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Five Questions: Kansas City Chiefs

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As PFT winds down its “Five Questions” series, we move next to the Chiefs, who are trying to make the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since the 1994-95 seasons. At the time, the franchise was reaching the end of a six-season streak of postseason appearances.

In a vote of the PFT staff published Wednesday, none of the six writer / editors selected Kansas City — 9-0 to begin 2013 and 11-5 overall — to go back to the postseason. Only seven other clubs didn’t get a single vote. This places the Chiefs with teams like the Bills, Browns and Raiders, all of whom haven’t made the playoffs in more than a decade.

So was the Chiefs’ 2013 playoff bid a one-and-done deal? Was it the foundation for even better things to come in Andy Reid’s tenure as head coach? Or is the answer somewhere in-between, with 2014 a baby step backwards before a bounce-back 2015?

With the regular season opener just four days away, here’s a closer look at Kansas City:

1. With a new contract in place and with experience in Andy Reid’s offense, can quarterback Alex Smith deliver a career-best season in 2014?

The debate on whether the Chiefs should sign Smith to a contract extension is over, and Smith won — big time, to the tune of a four-year, $68 million deal with $30 million upfront.

The issue now is whether the 30-year-old Smith can improve upon his solid first season in Kansas City (60.6 percent completions, 23 TDs, 10 turnovers, 89.1 QB rating). If Smith has yet to hit his ceiling, more progress should come in Year Two. This is his 10th NFL season, and he is approaching 100 career starts. He is still one of the game’s more athletic players at his position; note he gained nearly six yards per rush in 2013.

2. Who will emerge as the Chiefs’ top pass catching threat outside of Dwayne Bowe in the receiving corps?

There are catches to be had in the Chiefs’ offense. With Dexter McCluster (83 targets in 2013) and Sean McGrath (40 targets) no longer with the club, there are opportunities for pass catchers to shine. Perhaps second-year tight end Travis Kelce (team-high 14 targets in preseason play) is ready for a bigger role. Also, second-year pro Frankie Hammond (10 targets in exhibition play) is slated to start with Bowe serving an NFL suspension in the opener vs. Tennessee.

3. Can reserve tailback Knile Davis emerge as a key contributor in the offense?

In Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs have a true featured back. In 2013, Charles led the Chiefs in carries, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, catches, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and targets a season ago — and he did all of that averaging 20-21 touches per game. The Chiefs are at their best when Charles has the ball in his hands.

Still, Davis, who averaged about five touches per game a season ago, could be an important part of the Kansas City offense. He has exceptional speed, and he’s a playmaking threat in an offense that can be lacking in big-play punch outside of Charles. If Davis can handle a slight increase in work while mixing in a few explosive plays, the Chiefs’ offense will be better for it. And Charles will be better for it, too.

4. Will the Chiefs’ defense bounce back after a tough finish to 2013?

Including the playoff loss at Indianapolis, the Chiefs allowed more than 400 yards in seven of their last nine games. In fairness to the Chiefs, four of those performances were against Denver and San Diego — top-caliber offenses. And the Colts can have a potent offense, too.

Nevertheless, the Chiefs need their defense to return to top form to return to the postseason for a second straight year. The talent certainly is there in spots, especially at outside linebacker, where Justin Houston and Tamba Hali are a strong tandem. Nose tackle Dontari Poe and safety Eric Berry are standouts, too.

5. What else needs happen for another playoff trip for Kansas City?

Well, taking care of the ball and forcing turnovers like a season ago would help. Only the champion Seahawks (+22) were better than the Chiefs in this regard in 2013 (+19). Without much offensive punch, the Chiefs need as many short fields with which to work as they can get.

Also, the offensive line will have to quickly jell. Without Donald Stephenson (suspension) for the first four games, the Chiefs have moved left guard Jeff Allen to right tackle, with recently signed Mike McGlynn taking over at left guard. The progress of left tackle and 2013 No. 1 pick Eric Fisher bears watching, too.

Finally, the Chiefs can’t afford to be overwhelmed by the prospect of four challenging road trips in their first six contests (Denver, Miami, San Francisco, San Diego). With the matchup at Denver in Week Two, winning the opener vs. Tennessee is a necessity.

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PFT’s 2014 season predictions

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Every year, we on the PFT staff offers our predictions for how the upcoming season will unfold. Every year, many of you tell us we’re idiots, primarily because we don’t have your favorite team in the playoffs.

One person who can’t be called an idiot is Josh Alper, who last year correctly predicted that the Seahawks would beat the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

Alper got that one right, but we all got plenty of predictions wrong: Notably, not a single one of us had the Panthers in the playoffs, even though they ended up winning the NFC South. And five of us had the Texans in the playoffs, even though they ended up earning the first overall pick. (Alper was the only member of the staff who didn’t have the Texans in the playoffs. He’s good at this. As you’re about to see, that’s good news for Saints fans.)

Feel free to tell us in the comments that we’re idiots, but remember this: Last year, not a single one of the 139 comments on our preseason predictions post disagreed with all of us leaving the Panthers out of the playoffs. And the only comments mentioning the Texans were criticizing Alper for leaving them out.

Josh Alper


Seeds: 1. Patriots; 2. Broncos; 3. Colts; 4. Steelers; 5. Chargers; 6. Bengals.

Wild card round: Bengals over Colts; Steelers over Chargers.

Divisional round: Patriots over Bengals; Broncos over Steelers.

Conference championship: Patriots over Broncos.


Seeds: 1. Seahawks; 2. Saints; 3. Eagles; 4. Packers; 5. Bears; 6. Buccaneers.

Wild card round: Eagles over Buccaneers; Packers over Bears.

Divisional round: Saints over Eagles; Packers over Seahawks.

Conference championship: Saints over Packers.

Super Bowl: Saints over Patriots.

Curtis Crabtree


Seeds: 1. Broncos; 2. Bengals; 3. Patriots; 4. Colts; 5. Steelers; 6. Jaguars.

Wild card round: Patriots over Jaguars; Steelers over Colts.

Divisional round: Steelers over Broncos; Patriots over Bengals.

Conference championship: Patriots over Steelers.


Seeds: 1. Saints; 2. Seahawks; 3. Packers; 4. Eagles; 5. Lions; 6. Cardinals.

Wild card round: Packers over Cardinals; Eagles over Lions.

Divisional round: Saints over Eagles; Seahawks over Packers.

Conference championship: Seahawks over Saints.

Super Bowl: Seahawks over Patriots.

Mike Florio


1. Patriots; 2. Colts; 3. Broncos; 4. Steelers; 5. Chargers; 6. Ravens.

Wild card round: Broncos over Ravens, Steelers over Chargers.

Divisional round: Patriots over Steelers, Broncos over Colts.

Conference championship: Patriots over Broncos.


1. Seahawks; 2. Eagles; 3. Saints; 4. Packers; 5. Bears; 6. Buccaneers.

Wild card round: Saints over Bucs, Packers over Bears.

Divisional round: Saints over Eagles, Seahawks over Packers.

Conference championship: Seahawks over Saints.

Super Bowl: Seahawks over Patriots.

Darin Gantt


Seeds: 1. Broncos; 2. Patriots; 3. Colts; 4. Ravens; 5. Jaguars; 6. Chargers.

Wild card round: Colts over Chargers, Ravens over Jaguars.

Divisional round: Broncos over Ravens, Colts over Patriots.

Conference Championship: Broncos over Colts.


Seeds: 1. Eagles; 2. Seahawks; 3. Packers; 4. Saints; 5. Bears; 6. Falcons.

Wild card round: Packers over Falcons, Saints over Bears.

Divisional round: Eagles over Saints, Seahawks over Packers.

Conference championship: Eagles over Seahawks.

Super Bowl: Broncos over Eagles.

Michael David Smith


Seeds: 1. Broncos; 2. Patriots; 3. Bengals; 4. Colts; 5. Dolphins; 6. Texans.

Wild card round: Bengals over Texans; Colts over Dolphins.

Divisional round: Broncos over Colts; Patriots over Bengals.

Conference championship: Broncos over Patriots.


Seeds: 1. Seahawks; 2. Saints; 3. Packers; 4. Eagles; 5. Giants; 6. Cowboys.

Wild card round: Packers over Cowboys; Eagles over Giants.

Divisional round: Packers over Saints; Eagles over Seahawks.

Conference championship: Packers over Eagles.

Super Bowl: Packers over Broncos.

Mike Wilkening


Seeds: 1. Bengals; 2. Broncos; 3. Patriots; 4. Colts; 5. Chargers; 6. Jets.

Wild card round: Patriots over Jets; Chargers over Colts.

Divisional round: Bengals over Chargers; Broncos over Patriots.

Conference championship: Bengals over Broncos.


Seeds: 1. Packers; 2. Seahawks; 3. Saints; 4. Eagles; 5. 49ers; 6. Vikings.

Wild card round: Saints over Vikings; 49ers over Eagles.

Divisional round: Packers over 49ers; Seahawks over Saints.

Conference championship: Packers over Seahawks.

Super Bowl: Bengals over Packers.

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Five questions: Seattle Seahawks

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The defending Super Bowl champions are quickly closing in on the start of their 2014 season Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers.

The Seahawks were able to keep most of their young core in place this offseason and were able to sign Michael Bennett, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin to contract extensions as well. While they did lose some key contributors off their championship team, an inevitability for any team in the salary cap age, Seattle has kept a roster together every bit as a talented as the one the won the title last year.

There aren’t many areas that remain in doubt for the Seahawks as the season gets set to begin. However, we take a look at five questions that could determine if Seattle is able to repeat as champion this season.

1. Could the Seahawks be even better than last season?

If the offense can translate its production from this preseason over to the regular season, they almost certainly will be better.

In 13 offensive drives led by Russell Wilson this preseason, Seattle scored on 11 of them with nine touchdowns, two field goals, a missed field goal and just a single punt. Richard Sherman said Monday that Wilson is being more decisive this season. Head coach Pete Carroll said Wilson has had a near-perfect offseason. With Percy Harvin fully healthy, the Seahawks offense looks much more explosive.

With a defense that looks to still be a force and a special teams unit that is strong as well, if Seattle’s offense can take several steps forward they could be tremendously difficult to beat this year.

2. Will Seattle’s offensive line hold them back?

The Seahawks offensive line was the one area of the team that underperformed consistently last season. Tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini missed a combined 15 games. Center Max Unger missed three more and the depleted unit struggled mightily in their absence.

This year, Seattle is going to start a rookie at right tackle in second-round pick Justin Britt and Okung is still working into game shape after missing most of the offseason following foot surgery.

On the positive side, left guard James Carpenter has lost a considerable amount of weight and looks more capable of moving adequately this year. Right guard J.R. Sweezy has appeared to take his game up another level as well.

The unit is much more adept at run blocking, which is still going to be the main focus of the team with Marshawn Lynch in the backfield and Percy Harvin potentially being used as a rusher at times as well. If they can adequately provide protection for Russell Wilson in the passing game, the offense should be able to accomplish much more this season.

