Every year NFL teams must cut their rosters down to the final 53 players they deem match the expectations of the team's objectives.
Every year there are some expected releases and some surprises, and this year is no different.
Some of these players were hanging on by a thread, others players that were on the bubble and some were veterans that were expendable for younger players. Whatever the reason, it remains they are looking for work, some still having value to a team that still has needs.
Remember, what is one man's trash is another man's treasure.
Here are a list of players from the final cuts around the NFL that may have something left to give and where they could find a home.
Brandon Meriweather, Safety
Cut by the Patriots, where he fell out of favor with King Belichick, Meriweather offers a prospective club four seasons of NFL experience at his position.
Meriweather over four seasons has a total of 12 interceptions, 263 tackles (68 last season) and the potential to be a solid starter with a new team despite struggling last season.
At 5'11" he isn't the tallest player in the secondary, but his ability speaks for itself. This is New England's loss as he could benefit teams like the Packers (strong safety), Bengals or Bills.
Brandon Tate, Wide Receiver
Although he was primarily used as a return man by the Patriots, Tate boasted a quiet 432 yards and three touchdowns for the Patriots in 10 games.
Tate never really fit in the Patriots' scheme and his value was all in return yards where he amassed over 1,000 yards with two returns for touchdowns. The Patriots are alright as far as receivers and the NFL rule change on kickoffs may have helped Tate become expendable.
Tate could latch on somewhere and provide a role as a return man and a third or fourth receiver.
His abilities would benefit teams like the Vikings, Bengals, Bills, Jaguars, Chiefs, Bears and Seahawks. Each of these teams could use depth on the roster and may look his way.
Donnie Avery, Wide Receiver
It seems that Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels isn't willing to wait for Avery any longer. Despite being known for liking bigger receivers, McDaniels felt it would be best if the team parted ways with Avery.
Avery is capable of being a third receiver for someone's team as he does have an issue with dropped balls and fighting for them. Avery is also coming off a torn ACL in which he missed last season.
Avery's numbers are modest but in the two seasons he played in St. Louis he was able to average 50 receptions, 630 yards and eight touchdowns.
Avery is a deep threat and had a good camp with the Rams posting six receptions for 91 yards.
Avery could be attractive to teams like the Ravens, Bills, Vikings, Denver and Jacksonville.
Justin Gage, Wide Receiver
Despite his lack of production in Tennessee, Gage offers a big target for quarterbacks and poses challenges for cornerbacks with his 6'4" height.
He can create mismatches when given the right formation to play out of and does have some ability to contribute as a third or fourth receiver somewhere.
Gage's best years were his 2008 and 2009 seasons where he scored a total of nine touchdowns. Gage has some appeal, but is very limited.
I could see Gage possibly helping teams such as the Buccaneers, Jaguars, Redskins and the Dolphins.
Desmond Clark, Tight End
Considered an elder in the NFL at 34 years old, there may not be much left in this tank, but Clark could provide a roll as a second-string tight end to a team looking for depth or an emergency replacement.
Clark's best years are gone, but he could still wind up giving something as a backup to a team like Seattle that recently lost John Carlson to injury.
Dante Rosario, Tight End
This was somewhat of a surprising release in Denver, considering Rosario played for John Fox in Carolina and the Denver coach is known for taking a favorable approach to veterans.
Rosario is another tight end who still has something to give and could be open to considering teams like Seattle and Buffalo
Lito Sheppard, Cornerback
Although this former Pro-Bowl defender has seen better days, he has been the victim of being on teams that had a decent depth at his position where he was out shined.
Sheppard has a career 19 interceptions and despite his decline in recent years may be able to provide some depth and an emergency role for teams like Carolina, Tampa Bay and Washington.
Jacob Ford, Defensive End
Not much of a stud here, but for a team looking for something to help the defensive line, Ford has accumulated 15.5 sacks over the last three seasons and totaled around 90 tackles.
There is nothing spectacular about those numbers, but a team that is thin at this position and looking for any help may consider his service. Ford is also battling a hamstring issue which helped his release from the Titans.
Chester Taylor, Running Back
I feel bad for Taylor after his up-and-down experience this preseason with the Bears, but we all knew that once Marion Barber got to Chicago his days were numbered.
Taylor has always had the misfortune of playing behind people like Adrian Peterson and then Matt Forte in Chicago. With limited work, you can understand why his production dropped to an average barely reaching three yards a carry.
Taylor would be a good addition to a team looking for that second string running back or a back that can play a third-down option.
One of Taylor's strengths has been his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, which may also entice some clubs to look his way.
Taylor could be a good fit with teams like Jacksonville and Arizona.
It remains to be seen if any of these players will find a team and play at all this season, but the chances remain good for some.
Teams have the ability to sign and release a player after Week 1 without a salary guarantee, so I wouldn't be surprised if some of these players are given a shot. Sometimes the long shot comes in for the win.
Keep your eyes posted.
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