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Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:36 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2011 11:05 pm
 

NFL teams continue to fill out 53-man rosters



Posted by Ryan Wilson

NFL teams reduced their rosters to 53 players Saturday night, but that's just the beginning of the roster-assembly process. Some newly unemployed big-name free agents weren't out of work long, and teams in need of depth meant that other mid-level players found homes quickly, too. And then there are the practice squads.

Luckily, we got you covered here at the Eye on Football blog where, to quote Banky Edwards, we're like CNN and the Weather Channel: providing constant updates.

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Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: September 3, 2011 10:15 pm
 

NFL cuts: Teams down to 53 by Saturday evening

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Getting to 53
On Tuesday, teams had to cut their roster size from 90 to 80, and while some interesting names were axed.

Included among them werelong-time San Diego long snapper David Binn, Cowboys center Andre Gurode and draft bust Vernon Gholston), and more are sure to come today.

So keep an eye on this post, where we’ll highlight the biggest names who get pink-slipped; at some point, somebody surprising is going to lose his job.

  • Though we're unsure what he did, ESPN.com is reporting that free agent running back Dominic Rhodes has been suspended by the commissioner for at least one year.
  • Browns running back Brandon Jackson has been placed on the IR list and will miss the season.
  • Receiver Donnie Avery has announced, via his Twitter page, that he's been released by the Rams. Wrote Avery: "Its been real St.Louis. I had a good 3 years. The feelings were mutual. We both thought I need a fresh start somewhere else. #NoHardFeelings"
  • The Titans have traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Packers for Quinn Johnson. The move is likely in response to the four-game suspension of Tennessee fullback Ahmard Hall.
  • The Jets announce they've traded defensive back Dwight Lowery to the Jaguars for an unconditional draft pick. The Jets also have received guard Caleb Schlauderaff from the Packers for an unconditional draft pick.
  • Apparently, the Texans are planning on scoring a lot this year. They've released Brad Maynard, the only punter on the roster.
  • With the Cowboys shaving their roster to 53, kicker Shayne Graham has had the pleasure of being cut twice this preseason.
  • The Jaguars have placed backup running back Rashad Jennings on the IR list with a knee injury.
  • The Dolphins have cut cornerback Will Allen and running back Larry Johnson, according to the Miami Herald. Allen had restructured his contract and took about a $4 million paycut in base pay for 2010, but still, that wasn't enough to save him a spot on the squad. Miami could bring him back at another reduced rate.
  • According to scout.com, the Raiders have parted ways with cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Walter McFadden.
  • Though numerous reports said the Patriots were trying to trade defensive back Brandon Meriweather, he has been cut by the team. Also, in a bit of a surprise, New England has released receiver Brandon Tate.
  • Bears tight end Desmond Clark has confirmed that he's been released. Writes Clark on his Twitter page: "I played my butt off but sometimes it's more about the business. That's what it boiled down to."
  • The Broncos have announced they've also released receiver David Anderson and defensive tackle Jeremy Jarmon.
  • According to his agent, the Patriots have released veteran running back Sammy Morris.
  • Dan Orlovsky, in contention with Curtis Painter and Kerry Collins, to back up Peyton Manning, has been cut by the Colts.
  • The 49ers have cut quarterback Josh McCown. Here's what he'll do next, according to CSN Bay Area. "I'd love to come back," McCown said. "As for right now, I'm headed home to coach (high school football in North Carolina) and will continue to stay ready."
  • With plenty of personal baggage and a terrible end to the preseason, the Broncos have cut cornerback Perrish Cox, writes Rapid Reporter Lee Rasizer.
  • Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner reports that Cincinnati has cut Max Jean-Gilles. A bit of a surprise considering Jean-Gilles was reportedly competing for a starting job. He simply didn't have a great camp.
  • The Colts have released Tommie Harris. You'll recall the Colts gave him a one-year deal after the Bears cut him in February. Though Harris is a three-time Pro Bowler, his projection has been hurt by numerous injuries in the past few seasons.
  • The Eagles have released receiver Sinorice Moss.
  • A bum hamstring has done in Titans defensive lineman Jacob Ford. He has been waived/injured.
  • New England has released defensive lineman Eric Moore -- who, at one point, seemed a pretty safe bet to make the squad.
  • The San Diego Union Tribune writes that Chargers receivers Laurent Robinson and Kelley Washington are gone.
  • The Newark Star Ledger has declared Steve Weatherford the winner in the Giants punting competition. That means Matt Dodge will be released, despite a solid preseason.
  • According to his agent, Brandon Ghee, a 2010 third-round pick for the Bengals in 2010, has been cut by Cincinnati.
  • The Broncos have released tight end Dante Rosario. He's probably surprised, considering he played the last four years for John Fox in Carolina.
  • The Gronkowski family suffered a double-whammy, as PFT reports that Dan and Chris will be released from the Lions and Cowboys, respectively.
  • Two years ago, the Cowboys gave Igor Olshansky a four-year deal worth $18 million (with $8 million in guarantees). Today, according to ESPN, the Cowboys have released him.
  • According to the Carroll County Times, the Ravens will release linebacker Tavares Gooden, despite holding trade talks with the 49ers at one point.
  • According to the Chicago Tribune, Bears running back Chester Taylor has been informed he’s been cut. Again. For real, this time. We think.
  • With the Saints maintaining a good depth of running backs (Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas), the team has placed Chris Ivory on the physically unable to perform list. After six weeks, when he’s eligible to return, New Orleans will have to make a decision about which running back is most expendable.
  • The Rams have cut 2010 fourth-round pick wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. He obviously wasn’t stellar in St. Louis, but the scribes will miss him because of his immense interview skills. As an example, this is what he tweeted when he found out the news: “Jus got released isshhh is getting real na ugh!!!!”