3. Can the Seahawks get 16 games out of Percy Harvin?

Percy Harvin is noticeably exhausted about answering questions about his health. However, when you miss most of the last two seasons due to injury, it’s one of the only things to ask about.

Harvin has missed 22 regular season games over the last two years due to ankle and hip injuries. He’s only played all 16 games of an NFL season once in his career in 2011 with the Minnesota Vikings. But it’s already evident this preseason that the dynamic athlete that was firmly in the MVP conversation in 2012 is back.

Harvin says he’s as healthy now as he’s been since even before he got to college at the University of Florida. His presence on the field expands the field both horizontally and vertically for Seattle’s offense. The Seahawks are counting on Harvin being a big part of their offense. It’s now on Harvin to see if he can put all those questions about his health in the past.

4. Will the Seahawks run defense take a step back?

The Seahawks cut defensive ends Red Bryant and Chris Clemons this offseason for salary cap reasons. However, both players had been important pieces of Seattle’s run defense the last few seasons.

In their absence, Seattle has toyed with moving tackle Tony McDaniel to end in rushing situations with Kevin Williams replacing McDaniel along the line. There are also some new young cogs in their defensive line rotation as well that will be called upon for increased roles.

The Seahawks allowed Tampa Bay and St. Louis to rush for 200 yards against them in consecutive weeks last season before making an adjustment and getting the run defense righted. With key pieces such as Bryant and Clemons gone, it remains to be seen if they can find similar performance up front against opposing rushing games.

5. How does Seattle handle being the team on top?

It’s a position the franchise has never been in before. Several key players got big paydays this offseason as well.

But Russell Wilson and Earl Thomas swear they will be able to keep the focus in the right direction this season. The two talk about how they are competing on a daily basis to see which one of them is the last player to leave the team’s facility each day. Both players obsess over every minute detail they can find on tape in hopes of being completely prepared for games.

That focus trickles down to the rest of the team and the players and coaches are convinced they have turned the page on last season. The only way to truly know now is to play the games.

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Five questions: Green Bay Packers

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Since winning the Super Bowl to cap the 2010 season, the Packers have made it back to the playoffs three straight years.  But they haven’t made it past the divisional round.

The ability to consistently contend is a testament to franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  The inability to get with a game of the Super Bowl is an indictment of the defense.  Whether Titletown’s can get close to the title game again hinges on a few questions.

How about five of them?

Yeah, five will be good.

1.  Will Aaron Rodgers stay healthy?

For his first five years as a starter, Rodgers missed only one game, due to a concussion.  Last year, a broken collarbone derailed the team’s season and nearly cost the Packers a playoff berth.

This year, Rodgers needs to avoid a similar outcome.  Which may not be easy, with the team breaking in a new center.  The rest of the line has shown signs of encouragement, however, the Packers effectively can replace Evan Dietrich-Smith, Rodgers’ safety will depend more heavily on his ability to protect himself.  (With starting center J.C. Tretter gone for multiple weeks with a knee injury, that’ll be a challenge, at least early in the season.)

If he can, the Packers can shake things up in the NFC, starting with the first game of the regular season at Seattle.  If he can’t, they’ll need Scott Tolzien or Matt Flynn to do far better than Rodgers’ backups did in 2013.

2. How big of a contract year will Randall Cobb have?

Receiver Jordy Nelson got his big contract.  Receiver Randall Cobb hasn’t.  He has said he wants to earn it.

So will he?

Cobb definitely has the incentive to put up big numbers.  A lot of it depends on whether defenses shade coverage to Nelson or to Cobb, and whether Cobb can stay healthy, a year after missing 10 games due to injury.

3. Is Eddie Lacy ready for stardom?

The truly great running backs in the NFL hand can be listed on one hand.  Even if that hand has been partially reconfigured by a table saw.

The Packers believe Eddie Lacy can join them.  And he possibly can, given the manner in which he performed last year, especially after Rodgers was injured.

Much of Lacy’s ultimate production will hinge on the run-pass mix.  With the Packers inclined to throw the ball a lot, Lacy simply may not get the touches necessary to rack up the kind of yards that would allow him to join the likes of Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, and . . . and . . . .

OK, that hand can lose three fingers.

4. How much will they miss Jermichael Finley?

Lacy could get more opportunities because the passing game will be missing a key component in 2014.  Tight end Jermichael Finley is gone, and in recent weeks there has been no talk of a return, to Green Bay or elsewhere.

It’s possible that Finley has fallen quiet because his camp is pursuing that $10 million tax-free disability policy.  If/when it appears that Finley won’t be getting the money because his injury ultimately wasn’t career ending, he may decide to play.  Which doesn’t mean the Packers will decide to embrace the risk of further injury.

Regardless, they need someone to fill the void.  Currently, they simply don’t have anyone who clearly will fill Finley’s shoes.

5.  Can Julius Peppers make a difference on defense?

Last year, in his final season with the Bears, Peppers looked like something other than what he has been when he’s been at his best.  This year, the Packers are confident Peppers will be much more than he was in 2013, even though it’s his first foray in the 3-4.

The defense desperately needs it, given the loss of B.J. Raji for the year.  Peppers on one side and Clay Matthews on the other need to create mayhem in the backfield, which will help the rest of the defense be something other than it has been when it’s been at its best.

Which has been a while.

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Five questions: Baltimore Ravens

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The Ravens followed a five-year run of playoff berths and a Super Bowl win by missing the postseason completely.  With a new offense and a defense that remains stout even amid plenty of changes, the Ravens could be closer to what they were in 2012 than what they were in 2013.  Whether they get back to the playoffs and succeed there hinges on several questions.

Five, to be exact.

That’s convenient.

1.  Will new offense work?

A year after winning the Super Bowl, Baltimore’s offense struggled under coordinator Jim Caldwell.  Though he wasn’t in danger of being fired (as far as anyone knows), his elevation to head coach in Detroit opened the door for a new approach.

Enter former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, and his zone-blocking, one-cut, rollout pass, West Coast-influenced attack.

It requires an adjustment for everyone on the offense, and it could result in players unable to make the adjustment landing on the bench, or worse.

2.  Did they pay Joe Flacco too much money?

The starting quarterback won’t be landing on the bench or worse, not with his $120.6 million contract.  More than a year after Flacco had the team over a barrel and took full advantage of the situation, the team awaits full return on the investment.

Sure, they won a Super Bowl.  But that trophy was already in the case before they committed to depositing so many millions into Flacco’s vault.  Last year, he didn’t perform like a short-list franchise quarterback.  This year, he needs to; otherwise, the Ravens will have to start considering their options as the cap numbers begin to grow in the latter years of the deal.

Specifically, the cap number shoots from $14 million and change in 2014 and 2015 to $28 million and change in 2016, setting the stage for another potential showdown in 18 months.

3.  Is Ray Rice declining?

Big dollars in the out years of Ray Rice’s contract won’t be an issue.  His new deal, signed in July 2012, gave him $25 million in the first two seasons.

That makes is easier to keep him around now, even if Rice has begun the inevitable running-back backslide as the 30th anniversary of his birth approaches.  Also, Bernard Pierce may be a better fit for the new offense.  And he’ll get two weeks to prove that he is, thanks to Rice’s suspension.

Yes, the suspension.  No matter how much the Ravens dig in publicly regarding their support for Rice, surely some in the organization are sufficiently troubled by the events leading to the suspension to result in Rice getting no benefit of the doubt when the time comes to make an objective, detached football decision about his future with the franchise.

Beyond 2014, he possibly won’t have one.

4.  How much does Steve Smith have left?

Steve Smith had no future in Carolina beyond 2013, and it made plenty of sense for him to come to Baltimore.  Good as he is, Torrey Smith may never develop into a guy who effectively runs every route.  Steve Smith can, even if it means stepping on a few sporks.

It’s presumed that Smith, at age 35 and with a possibly nagging knee problem, can still play like he did in Carolina.  The folks in Carolina decided that he didn’t merit another $4 million beyond the guaranteed $3 million he’ll earn from the Panthers for 2014.  Even though the team reportedly hoped that removing Smith’s big personality would allow younger ones to blossom, the Panthers would have gladly paid the money if they thought Smith’s performance would merit it.

A need for more talent and a lot of toughness at the receiver position, the Ravens didn’t hesitate.  Even if Smith can’t play like he used to, the fire remains — and the Ravens are banking on it being contagious.

5.  How good is the defense?

Smith’s influence won’t be needed on the defensive side of the ball.  Even with the likes of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed long gone, the defense continues to be the soul and the strength of the team.

Defensive lineman Haloti Ngata still anchors the line, with Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, and Courtney Upshaw providing the pressure from the outside.  And while no one expects C.J. Mosley to become the next Ray Lewis, Mosley and 2013 rookie Arthur Brown could push each other to become, in combination, almost as effective.

With a great front seven, the secondary doesn’t need to be.  But veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb and second-year safety Matt Elam move the needle in that direction.

Coach John Harbaugh has said that defense aims for a top-five finish every year.  This year, the Ravens have a better chance of getting there than most realize.

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2014 NFL practice squad tracker

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NFL teams started assembling their practice squads on August 31, a day after all rosters were cut down to the 53-man limit. Links to our posts on each team’s practice squad are below.

Arizona Cardinals

Added wide receiver Brittan Golden, defensive tackle Christian Tupou, linebacker Jonathan Brown, tight end Andre Hardy, cornerback Jimmy LeGree, tackle Kelvin Palmer and guard Anthony Steen.

Atlanta Falcons

The team added cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Sean Baker, guard Harland Gunn, tackle Terren Jones, wide receiver Bernard Reedy, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, linebacker Jacques Smith, and running back Jerome Smith.

Baltimore Ravens.

Signed rookie cornerback Tramain Jacobs, second-year offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, rookie defensive tackle Jamie Meder, rookie cornerback Deji Olatoye, rookie defensive tackle A.J. Pataiali’i, second-year outside linebacker John Simon, first-year tight end Phillip Supernaw, rookie tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint and rookie quarterback Keith Wenning.

Buffalo Bills

Guard D.J. Morrell, running back Lonnie Pryor, quarterback Jeff Tuel, defensive back Deon Broomfield, linebacker Jimmy Gaines, wide receiver Caleb Holley, defensive end Ike Igbinosun, defensive end Bryan Johnson and defensive back Kenny Ladler.

Carolina Panthers.

The team announced they had signed linebacker D.J. Smith, safety Robert Lester, cornerback Carrington Byndom, linebacker Adarius Glanton, wide receiver Tavarres King, wide receiver Marcus Lucas, tackle Andrew McDonald, running back Darrin Reaves, defensive tackle Micanor Regis and defensive tackle Casey Walker.

Chicago Bears.

