10 Deep Cuts
It was quite the eventful NFL cutdown day with some big names being let go on Tuesday.
Perhaps no team made more surprising moves than the Dallas Cowboys, who cut every remaining quarterback with the exception of Dak Prescott as well as defensive lineman Carlos Watkins.
Many of the players being let go figure to end up on a practice squad and that could result in them being back on the 53-man roster.
When looking at the NFL predictions, here are 10 moves and storylines that stood among the others.
Brief Run for Michel in Sunshine State
Sony Michel was expected to add some punch to the running back room with the Miami Dolphins.
Michel ran for a career-high 845 yards for the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams before signing with the Dolphins. He didn’t make the final 53-man roster for Miami after falling behind in the running back competition.
Has Josh Gordon Run out of Second Chances?
It is a “what could have been” career for Gordon. He had 1,646 yards in his second NFL season. After multiple suspensions and stops with four teams, Gordon was never able to reclaim his spot at an elite receiver.
Despite the Kansas City Chiefs trading away Tyreek Hill, Gordon was not among the receivers who made the 53-man roster.
The Chiefs also cut former first-round pick Corey Coleman. He had 56 catches in his first two seasons, but he has recorded only five receptions since the start of the 2018 season. These moves are a sign that the rookie receivers picked in the draft will get a chance to show what they can do.
Chiefs are releasing WR Corey Coleman, per source. Former first-round pick made things interesting but K.C. is deep at receiver.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 30, 2022
Another Draft Swing and Miss by the Raiders
Has there ever been a run of forgettable draft picks like the ones made by the Las Vegas Raiders in recent years.
The Raiders made 13 picks in the first three rounds from 2019-2021. With the release of 2021 first-round pick Alex Leatherwood, six of them are no longer with the team.
Leatherwood started all 17 games as a rookie but even changing positions during the season wasn’t enough for him to remain on the roster.
No Big Mack Attack in Houston
Marlon Mack was a 1,000-yard rusher with Indianapolis during the 2019 season. However, the arrival of Jonathan Taylor ended his days of being the lead back with the Colts.
After playing in just seven games over the next two seasons, Mack signed with the Houston Texans.
Rookie Dameon Pierce is in line to be the starting running back with Houston and that resulted in Mack being cut by the Colts. Pierce’s odds to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award moved to +900 according to the NFL predictions.
Howard Doesn’t Make the Cut with Bills
O.J. Howard, a former first-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, never really became a key piece of the Tampa Bay passing attack. He went from one Super Bowl contender to another when he joined the Buffalo Bills.
Dawson Knox was going to remain the No. 1 tight end in Buffalo but the hope was that Howard could thrive in two-tight end sets. He struggled in the preseason and never made it to the regular-season opener for the Bills.
So Much for Steelers Running Back of the Future
Before Najee Harris arrived on the scene, Anthony McFarland was thought to be the running back of the future with the Pittsburgh Steelers. All of that potential translated into 116 yards on 36 carries in 13 career games.
His role was going to be diminished with Harris being a three-down back and now he has no role at all.
Receivers Seeking Work Elsewhere
For teams looking to improve at receiver, there are some options.
The most noteworthy one might be former Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Tyler Johnson. Johnson had 36 catches a season ago. With the additions of Russell Gage and Julio Jones, he became expendable.
Just two years ago, Travis Fulgham averaged 14.2 yards on 38 receptions for the Philadelphia Eagles. When he headed to a Green Bay team in need of impact players at the receiver position, it seemed like a perfect play to get his career going again. However, he was among the players cut as the Packers got down to the 53-player roster limit.
Miami released Lynn Bowden and Preston Williams. Williams was the more productive of the two, although his catch total regressed from 32 to 18 to six over the last three seasons.
Another Patriots Draft Pick Washes Out
The chatter about the New England Patriots’ less-than-stellar drafting prowess won’t be subsiding with the release of 2020 third-round pick Devin Asiasi. He played in 10 games and had two catches before being cut on Tuesday.
Two of the first four tight ends selected in the 2020 draft went to New England as the Patriots looked for a replacement for Rob Gronkowski. Asiasi and Dalton Keene combined for five career catches.
Change at QB2 in Minnesota
Kellen Mond was picked one spot before Davis Mills in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. While Mills is heading into his second season as Houston’s starting quarterback, Mond is on his way off the active roster for the Vikings. His fate was sealed when Minnesota traded for Nick Mullens.
Vikings Cut Loose Defensive Contributor
Defensive lineman Armon Watts had five sacks during the 2021 season for the Vikings. In a stretch of seven games during the middle of the season, when he started seven games in a row, Watts had 23 tackles and four sacks. That wasn’t enough to keep him on the roster in 2022.