Teams in the NFL must cut their rosters to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. Given the irregular offseason, with OTAs and minicamps occurring virtually for the first time, teams have had only training camp, which included 14 padded practices, to see their players in person.
The biggest names let go so far include a pair of running backs — Adrian Peterson by the Washington Redskins and Lamar Miller by the New England Patriots — and former first-round pick, quarterback Josh Rosen, by the Miami Dolphins.
Here’s a look at the biggest move by each team and all the cuts:
Biggest move: The Browns decided, for now at least, will go with five tight ends in perhaps the most surprising development of cut-down day in Cleveland. With fourth-round draft pick Harrison Bryant having turned heads in camp, Cleveland also opted to keep Stephen Carlson and Pharaoh Brown, along with projected starters Austin Hooper and David Njoku in Kevin Stefanski’s two-tight end system. Brown gives the Browns a block-first element off the edge, while Carlson is coming off a promising 2019 rookie season. Keeping five tight ends also gives Cleveland the flexibility to listen to any offer that might come for Njoku, who requested a trade in the offseason before later rescinding it. — Jake Trotter
Waived/released: QB Kevin Davidson, QB Garrett Gilbert, RB Dontrell Hilliard, RB Benny LeMay, FB Johnny Stanton, WR Ja’Marcus Bradley, WR Damion Ratley, WR Taywan Taylor, OT Brady Aiello, OT Alex Taylor (injured), C Jon Toth, OG Michael Dunn, OG Willie Wright, DE Robert McCray, DE Chad Thomas, DT Daniel Ekuale, LB Solomon Ajayi, LB Willie Harvey, LB Montrel Meander, CB A.J. Green, CB Robert Jackson, CB Donovan Olumba, S Elijah Benton, S Javonte Moffatt
Biggest move: The release of cornerback T.J. Green, the 2016 second-round pick who began camp as a starter. Two weeks in, he was third to rookie Troy Price Jr. and Eli Apple. This shows just how turbulent — and potentially bad — the corner position is for Carolina. The release of Temarrick Hemingway was also significant, leaving only two tight ends — Ian Thomas and Chris Manhertz. Look for a third tight end to be added from the list of those released, or the position will be minimized by three-to-five receiver sets. — David Newton
Waived/released: TE Giovanni Ricci, TE Colin Thompson, S Quin Blanding, RB Reggie Bonnafon, DE Austin Larkin, WR Marken Michel, OL Aaron Monteiro, WR Ishmael Hyman, OL Mike Horton, DL Myles Adams, WR Cam Phillips, CB Jameson Houston, WR Darrell Stewart, P-PK Kaare Vedvik, OT Branden Bowen, DT Woodrow Hamilton, DB Natrell Jamerson, DE Jalen Jelks, LB Jordan Kunaszyk, LB Chris Orr, C Sam Tecklenburg, LB James Onwualu, DT Bruce Hector, DB T.J. Green, TE Temarrick Hemingway.
Reserve/suspended: CB Derrek Thomas (reserve/Covid), OG Chris Reed (reserve/Covid)”
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