Signed wide receiver Josh Bellamy, center Taylor Boggs, defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, cornerback Isaiah Frey, guard Ryan Groy, linebacker DeDe Lattimore, cornerback Al Louis-Jean, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, defensive tackle Roy Philon and wide receiver Rashad Ross.

Cincinnati Bengals

Signed defensive tackle Devon Still, defensive end Sam Montgomery, center Trevor Robinson, running back James Wilder Jr., tackle Dan France, defensive tackle David King, wide receiver Colin Lockett and cornerback Onterio McCalebb.

Cleveland Browns.

Signed quarterback Connor Shaw, linebacker Justin Staples, linebacker Keith Pough, defensive lineman Jacobi McDaniel, tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi, offensive lineman Karim Barton, receiver Charles Johnson and offensive lineman Patrick Lewis.

Dallas Cowboys.

Signed running back Ryan Williams, wide receiver Tim Benford, defensive end Kenneth Boatright, center Ronald Patrick, safety Micah Pellerin and linebackers Keith Smith and Will Smith.

Denver Broncos.

They brought back quarterback Zac Dysert, linebacker Shaquil Barrett, running back Kapri Bibbs, safety John Boyett, wide receiver Bennie Fowler, guard Vinston Painter, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, center Matt Paradis and tight end Gerell Robinson.

Detroit Lions

Signed fullback Emil Igwenagu, tackle Michael Williams, guard Rodney Austin, running back George Winn, wide receiver Andrew Peacock, cornerback Mohammad Seisay, tight end Jordan Thompson, linebacker Julian Stanford, safety Nate Ness and defensive tackle Xavier Proctor.

Green Bay Packers.

Signed safety Chris Banjo, wide receiver Kevin Dorsey, center Garth Gerhart, wide receiver Alex Gillett, running back Michael Hill, linebacker Adrian Hubbard, tight end Justin Perillo, defensive end Luther Robinson, tackle Jeremy Vujnovich and wide receiver Myles White.

Houston Texans

Signed defensive end Keith Browner, linebacker Max Bullough, wide receiver EZ Nwachukwu, tight end Anthony Denham, tackle Matt Feiler, center James Ferentz, guard Alex Kupper, fullback Toben Opurum, wide receiver Travis Labhart and cornerback Marcus Williams

Indianapolis Colts.

Signed defensive lineman Tyler Hoover, linebacker Andrew Jackson, wide receiver Ryan Lankford, wide receiver Josh Lenz, safety Dewey McDonald, defensive tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu, cornerback Sheldon Price, tight end Erik Swoope and offensive guard Josh Walker. Agreed with quarterback Jeff Mathews.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Signed tackle Cody Booth, defensive tackle DeAndre Coleman, safety Craig Loston, quarterback Stephen Morris, wide receiver Kerry Taylor, linebacker Marcus Whitfield and wide receiver Tony Washington.

Kansas City Chiefs

Added linebacker Nico Johnson, center Ben Gottschalk, running back Charcandrick West, linebacker Jerry Franklin, guard Ricky Henry, wide receiver Darryl Surgent, wide receiver Fred Williams, fullback Jordan Campbell and defensive end Kona Schwenke.

Miami Dolphins.

Signed center Sam Brenner, offensive tackle Tony Hills, wide receiver Matt Hazel, linebacker David Hinds, quarterback Seth Lobato, tight end Jacob Maxwell, defensive end D’Aundre Reed, cornerback Lowell Rose, defensive tackle Garrison Smith and wide receiver Tommy Streeter.

Minnesota Vikings

Signed running back Joe Banyard, wide receiver Kain Colter, defensive tackle Isame Faciane, tight end Chase Ford, wide receiver Donte Foster, cornerback Kendall James, center Zac Kerin, tackle Mike Remmers and defensive end Justin Trattou on Sunday. Signed cornerback Chris Greenwood on Monday.

New England Patriots

Added quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, long snapper Charley Hughlett, wide receiver Josh Boyce, defensive end Jake Bequette, linebacker Ja’Gared Davis, safety Kanorris Davis, running back Jonas Gray, offensive lineman Chris Martin, defensive lineman Deonate Skinner and defensive back Daxton Swanson.

New Orleans Saints

Signed the following 10 players Monday: wide receiver Brandon Coleman, inside linebacker Todd Davis, cornerback Terrence Frederick, tight end Nic Jacobs, wide receiver Seantavius Jones, offensive guard Antoine McClain, offensive tackle Tavon Rooks, nose tackle Lawrence Virgil, cornerback Trevin Wade and safety Pierre Warren.

New York Giants

Signed running back Michael Cox, cornerback Bennett Jackson, cornerback Chandler Fenner, linebacker Dan Fox, defensive end Jordan Stanton, tackle Nick Becton and wide receiver Julian Talley.

New York Jets

Signed defensive tackle Tevita Finau, defensive lineman Kerry Hyder, safety Rontez Miles, tight end Chris Pantale, offensive tackle Brett Qvale, tailback Daryl Richardson and quarterback Matt Simms.

Oakland Raiders.

Signed tailback George Atkinson III, defensive end Denico Autry, linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu, cornerback Ras-I Dowling, linebacker Spencer Hadley, offensive tackle Dan Kistler, defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, offensive guard Lamar Mady, wide receiver Seth Roberts and tight end Scott Simonson.

Philadelphia Eagles

Signed safety Ed Reynolds, quarterback G.J. Kinne, linebacker Emmanuel Acho, guard/center Josh Andrews, tackle/guard Kevin Graf, defensive lineman Wade Kelilikipi, wide receiver Will Murphy, running back Matthew Tucker and wide receiver Quron Pratt.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh added Alejandro Villanueva, cornerback Shaquille Richardson, tight end Rob Blanchflower, Howard Jones, wide receiver C.J. Goodwin, wide receiver Derek Moye, defensive back Ross Ventrone, defensive lineman Josh Mauro, defensive lineman Nick Williams and running back Josh Harris.

San Diego Chargers

Added quarterback Ryan Lindley, wide receiver Javontee Herndon, outside linebacker Cordarro Law, guard/tackle Jeremiah Sirles, wide receiver Torrence Allen, guard Craig Watts, defensive end Chas Alecxih, cornerback Greg Ducre and safety Adrian Phillips.

San Francisco 49ers.

Signed offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, tight end Asante Cleveland, wide receiver Lance Lewis, defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, nose tackle Mike Purcell, linebacker Shayne Skov and linebacker Chase Thomas.

Seattle Seahawks.

Signed safety Josh Aubrey and rookie defensive end Julius Warmsley on Monday. Signed quarterback B.J. Daniels, tailback Demitrius Bronson, tight end RaShaun Allen, offensive lineman Nate Isles, wide receiver Chris Matthews, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, safety Terrance Parks and safety Steven Terrell on Sunday.

St. Louis Rams.

Signed linebacker Denicos Allen, wide receiver Emory Blake, safety Christian Bryant, defensive tackle Matt Conrath, safety Matt Daniels, quarterback Garrett Gilbert, tackle Sean Hooey, linebacker Kevin Reddick, wide receiver Justin Veltung and guard Brandon Washington.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Signed running back Jeff Demps, tight end Cameron Brate, quarterback Mike Kafka, linebacker Brandon Magee, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo and kick returner Solomon Patton.

Tennessee Titans

Brought offensive lineman Justin McCray, tackle Will Poehls, defensive lineman Chigbo Anunoby, linebacker Brandon Copeland, running back Antonio Andrews and wide receiver Rico Richardson back after the cut to 53 players.

Washington Redskins

Signed cornerback Richard Crawford, safety Akeem Davis, safety Phillip Thomas, linebacker Chaz Sutton, cornerback Chase Minnifield, tight end Ted Bolser, running back Chris Thompson, offensive lineman Tevita Stevens, defensive lineman Robert Thomas and wide receiver Nick Williams.

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PFT’s 2014 53-man roster cuts tracker

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Arizona announced that the following players were cut: RB Zach Bauman, LB Marcus Benard, G Philip Blake, LB Jonathan Brown, WR Dan Buckner, C John Estes, DT Bruce Gaston, WR Brittan Golden, TE Andre Hardy, CB Jimmy Legree, CB Bryan McCann, T Kelvin Palmer, RB Jalen Parmele, DT Isaac Sopoaga, G Anthony Steen, S Curtis Taylor, LB Adrian Tracy, DT Christian Tupou, S Anthony Walters and CB Teddy Williams. The Cardinals also released tackle Nate Potter with an injury settlement after he hurt his shoulder, and placed safety Eddie Whitley on injured reserve with a broken foot.


Dumped on Friday were linebacker Pat Angerer, running back Josh Vaughn, tackle Pat McQuistan, linebacker Yawin Smallwood, fullback Maurice Hagens, defensive end Nosa Eguae, cornerback Jordan Mabin, wide receiver Freddie Martino, safety Kimario McFadden, tight end Jacob Pedersen, offensive lineman Adam Replogle, and defensive tackle Donte Rumph. They finished up business Saturday by releasing cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Sean Baker, wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, guard Harland Gunn, tackle Terren Jones, wide receiver Bernard Reedy, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, tight end Mickey Shuler, and linebacker Jacques Smith. The reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn.


Waived on Friday tight end Nathan Overbay, linebacker D.J. Roberts, center Reggie Stephens, defensive tackle Levi Brown and defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins.  Saturday cuts include quarterback Keith Wenning, offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint, and guard A.Q. Shipley. Linebacker John Simon, cornerback Dominique Franks, cornerback Sammy Seamster, cornerback Tramain Jacobs, defensive tackle Jamie Meder and defensive tackle A.J. Pataiali’i were also dropped from the roster. Released cornerback Derek Cox, waived tackle Parker Graham, placed wide receiver Jeremy Butler on injured reserve, placed defensive tackle Terrence Cody on PUP list and placed running back Ray Rice and safety Will Hill on suspended list.


Released wide receiver T.J. Graham, center Doug Legursky, offensive guard Antoine McClain, safety Deon Broomfield, linebacker Jimmy Gaines, wide receiver Caleb Holley, defensive end Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, defensive end Bryan Johnson, safety Kenny Ladler and quarterback Jeff Tuel on Saturday. The club also parted ways with punter Brian Moorman on Friday.


Released guard Chris Scott. They finalized their moves Saturday by waiving safety Robert Lester, cornerback Josh Thomas, linebacker Denicos Allen, cornerback Carrington Byndom, guard Derek Dennis, cornerback James Dockery, linebacker Adarius Glanton, wide receiver Tavarres King, wide receiver Marcus Lucas, tackle Andrew McDonald, safety Tom Nelson, defensive tackle Drake Nevis, running back Darrin Reaves, defensive tackle Micanor Regis, linebacker D.J. Smith, defensive tackle Casey Walker, and fullback Michael Zordich. They also waived-injured tackle Kevin Hughes, and waived tight end Mike McNeill and safety Anderson Russell with injury settlements. Defensive end Frank Alexander is on reserve/suspended.


