic So'oto forced a fumble against the Buffalo Bills. Still, there was nothing real surprising with these moves, as the Steelers 53-man roster was probably one of the most predictable before final cuts.
The team did part ways with lanky second-year receiver Derek Moye. The Penn State product was intriguing as a project, standing at 6'5" and possessing the athletic ability to possibly become a red-zone target. The arrivals of a couple veteran receivers made Moye the odd man out.
San Diego Chargers
Players Cut: T Nick Becton, RB Zach Boren, TE Jake Byrne, WR Brelan Chancellor, LB Adrian Hamilton, WR Micah Hatfield, G Darryl Johnson, TE Ryan Otten, DB Lowell Rose, P Chase Tenpenny, RB Kerwynn Williams, WR Vincent Brown, LB Victor Aiyewa, DT Chas Alecxih, WR Torrence Allen, CB Crezdon Butler, S Alden Darby, CB Greg Ducre, TE Michael Flacco, T Mike Harris, WR Javontee Herndon, OLB Thomas Keiser, DL Joe Kruger, OLB Cordarro Law, S Adrian Phillips, WR Tevin Reese, T Jeremiah Sirles, QB Brad Sorenson, OLB Colton Underwood, G Craig Watts, T Kenny Wiggins, C Khalil Wilkes, DL Doug Worthington
The Chargers' focus in Monday's cuts was evident by the number of skill players released. Clutter was cleared from the backfield and receiving corps, while two tight ends in Ryan Otten and Jake Byrne were sent packing. That position has long been occupied by star Antonio Gates, but 2014 could see a transitional period in which Lardarius Green steps forward as a new playmaker in San Diego's dynamic passing game.
Vincent Brown was probably the most surprising of the team's cuts. He began to show glimpses of becoming a reliable target for Philip Rivers in 2013, hauling in 41 receptions for 472 yards and one score. He should land on another team in short order.
San Francisco 49ers
Players Cut: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, S D.J. Campbell, TE Kevin Greene, RB Jewel Hampton, P Colton Schmidt, LB Kion Wilson, WR Devon Wylie, RB Glenn Winston, OT Carter Bykowski, TE Asante Cleveland, LB Shayne Skov, WR Kassim Osgood, S C.J. Spillman, LS Kevin McDermott, OL Ryan Seymour, OL Adam Snyder, R Lance Lewis, CB Darryl Morris, G Al Netter, DL Lawrence Okoye, T Michael Philipp, NT Mike Purcell, RB Alfonso Smith, S Bubba Ventrone, WR L'Damian Washington, LB Chase Thomas
Devon Wylie was a fourth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011 and a capable kick returner. That talent hasn't translated to the NFL, but he might find a spot somewhere else based on his versatility.
Meanwhile, the quarterback room got a little smaller with the release of McLeod Bethel-Thompson. It will be interesting to see if the Niners bring in another veteran to back up Colin Kaepernick, because Blaine Gabbert and Josh Johnson are the only other signal-callers on the depth chart.
Perhaps the release of C.J. Spillman was the most interesting. The six-year veteran went undrafted out of Marshall, but made a name for himself on special teams. In 2013, he tallied a career high of 25 tackles with the 49ers.
Players Cut: OT Wade Smith, CB Terrell Thomas, OT Cory Brandon, RB Demitrius Bronson, S Mike Dobson, DE Jackson Jeffcoat, WR Kevin Smith, CB Thomas Wolfe, DT Michael Brooks, WR David Gilreath, LB Horace Miller, QB Terrelle Pryor, OT Eric Winston, CB Phillip Adams, DE Benson Mayowa, E RaShaun Allen, CB Akeem Auguste, RB Demitrius Bronson, WR Arceto Clark, QB B.J. Daniels, G Caylin Hauptmann, OT Nate Isles, C Patrick Lewis, WR Chris Matthews, DE Benson Mayowa, S Terrance Parks, TE Morrell Presley, DT Andru Pulu, FB Kiero Small, DT Jimmy Staten, S Steven Terrell, LB Korey Toomer, WR Bryan Walters and RB Spencer Ware.
Terrelle Pryor was hoping to earn a backup job after an up-and-down career with the Oakland Raiders, but he did not make the final cut for the Seahawks.
Defense won the Seahawks a Lombardi Trophy this last postseason, so it comes as no surprise that a couple notable players are no longer on the roster. Cornerback Terrell Thomas has been struck with the injury bug in recent years, and was a Super Bowl champion himself with the New York Giants. That happens to be a deep part of Seattle's roster, though, so Thomas is no longer a Seahawk as of Monday.
Undrafted rookie defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat also couldn't cut it and was waived, per USA Today's Tom Pelissero. That isn't a good sign for Jeffcoat's future, considering Seattle lost both Chris Clemons and Red Bryant at the position to the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason.
St. Louis Rams
Players Cut: CB Jarrid Bryant, P Bobby Cowan, T R.J. Dill, WR Jordan Harris, LS Jorgen Hus, FB Kadeem Jones, LB Johnny Millard, WR T.J. Moe, T D.J. Morrell, LB Pat Schiller, DE Michael Sam, QB Garrett Gilbert, T Mitchell Van Dyk, DL Kourtnei Brown, DL Deantre Harlan, LB Etienne Sabino, LB Lawrence Wilson, CB Darren Woodard, CB Greg Reid, OG Travis Bond, WR Emory Blake
Head coach Jeff Fisher just lost his starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, to a torn ACL for the second straight year following Saturday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. Now the Rams have to move forward and continue trimming the roster, bringing more bad news to hard-working players hoping to hang onto an NFL dream. No matter how St. Louis shapes its roster moving forward, it will be tough to contend in the NFC West without Bradford running the offense.
