Every year in the NFL there are major surprises as teams wind down their preseason and have to trim their rosters to the final 53 players. This year will be no exception, as there will be surprises both of long-standing veterans and young players that were hurt by the shorter time period in which to receive proper coaching.
You know that teams will do whatever they can to stash away some talent that they don't want to lose. But, some teams that are hurting for depth at certain positions, or got hit hard by injuries over the last few weeks of preseason will be anxiously scanning the waiver wire to see if someone is there that can help them out.
There will be four anxious days for a large number of NFL hopefuls. Teams have to cut down to 80 players by Aug. 30th. Then, just a mere four days later on Sept. 3rd, they have to get down to their final roster of 53. Doing the math, that is 32 teams times 27 released players or 864 players that will be hitting the waiver wire, placed on Injured Reserve, the PUP list or demoted to the practice squad.
That is one busy waiver wire. But with that many players, you know that the law of numbers suggests there will be quite a few big-name cuts.
It wouldn't be a surprise if a decent amount of rookies are stashed on practice squads, only to see them leave as some other needy team offers them a spot on their active roster. So, with all of that in mind, let's look ahead and see what surprising cuts might be making headlines in the near future.