Armanti Edwards, beater of Michigan, was released, along with running back Jordan Lynch, tight end Jeron Mastrud and offensive linemen Dennis Roland and Robert Turner. Offensive lineman Eben Britton, offensive lineman Taylor Boggs, offensive lineman Ryan Groy, wide receiver Dale Moss, wide receiver/kick returner Chris Williams, linebacker DeDe Lattimore, defensive lineman Lee Pegues, linebacker Jerry Franklin, safety Marcus Trice and cornerback C.J. Wilson have been released. Released cornerback Kelvin Hayden, safety M.D. Jennings (with injury settlement) and defensive end Austen Lane and waived wide receiver Josh Bellamy, defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, defensive tackle Tracy Robertson and cornerback Al Louis-Jean to finish their moves.


Released on Friday running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, linebacker Brandon Joiner, defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and quarterback Tyler Wilson.  Waived center Trevor Robinson, former second-round defensive lineman Devon Still, and former fourth-round tight end/fullback Orson Charles on Saturday. They finished their moves by placing quarterback A.J. McCarron on reserve/non-football injury, placing guard Trey Hopkins on injured reserve, and cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris on reserve/suspended for the first two weeks, after he violated the league’s substance abuse policy. They also waived tackle Dan France, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, cornerback Victor Hampton, defensive tackle David King, wide receiver Colin Lockett, cornerback Onterio McCalebb, defensive end Dontay Moch, defensive end Sam Montgomery, fullback Nikita Whitlock and running back James Wilder Jr.


Running back Dion Lewis has been released, as was veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson. The Browns have also released tailback Chris Ogbonnaya and parted ways with cornerback Leon McFadden. Waived quarterback Connor Shaw, defensive back Josh Aubrey, defensive lineman Calvin Barnett, defensive lineman Jacobbi McDaniel, offensive lineman Justin Staples, offensive lineman Reid Fragel, offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey, offensive lineman Donald Hawkins, linebacker Zac Diles, linebacker Jamaal Westerman, tight end/fullback MarQueis Gray, offensive lineman Alex Parsons, offensive lineman Abasi Salimu, wide receiver Willie Snead and tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi. Cornerback Isaiah Trufant was placed on injured reserve.


Waived or released guard Uche Nwaneri, wide receiver Desmon Briscoe, running back Ryan Williams, linebacker Orie Lemon, defensive tackle Zach Minter, running back D.J. Adams, tackle Josh Aladenoye, defensive end Kenneth Boatright, defensive tackle Dartwan Bush, wide receiver LaRon Byrd, guard Stephen Goodin, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, wide receiver Jamar Newsome, center Ronald Patrick, defensive end Caesar Rayford, linebacker Dontavis Sapp, linebacker Keith Smith, safety Ryan Smith, linebacker Will Smith, running back Phillip Tanner and tight end Asa Watson. Placed cornerback Orlando Scandrick and safety Jakar Hamilton on suspended list.


Waived tackle Vinston Painter, a 2013 sixth-round pick who was on the Super Bowl XLVIII roster. Cut defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson. Finished their business by cutting ight ends Jameson Konz and Cameron Morrah, cornerback Jerome Murphy and defensive linemen Brian Sanford and Kevin Vickerson, waiving quarterback Zac Dysert, linebacker Shaqil Barrett, running back Kapri Bibbs, safety John Boyett, linebacker L.J. Fort, wide receiver Bennie Fowler, defensive tackle Sione Fua, safety Duke Ihenacho, guard Ryan Miller, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, center Matt Paradis, tight end Gerell Robinson, cornerback Jordan Sullen and cornerback Louis Young. The y also placed rookie defensive end Kenny Anunike on injured reserve and kicker Matt Prater on reserve/suspended.


Released offensive lineman Rodney Austin, linebacker Shamari Benton, wide receiver Kris Durham, wide receiver Patrick Edwards, tight end Michael Egnew, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, cornerback Chris Greenwood, linebacker Brandon Hepburn, running back Emil Igwenagu, running back Mikel Leshoure, offensive lineman Darren Keyton, safety Nate Ness, offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds, wide receiver Andrew Peacock, defensive tackle Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, defensive lineman Xavier Proctor, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, defensive end Darryl Tapp, tight end Jordan Thompson, offensive lineman Michael Williams and running back George Winn.


Got down to 53 players by cutting safety Chris Banjo, wide receiver Kevin Dorsey, linebacker Jake Doughty, tackle John Fullington, center Garth Gerhart, wide receiver Alex Gillett, defensive tackle Carlos Gray, running back Michael Hill, linebacker Adrian Hubbard, guard Jordan McCray, safety Tanner Miller, tight end Justin Perillo, running back LaDarius Perkins, defensive end Luther Robinson, cornerback Jumal Rolle, tackle Jeremy Vujnovich, wide receiver Myles White and cornerback Ryan White. They also placed tackle Aaron Adams, linebacker Nate Palmer, tight end Jake Stoneburner and defensive tackle Khyri Thornton on injured reserve.


Brandon Harris, a 2011 second-round pick, didn’t make the cutAlso gone are nose tackle Ricardo Mathews and linebacker Chris McAllister, as well as kicker Chris Boswell, tight end Zach Potter, safety Jawanza Starling, fullback Toben Opurum, wide receiver Travis Labhart, tackle Mike Farrell, outside linebacker Quentin Groves, wide receivers E.Z. Nwachukwu and Lacoltan Bester, guard Alex Kupper, center James Ferentz, tight end Anthony Denham, guard Bronson Irwin, tackle Matt Feiler, inside linebackers Max Bullough and Chris Young, cornerback Marcus Williams and defensive ends Keith Browner and Julius Warmsley.


Indianapolis sent cornerback Marcus Burley to Seattle in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Indianapolis waived the following 17 players: DE-Gannon Conway, RB-David Fluellen, QB-Chandler Harnish, DE-Tyler Hoover, OLB-Phillip Hunt, ILB-Andrew Jackson, WR-Ryan Lankford, WR-Josh Lenz, C-FN Lutz, S-Dewey McDonald, DT-Nnamdi Obukwelu, CB-Sheldon Price, ILB-Rob Ruggiero, TE-Weslye Saunders, ILB-Kelvin Sheppard, TE-Erik Swoope and G-Josh Walker. The Colts also released NT-Brandon McKinney, waived-injured T-Matt Hall and S-Delano Howell and placed OLB-Robert Mathis on the reserve/suspended by commissioner list.


Released on Friday were quarterback Stephen Morris, quarterback Ricky Stanzi, fullback Eric Kettani, guard Drew Nowak, defensive end Gerald Rivers, wide receiver Chad Bumphis, tackle Cody Booth, defensive lineman DeAndre Coleman, defensive tackle Ricky Havili-Heimuli, safety Craig Loston, kicker/punter Kasey Redfern, guard Tyler Shatley, tight end D.J. Tialavea, and linebacker Marcus Whitfield. Tight end Brandon Barden was waived-injured with a groin injury, and wide receiver Tandon Doss and cornerback Rashaad Reynolds were placed on injured reserve. They finished up with four moves Saturday, releasing wide receiver Kerry Taylor, safety Sherrod Martin, cornerback Jamell Fleming and linebacker Nate Stupar.


Reduced roster to 53 players Saturday, releasing kicker Ryan Succop, linebacker Nico Johnson, tackle J’Marcus Webb, safety Jonathon Amaya, safety Malcolm Bronson, fullback Jordan Campbell, defensive lineman Dominique Hamilton, wide receiver Mark Harrison, offensive guard Ricky Henry, linebacker Alonzo Highsmith, linebacker Nico Johnson, defensive tackle Kyle Love, cornerback Justin Rogers, defensive lineman Kona Schwenke, cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, linebacker Devan Walker, offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb, tailback Charcandrick West and wide receiver Fred Williams. Placed quarterback Tyler Bray and wide receiver Kyle Williams on injured reserve. Put defensive end Mike Catapano on non-football injury list. Placed wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and offensive lineman Donald Stephenson on the reserve/suspended list.


Finally gave up on running back Daniel Thomas, and released return man Marcus Thigpen, tight end Kyle Miller and cornerback Kevin Fogg. Players waived by the Dolphins on Saturday included DT Isaako Aaitui, G David Arkin, C Sam Brenner, WR Kevin Cone, G Evan Finkenburg, CB Kevin Fogg, S Jordan Kovacs, QB Seth Lobato, TE Kyle Miller, DE Tevin Mims, DE D’Aundre Reed, K Jake Rogers, DT Garrison Smith, LB Andrew Wilson and TE Evan Wilson. Rookie free agent Kamal Johnson was placed on injured reserve and veteran offensive lineman Tony Hills had his contract terminated.


Defensive tackle Fred Evans has been released. Also released offensive guard Jeff Baca, defensive tackle Chase Baker, running back Joe Banyard, safety Kurt Coleman, wide receiver Kain Colter, safety Kurt Coleman, defensive tackle Isame Faciane, tight end Chase Ford, wide receiver Donte Foster, linebacker Justin Jackson, cornerback Kendall James, center Zac Kerin, cornerback Julian Posey, tight end Allen Reisner, offensive tackle Mike Remmers, defensive end Justin Trattou, tailback Dominique Williams and linebacker Mike Zimmer. Put safety Jamarca Sanford and offensive tackle Antonio Richardson on injured reserve.


Wide receiver Josh Boyce will be waived, along with recent trade acquisition Jerel Worthy. They finished with 19 cuts, including offensive lineman Jon Halapio, wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, long snapper Danny Aiken, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, defensive lineman Jake Bequette, tight end Steve Maneri, offensive lineman Braxston Cave, linebacker Ja’Gared Davis, safety Kanorris Davis, running back Jonas Gray, defensive Daxton Swanson, running back Roy Finch, safety Shamiel Gary, defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna, offensive lineman Chris Martin, linebacker Taylor McCuller and defensive lineman L.T. Tuipulotu, and placed linebacker James Morris on injured reserve.


Released fullback Greg Jones on Friday. They surprised by cutting cornerback Champ Bailey Saturday among their final moves, they also cut wide receiver Robert Meachem, linebacker Keyunta Dawson, kicker Shayne Graham and tackle Thomas Welch, while waiving center Matt Armstrong, Derrius Brooks, cornerback Brandon Coleman, linebacker Todd Davis, kicker Derek Dimke, cornerback Terrence Frederick, wide receiver Charles Hawkins, tight end Nic Jacobs, guard Marcel Jones, wide receiver Seantavious Jones, tackle Tavon Rooks, running back Derrick Strozier, Lawrence Virgil, cornerback Trevin Wade, safety Pierre Warren and guard Jason Weaver.


