Archive for August, 2008

Final NFL Cut list

A few cuts are still trickling in here and there but here is the basic list of those that fell in the annual ‘Great Saturday Massacre’. Once again, props to FBG Jeter23 whose list in the Shark Pool at footballguys.com was a great reference. I have some thoughts on some of the cuts I will follow up with as well, but for now just try not to hurt yourself with the mass amount of names. Some (Andre Woodson, Marcus Thomas) will end up on the practice squad (Woodson already did I believe) and may get work later if there is an injury.

And now – the list of the fallen:

49ers — DT Joe Cohen, TE Cooper Wallace, S Lewis Baker, QB Kyle Wright, G John Booker, WR Jerard Rabb, WR Robert Ortiz, OL Chris Patrick, P Ricky Schmitt, WR Dominique Zeigler, T Joe Toledo, G Brian de la Puente, TE J.J. Finley, LB Larry Grant, DE Louis Holmes, S D.J. Parker, CB Markus Curry, DL Walter Curry, RB Thomas Clayton, DT Atiyyah Ellison, LB Dennis Haley, FB Moran Norris, DT LaJuan Ramsey, T Alan Reuber, WR Cameron Colvin, WR Ashley Lelie

Bears WR Marcus Monk, CB Ricky Manning Jr., LB Rod Wilson, OL Tyler Reed, OL Cody Balogh, OL Ryan Poles, WR Mike Hass, FB Lousaka Polite, DE Daniel Bazuin, RB P.J. Pope, LB Michael Okwo, S Leonard Peters, DE Ervin Baldwin, DE Joe Clermond, WR Brandon Rideau, TE Fontel Mines, G Anthony Oakley, LB Joey LaRocque

Bengals — OT Willie Anderson, RB Rudi Johnson, LB Ahmad Brooks, QB Jeff Rowe, WR Mario Urrutia, DT Antwon Burton, S John Busing, DE/OLB Eric Henderson, RB James Johnson, CB Deltha O’Neal, LB Jim Maxwell, TE Nate Lawrie, G Nate Livings, T Dane Uperesa, G James Blair, DE Angelo Craig, DLs Anthony Hoke and Dan Howell, WR Maurice Purify, WR Clyde Logan

Bills — DB Kennard Cox, WR C.J. Hawthorne, P D.J. Fitzpatrick, DE Shaun Nua, TE Courtney Anderson, CB Will James, LB Donnie Spragan, RB Dwayne Wright

Broncos — WR Samie Parker, DL Josh Mallard, WR Lorne Sam, S Josh Barrett and DE Paul Carrington, DE Larry Birdine, QB Darrell Hackney, OL P.J. Alexander, TE Chad Mustard, WR Glenn Martinez, TE Brett Pierce, OL Mitch Erickson, WR Marquay McDaniel, P Sam Paulescu, G Dylan Gandy, LB Jordan Beck, CB Wale Dada, DT Steven Harris, WR Cliff Russell, DB Tyrone Poole, and S Vickiel Vaughn

Browns — DE Chase Pittman, RB Travis Thomas, OL Derrick Morse, OL Marvin Philip, TEs Brad Cieslak and Kolomana Kapanui, WRs Lance Leggett and Steve Sanders, CBs A.J. Davis and Jereme Perry, S Travis Key and Brandon Mitchell, LBs Chase Ortiz and David McMillan, OT James Lee, K Jason Reda, LB Shantee Orr and waived DL Melila Purcell, OT Jonathan Palmer, WR Travis Wilson, WR Steve Sanders, WR Efrem Hill

Buccaneers – WR Paris Warren, LB Antoine Cash, S Donte Nicholson, QB Chris Simms, DT Dre Moore, LB Ryan Nece, WR Brian Clark, DE Patrick Chukwurah, CB Darrell Hunter, WR Chad Lucas, DE Charles Bennett, RB Clifton Smith

Cardinals – WR Jemalle Cornelius, CB Marcus Brown, C Hercules Satele, DL Bryan Robinson, CB Travarous Bain, CB DeMario Minter, S Dennis Keyes, LBs Brandon Moore, Matt Stewart, Chris Harrington, and Joe Tafoya, DB Michael Adams, DL Jason Banks, DL Keilen Dykes, WR Jamaica Rector, RB Stevie Baylark, RB Chris Vincent, OLs Kelly Butler, Carlton Medder, Peter Clifford and Jasper Harvey, TE Alex Shor, TE Brent Miller, C Pat Ross, QB Anthony Morelli

