Tag:Rhett Bomar
Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 5:20 pm

NFL cuts: Teams down to 80 by Tuesday afternoon

Posted by Will Brinson

Throughout Monday and Tuesday, teams will be scrambling to get their rosters down to 80 players before the league-imposed deadline of 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday. (Teams must be down to a 53-man roster before Saturday.)

There will be lots of names you've never heard of and/or don't know, but that's OK. We'll track those various cuts here anyway, so feel free to bookmark this page and come back early and often to keep up-to-date on who your team's getting rid of.

-- Tuesday --
  • The Redskins announced that one of their cuts to get to 80 was waiving injured receiver Malcolm Kelly. The team also released offensive lineman Corey O'Daniel, defensive back Dante Barnes, defensive back Tyrone Grant and tight end Joe Torchia.
  • The Chargers announced they have released long snapper David Binn -- the longest-tenured player in team history. Said general manager A.J. Smith in a statement: "This was a hard decision; one of our most difficult. David has been the ultimate professional. He’s a team-first guy and a perfectionist at his craft. His hard work and dedication made him one of the best long snappers ever to play the game." Binn played 17 years for San Diego.
  • The Chiefs announced that they put offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan on injured reserve and cut kicker Todd Carter.
  • The Seahawks announced that they cut defensive tackle Jay Alford and safety Rickey Thenarse to get to the 80-man roster limit.
  • The Bills announced Tuesday that they cut linebacker Brad Jefferson, putting them at 80 players on the roster.
  • The Packers announced that they released wide reciever Antonio Robinson and that they'll have two more roster cuts coming some time Tuesday in order to get to 80.
  • The Steelers announced they've gotten down to 80 players on Tuesday morning, by cutting linebacker Chris Ellis, wide receiver Terrence McCrae, cornerback Niles Brinkley and defensive tackle Anthony Gray.
  • The Lions informed fullback Jerome Felton that they were cutting him on Tuesday. [NFL Network]
-- Monday --
  • The Seahawks have released receiver Chris Carter, cornerback Jesse Hoffman, linebacker Neal Howey, guard Zach Hurd, receiver Brandon Smith, fullback Ryan Travis, defensive tackle Teryl White and receiver Patrick Williams.
  • The Titans waived defensive tackle Jovan Haye, safety Nick Schommer, quarterback Brett Ratliff, fullback Patrick Hills, receiver Owen Spencer, linebackers Jonathan Cornell and Kevin Malast, punter Chad Cunningham and long snapper John Stokes.
  • The Jaguars cut quarterback Todd Bouman, linebacker Gerris Wilkinson and wideout Greg Ellingson.
  • The Patriots surprised lots of folks when they cut safety James Sanders on Monday. Additionally, they have reportedly cut wide receivers Tyree Barnes and Darnell Jenkins, running back Eric Kettani, and defensive end Clay Nurse. [Boston Herald]
  • The Cowboys cut center Andre Gurode, which should save them about $5.5 million in salary. [DallasCowboys.com]
  • The Bears officially have cut defensive linemen Vernon Gholston and Tank Tyler, quarterback Trevor Vittatoe, center J.C. Brignone and linebacker Tanner Antle. Those cuts got them to the 80-man roster, so they don't have to cut Chester Taylor today, though it's believed it'll happen Monday afternoon.
  • The Bears have reportedly already informed running back Chester Taylor that he's been cut. The lesson as always? Don't complain about playing time. [CBSSports.com]
  • The Chiefs waived seven players on Monday, they announced. Linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, running back Tervaris Johnson, defensive backs Javes Lewis and Mario Russell, and wide receivers Chandler Williams, Josue Paul and Chris Manno were all cut.
  • The Broncos announced seven cuts on Monday afternoon: running back C.J. Gable, cornerback Nate Jones, linebackers Braxton Kelley and Deron Mayo, offensive linemen Curt Porter and Shawn Murphy and defensive lineman David Veikune.
  • The Lions announced that they cut eight players on Monday morning: wide receiver Demario Ballard, running back Mike Bell, tight end Richard Dickson, linebacker DeJuan Fulgham, wide receiver Marcus Harris, defensive back Michael Johnson, kicker Dave Rayner and defensive tackle Montavious Stanley.
  • The Vikings cut 10 players on Monday morning, including quarterback Rhett Bomar, on Monday morning. [CBSSports.com]
  • The Steelers announced that they're down to 84 on Monday, having cut tight end Vaughn Charlton, cornerback Kevin Dockery, wide receiver Eric Greenwood, wide receiver Kenneth Moore and tight end Miguel Chavis.