Tight end Kellen Davis has been released, along with defensive lineman Israel Idonije. Quarterback Curtis Painter was cut, along with defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, defensive back Bennett Jackson, linebacker Dan Fox, fullback John Conner, offensive lineman Jamaal Johnson-Webb. Placed wide receiver Mario Manningham and kick returner Trindon Holliday on injured reserve. They finished by waiving-injured tackle Rogers Gaines, placing guard Eric Herman and cornerback Jayron Hosley on reserve/suspended and waiving tackle Mark Asper, running back Michael Cox, defensive back Chandler Fenner, running back Kendall Gaskins, defensive back Thomas Gordon, tackle Adam Gress, defensive back Bennett Jackson, linebacker Terrell Manning, defensive end Jordan Stanton and wide receiver Julian Talley.


Announced the release of tailback Daryl Richardson, cornerback Johnny Patrick and linebacker A.J. Edds on Saturday. Waived wide receiver Stephen Hill. Also parted ways with quarterback Tajh Boyd, tight end Chris Pantale, tailback Alex Green and defensive lineman Zach Thompson. Released cornerback Dimitri Patterson after a short but rocky tenure with the team. Waived quarterback Matt Simms, cornerback Brandon Dixon, guard Will Campbell, linebacker Troy Davis, defensive tackle Tevita Finau, wide receiver Clyde Gates, defensive lineman Kerry Hyder, linebacker Garrett McIntyre, safety Rontez Miles, tackle Brent Qvale, cornerback Jeremy Reeves and offensive lineman Caleb Schlauderaff. The Jets also moved linebacker Antwan Barnes to the regular season PUP list.


The big name of the lot was wide receiver Greg Little, and they also cut wide receiver Seth Roberts, kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, running back George Atkinson III, running back Jeremy Stewart, fullback Karl Williams, guard Lamar Mady, offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw, tackle Jack Cornell, tight end Jake Murphy, tight end Scott Simonson, tackle Dan Kistler, tackle Erle Ladson, defensive end Jack Crawford, defensive end Denico Autry, defensive end Ryan Robinson, linebacker Carlos Fields, linebacker Spencer Hadley, linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu, defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, safety Brandian Ross and cornerback Casey Chance.


Quarterback G.J. Kinne was among the early exits, along with offensive lineman Josh Andrews. Wide receiver Arrelious Benn is headed to injured reserve. They announced the full list Saturday, including inebacker Emmanuel Acho, running back Kenjon Barner (waived/injured), cornerback Roc Carmichael, tackle Kevin Graf, kicker Alex Henery, wide receiver Damaris Johnson, safety Keelan Johnson, running back Henry Josey, linebacker Josh Kaddu, defensive tackle Wade Keliikipi, cornerback Curtis Marsh, wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah, wide receiver Will Murphy, wide receiver Quron Pratt, safety Ed Reynolds, defensive tackle Damion Square and running back Matthew Tucker. They also placed linebacker Travis Long on injured reserve.


Released tight ends Rob Blanchflower, Bryce Davis and David Paulson, defensive backs Isaiah Green, Dayonne Nunley, Shaquille Richardson and Ross Ventrone, running back Josh Harris, Stephen Houston, defensive linemen Ethan Hemer, Josh Mauro, Roy Philon and Nick Williams, linebackers Chris Carter, Howard Jones and Dan Molls, quarterback Brendon Kay, wide receivers Derek Moye and Lanear Sampson, and offensive linemen Graham Pocic, Will Simmons and Guy Whimper.


Tight end Mike Flacco has been released. Wide receiver Vincent Brown, linebacker Victor Aiyewa, defensive tackle Chas Alecxih, wide receiver Torrence Allen, cornerback Crezdon Butler, safety Alden Darby, cornerback Greg Ducre, tackle Mike Harris, wide receiver Javontee Herndon, linebacker Thomas Keiser, defensive lineman Joe Kruger, linebacker Cordarro Law, safety Adrian Phillips, wide receiver Tevin Reese, tackle Jeremiah Sirles, quarterback Brad Sorensen, linebacker Colton Underwood, guard Craig Watts, tackle Kenny Wiggins, center Khalil Wilkes and defensive end Doug Worthington have been waived or released.


Veteran offensive lineman Adam Snyder was the first name to be reported. San Francisco announced that 18 more players were released on Saturday: T Carter Bykowski, TE Asante Cleveland, WR Lance Lewis, LS Kevin McDermott, CB Darryl Morris, G Al Netter, DL Lawrence Okoye, WR Kassim Osgood, T Michael Philipp, NT Mike Purcell, G Ryan Seymour, LB Shayne Skov, RB Alfonso Smith, S C.J. Spillman, LB Chase Thomas, S Bubba Ventrone, WR L’Damian Washington and RB Glenn Winston. The 49ers also placed cornerback Kenneth Acker and fullback Will Tukuafu on injured reserve.


Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was waived. The club released right tackle Eric Winston. In other moves announced Saturday, the Seahawks terminated the contract of cornerback Phillip Adams and placed defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith on injured reserve. They waived tight end RaShaun Allen, cornerback Akeem Auguste, running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Arceto Clark, quarterback B.J. Daniels, guard Caylin Hauptmann, tackle Nate Isles, center Patrick Lewis, wide receiver Chris Matthews, defensive end Benson Mayowa, safety Terrance Parks, tight end Morrell Presley, defensive tackle Andru Pulu, fullback Kiero Small, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, safety Steven Terrell, linebacker Korey Toomer, wide receiver Bryan Walters and running back Spencer Ware.


Michael Sam was waived. The Rams also waived WR Emory Blake, G Travis Bond, DE Kourtnei Brown, S Christian Bryant, DT Matt Conrath, S Avery Cunningham, WR Austin Franklin, QB Garrett Gilbert, DT Deantre Harlan, LB Aaron Hill, T Sean Hooey, DB Greg Reid, LB Etienne Sabino, TE Brad Smelley, LB Phillip Steward, T Mitchell Van Dyk, WR Justin Veltung, OL Brandon Washington, LB Lawrence Wilson and CB Darren Woodard. The Rams also placed WR Stedman Bailey on reserve/suspended.


Former first-round pick Larry English was among the early cuts, as was one-time starter at right guard Jamon Meredith and veteran kicker Connor Barth. Also cut Friday were cornerbacks Anthony Gaitor, Keith Lewis, Kip Edwards and Marc Anthony; linebackers Nate Askew and Ka’Lial Glaud; fullback Lonnie Pryor, defensive end T.J. Fatinikun and offensive linemen Edawn Coughman, Jeremiah Warren and Andrew Miller. Former Olympic sprinter and running back Jeff Demps was cut Saturday. They finished up their 53 by cutting safety Major Wright, tight end Cameron Brate, quarterback Mike Kafka, linebacker Brandon Magee, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo, wide receiver Solomon Patton and defensive tackle Ronald Talley.


Marc Mariani was among the first to go Friday, and several other players were also released. The full list of cuts: T Jeff Adams, CB Ri’Shard Anderson, RB Antonio Andrews, DL Chigbo Anunoby, K Maikon Bonani, CB Tommie Campbell, TE Chase Coffman, LB Brandon Copeland, QB Dominique Davis, DE Marcus Dixon, LB Moise Fokou, G Justin McCray, FB Collin Mooney, OL Eric Olsen, T Will Poehls, WR Rico Richadson, WR Brian Robiskie, TE Jason Schepler and CB Winston Wright. DL Antonio Johnson was placed on injured reserve and defensive end Lavar Edwards was traded to the Cowboys for a conditional seventh-round pick.


Cornerback Richard Crawford was among eight players cut on Friday, while Zach Hocker and Chris Thompson were among those released on Saturday. Others cut to get down to 53: LB Everette Brown, OL Maurice Hurt, CB Chase Minnifield, RB Evan Royster, RB Lache Seastrunk, S Phillip Thomas, WR Nick Williams, TE Ted Bolser, S Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith, WR Lee Doss, OL Kevin Kowalski, P Robert Malone, OL Tevita Stevens and NT Robert Thomas. NT Chris Neild and LB Darryl Sharpton were placed on the Reserved/Injured list. DE Stephen Bowen and WR Leonard Hankerson were placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Five Questions: Arizona Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals won seven of their final nine games last season as they made a late-season push for a playoff spot in a difficult NFC West. The defense finished the year ranked 6th in the league and Carson Palmer passed for over 4,000 yards.

They’ve lost some significant pieces to that defense this offseason and the offensive line continues to have some questions despite the addition of Jared Veldheer at left tackle.

The NFC West looks imposing once again and the Cardinals are looking up at Seattle and San Francisco for bragging rights in the division.

Here are five questions that could ultimately determine whether the Cardinals can rundown the top of the division this season:

1. Have the Cardinals lost too much defensively?

The Cardinals defense was one of the best in the league last season. However, they’ve lost three major pieces from that unit this year.

Karlos Dansby left in free agency for the Cleveland Browns, Daryl Washington was suspended for the season due to repeated substance-abuse violations and Darnell Dockett suffered a torn ACL in training camp.

That leaves a major void that the Cardinals may not be able to fill through the middle of their defense.

Arizona has added Isaac Sopoaga, Ryan McBean, Tommy Kelly, Larry Foote and Ernie Sims in an attempt to patch some of the holes, but the production lost from the departed pieces is significant.

2. Is Carson Palmer able to limit turnovers?

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer passed for 4,274 yards and 24 touchdowns last year. The problem with those numbers is that they came along with 22 interceptions and three lost fumbles.

With the continued emergence of receiver Michael Floyd, the Cardinals passing offense became a more dynamic unit last season. However, Palmer turned the ball over too many times and it came back to cost Arizona all too frequently.

Palmer is still a capable quarterback but the turnovers have to come down this season. With the defense looking potentially weakened due to the losses we already detailed, the Cardinals will need to maximize every opportunity they have to possess the ball.

One thing that would help Palmer?

3. Can the offensive line hold up to allow the offense to function at a high level?

Veteran Eric Winston is gone, leaving the right side of the Cardinals offensive line again in doubt.

Paul Fanaika and Bobby Massie have both been fairly pedestrian at best in their opportunities to play in Arizona.

Jared Veldheer is a nice addition at left tackle. Lyle Sendlein is a capable center and second-year guard Jonathan Cooper has great potential. However, the right side could be problematic.

Arizona’s offense has weapons. With Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Ted Ginn and John Brown at receiver and Andre Ellington in the backfield, the potential for a strong offense is there. But the offense line must be able to perform to give their skill players the opportunities they need.

4. Is Arizona capable of dethroning Seattle and/or San Francisco in the NFC West?

Coming off their Super Bowl victory, the Seattle Seahawks look to be as strong as their title team from a season ago.

However, the San Francisco 49ers don’t look nearly as untouchable.

San Francisco’s first-team offense has struggled mightily this preseason to produce points. NaVorro Bowman will miss a sizable chunk of the season. Glenn Dorsey is out for the year and nothing appears to be in sync right now for the 49ers.