Michael Sam became one of the final roster cuts in St. Louis. He wasn't exactly an early favorite to make a team with such depth at the defensive end position, but he led the team in sacks during the preseason and should find another home in the league based on those performances.
Head coach Jeff Fisher spoke of Sam's release during a press conference on Saturday, via Ken Belson of The New York Times:
I will tell you this: I was pulling for Mike, I really was. And I don't say that very often. Mike came in here and did everything we asked him to do. It was a football decision, and the decision is no different than any other decision that we make. It was a football decision. It was a football decision back in May to draft Mike.
Sam totaled 11 tackles and three sacks during the 2014 preseason.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Players Cut: LS Jeremy Cain, QB Alex Tanney, WR Tommy Streeter, DT Euclid Cummings, OL Jace Daniels, WR Skye Dawson, OL Jason Foster, DE Ryne Giddins, G R.J. Mattes, WR Eric Page, DE Chaz Sutton, FB Ian Thompson, LB Damaso Munoz, DB Marc Anthony, LB Nate Askew, OL Edawn Coughman, CB Kip Edwards, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB Anthony Gaitor, LB Ka'Lai Glaud, CB Keith Lewis, OL Jamon Meredith, OL Andrew Miller, FB Lonnie Pryor, OL Jeremiah Warren, K Connor Barth, DE Larry English, RB Jeff Demps, QB Mike Kafka, SS Major Wright, DT Matthew Masifilo
Some players filling specialty positions were excused from the Bucs' roster, with LS Jeremy Cain and fullback Ian Thompson being shown the door. Trick-shot quarterback extraordinaire Alex Tanney, who's spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns, didn't stick on the roster. Veteran Josh McCown and second-year pro Mike Glennon offer Tampa Bay plenty under center to get by for the time being, along with Mike Kafka.
Seeing three receivers fall by the wayside is no surprise, as the Bucs have first-round pick Mike Evans, established star Vincent Jackson, Chris Owusu and other capable contributors to fill out that playmaking group. However, Eric Page could have helped out in the return game had he been retained.
Barth was the team's kicker for four seasons before missing last season due to injury. Now the Bucs must decide whether to move forward with Patrick Murray or sign somebody else to fill the void.
Players Cut: LB Kendrick Adams, CB Marc Anthony, DL Lanier Coleman, OL Kevin Danser, OL Tyler Horn, WR Julian Horton, RB Waymon James, CB Micah Pellerin, WR Jaz Reynolds, S Hakeem Smith, WR Derel Walker, LB Jonathan Willard, LB David Hinds, WR Isaiah Williams, OL Gabe Ikard, OL Justin McCray, OL Jeff Adams, DL Marcus Dixon, FB Collin Mooney, WR Marc Mariani, DL Chigbo Anunoby, K Maikon Bonani, CB Tommie Campbell, LB Moise Fokou, TE Chase Coffman, CB Ri'Shard Anderson, OL Eric Olsen, QB Dominique Davis, TE Jason Schepler
The Titans began their roster-trimming process with the exodus of 12 players on Monday. None of the players were especially noteworthy. Cornerback Micah Pellerin, who latched on in Tennessee last season, was the only player with multiple years of NFL experience.
For those who closely followed Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, wide receiver Derel Walker will stand out. Walker made 51 receptions for 818 yards last season, ranking only second behind Mike Evans. He went undrafted in May.
Marc Mariani was one of Tennessee's more intriguing cuts. A special teams ace, Marinari proved to be a stellar kick- and punt-returner for the team until suffering a season-ending injury during the 2013 preseason. If he's fully healthy, he may get an opportunity elsewhere.
Players Cut: FB Stephen Campbell, WR Cody Hoffman, LB Jeremy Kimbrough, WR Rashad Lawrence, S Ross Madison, DE Jake McDonough, LB Adrian Robinson, DE Jeremy Towns, LB Rob Jackson, G Adam Gettis, CB Bryan Shepherd, WR Rashad Ross, TE Matt Veldman, OL Mike McGlynn, TE Ted Bolser, CB Richard Crawford, S Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith, WR Lee Doss, OL Kevin Kowalski P Robert Malone, OL Tevita Stevens, NT Robert Thomas, S Phillip Thomas, K Zach Hocker, CB Chase Minnifield, WR Nick Williams, OLB Everette Brown, RB Lache Seastrunk, RB Chris Thompson, RB Evan Royster
There were few surprises in the team's latest cuts, with Richard Crawford being one of the more prominent names on the board. The cornerback back played in 10 games last season and got one interception.
Some unneeded parts on the front seven defined Washington's cuts down to 75. Safety Ross Madison was the only one to be given the pink slip in the secondary, which defines perhaps the team's biggest concern and weakness entering the 2014 season.
First-year head coach Jay Gruden is hoping to evaluate as many players as possible on the offensive side of the ball, based on these cuts. A deep backfield and strong stable of receiver should create some compelling competitions as the preseason approaches its conclusion and the last of the cuts are made.
Washington cleared some room in the backfield, cutting rookie Lache Seastrunk and Evan Royster. Seastrunk was a standout at Baylor and was drafted in the sixth round by the Redskins. Royster was also a sixth-round selection and spent the last three seasons with the team.
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