Chargers – QB Casey Bramlet, WR Billy Pittman, TE John Tereshinski, WR Marco Thomas, K/P Billy Vinnedge, RB Eldra Buckley, DE Andre Coleman, NT Keith Jackson, TE Keith Grennan, DT Lamar Divens, LB Antwan Applewhite, LB Erik Bakhtiari, WR Gary Banks, S Tra Battle, CB Josh Bell, TE Wade Betschart, SS Brian Bonner, RB Marcus Thomas, G Erik Robertson, LB Carlos Polk, OT Tony Pape, LB Terna Nande, OT Tyler Luellen, WR Mark Jones, OL Brandyn Dombrowski

Chiefs — LB/FB Oliver Hoyte, DE Trevor Johnson, OT Ken Shackleford, K Conner Barth, LB E.J. Kuale, LB Steve Octavien, S Khayyam Burns, OT Anthony Alabi, TE Michael Allan, C Rob Smith, WR Kevin McMahan, OL Travis Leffew, G Ed Harrison, WR Sergio Joachim, WR Jabari Arthur, DE Jason Parker, DT Johnny Dingle, DT Derek Lokey, CB Rashad Barksdale, WR Bobby Sippio, T Will Svitek, G Tre’ Stallings, G Rob Smith, LB Lerue Rumph, FB Chris Manderino, TE Tim Massaquoi, LB Jon Banks, LB Marcus Buggs, LB Blake Costanzo, OL Dustin Dickinson, OT Patrick Estes, FB Jonathan Evans, OL Robert Felton, DB Dustin Fox, OL Christian Gaddis, RB Bruce Hall, WR Felton Huggins, DT Jason Jefferson, DE Derrick Jones, DT Corey Mace, WR Scott Mayle, OL Nevin McCaskill, DT Teraz McCray

Colts — RB Clifton Dawson, LB Marcus Richardson, P/K Adam Crossett, WRs Devin Aromashodu, Onrea Jones and Sam Giguere, Dls Joe Bradley, Jeff Charleston, Dan Davis, Colin Ferrell and Ben Ishola, OL Tala Esera, Darren Marquez and Michael Toudouze, DBs Brannon Condren and Brandon Foster, TE Tyrice Thompson, LB Victor Worsley, LB Kyle Shotwell, QB Quinn Gray, QB Jared Lorenzen, RB Kenton Keith, RB Chad Simpson

Cowboys — FB Ronnie Cruz, CB Quincy Butler, QB Jeff Terrell, P Jay Ottovegio, WR Daniel Polk, G Adam Stenavich, QB Richard Bartel, WR Mark Bradford, WR Mike Jefferson, TE Rodney Hannah, TE Drew Atchison, RB Alonzo Coleman, FB Julius Crosslin, C Ryan Gibbons, OT Cory Lekkerkerker, DE Marcus Smith, DE Marcus Dixon, NT Junior Siavii, NT Remi Ayodele, LB Darrell Robertson, LB Erik Walden, LB Tyson Smith, LB Tearrius George, S Dowayne Davis, WR Todd Lowber, WR Danny Amendola, RB Keon Lattimore

Dolphins — S Keith Davis, FB Reagan Mauia, S Courtney Bryan, TE Justin Peelle, OLB Junior Glymph, RB Lex Hilliard, CB Will Billingsley, LB Titus Brown, C Mike Byrne, WR Jayson Foster, LB Maurice Fountain, NT Anthony Toribio, LB Edmond Miles

Eagles — WR Bam Childress, LB Pago Togafau, CB Nick Graham, CB Therrian Fontenot, G Stefan Rodgers, RB Ryan Moats, TE/FB Kris Wilson, LB Justin Roland, DT Montae Reagor, LB Andy Studebaker, CB Kyle Arrington, DE Jerome McDougle, FB Jed Collins, FB Jason Davis, WR Michael Gasperson, DT Michael Marquardt, WR Shaheer McBride, G Scott Young