Arizona finished 2013 as one of the hottest teams in the league and is the only team in two years to win a game in Seattle. With the strength of the NFC West, it’s likely Arizona will have to supplant either Seattle or San Francisco to find themselves in the postseason this January.

5. Can Andre Ellington carry the rushing attack?

Andre Ellington proved to be a terrific change-of-pace option for the Arizona Cardinals at running back last season.

Ellington carried 118 times for 652 yards and three touchdowns last season as a secondary option to starter Rashard Mendenhall. Now with Mendenhall gone, Ellington will get his chance to be the lead back for the Cardinals.

Ellington started just one game last season as a rookie but posted an impressive 5.5 yards per carry average in the chances he received. Will he be able to duplicate that production with an expanded role?

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Five Questions: Chicago Bears

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There will surely be moments this season where the Chicago Bears look like contenders — legit contenders. They will look this way because of their offense, which is loaded with top-tier talent at quarterback (Jay Cutler), tailback (Matt Forte) and wide receiver (Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery). In fact, the Bears may look their very best when they are behind and it’s time for Cutler and Co. to pass Chicago back into the game.

Assuming the 2014 Bears stay healthy on offense, they are going to have more than enough highlights for the annual NFL Films season-review video. But can the Bears do enough in the other phases to be a playoff team? Are they going to be a lamentable 8-8 or a you-don’t-want-to-face-them-in-January 10-6 or 11-5?

Here are five questions to weigh about these intriguing Bears:

1. Will Jay Cutler be named to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career?

We hear you: The Pro Bowl doesn’t matter, you say. Look at some of the recent rosters — the game has lost luster being moved a week before the Super Bowl, which precludes players from the conference winners playing in the NFL’s all-star affair. And what’s the deal with the new captains system? Why not call it the “Rock N’ Jock Football Jam” and get it over with?

Well, in the case of Cutler, a Pro Bowl selection would be a big deal. And we’re talking about a selection right off the bat, not an addition to the roster because of injuries/defections at the position.

Here’s why this would be notable:

It means he played all or nearly all of a full season. Considering he’s missed at least five games in two out of the last three seasons, 16 Cutler starts would be a welcome development for Chicago.

It means the Bears’ offense likely would have met the high expectations set for the group entering this season. There haven’t been many, if any, Chicago offenses with this much talent. If Cutler shines, the Bears’ skill position players should stand out, too.

He would have beaten out several other capable quarterbacks along the way. Consider the NFC’s depth at the position: Aaron Rodgers. Drew Brees. Russell Wilson. Colin Kaepernick. Nick Foles. Tony Romo. Cam Newton. Matt Ryan. Matthew Stafford. Robert Griffin III. Eli Manning. If Cutler is one of the NFC’s top three initial selections at the position, he likely will have had a monster year.

2. Was the Bears’ preseason debacle at Seattle an aberration — or a chilling hint of where the club fits in the NFC’s pecking order?

In the third preseason game for both clubs last Friday, Seattle converted all seven third-down attempts in the first half, running out to a 31-0 halftime lead on Chicago. Yes, it was just an exhibition, but it was the most important of the preseason games — the closest to a real dress rehearsal. And under the somewhat-bright lights, Chicago wilted. At best, it’s a throw-out performance, one not to be taken at face value. At worst, it’s a loss that suggests Chicago’s ceiling isn’t at high at all.

3. Is Chicago’s defense materially better than a season ago?

It better be. The Bears’ run defense was the NFL’s worst a season ago — and the pass defense wasn’t much better, frankly. Chicago spent big in free agency to improve the defensive line, signing defensive ends Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young. Then, in the draft, the club added secondary help in Round One, selecting Kyle Fuller.

The moves were a nod to the obvious — the Bears needed to get deeper and more talented on defense. If indeed the Bears have succeeded in this regard, it should show up early in matchups against the Bills (Week One) and Jets (Week Three) — clubs without much offensive punch.

4. Will the special teams be a weakness?

For years, the Bears’ special teams were a major strength, but entering 2014, they are, at best, a question mark outside of steady kicker Robbie Gould. The Bears’ coverage units are worth monitoring; Chicago really struggled in his regard at Seattle. The Bears also need a returner to emerge to replace Devin Hester. And Chicago is untested at punter and long-snapper, too.

5. Can the Bears survive their first nine games?

After beginning their season at home vs. the Bills on Sept. 7, the Bears then play 6-of-8 away from Soldier Field, with road trips to the 49ers (Sept. 14), Jets (Sept. 22), Panthers (Oct. 5), Falcons (Oct. 12), Patriots (Oct. 26) and Packers (Nov. 9). This will be a test of the Bears’ resolve and their readiness. They probably will have to shake off some adversity and perhaps steal a road game or two early to give themselves a chance to make the most of having five of their last seven at home. If the Bears are truly playoff contenders, they can emerge from these first nine games with a winning record. However, if they start slowly, it’s probably unreasonable to expect a strong stretch run.

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Roger Goodell’s letter to NFL owners on domestic violence

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[Editor's note:  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent the following letter to all 32 NFL owners today.]

Since becoming Commissioner, my focus has been on ensuring that the NFL is held in the highest regard by our fans, players, business partners, and public authorities.  My commitment has always been to do what is right and to protect the integrity of the game, both now and long into the future.

Recently, we have addressed issues of respect — respect for co-workers, opponents, fans, game officials, and others.  Whether in the context of workplace conduct, advancing policies of diversity and inclusion, or promoting professionalism in all we do, our mission has been to create and sustain model workplaces filled with people of character.  Although the NFL is celebrated for what happens on the field, we must be equally vigilant in what we do off the field.

At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals.  We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence.  We allowed our standards to fall below where they should be and lost an important opportunity to emphasize our strong stance on a critical issue and the effective programs we have in place.  My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values.  I didn’t get it right.   Simply put, we have to do better.  And we will.

The public response reinforced my belief that the NFL is held to a higher standard, and properly so.  Much of the criticism stemmed from a fundamental recognition that the NFL is a leader, that we do stand for important values, and that we can project those values in ways that have a positive impact beyond professional football.  We embrace this role and the responsibility that comes with it.  We will listen openly, engage our critics constructively, and seek continuous improvement in everything we do. We will use this opportunity to create a positive outcome by promoting policies of respect for women both within and outside of the workplace.  We will work with nationally recognized experts to ensure that the NFL has a model policy on domestic violence and sexual assault.  We will invest time and resources in training, programs and services that will become part of our culture.  And we will increase the sanctions imposed on NFL personnel who violate our policies.

In the past few weeks, I have reviewed all aspects of our Personal Conduct Policy and met with a wide range of experts (several of whom we have been working with for some time), as well as with the NFLPA and many of you. Those discussions will continue. They have helped us to identify a number of steps that will better communicate our position and strengthen our policies on domestic violence and sexual assault.  

These steps are based on a clear, simple principle:  domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong.  They are illegal.  They have no place in the NFL and are unacceptable in any way, under any circumstances.  That has been and remains our policy.

Many of you have done excellent work in this field, both personally and through the efforts of concerned players and your community relations and player engagement departments.  Our goals are to prevent violence, impose appropriate discipline, provide professional support resources when appropriate, and publicly embrace a leadership role on this issue.  

Consistent with that view, I have directed the following actions to reinforce and enhance our policies:

First, we will continue our work with leading experts to expand the scope of our education on domestic violence and sexual assault for all NFL personnel – players and non-players.  This will include enhanced training for entering players through the Rookie Symposium and Rookie Success Program, as well as new programs designed for veteran players and other NFL personnel. All NFL personnel — players and non-players — will receive information about available league resources and local support and advocacy groups in their community.

Second, our club Player Engagement Directors, Human Resource Executives, and other appropriate team personnel will undergo comprehensive training to help them understand and identify risk factors associated with domestic violence and sexual assault. Any person identified as being at risk will be afforded private, confidential assistance.  Persons who decline this assistance will be held accountable for that decision in determining discipline for any subsequent act of domestic violence or sexual assault.  This is a complicated matter and must be approached with care.  We will work with experts to identify strategies based on the most reliable research, recognizing that violence can and does take different forms but generally involves a pattern of coercive behavior.  

Third, we will ensure that the NFL LifeLine and NFL Total Wellness Program are staffed with personnel trained to provide prompt and confidential assistance to anyone at risk of domestic violence or sexual assault – whether as a victim or potential aggressor.  Information regarding these resources will be furnished to all NFL personnel and their families.  Our Player Engagement Directors and Human Resource Executives will meet with team spouses and significant others to ensure that they are aware of the resources available to them as NFL family members, including the ability to seek confidential assistance through independent local resources, as well as through the club or the NFL Total Wellness Program.  In this respect, we will utilize our existing, established telephone and on-line programs, and will communicate the full range of available services to all NFL personnel and their families.

Fourth, the outside groups we met with have emphasized that the NFL can play an important role in communities throughout the nation.  Consistent with that advice, we will expand the educational components in our college, high school and youth football programs that address domestic violence and sexual assault. We will seek to create and promote programs that develop the character of the young men who play, coach or manage our game, emphasizing respect for women and appropriate ways to resolve conflicts.  Outreach efforts embodied in these programs will help young people recognize, establish and maintain healthy relationships.  In our earliest contact with young men, we can communicate our expectations, establish NFL standards of conduct, and stress the responsibility that all men have to adhere to those standards.

Fifth, we recognize that domestic violence and sexual assault are broad social issues, affecting millions of people.  We want our public role to be both constructive and effective.  In the coming months, we will explore meaningful ways to incorporate domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention into our public service work.  We will do this with the assistance of responsible outside organizations and the potential participation of current and former players, coaches and families who have been affected and are willing to speak out.  Actions we take in this respect will be sensitive, thoughtful and will recognize the positive role models and high character presented by so many men in the NFL.  

Finally, and consistent with our Personal Conduct Policy, our own response to domestic violence or sexual assault incidents by NFL personnel will include new elements of evaluation, treatment and family support, as well as enhanced discipline.  We will address these issues fairly and thoughtfully, respecting the rights of all involved and giving proper deference to law enforcement and the courts.  If someone is charged with domestic violence or sexual assault, there will be a mandatory evaluation and, where professionally indicated, counseling or other specialized services.  Effective immediately, violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to a suspension without pay of six games for a first offense, with consideration given to mitigating factors, as well as a longer suspension when circumstances warrant.  Among the circumstances that would merit a more severe penalty would be a prior incident before joining the NFL, or violence involving a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child.  A second offense will result in banishment from the NFL; while an individual may petition for reinstatement after one year, there will be no presumption or assurance that the petition will be granted.  These disciplinary standards will apply to all NFL personnel.  

With very few exceptions, NFL personnel conduct themselves in an exemplary way.    But even one case of domestic violence or sexual assault is unacceptable. The reality is that domestic violence and sexual assault are often hidden crimes, ones that are under-reported and under-acknowledged.  The steps we are taking will reinforce our commitment to address this issue constructively.