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Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: August 29, 2011 10:12 am

Vikings cut Rhett Bomar, nine others

Posted by Will Brinson

The Vikings have come a long way over the past six months in terms of their quarterback situation. That's good news for Minnesota fans. And it's bad news for Rhett Bomar, who was one of 10 Vikings players cut on "Black Monday" (we're guessing it'll eventually be called that anyway).

Teams have until 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday to get their rosters down to 80 players and early Monday the Vikings did some of the dirty work necessary to get down to the magic number.

That dirty work was basically chopping 10 players from the roster, including Bomar who, in all seriousness, believed he could be the Vikings quarterback of the future no less than eight months ago. Of course, in the time since Bomar was signed from the Giants practice squad, Minny has added Christian Ponder via the draft and Donovan McNabb via trade. With Joe Webb also on the roster, Bomar became expendable.

He was cut along with offensive lineman Conan Amituanai, tight end Ed Barham, defensive backs Simeon Castille and Chris Adingupu, linebackers Kyle O’Donnell and Jonathan Gilmore, wide receiver Andre Holmes, kicker Nate Whitaker and defensive lineman Colby Whitlock.

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Posted on: March 6, 2011 10:37 am

Confusion over Joe Webb's future

There are questions about the readiness of J. Webb to be a starting quarterback (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We mentioned a few days ago in Hot Routes that the Vikings didn’t offer a tender to QB Tarvaris Jackson, because the coaching staff apparently was satisfied with the play of second-year player Joe Webb and was willing to let Jackson walk away.

Well, that might not totally be the case.

In a little snippet in this St. Paul Pioneer Press notebook, Charley Walters writes that a source told him Minnesota considered trading for Broncos QB Kyle Orton but then “backed off.” The original idea came because, the newspaper explains, Webb is “nowhere close to being an effective starter.”

You’ll recall that we saw a little bit of Webb last season, and he was up and down. But he showed potential* as well – which, honestly, is more than Jackson has shown in a Minnesota uniform – and though it seemed clear he wasn’t immediately ready to jump into Brett Favre’s position, you could see that Webb has talent and could eventually grow into an effective starter.

*In fact, I wrote in December that Webb, playing against Philadelphia, showed he belonged in the conversation, because of his poise and multi-dimensional skills under center. In fact, this is what coach Leslie Frazier had to say after Webb led the Vikings to an upset of the Eagles: “It'd be hard for me to say that I knew that Joe would play at such a high level so consistently.”

So, yeah, it’s hard to figure how the coaching staff views Webb since we’re receiving such contrasting messages. Some say the coaches like him, some say they think he’s not ready.

Trying to trade for Orton would make sense on some levels for the Vikings. Even if he was nothing more than a one-year stopgap until Webb really is ready, Orton could have contributed to Webb’s growth as a quarterback (remember, Webb was expected to be a WR after Minnesota drafted him in the sixth round in 2010, and it was surprising that he beat out Sage Rosenfels for the third QB spot at the beginning of last season).

But since that trade for Orton didn’t work out, the Vikings staff will have to figure out what to do about Webb. Considering his backups would be Patrick Ramsey and/or Rhett Bomar, maybe Webb is the guy right now, whether or not he actually IS ready.

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Posted on: December 23, 2010 12:06 am

Rhett Bomar: Vikings quarterback of the future?

Posted by Will Brinson

Rhett Bomar was signed off the Giants practice squad on Tuesday by the Vikings, which is a seemingly innocuous move, right?

Well, yeah, probably. But there's a little interesting subterfuge involved in that Bomar and the Vikings have an opportunity to forge a current and future symbiotic relationship.

Right now, as Chip Coggins points out at the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Bomar is serving as the de facto Michael Vick practice dummy, which is the same thing he did with the Giants last week.

But Bomar isn't just there to do his best Vick imitation -- he thinks he can stick.

"It's a totally different situation," Bomar said. "There's no doubt about that. Eli's going to be there forever, and he's the franchise guy. Of course, everybody wants to play, and so I'm just looking for an opportunity to get on the field and show what I can do."

He's right -- barring some standard "miracle" that brings Brett Favre back to Minnesota, the quarterback competition next year is going to be WIDE open. There's little chance that the Vikings will roll with just Bomar and re-converted rookie Joe Webb (although that would be great for one of them), but best case he might be fighting against Webb and another rookie.