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Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Hot Routes 5.29.11: Furloughs and fun



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • There are many of us think it’s deplorable for teams to gut staff or send their lowest-level employees out on unpaid furloughs (even if it might make good business sense) during the lockout? Well, it also makes Steelers LB Larry Foote mad. Said Foote in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: "I don't know who they're trying to fool. How the heck are they laying people off? I don't get that part. That ain't right right there. That's affecting people's lives; they're not making millions of dollars, many of them are going check to check. It's the first time I actually got mad when I read that the other day. They're going too far. That's ridiculous now. The owners are starting to make themselves look like the big companies that move people outside the country. I'm not talking about the Rooneys, I know what they're cut from."
  • T. Romo and his wife, Candice Crawford (Getty).Also in the above article, Pittsburgh NT Chris Hoke said he thinks 90 percent of the league’s veterans are OK with the lockout. Said Hoke: “I want to be in training camp, but, if we're not going in now, when's the last time I could go work out 3-4 hours in the morning and have the afternoon with my wife? Never."
  • Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to Pro Football Weekly about No. 1 pick Cam Newton missing offseason workouts: “The Panthers are going to be like everybody else and (Newton's) going to be like everybody else, so we all have to adjust and deal with what we have to deal with. I'm not really overly stressed out about it, personally."
  • CBSSports.com’s own Len Pasquarelli writes about the how and why the two sides of the labor dispute actually could agree about the monitoring of social media

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 10:05 pm
 

Danario Alexander's knee is hurt again

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Rams WR Danario Alexander’s left knee has failed him again.

But the news could be worse. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Alexander, who suffered cartilage damage during Friday’s practice, likely will be out only two to four weeks because of this latest injury.

Considering this is the same knee that’s been operated on four times previously, only missing a few games is not a terrible outcome.

That’s probably not how Alexander feels about it at this point, though.

He hurt himself today running a pass pattern in practice, and the look on his face reminded rookie teammate Mardy Gilyard of a similar incident that occurred during the week of practice leading up to last year’s Senior Bowl.

"He had that one look on his face I haven't seen in a while, probably since the Senior Bowl," wide receiver Mardy Gilyard told the paper. "So I know something had gone bad with him."

Hopefully for Alexander, when it comes to knee surgery, the fifth time is the charm.

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 3:41 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.15.10 (insert TGIF cliché here)

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Mary Garrard told Jaguars offensive coaches that they need to call more plays that allow her husband to use his mobility.

Conveniently, here is another story about an important woman in the life of another mobile AFC South quarterback who, like Garrard, is playing on Monday.

The Falcons are getting exactly what we thought they’d get in Dunta Robinson: a top cover corner who doesn’t make interceptions but improves an entire secondary.

Thanks to the Mark Clayton injury, confident (cocky?) Rams rookie Mardy Gilyard will get a chance to shine.

Deuce Lutui is not as fat as he once was.

