NFL teams have to trim their rosters to 53 players Friday. Let's take a spin around the league to see which players could be notable cuts.
Linebacker Sergio Kindle is hardly a lock to make the final roster.
Left tackle Bryant McKinnie has regained some stock with the coaching staff and will be the Week 1 starter, so don't look for this oft-rumored name to be axed.
The only qualifying name is Legedu Naanee. The young wideout has struggled and looked terrible in the team's third preseason game. He is on the bubble, for sure.
Cornerback Alphonso Smith came over from Denver and was penciled in as a starter, but the recent trade for Kevin Barnes could put Smith's roster spot in jeopardy.
Don't look for any big names here, but second-year wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan could be released if he loses out to Ramses Barden. However, Barden could also wind up on the chopping block if he fails to beat out Jernigan.
Veteran center Dan Koppen has been awful this offseason and may be the odd man out along this line's interior depth.
A lot of people are high on Brandon Bolden at running back, but he hasn't done enough to force the team to part ways with Shane Vereen or Danny Woodhead. My gut tells me Bolden could wind up on the practice squad this season.
Sammie Stroughter was a low-level fantasy pickup a few years back, but he lost his spot to Preston Parker. Jordan Shipley makes Stroughter expendable.
Jacob Hester may be unemployed come this weekend, as Le'Ron McClain is the starting fullback and the Bolts probably won't carry enough open spots at running back to warrant keeping Hester.
Knowshon Moreno is on the bubble as he works his way back from knee reconstruction. The veteran back doesn't play special teams and will not rank higher than the third back on the depth chart - a bad combination. The Broncos averaged 1.5 yards per carry more with a fullback in the lineup against the San Francisco 49ers, and Moreno could lose his roster spot in part because of this.
Andre Caldwell is in danger of missing out of a roster spot, as Brandon Stokley clearly won the No. 3 job. Dropped passes have hurt Caldwell's chances.
Depending on Rashard Mendenhall's health as he works back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Baron Batch could be on the wrong side of cut day.
Felix Jones hasn't enjoyed a strong camp, but he isn't going anywhere, much to the chagrin of many Cowboys fans.
Some people believe Chris Williams will be released after losing the starting left tackle job, but the truth is that with little proven depth, the Bears can't afford to part ways with him just yet.
Armanti Edwards cost the Panthers a future second-round pick and has failed to make a smooth transition from collegiate quarterback to, well, anything in the NFL.
Linebacker Clint Session is still struggling with lingering concussion symptoms from last season and may not make the final roster. With only one year under his belt as a Jag, and a new regime, he likely has not endeared himself to anyone that matters.
Cornerback Greg Toler was rock-solid two years ago, but a torn ACL cost him the 2011 season. He is still having a hard time coming back to form and is dealing with soreness. Even still, there is a reasonable chance he sticks around.
Offseason buzz suggests the Colts should cut veteran Dwight Freeney to save $14 million in cap space. Our sources say that isn't going to happen.
After already releasing Terrell Owens, Deuce Lutui and Alex Barron, Seattle really doesn't have anyone notable to axe at this point. Braylon Edwards has been good enough to stick around, so expect minor players to be released.
Demetress Bell lost the starting left tackle placeholder job to King Dunlap until Jason Peters (Achilles') is ready to return. Bell has struggled picking up OL coach Howard Mudd's blocking system.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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