In addition to focusing on domestic violence and sexual assault, we will continue to maintain strong policies regarding weapons offenses.  We are similarly working to strengthen our response to impaired driving.  We have sought – unsuccessfully – for several years to obtain the NFLPA’s agreement to more stringent discipline for DUI, including mandatory deactivation for the game immediately following an arrest and a minimum two-game suspension for a first violation of law.  We will continue to press our position on this issue in the hope of securing the union’s agreement.

There are three steps that each club should take promptly:  first, post and distribute the attached “Memorandum to All NFL Personnel” to every player under contract to your club; second, ensure that your head coach reviews the information in that notice with his staff and with all your players; and third, share this letter and the attached Memorandum with all members of your organization, including your team president, General Manager, Human Resources Executive, Security Director, and Player Engagement Director.

In the coming weeks, we will contact all clubs on further steps to be taken in support of these initiatives.  I am grateful for the thoughtful advice received from so many of you and for the support that I know you will give to this important work.


Domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong.  They are illegal.  They are never acceptable and have no place in the NFL under any circumstances.  

Our Personal Conduct Policy has long made clear that domestic violence and sexual assault are unacceptable.  We clearly must do a better job of addressing these incidents in the NFL.  And we will.

Earlier today, I sent NFL owners a letter that identified specific actions we will take to improve our response to domestic violence and sexual assault. Those actions include the following:

All NFL Personnel will participate in new and enhanced educational programs on domestic violence and sexual assault.  We will also increase our outreach to college and youth football programs.

Families will receive detailed information about available services and resources, both through the club and independent of the club.  These resources and services will be available to employees and their families on a confidential basis.

Violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to enhanced discipline.  A first offense will be subject to a suspension of six weeks without pay.  Mitigating circumstances will be considered, and more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child.  A second offense will result in banishment from the league; an offender may petition for reinstatement after one year but there is no assurance that the petition will be granted.  These disciplinary consequences apply to all NFL personnel.

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If you believe that you or someone you know may be at risk of domestic violence or other misconduct, we strongly encourage you to seek assistance through your club’s director of player engagement, human resources department, the NFL LifeLine or an independent local domestic violence resource.  Help is available and can prevent potentially tragic incidents.                                                                                                 


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Five questions: San Diego Chargers

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Since Peyton Manning joined the Broncos in 2012, Denver has dominated the AFC West, rolling to a combined 26-6 regular season record. The Broncos have fattened up on their divisional foes, winning 12-of-13 against West competition.

The only AFC West club to defeat the Broncos in this span? The Chargers, who won at Denver last December — a victory San Diego had to have to make the postseason.

The Broncos would win the third and decisive game in the series in the divisional round, prevailing by seven at home. Overall, the Broncos are 4-1 against the Chargers under Manning, outscoring the Chargers 137-111 — a point differential of 5.2 per game.

In short, the Broncos have clearly been the better club. But the Chargers are at least in the ball game against Denver. By contrast, the Raiders have been outscored 134-54 by Denver since Manning switched teams. The Chiefs have been somewhat competitive against the Chargers, with losses of seven and eight points to Denver in the last two years. However, Kansas City suffered some key losses in free agency, while Denver bolstered its defense.

So when it comes to keeping Denver honest in the AFC West, it might be a one-team operation this season.

As you ponder how the Chargers stack up with the Broncos, here’s five other questions about San Diego:

1. What impact will tight end Ladarius Green have on the passing game?

The 24-year-old Green showed potential last season, averaging 22.1 yards per catch. Green has seam-stretching ability — he was timed at 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine two years ago — and he could earn a much bigger role the San Diego offense this season. If he continues to develop, he’ll be a worthy heir apparent to future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates, who continues to be Rivers’ security blanket.

Consider the matchup problems the Chargers can cause in the passing game. On the outside, teams have to deal with standout second-year receiver Keenan Allen and 6-foot-5 big-play threat Malcom Floyd. Meanwhile, the speedy Green and physical, savvy Gates are tough covers in the middle of the field. And all three of the Chargers’ primary tailbacks (Danny Woodhead, Ryan Mathews, Donald Brown) can catch the ball out of the backfield, with Woodhead especially strong in this area.

2. Will the Chargers again win the third-down battle?

The Chargers were materially better on third downs than the opposition a season ago. On offense, San Diego converted a league-high 49.0 percent on third down (101-of-206) — about 11 percent higher than the league average. The Chargers’ defense, meanwhile, was slightly below average on third downs, holding opponents to an 38.9 percent conversion rate (70-of-180). Now just think: if only the Chargers’ defense can get a little better getting third-down stops.

3. What kind of impact will cornerbacks Brandon Flowers and Jason Verrett have on the Chargers’ defense?

A good starter for Kansas City for several seasons, Flowers comes to San Diego with something to prove. Despite being named to the Pro Bowl a season ago, the Chiefs parted ways with the 28-year-old corner in June. In a league where teams routinely play five or more defensive backs, Flowers’ departure was an eye-opener.

Still, Flowers’ quickness, experience and ball skills should give the San Diego secondary a big lift. Verrett, the club’s first-round pick, will also get a chance to help right off the bat.

The Chargers made the postseason in 2013 despite surrendering the second-most passing yards per play and allowing opponents to complete 66.4 percent of their throws. If San Diego makes it tougher on opposing passing games, it will bolster the club’s chances of a return trip to the postseason.

4. Can quarterback Philip Rivers build on his 2013 success?

In a new offense playing behind an improved offensive line, Rivers came alive in 2013, throwing for 4,478 and 32 TDs and completing 69.5 percent of his throws. Rivers has a special feel for the passing game, and his arm strength is more than adequate. He has a deep pass catching corps, and he’s always been willing to spread the ball around. In his second season in coach Mike McCoy’s offense, it’s quite possible Rivers will be as efficient in 2014.

5. Can the Chargers get on a roll early?

After grabbing the AFC’s last playoff spot on the season’s final day in 2013, perhaps the Chargers can make life easier on themselves this December.

A 6-3 record entering the Week 10 bye is a reasonable goal for San Diego. The Chargers draw the Bills (Sept. 21), Raiders (Oct. 12) and Dolphins (Nov. 2) on the road in the first nine weeks, with home contests against the Jaguars (Sept. 28), Jets (Oct. 5) and Chiefs (Oct. 19). The Chargers’ best game could be too much for all of those clubs to handle.

While matchups against Seattle (Sept. 14) and at Denver (Oct. 23) loom as tall orders, San Diego proved a season ago that it could compete against top competition.

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PFT’s 2014 NFL roster cuts tracker

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Cut Jay Feely, Max Starks and 11 others to get to 75 players.


Got down to 75 players by making a series of moves on Sunday.


Made all 15 of their moves Monday, including releasing safety Omar Brown.


QBs Thad Lewis and Dennis Dixon were among the players cut to get down to 75.


Got to the limit by placing WR De’Andre Presley on the PUP list, and three other players on IR. Tiquan Underwood was cut following the third preseason game. He was one of 10 players released Sunday to get them to 79.


Cutting two members of the 2012 draft class got the Bears down to 75. Adrian Wilson and Nate Collins were among the early cuts.


Cut quarterback Matt Scott among their final moves to 75. Cut Ryan Whalen and four others to start the process.


Trimmed the roster to 76 players with 14 cuts on Monday. Placed tackle Michael Bowie and linebacker Darius Eubanks on injured reserve.


Defensive end Martez Wilson and fullback J.C. Copeland were cut on Monday morning. They wrapped up their moves on Tuesday.


Denver got down to 75 on Monday. Winston Justice and 10 others were let go on Sunday.


Cut six players and put sixth-round pick T.J. Jones on the PUP list. Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio was dropped as the Lions got to 75 players on Monday.


Dumped seven players on Sunday. Got down to 75 by putting B.J. Raji and five other players on injured reserve.


Got down to 75 with three cuts on Tuesday. Placed offensive lineman David Quessenberry on IR and waived nine others on Monday.


Reached the 75-man limit with transactions involving four injured players.

Dropped to 79 players on Monday morning.


Got down to 75 with moves including putting Aaron Colvin on the non-football injury list. Cut 11 players Sunday, including cornerback Mike Harris and former Giants wideout Ramses Barden.


The Chiefs got down to 75 players on Tuesday morning.


They parted ways with quarterback Brady Quinn and receiver Armon Binns as they got to 75. Three players were waived as the Dolphins began their cuts.


Veteran corner Derek Cox was the big name among the first 14 cuts they made, and Mike Higgins was the final cut to get down to 75.


Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, defensive end Will Smith and linebacker James Anderson were among the first cuts. They stashed Tyler Gaffney on IR among moves to get to 75.


TE Travis Beckum was among the first cuts in New Orleans. They made the rest of them on Tuesday afternoon.


They put safety Cooper Taylor and wide receiver Marcus Harris on IR, and cut 13 to get to the limit.


Got down to the 75-man limit with cuts including Jacoby Ford and Ras-I Dowling.


Started the cuts with seven on Sunday. Placed cornerback D.J. Hayden on PUP list and made seven other moves on Tuesday.


Got an early start by cutting 14 players on Saturday. Waived-injured center Julian Vandervelde on Tuesday to complete their cuts.


Made their first round of cuts on Tuesday morning. They concluded their cuts by releasing six players Tuesday afternoon.


Trimmed the roster by 11 players on Monday. Placed three players on injured reserve to get to 75 players.


Got down to 75 with moves including putting Marcus Lattimore on NFI and NaVorro Bowman on PUP.


Cut cornerback Terrell Thomas and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat on Sunday. Got to 75 players on Tuesday.


Putting Sam Bradford on injured reserve got the Rams down to the 75-man limit. Cut 10 including former Missouri standout T.J. Moe Monday.


Return man Eric Page and trick-shot quarterback Alex Tanney were among the players cut. They claimed two off waivers and cut four to get to the limit.


Cut eight guys Monday. Placed linebacker Colin McCarthy on injured reserve en route to the 75-man limit.


Linebacker Rob Jackson was among the early cuts in Washington. 2012 fifth-round pick Adam Gettis was also cut as the Redskins got to 75 players on Tuesday.

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Five questions: New York Jets

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Doom and gloom were the two leading predictions for the Jets in 2013, but the team defied those execrable expectations to go 8-8 while securing wins over teams like the Patriots and Saints over the course of the season.

Predictions aren’t quite as bad this time around, although that doesn’t mean people are clamoring to get in line for playoff tickets. The team improved their offensive supporting cast, but there’s still plenty of uncertainty about Geno Smith’s ability to drive the bus. On defense, the strength of the defensive line is balanced out by a shortage of cornerbacks that could prove fatal given the Jets’ schedule.

Questions about quarterback and cornerback kick off our five queries about the Jets and the answers to them will probably go a long way toward answering the final entry on the list.

