NFL teams used cut day to trim down their rosters as they prepare for the 2020 regular season.
Saturday saw NFL teams cut down their rosters from 80 players to 53 players. Cut day usually consists of some surprising moves from teams. Despite the Jadeveon Clowney news to Tennessee, there were still plenty of headlines to go around Saturday.
Notable NFL Moves on Cut Day
Patriots Cut RB Lamar Miller
Lamar Miller came into the New England Patriots training camp with an uphill battle to earn a backup role behind Sony Michel. With too many running backs on the roster and Miller being behind everyone else, he was cut from the team. The team ended up keeping four running backs on the roster. All four played with the team last season.
Miller has rushed for just under 6,000 yards in seven seasons on the field. His eighth season last year ended in preseason after tearing his ACL. Miller has played with the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans in his eight years in the league. He made one Pro Bowl in 2018 as an alternate for the AFC team.
For many players, they don’t ever completely recover from their ACL injuries. Patriots coaches praised Miller’s performance during camp despite having a short amount of time to play. He could be on other team’s radar should injuries occur. Miller is approaching 30 and could be at the tail end of his career, but there’s still plenty left in the tank.
Raiders Trade RB Lynn Bowden Jr. To Miami
The Las Vegas Raiders planned on using third-round pick Lynn Bowden as a utility player at running back, receiver, and special teamer. Plans changed with the Raiders trading the rookie and a six-round pick to Miami for a fourth-round pick.
Bowden gives Miami some diversity on their offense with Bowden being able to play many positions. His unique college career had him at quarterback, running back, and receiver on offense. A weapon like that could have the Dolphins offense open up in different ways. Bowden is unproven on the field, but he will have to prove his worth as a returner to earn more playing time.
Dolphins Cut QB Josh Rosen, Signs with Tampa Bay
Josh Rosen has been on a roller coaster ride since joining the NFL two seasons ago. The former first-round pick has been on two teams in two seasons. Both squads have been bad teams with not much talent around Rosen. Arizona gave him one year before moving forward with Kyler Murray. Miami gave him three games before going back to Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Rosen hasn’t gotten his fair shake in the NFL despite having the skill set of a pro quarterback. Now he joins the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on their practice squad to serve behind Tom Brady. This could be Rosen’s chance to sit for a year and learn from Brady. Next season will be his chance to prove he’s got what it takes to start.
Jaguars Cut QB Mike Glennon & Joshua Dobbs
Jacksonville already went into the offseason with quarterback questions that led to Nick Foles being traded to Chicago. It became clear that Gardner Minshew would be the starter, but who would his backups be? Mike Glennon and Joshua Dobbs were expected to compete for the backup job. For the more veteran quarterbacks, Jacksonville decided to cut both and keep their sixth-round pick, Jake Luton, as the backup.
As of the print time, Glennon is a free agent, and Dobbs was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jacksonville has shown signs of tanking with the moves they had made this offseason. That includes what they have done with the quarterback position. Minshew appears to be the future of the franchise, but without a reliable backup quarterback, his development might take a backseat.
Falcons Cut WR Laquon Treadwell
The former first-round pick for Minnesota has never been able to get over the hump of the NFL. Laquon Treadwell has never recorded more than 302 yards in a season. In four seasons with Minnesota, Treadwell caught 65 catches for 701 yards and two touchdowns. Atlanta brought him in as a second chance in his NFL career but was released.
Treadwell never lived up to expectations in Minnesota. He’s struggled to be the number one receiver he was supposed to be. There is a chance he could be brought in as a practice squad player, but Treadwell’s chances of playing in the NFL is decreasing.