NFL Roster Cuts: Surprise Survivors

Many talented players were cut on Saturday during roster cutdown and will be claimed off waivers on Sunday. Which players held on to a job, at least for now?

Donnel Pumphrey, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles fourth round pick certainly did not impress this preseason, while undrafted running back Corey Clement did, thus forcing the Eagles to keep both on the roster for now. However, Pumphrey’s spot on the roster is not safe and his agent knows it, admitting that Pumphrey is on the Eagles’ roster ‘for now’, implying that the rookie could be moved. This would not be a surprise as the Eagles could certainly use some running back help and will be scanning the waiver wire tomorrow.

Brandon Allen, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars surprised everyone by deciding to keep three quarterbacks on their roster. However, one cannot blame them as neither Blake Bortles or Chad Henne are particularly talented signal callers. It would not be surprising to see Allen or Henne find themselves looking for work tomorrow, as the Jaguars could claim another quarterback off waivers. Allen could also find himself on the market if the Jags claim a non-quarterback off waivers and need to open a roster spot.

Kevin Hogan, QB, Cleveland Browns

Kevin Hogan is another signal caller who could find himself out of a job tomorrow. The Browns have first waiver wire priority and will definitely be active tomorrow. Just the other day head coach Hue Jackson said that he would be comfortable keeping just two quarterbacks. If the Browns claim some players they like off waivers tomorrow, it would not be terribly surprising if Hogan becomes a roster casualty. 

Cooper Rush, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Cooper Rush had a very impressive preseason, and as a result he was rewarded with a roster spot. What is surprising though, is that the Cowboys decided to carry just two signal callers on their roster, both of whom are very inexperienced. Rush’s spot on the roster should be safe, but the Cowboys could still decide they want a veteran presence on their roster to back-up Dak Prescott. 

Graham Gano & Harrison Butker, K, Carolina Panthers

The Panthers made a very surprising decision by keeping two kickers on their roster. Both kickers may not be on the roster for long though, as their names have been the subject of trade rumors. Look for the Panthers to trade or release one of them within the coming days, as it would not make sense for them to have two kickers on their roster, especially with many decent players likely to fly off the waiver wire.    

Shelton Gibson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Given the terrible training camp and preseason he had, it is honestly shocking how Shelton Gibson made the Eagles roster. The fifth round pick dropped pretty much every pass thrown his way. The Eagles did not want to release Gibson as he likely would have been claimed off waivers and would not have made it back to the practice squad. However, the Eagles could release Gibson in the coming days, as they will be active on the waiver wire.

Geno Smith, QB, New York Giants

Despite having a very bad preseason, Geno Smith somehow managed to stick around on the Giants’ roster. Smith may not be around for too long, as the Giants may choose to sign another quarterback over Smith. They could also keep just two signal callers if they claim a player off waivers and need to clear a roster spot. After all, they did just draft Davis Webb and are likely grooming him to be Eli Manning’s successor. 

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Justin Boguslavsky

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