1. Who will start the most games at quarterback?

Unless things go terribly wrong against the Giants in the team’s third preseason game on Friday night, Smith will be starting the opening game against the Raiders. That hardly settles things for the entire season, though.

With Michael Vick on the roster, Smith won’t have the same kind of rope he got when Matt Simms was the only other option during his rookie season. With Eric Decker, Chris Johnson and other new additions on offense, Smith also won’t get the benefit of doubt that comes from playing with a skeletal supporting cast. Smith will have to show that his strong close to last season was a building block for the future, something that hasn’t been readily apparent in the team’s first two preseason games.

If he can retain the job through the season, it should mean that the Jets have taken a significant step forward offensively. If he can’t, Vick may be able to rally the team but it would leave the Jets back at square one in their decades-long search for a franchise quarterback.

2. Were the Jets too dismissive of cornerback needs?

The offseason started with the Jets cutting Antonio Cromartie because of his outsize salary, a move that opened up cap space that many imagined General Manager John Idzik would use to bolster the position. While they did sign Dimitri Patterson, the Jets otherwise resisted the temptations of free agent cornerbacks and end the summer with a lot of cap space that should help them maintain fiscal sanity in the coming years.

It won’t do them any good against the pass, though, and that’s become a big problem with Dee Milliner’s readiness for the season in doubt because of an ankle injury and third-round pick Dexter McDougle lost for the season because of a torn ACL. Patterson’s also been banged up this summer, no surprise given his history, and there’s not much behind them on the roster.

Idzik says he has no regrets about how things went this offseason, but let’s check in again in a couple of months. The Jets open with the Raiders and then go on to face the Packers, Bears, Lions, Chargers, Broncos and Patriots with the last two coming five days apart. Those are all potent passing offenses and the Jets’ corner issues could make it late real early this season.

3. How will the running back workload shake out?

Johnson still has the aura of a marquee back because of his past exploits, but he’s not guaranteed much of anything with the Jets after offseason knee surgery and two disappointing years with the Titans. Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell are back after each had strong stretches for the Jets in 2013 and the desire to put too much on Smith’s shoulders should leave work for all of them come the regular season.

There’s little question that the best-case scenario for the Jets offense is that Johnson rediscovers his old magic and takes the lead role in the backfield while Ivory and Powell do complementary work. If he can’t, the Jets offense will likely be on the plodding side and that hasn’t worked out for them the last couple of years.

4. Will Quinton Coples take the next step?

Given the issues at corner, the Jets would help themselves a lot if they can pressure quarterbacks into mistakes. Rex Ryan’s defenses have had some success doing that over the years, but his recent Jets teams have been a bit short on that front if their talented defensive line doesn’t get the job done on its own.

The addition of Jason Babin gives the Jets another piece to use in hopes of generating a more robust pass rush this season, but it would be ideal if Coples were to find more success in that area. He’s a better all-around player at this point than Babin and his work down the stretch last season provides hope that the light’s coming on for the talented but inconsistent linebacker.

5. Is this Rex Ryan’s last season with the Jets?

Ryan signed an extension with the Jets after last season, but it fell well short of securing his job for years to come. He got one more year of guaranteed money, which means he enters this season in pretty much the same position he entered last season. He did some of his best coaching by squeezing an 8-8 record out of a roster short on talent, but he was hired before Idzik and may still face the axe if there isn’t a significant improvement after three years out of the playoffs.

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Five questions: New England Patriots

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The Patriots winning the AFC East has almost reached the death and taxes level of certainty, which means the big question for them is always about something bigger.

Can they win the Super Bowl?

They’ve certainly got a chance to get there in a conference that many believe is set up for another title game clash between Bill Belichick and Peyton Manning. Winning that game for the first time since 2011 and challenging whoever survives in the NFC will take the right answers to the five questions we’re posing about the Patriots.

1. Can Gronk stay healthy?

If you can answer an unimpeachable yes to this question, you should probably do whatever you can to get in touch with the Patriots because they’d likely pay good money for help keeping tight end Rob Gronkowski on the field for an entire season.

The last time he did that was during the 2011 season, when he caught 90 passes for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns. Gronkowski played in seven games last year and the Patriots had 25 touchdown passes for the entire season.

During that brief period when Gronkowski was healthy last season, the Patriots were a buzzsaw on offense. They found the slogging much harder when he was out of the lineup recovering from back surgery or after he tore his ACL, though. The latter injury will him from cutting loose in a preseason game and Week One isn’t guaranteed, so there will be at least a few more weeks of wondering about when he’ll get the full green light.

And then it will be many more weeks for Patriots fans to worry about losing him every time he takes a hit.

2. How good can Darrelle Revis make this defense?

One need only look at the revolving door of cornerbacks that the Patriots have employed recently to know how much Revis changes things for New England. We’re not sure yet if he’ll be playing one side of the field or following a particular receiver each week, but it’s a good bet that Belichick will be doing things differently now that he has one of the league’s best corners to use on every snap of the ball.

It helps that he has so many other pieces to put in play around Revis. Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins and Donta’ Hightower have gained experience, Devin McCourty has transitioned well to safety, Jerod Mayo is back from last year’s pectoral injury and they’ll have Brandon Browner after he serves his four-game suspension. It adds up to the best defensive group on paper for New England in some time and Revis is the piece that could make it special.

3. Will time catch up to Tom Brady?

Brady turned 37 this year and he’s coming off a season that saw him take 40 sacks while posing his lowest completion percentage in a decade, all of which can be seen as reasons to argue that a quarterback could be starting the decline phase of his career.

Others would point to Gronkowski’s absence and a shortage of reliable wide receivers as reasons why Brady was less successful than in past seasons. The receiver question hasn’t been settled as the team is still hoping for Aaron Dobson and/or Brandon LaFell to provide a steady threat next to Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, who Brady jokingly called pygmies this summer.

The gut feeling here is that a better cast of characters would lead to better things from Brady, but age catches up with all of us sooner or later.

4. Can their defensive tackles hold up?

If Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and Dominique Easley are all healthy, they should make for an imposing trio in the center of the defensive line. It’s a big if, though.

Wilfork tore his Achilles last year and turns 33 in November while Kelly is coming back from a torn ACL and nearing his 34th birthday. Easley is a first-round pick and much younger, but he suffered the second torn ACL of his playing career last season. When Wilfork and Kelly went down last year, the Patriots defense took a serious hit and a similar turn of events this year would mitigate the good things discussed above.

5. How many fumbles is too many for Stevan Ridley?

Ridley lost a fumble in the team’s preseason game against the Eagles, an unhappy reminder of the four fumbles he lost last season. Those fumbles landed him in Belichick’s doghouse for a time and kept Ridley from building on a strong 2012 season.

LeGarrette Blount left as a free agent, but Shane Vereen and fourth-round pick James White are on hand as options should Ridley’s fumbles become a problem again this season. With free agency looming for the 2011 third-round pick, that would probably work out worse for him than it would for the Patriots.

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Five Questions: Oakland Raiders

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You may recall we voted the Raiders 32nd in our preseason power rankings.

You may also recall the bottom five teams in our ratings were AFC clubs.

On paper, this doesn’t look like a banner year for the American Football Conference. Which, in turn, doesn’t hurt Oakland’s chances to perhaps exceed expectations, as we noted in our preseason Raiders analysis. And the Raiders have started decently enough in Dennis Allen’s first two seasons as head coach, posting 3-4 marks through seven games each time. However, they struggled down the stretch in both seasons, going 1-8 in Games 8 through 16 in 2012 and 2013.

With the club’s stadium lease expiring after the season, and with Allen and G.M. Reggie McKenzie under pressure to win after a couple of tough years, Raiders owner Mark Davis could have some major strategic decisions to make in the coming months. Here’s a look at five questions facing Oakland in 2014:

1. Who will start more regular season games at quarterback — Matt Schaub or Derek Carr?

Schaub has been the starter throughout the summer, and he’s on track to start in Week One. However, he lacks mobility, and the Raiders’ pass protection is very much an area to watch.

If the Raiders can’t protect Schaub, and if the 11th-year quarterback again struggles to take care of the ball, Oakland could turn to Carr, a second-round pick from Fresno State. Carr played well in extended action in the Raiders’ Aug. 15 preseason game vs. Detroit before suffering a concussion and injured ribs.

The Raiders’ bye is in Week Five, which could be a nice time to change quarterbacks if the Raiders have reason to do so. However, the Raiders get a fairly favorable draw in September, meaning the club may want to keep continuity. And why wouldn’t they if Schaub plays back to his best Houston form?

2. If the Raiders’ passing game sputters, can the ground game pick up the slack?

As a team, the Raiders rushed for 2,000 yards in 2013, 13th-best in the NFL. The club gained 4.6 yards per attempt, sixth-highest in the league, though TD runs of 93, 80 and 63 yards helped drive up the average.

There’s reason to believe Oakland can again have a productive rushing attack. The Raiders have three capable ball carriers (Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece). The offensive line is deeper than a season ago, too.

Still, the success of Oakland’s running game could very well be tied to its passing game. If the Raiders can’t give Schaub the time he needs to find open receivers, teams will be inclined to bring extra pressure and play tighter coverage. In this scenario, the Raiders could see defenses stacking the line and daring Oakland to do something about it. Then, it will be on the Raiders’ passing game to get defenses to back off, thus opening a little more room for that ground game.

3. Will the Raiders’ front seven have to carry the defense?

Let’s say this for the Raiders: they are going to be fun to watch when they force teams into obvious passing situations. Defensive ends Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley and defensive tackle Antonio Smith all know how to generate pressure, and young strong-side linebacker Khalil Mack has upside as a rusher, too.

The Raiders should also be solid against the run. Oakland surrendered just 3.9 yards per attempt a season, and its front seven is stronger this season.

However, the Raiders’ pass defense could be an area of concern. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford shredded Oakland’s secondary in the second preseason game, completing 9-of-10 passes for 88 yards and two scores. While the Raiders did well to add ex-Niners cornerbacks Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers in the offseason, they could very much use a real contribution from 2013 first-round pick D.J. Hayden, who remains on the PUP list because of a foot injury.

4. Can the Raiders get off to a good start?

A 2-2 record in September is a reasonable goal for Oakland. The Week Three matchup at New England will be very, very tough, but matchups at the Jets (Week One) and against the Texans (Week Two) and Dolphins (Week Four) are games in which Oakland should be competitive. In fact, if Oakland plays well, 3-1 isn’t an impossible dream in the least.

With the schedule turning much tougher later in the year, the Raiders must seize the moment in September.

5. Will the uncertainty about the Raiders’ future in Oakland continue throughout the season, or will there be clarity?

The Raiders’ stadium situation will be a storyline until it is resolved, whether the club is contending or struggling. The longer this drags on, the more it threatens to be the issue that defines the season, especially if the team falls out of contention. Davis’ willingness to meet with San Antonio this summer speaks to the franchise’s need for a viable long-term home.

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