First roster cut will be to 80 players, not 75

There are two big cut down days for NFL teams this year.

One is on August 30, and then the big cut down day is September 3, when all teams need to be down to their 53 man roster.

Originally, teams were supposed to get down to 75 players on August 30.  The NFL announced that number has been raised to 80, presumably to give teams more leeway because of the abbreviated offseason.

This was essentially done so that more players would be available to use and evaluate in the often-useless fourth preseason week.

The preseason wraps up for 30 teams on September 1.  The Raiders and Seahawks play on September 2.

9 responses to “First roster cut will be to 80 players, not 75

  1. Raiders are the last preseason game & last week one game hope they put up points in both games!!!

  2. Like every handicap to rebuilding/struggling teams the lockout has produced, this favors the top/established teams, the teams with the most consistency and long term veterans.

    Teams who have holes that they are looking to fill through roster cuts, will have even less a chance of picking up an overlooked gem and if they do get lucky, then they have less time to bring those players up to their playbook speed before the season starts. The rich get richer.

  3. I would hate telling these players that they are getting cut, but its awesome because teams can pick up some valuable players at these times.

  4. dolphins4 says: Aug 20, 2011 5:33 PM

    I hope the Patriots cut Haynesworth.

    I bet you do…and why not? It’s not like your team will get a replacement for Marino any time this side of the year 3000 and MY GOD, it must suck having all your offensive hopes and dreams of Reggie Bush lol. Keep chanting all the way through the preseason cause come 9/11 there wont be anyone in the stadium to say a damn thing

  5. I like the Turk picture – sucks that a third of the guys in camp will be jobless in a few weeks.

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