Saturday September 5th, 2015 was the day that saw 32 teams needs to trim at least 23 guys per roster meaning approximately 736 men will be unemployed for anywhere from overnight to may never play a down again in the NFL.
Saturday was a day where I followed twitter late morning until at least 4:00 very heavy to see if any big names around the NFL would be released.
One name that stood out to me was veteran quarterback, Matt Cassel. I really thought when he signed with Buffalo that he would be a starter there. I guess that’s why I am a fan and not a General Manager or Coach in this business.
In other surprise to me was Atlanta Falcons cutting running back, Antone Smith and Jets quarterback, Matt Flynn. How about Tim Tebow? I really thought he might have a chance. Josh Freeman being released by Miami not so much a surprise but this guy just can’t seem to make it. Colt’s releasing Cris Carter’s son, Duron who was close to signing here in the offseason. Titans release veteran receiver, Hakeem Nicks and Raiders saying goodbye to receiver James Jones who I now have ready may had back to Green Bay.
These may or may not surprise you just wanted to note a few big names that did not make it so now it is time to watch the waiver wire for team drops and adds the next day, week or rest of the season if these players can find a new home. I know I also read Christian Ponder is expected to be dropped or traded by the end of Saturday.
The Minnesota Vikings on Saturday needed to cut 23 to get to the 53 man roster as well. Here is a list of players the team said good bye to but some may be signed to the practice squad as long as they clear waivers.
T Babatunde Aiyegbusi
DT Chigbo Anunoby
DE B.J. DuBose
G Isame Faciane
C Tom Farniok
WR Donte Foster
WR Isaac Fruechte
S Anthony Harris
RB DuJuan Harris
DT Greg Hickman
DE Leon Mackey
LB Michael Mauti
LB Brian Peters
CB Shaun Prater
FB Blake Renaud
CB Josh Thomas
T Tyrus Thompson
C Bob Vardaro
LB Brandon Watts
WR Ryan Whalen
RB Dominique Williams
OL David Yankey
I look at this list and really no big shocks from rather the word disappointed comes to mind with draft picks that did not make it.
DE- B.J. DuBose, LB- Michael Mauti, T- Tyrus Thompson and LB- Brandon Watts and OL- David Yankey made it 5 draft choices that currently are not on the 53 man roster.
The Vikings had 10 picks in the 2015 draft and only 2 of 10 did not make it with DuBose and Thompson being released.
This article was written about 5:30 CST on Saturday September 5th, 2015 and by tomorrow the 53 man roster I am 99 percent certain will have a different name on it,
The Vikings did make a trade with the San Diego Chargers to obtain an OL Jeremiah Sirles who played college at the University of Nebraska, It sounds like this guy was a real well like guy last year in San Diego and I also believe Nebraska puts out some of the finest offensive lineman in the NFL.
I will add with the current roster I am thrill for Adam Thielen to make it as well as Marcus Sherels once again. I must send a congrat to quarterback, Tyler Heinicke too.
I believe in Coach Zimmer and everything he does so if this is the roster Zimmer, the coaching staff and GM Rick Spielman believe we can compete with well then they have must trust completely.
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