The Bills offensive line may actually get worse in the next few weeks. Veteran right tackle Cornell Green is going to miss some time with a knee that has been problematic since late summer. Rookie Cord Howard relieved Green late against Jacksonville last week.

Ron Greene of the Charlotte Observer points out that the Panthers will go a week without a loss…thanks to the bye.

Linebacker Brian Iwuh is prepared to start Sunday for the Bears if Pro Bowler Lance Briggs (sprained ankle) is unable to go.

The Broncos want fans to get in on the fun when the team wears its orange jerseys against the Jets this Sunday. (Yes, those orange jerseys that should probably replace the blue jerseys because, let’s face it, the orange looks 10 times better.)

Mike Ditka has zero sympathy for Jenn Sterger in this whole sordid affair.

Just a formality, but Nick Barnett was placed on I.R. (Also, the Packers brought back DE Mike Montgomery.)

Why can’t more sportswriters have this kind of humility? Props to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times.


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Posted on: August 28, 2010 10:29 am
 

Gilyard the guy to replace Avery?

Posted by Will Brinson

My man crush on Mardy Gilyard has been quite apparent -- it stems, quite stupidly, from his ridiculous talent on Madden '11 . Oh yes, and all the even more ridiculous things he did while at Cincinnati. Either way, though, I've felt like, since the Rams drafted him, that he could be a sleeper to have a big rookie season on a team that'll be chunking the ball a lot.

Turns out, with Donnie Avery now out for the entire 2010 season , he'll get his chance. That's according to Howard Balzer who says that Gilyard has "the chance to show he's more than just a slot receiver."

Laurent Robinson is probably the only other guy who could provide a "No. 1 wide reciever" presence for the Rams, and with he and Gilyard it's really more in the sense of having a warm body there than it is having a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver.

It's why at least gambling on Vincent Jackson -- or seeing if the Chargers are willing to let the Rams gamble on V-Jax anyway -- makes a little bit of sense for the Rams .

Unless they think -- and are correct -- that Gilyard (or Robinson) can be "the guy," in which case the Rams might still be able to exceed the (somehow even lower than they were two days ago) expectations that people have for them in 2010.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 7:35 pm
 

What to Watch For: Saturday Preseason Games

Saturday features a pretty good slate of preseason games, each with some interesting storylines. You can follow all the action on our NFL Scoreboard, but for now, let's take a quick walk through the schedule and let you know what we're looking for; hit us with what you're watching in the comments or on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .
  • Miami v. Tampa Bay : Easily the biggest story here will be the performance of the Bucs' youngsters. While it's unlikely Tampa Bay will be contending for anything in 2010, how Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Josh Freeman, Gerald McCoy and Brian Price perform during the season will probably determine the length that Raheem Morris keeps his job. For the Dolphins, seeing how Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne click will be interesting -- their being on the same page is paramount for the Fins success.
  • Pittsburgh v. Detroit : It's all about Ben Roethlisberger. (Will he start? Will he get booed?) At least for Pittsburgh, anyway. For Detroit, I'm focusing on how Jahvid Best runs and what kind of coverage Calvin Johnson sees with additional weapons on the offensive side of the ball, as well as how much disruption Ndamukong Suh can cause.
  • Arizona v. Houston : For the Cardinals, the passing game is going to be crucial -- how will Matt Leinart perform in his first opportunity to make an in-game impression following the Kurt Warner era? The Texans are set as far as the passing game goes, but the running game is a whole different issue: out of Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Steve Slaton, someone has to emerge who can carry the load.
  • Green Bay v. Cleveland : Yikes -- the Packers are fun and all, but this shouldn't be a thriller. I suppose it's worth checking out my man Jake Delhomme to see if he can make Cleveland relevant. Rookie Joe Haden will start too, and he gets quite the test against Aaron Rodgers. Andy and I discussed the man-crushing on Jermichael Finley Friday as well, so it'll be interesting to see if Rodgers looks his way first chance he gets. Bryan Bulaga's probably the only other potentially big surprise for the Pack.
  • St. Louis v. Minnesota : I, for one, am stoked to see how Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley compare. Also, Mardy Gilyard is stupid good on Madden '11 (I know, I know) but unfortunately, he's not supposed to play. For Minnesota, the focus is going to be on the quarterback position as well -- if Brett Favre doesn't come back, can Tavaris Jackson at least look good against what shouldn't be dangerous defense? (Or, alternately, can the Rams' D manage to make the Favre-less Vikes O look bad?)
  • San Diego v. Chicago : With Shawn Merriman now in camp, the biggest issue facing the Chargers is the absence of Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil -- can Malcolm Floyd/Buster Davis and a patchwork group of left tackles fill the respective holes on the offense? For the Bears, Julius Peppers' performance will be interesting to watch, but more important will be the offensive line play and Jay Cutler's ability to adapt to Mike Martz' system.
  • Seattle v. Tennessee : I'll be scoping out Golden Tate's action, as I think he could be a difference maker this year. I also happen to love Justin Forsett for some reason -- Charlie Whitehurst will get some action to prove why he's such a highly paid backup. Vince Young's ability to perform at the same level he maintained during the second half is imperative for the Titans to succeed. Tonight we get to see if he can get off on the right foot.
So, what about you -- what are you looking for tonight?

