11) The Bears cut off veteran cornerback Desmond Trufant in a surprise move. The team’s defense – especially its group of young cornerbacks – hasn’t received much attention due to the arrival of Justin Fields. It’s safe to say that Matthew Stafford and Sean McVay will be eager to test young Kindle newbies Vildor and Duke Shelley in week 1.
12) Josh Rosen’s release from the 49ers ended up being a promotion. He’s been on the Falcons roster as a replacement for Matt Ryan, at least for now.
13) Will Grier is in Carolina, at least for now. This cements PJ Walker as Sam Darnold’s replacement.
14) Benardrick McKinney was traded from the Texans to the Dolphins for Shaq Lawson in a costly misfires deal early in the offseason. Neither ended up on their squad, with Lawson traded to the Jets and McKinney released.
15) Jordan Howard won’t be Miles Sanders’ goal-line caddy after all. The veteran was cut, with rookie Kenneth Gainwell winning a major role alongside Sanders and Boston Scott. The biggest surprise in Philadelphia was the decision to give up on Travis Fulgham. The Eagles kept JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who has never produced at range like Fulgham did a year ago. Look for Fulgham to find employment elsewhere.
16) The Lions have cut their two kickers (Zane Gonzalez and Randy Bullock) so they don’t currently have one!
17) Johnny Hekker will be staying with the Rams after all. Los Angeles has found a buyer for punter Corey Bojorquez in 2023 end-of-round choice exchange with the Packers.
18) Trace McSorley has been sidelined by the Ravens. It’s no surprise to anyone who’s watched Tyler Huntley’s preseason, but to the rest of you: Tyler Huntley is good! The Ravens will have a chance if Lamar Jackson misses a game or two.
19) Malcolm Butler has been placed on the reserve / retiree list, a day after NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo announced that Butler was considering quitting the game due to personal issues.
20) Houston’s new regime doesn’t have the same patience with wide receiver Keke Coutee. The 2018 fourth-round pick caught 83 assists in three injury-scarred seasons. The slot machine catcher eventually lost his spot on the roster to Anthony Miller, but believes he has another chance.
21) John Brown’s release from the Raiders answers the question: Which veteran free agent got the most guaranteed money this offseason without making the squad?
Brown was paid $ 3.24 million guaranteed, but general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden have always chosen to keep Zay Jones on him. Brown clearly didn’t impress at camp, but I’m stunned considering the tape he put in Buffalo last year.
22) As the NFL world focused on roster building, the long process of rebuilding one of our biggest cities started all over again in New Orleans. My heart breaks for all those affected by Hurricane Ida and Sean Payton’s assessment that the Saints intend to be out of town for the first month of the season has failed. ‘prevent recalling painful memories of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Payton arrived the following season, and it looks like the team will be following a different playbook this time around. Payton said the team is inclined to stay in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the next month or so. The Saints trained at the Cowboys premises this week and could potentially use the TCU or SMU campus, while playing their games at Payton’s close friend Jerry Jones stadium. The Saints are expected to welcome the Packers in week 1.
The displacement of the local soccer team cannot be compared to the actual tragedies unfolding in Louisiana, but don’t underestimate how disappointing it will be for a city crazy about its soccer. The only silver lining here is imagining how awesome it will be when the Saints return to the Dome, hopefully this season. It’s a city that doesn’t stay long and there is an indestructible bond between the city and the team.