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The End Zone : Roster cuts may end dreams



With preseason at its conclusion this week, coaches now have very difficult decisions to make. Such as reducing their current 93-man rosters down to a 53-man one. There are going to be forty players from each team that will be cut.

Wisely, teams place their future talent on injured reserve so they will be eligible to play the fourth week of the regular season. What happens to all these players that are waived? In the last preseason game you better believe that players are giving it over one-hundred percent. Many that do well will end up on the practice squads waiting for an opening on the roster. For others, they have hopes that their General Managers will pass a good word along on their talents to other teams.

Preseason last week did not host a lot of injuries. However, the ones that did were quite serious. Cleveland Browns WR Jakeem Grant was carted off the field with a knee injury.

In Miami, fans received a scare when the game was halted as Dolphins WR Deawood Davis was carted off the field with a concussion.

In Niners Camp, two Place Kickers Jake Moody (right quad) and Veteran Zane Gonzales (right calf) may not be available for the season opener.

Cincinnati Bengals lost their top pass rusher DE Joseph Ossase to an ankle injury.

In Denver, Broncos first round pick WR Jerry Juedy may miss 3-5 weeks for a hamstring injury he suffered in joint practices with the Rams.

Just in the nick of time in Raiders camp as RB Josh Jacobs agreed on a two year deal at $13 million per year. The second year of his contract will be considered his franchise tender tag.

Forty Niners fans woke up to find their former number one pick QB Trey Lance had been traded to the Dallas Cowboys for a fourth round pick. “Trey Lance got off to a bad start in San Francisco,” noted the Captain. He had a season ending injury in the season opener and only played one preseason game before being traded.

Good news for Seahawks fans as Safety Jamal Adams is off the Physically Unable Perform (PUP) list. Pittsburgh Steelers played their starters as QB Kenny Pickett tossed 4 of 4 completions for 86 yards leading as his team shutout the Atlanta Falcons 24-0.

Colts first round pick QB Anthony Richardson made his debut with mixed reviews. However, it was teammate QB Garner Minshew who tossed 9 of 11 completions for 102 yards defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 27-13.

Ready for the season to begin is Carolina Panthers number one pick QB Bryce Young who looked sharp.

However, it would be the Detroit Lions with a 26-17 victory. Aided by Lions QB Teddy Bridgewater who tossed an incredible 19 of 22 completions for 178 yards and a score.

Tennessee Titans received production from backup QB Malik Willis who completed 211 yards and two scores defeating the New England Patriots 23-7.

In San Francisco the Forty Niners fell to the Los Angeles Chargers 29-12. Mr Irrelevant Niners QB Brock Purdy ignited the crowd with a 5-yard touchdown run. Chargers RB Joshua Kelley rumbled for 87 yards on just 6 carries for a score in the win.

Packers QB Jordan Love had a great preseason tossing for a score on the opening drive.

Seahawks QB Drew Lock tossed 150 yards and a score in the loss.

In Chicago, the Bears dropped 21-24 to the Buffalo Bills. Both Bills quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Josh Allen combined for 209 yards and a score in the victory.

In Kansas City, the Chiefs block a “go ahead” field goal to defeat the Cleveland Browns 33-32. Chiefs backup QB Blaine Gabbert led in passing with 169 yards of completions and two touchdowns.

Arizona Cardinals QB David Blough threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the second half to edge out a 18-17 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Who was the home team in this contest as the New York Giants edged the New York Jets 34-32. Jets QB Aaron Rogers made his debut with a beautiful 8-yard touchdown toss to WR Garrett Wilson in the contest.

Commanders QB Jake Fromm led all passing with 144 yards and two scores as the Commanders edged the Cincinnati Bengals 21-19. In Tampa Bay, QB Baker Mayfield looked confident tossing an 11-yard touchdown pass to WR Chris Goodwin on his initial drive.

Buccaneers backup QB Kyle Trask took the helm completing 192 yards and a score to defeat the Baltimore Ravens 26-20.

Having a great outing was Jacksonville Jaguars QB CJ Bethard who completed 8 of 10 passes for 134 yards and a score defeating the Miami Dolphins 31-16.

Finally in the preseason win column are the Denver Broncos who routed the Los Angeles Rams 41-0. Fighting for a roster spot was TE Albert Okweuegbunan who was unstoppable netting 109 yards on just 7 receptions and a touchdown. Okweuegbunan was the fifth Tight End on the roster whose performance will shake up the roster for his position. Broncos back up QB Jared Stidman had his best game of the preseason, tossing for 236 yards and a score. It has been some time in which the Broncos mounted 500 yards of offense. Quite possible now in the new Sean Payton system.

Number one pick QB CJ Stroud was named the starter for the Houston Texans as they defeated the New Orleans Saints 17-13. Houston Texans RB Mike Boone was a man on a mission rumbling fearlessly through the Saints defense carrying 7 times for 51 yards and a score. 

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