(Ed. Note: Sorry, we published an un-saved version that didn't have the SD/CHI and SEA/TEN games on there. Our bad.)
Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:50 am
Edited on: July 7, 2010 10:51 am
 

Symposium was a big hit with Gilyard

M. Gilyard at the NFL combine (Getty) Coming off last week’s mandatory NFL rookie symposium, I caught up with Rams fourth-round pick, WR Mardy Gilyard. I wanted to know what it was like to take part in the mandatory event, whether the rookies actually learned anything or whether they spent their time sleeping through the lectures and discussions.

I simply wanted to know if the symposium had an impact, especially when you consider that some estimates say that 75 percent of NFL players are broke 3-5 years after they retire (you can argue that this percentage is astronomical, but even if it’s 50 percent or if it’s 35 percent, that’s not so good either).

According to Gilyard, the symposium was very helpful indeed.

“Everybody was at the edge of their seat,” he told me last week. “That was what I liked about it. I thought we were going to get a lecture and that it was going to be a long, boring deal. But we were involved, and we enjoyed ourselves. It was all gravy.”

The purpose of the symposium is to teach rookies new life skills – how to manage their money, how to avoid danger, and how to transition into and, eventually, out of the league.

Want to try to avoid having to file bankruptcy, a la former Jaguars QB Mark Brunell and former great Dermontti Dawson ? Want to avoid situations where you could end up in danger – either with the police or with your life? Then pay attention to what a former star like Cris Carter says.

“Your friends are starting to say, ‘Aw man, I knew you’d change,’” Carter said during his lecture. “You’d better change. You’d better watch your money. When you get old like me, you better know you’ve got some money. You’re the one risking your neck. Nobody else is taking a double team. They’re sitting at the crib waiting for the game to start.”

It’s something Gilyard took to heart.

“I still view it like I have no money,” said Gilyard, who grew up in a rough Bunnell, Fla., neighborhood who now has a four-year, $2.34 million contract. “That’s the way I have to look at it. That’s how I look at it on the field. I’m just average, and I can always get better and better. It’s almost getting down on yourself. I have to make sure I tell myself that I’m not good, that I don’t have any money.”

Gilyard leaves the money managing to his financial advisors. He said he wants nothing more than a monthly allowance. He doesn’t want to be the one to spend $20,000 in a week and not have any idea where it all went.

“I didn’t hire you to be my friend,” Gilyard said. “I hired you to manage my money. You have to have a plan. You have to be able to recognize your plan. You have to plan it out and know there are some procedures. Have fun but save money at the same time.”

And be safe. That was another point of the symposium. Hopefully, Gilyard was paying extra attention to that lecture.

On May 17, Gilyard and a bodyguard were leaving a convenience story near the University of Cincinnati campus when he was robbed at gunpoint. The assailant made off with $90 in cash and a $500 chain from Gilyard. He was lucky he didn’t lose more money. He was lucky he wasn’t shot.

Gilyard didn’t want to talk about the robbery when we spoke, but it’s clear he learned something at the symposium.

“If you feel like you have to carry a gun in the area you’re in, if you feel like there might be some danger, you shouldn’t be in that spot anyway,” Gilyard said. “That’s a point they hit. It was an eye-opener.”

As was the entire four-day symposium.

“It’s an event where you have to be a big sponge and soak up all the information you can and hold it the best way you can,” Gilyard said. “Everything they told us, it was phenomenal.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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