Falcons — G Kynan Forney, OL D’Anthony Batiste, C Doug Datish, DE Brandon Miller, DT Montavious Stanley, TE Marcus Pollard, LB Cameron Vaughn, DL Rashad Moore, OT Terrance Pennington, DE Willie Evans, S Deke Cooper, TE Keith Zinger, CB Wilrey Fontenot, WR Chandler Williams, WR Eric Weems, LB Mickey Pimentel, CB Glenn Sharpe, S Daren Stone, S Eric Brock, OT Michael Butterworth, QB Joey Harrington

Giants — WR DJ Hall, S Craig Dahl, S Miguel Scott, WR Michael Jennings, WR Marcus Monk, FB Robert Douglas, OG Kurt Quarterman, TE Eric Butler, DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo, LB James Terry, OL Cliff Louis, LB Tank Daniels, K Josh Huston, DB Geoff Pope, OL Andrew Bain, S Stuart Schweigert, QB Andre Woodson, TE Jerome Collins, DE Alex Morrow, DE Wallace Gilberry, OL Na’Shan Goddard, OL Digger Bujnoch, DT Jeremy Clark, WR Brandon London, DT Rodney Leisle.

Jaguars – OL Chris Liwienski, WRs John Broussard, Clyde Edwards, Jeron Harvey, DL Alex Boston, WR Ryan Hoag, OL Pete McMahon, CB Isaiah Gardner, WR D’Juan Woods, CB Rashod Moulton, DB Trae Williams, TE Chris Brown, DE Mkristo Bruce, OT Andrew Carnahan, TE Charles Davis, QB Todd Bouman, RB Ciatrick Fason, LB Tony Gilbert, DT Jesse Mahelona, LB Lamar Myles, DEs Kenny Pettway and Bo Schobel, G/C Drew Miller, CB Michael Grant

Jets — RB Musa Smith, S Ron Girault, RB Rodney Kinlaw, OT Thaddeus Coleman, LB Matt Chatham, CB Hank Poteat, TE A.J. Schable, DL Thomas Johnson, RB/FB Jehuu Caulcrick, TE Jason Pociask, DL Ropati Pitoitua, WR Paul Raymond, LB Brandon Renkart, WR David Ball, G Jacob Bender, WR Larry Brackins, CB Rudy Burgess, OL Stanley Daniels, OL Kyle DeVan, OL Nate Garner, S James Ihedigbo, DE Bryan Mattison, G Matt McChesney, LB Blair Phillips

Lions K Dave Rayner, CB Stephen Howell, LB Tyrone Pruitt, G Carroll Madison, DE Claude Harriott, WR Taye Biddle, WR Devale Ellis, CB Dovonte Edwards, TE Clark Harris, DB LaMarcus Hicks, WR Brandon Middleton, G Corey Hulsey, QB Drew Henson, WR Ron Bellamy, LB Darnell Bing, S Greg Blue, LB Buster Davis, G Frank Davis, DE Victor DeGrate, RB Artose Pinner, WR John Standeford, WR Kenneth Moore, CB Kiwaukee Thomas, T Jonathan Scott, LB Leon Joe, DE Rudy Hardie, LB Anthony Cannon and FB Sean McHugh

Packers — RB DeShawn Wynn, RB Ryan Powdrell, WR Chris Francies, OL Ryan Consodine, S Tyrone Culver, WR Taj Smith, WR Jake Allen, WR Brett Swain, WR Johnny Quinn, CB Joe Porter, CB Scorpio Babers, FB Corey White, TE Joey Haynos, LB Spencer Havner, LB Danny Lansanah, G Ryan Keenan, C Brennen Carvalho, T Orrin Thompson, DT Conrad Bolston, DT Daniel Muir, DT Alfred Malone, RB Vernand Morency, RB Noah Herron

Panthers — QB Lester Ricard, CB Curtis DeLoatch, TE Chris Conklin, DE Casper Brinkley, RB LaBrandon Toefield, RB DeCori Birmingham, FB Troy Fleming, WR Travis Taylor, WR William Buchanon, WR Chris Hannon, TE Chad Upshaw, OGs Toniu Fonoti, Milford Brown, and Evan Mathis, and OTs Geoff Schwartz, and Rueben Riley

