NFL Roster Cuts: 7 Teams Who Didn't Do Enough
There is no specific judgement day for any NFL team, but rather, a series of moves. Teams can add or subtract pieces from their team at various times and there will be some more moves to come. However, the bulk of decisions have already been made.
Surprises came along (Brandon Meriweather), obvious moves came early (Roy Williams) and players with a lack of talent were let go without much noise.
These seven teams could have done more to change the outlook of their roster by either adding more quality players or letting loose dead weight.
Brandon Banks and Dante Stallworth just made the team with good performances the last week of the preseason. Santana Moss needs a tag-team partner in order for the passing game to be sufficient enough to have some balance with the running game.
Artis Hicks was just about traded, but it didn't materialize and he was let go. Washington will go with two quarterbacks as Kellen Clemens is gone.
Sports Illustrated notes that of the 90 players who were on the roster midway through camp, only 24 were with the team when Shanahan arrived. Continuity is hard to build with that kind of turnover but, as Moss notes, "If you can't do it the way [Shanahan] wants, then you have a problem (SI)."
Dallas rid themselves of the content. Players like Roy Williams were not put up with. Marion Barber won't be a huge loss with Tashard Choice, but losing a lineman like Igor Olshansky will be difficult.
While he may not have played up to his capabilities last season, 3-4 linemen are harder to come by. It's nice to see coach Jason Garrett make players take responsibility, but free agency saw the Cowboys awfully quiet.
New England Patriots
Belichick made some moves that can be questioned even with his high status. Sammy Morris leaving puts the Patriots without a true fullback. Brandon Tate was never the deep threat the team envisioned, so it's not a huge deal that he was waived and picked up by Cincinnati.
The biggest move was Brandon Meriweather. While Belichick didn't like his performance in practice, the coach should have held onto James Sanders or Brandon McGowan.
Even if safety Sergio Brown plays as well as Belichick believes, the team could have used more depth and experience at the position.
Pete Carroll's "Always Compete" philosophy lends itself to adding depth and supporting competition. However, the coach could have added another quarterback to push Jackson and Whitehurst.
With the two as quarterbacks, Whitehurst should start. Cutting three offensive linemen is interesting, seeing as how young the unit is.
Jacob Ford was cut via an injury settlement, but he provided a decent pass rush last year. With Babin gone to Philadelphia, Tennessee could have used Ford.
The Titans also have issues at receiver, seeing as how Kenny Britt is injured. Letting big target Justin Gage go could leave Hasselbeck without a big target on the outside. The receiving corps is subpar, and it could have used depth for spot duty.
The main issue is resolved as Chris Johnson finally got paid.
The Eagles obviously added great talent in the short offseason, but the second level of the defense isn't up to standards. No linebackers were cut but none were added.
Casey Matthews and the other linebackers shouldn't be starting together. A guy like Kirk Morrison should have been added. Philadelphia will now have to go with what they have.
All Philadelphia Eagles moves here.
St. Louis Rams
St. Louis brought in Josh McDaniels, but they didn't give him an elite No. 1 receiver to work with. The team cut Donnie Avery and Marty Gilyard, but the receivers left are guaranteeing nothing.
Sam Bradford worked well with Mark Clayton early last season, but he's on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list.