Worst case is he's competing against Webb and an acquired veteran like Donovan McNabb. But even that offers some opportunity.

Obviously some of this hinges on whether or not Leslie Frazier remains the head coach, but it's at least a better opportunity than he'll see in New York any time soon.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 11:40 pm

Leinart and Giants might be good fit

M. Leinart might be better off if he was traded to New York (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As I discussed with Lauren Shehadi this afternoon during Around the League, the Cardinals have shown some interest in trading Matt Leinart. ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported three teams who had returned the eye-batting were the Raiders, Bills and Giants.

Since then, the Raiders and Bills have denied their interest, but we haven’t heard anything of the sort from New York.

And there might be a good reason for that. Dealing Leinart to the Giants would make sense for the Cardinals. It would make sense for New York. Maybe Leinart wouldn’t like it – since he’d be the backup to Eli Manning – but it would make sense for him as well.

Here’s why: without backup Jim Sorgi, who was placed on IR last week, around, the Giants have nobody to back up Manning in case of injury. They obviously have somebody they could throw on the field – in this case, it’d be second-year player Rhett Bomar and/or rookie Dominic Rudolph – but these guys have virtually no experience.

And really, the Giants, in good conscience, can’t simply hope Manning doesn’t go down and keep Bomar and Rudolph in the quarterback room. If they can secure Leinart, that would really ease some minds in the Giants locker room.

It makes sense for the Cardinals, because that coaching staff – not incorrectly, in my opinion – thinks Leinart has no future in that organization. Arizona has given Leinart ample opportunities to take the starting position, but instead, he lost the job to Kurt Warner (nothing to be ashamed about) and now apparently to Derek Anderson (absolutely something to be ashamed about).

The Cardinals don’t want him, and if they don’t want him, they should get rid of him.

And it makes sense for Leinart. As further evidenced by Anquan Boldin’s comments today, it doesn’t appear that Leinart and coach Ken Whisenhunt have a great relationship. Sure, Leinart wants to be a starter, but if you can’t beat out Anderson for a starting job, you don’t deserve to have one in the NFL.

The next best thing? Perhaps it’s being Manning’s backup.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 9:49 pm

Giants turning to unfamiliar QBs

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Giants QB Eli Manning wearing his ballcap to hide the three-inch cut inflicted upon him by the Jets and with backup QB Jim Sorgi out for the next few weeks with an injured throwing shoulder, third-stringer Rhett Bomar and newly-signed Dominic Randolph got plenty of reps at practice today.

So, what happened?

From the New York Daily News :

Well, Bomar played fairly well completing some screen passes early on with no defense, making one nice throw to tight end Kevin Boss over the middle and running the two-minute drill solidly. He did a decent job in red zone offense drills as well. But he also misfired on his final two throws of the afternoon, both deep shots at the end of the two-minute drill.

Randolph was even more uneven, although you can’t blame a guy who just got to camp and didn’t even have his football equipment with him. How little stuff did Randolph have? Midway through stretching, somebody was bringing him pads.

Anyway, he did throw two touchdown passes in red zone drills, and he made a handful of good throws while running the scout team. He also missed an open receiver badly on a quick out, though.

Not that any of this really matters. Once Sorgi returns to health, Bomar most likely will return to the third team and Randolph – an undrafted free agent out of Holy Cross – will return to the wonderful world of free agency. For now, with Manning not scheduled to play Saturday, the Giants will carry four quarterbacks, and Bomar and Randolph should see all the snaps vs. the Steelers.

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 5:57 pm

Giants play it safe with Eli

Posted by Andy Benoit
E. Manning (US Presswire)
So much for the Big Ben-Eli Quarterback Class of ’04 reunion this weekend. After sitting out the Steelers’ preseason opener, Ben Roethlisberger is expected to take the field against the Giants. But Eli Manning won’t be doing the same.

Manning sat out practice Wednesday, recovering from the three-inch gash in his head suffered Monday night. Giants coach Tom Coughlin has decided to be cautious with his star quarterback. Right now, the Giants don’t want Manning wearing a helmet, as it would open up the stitches in his forehead. (Isn’t it ironic that Manning can’t wear a helmet the week his team is preparing to face Roethlisberger?)

With Jim Sorgi questionable, Giants third-string quarterback Rhett Bomar could get the start.

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