Patriots — RB Kyle Eckel, CB Jason Webster, OL Ryan Wendell, CB Jeff Shoate, C Jimmy Martin, TE Jonathan Stupar, NT Steve Fifita, C Mike Flynn, QB Matt Gutierrez, RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis, DL Tituss Adam, TE Tyson DeVreen, S Mark Dillard, LB Vince Redd, CB Mike Richardson, T Stephen Sene, G John Welbourn, and DL Santonio Thomas, LB Victor Hobson, CB Fernando Bryant, DB Antwain Spann

Raiders — S Jarrod Cooper, DL Greg Spires, LB Grant Irons, QB Jeff Otis, WR Johnathan Holland, C Jesse Boone, CB Darrick Brown, DE Derrick Gray, DE Greyson Gunheim, FB Luke Lawton, CB-S Nate Lyles, WR Chris McFoy, P Glenn Pakulak, RB Louis Rankin, FB Marcel Reece, G Brandon Rodd, CB Nick Sanchez, and LB Shane Simmons, TE Darrell Strong, DB Marviel Underwood, CB Michael Waddell, TE Chris Wagner, LB Adam Archuleta, RB Adimchinobe Echemandu DT Josh Shaw

Rams — WR Marques Hagans, S Jerome Carter, WR Matt Caddell, TE Nick Cleaver, CB Tanard Davis, CB Cortney Grixby, C Donovan Raiola, LB Marcus Riley, DL Henry Smith, DL Willie Williams, WR Reche Caldwell, WR Brandon Williams, DE C.J. Ah You, WR Derek Stanley, C Dustin Fry, CB Darius Vinnett, T Mark LeVoir, RB Lance Ball, LB Marc Magro, CB David Macklin, FB Russ Weil

Ravens – DE/OLB Dan Cody, RB Alex Haynes, TE Keith Heinrich, OL Adam Kraus, LB Robert McCune, WR Justin Harper, TE Adam Bergen, QB Casey Bramlet, DT Darrell Campbell, WR Patrick Carter, OG Adrien Clarke, DT Amon Gordon, RB Allen Patrick, CB/S Ronnie Prude, OT Joe Reitz, OT Chad Slaughter, LB/DE Gary Stills, WR Ernie Wheelwright, DL Lorenzo Williams, WR Matt Willis, DT J’Vonne Parker

Redskins — LB Matt Sinclair, S Vernon Fox, WR Burl Toler, DT Babatunde Oshinowo, DE Dorian Smith, WR Burl Toler, WR Billy McMullen, WR Horace Grant, LB Curtis Gatewood, LB David Holloway, CB Cedrick Holt, G Fred Matua, WR Maurice Mann, WR Anthony Mix, DT Matthias Askew, DT Ryan Boschetti, RB Nehemiah Broughton, T Devin Clark, G Andrew Crummey, QB Derek Devine, S Patrick Ghee, P Derrick Frost, OT Todd Wade, RB Marcus Mason, CB Byron Westbrook, CB Matteral Richardson, LB Danny Verdun Wheeler, T Tavares Washington, WR Billy McMullen, WR Horace Grant, LB Curtis Gatewood, LB David Holloway, CB Cedrick Holt, G Fred Matua, WR Maurice Mann

Saints — FB Kevin Dudley, WR Todd Blythe, S Curome Cox, C Rob Hunt, P Waylon Prather, TE Ronnie Ghent, S Lance Schulters, DE Jeremy Geathers, DE Marcus Pittman, S David Roach, G Isaiah Ross, OT Brian Stamper, QB Tyler Palko, TE Buck Ortega, DE Josh Savage, FB Olaniyi Sobomehein, WR/PR Skyler Green, DL Orien Harris, OL Tim Duckworth, LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, RB Lynell Hamilton, LB Will Kershaw, WR Joe West, K Tyler Mehlhaff, G Andy Alleman

Seahawks — CB Omare Lowe, WR Joel Filani, FB David Kirtman, LB Dallas Sartz, TE Joe Newton, P Reggie Hodges, C Ben Claxton, C Nick Jones, DBs Jamar Adams and Kelin Johnson, QB Dalton Bell, DT Kevin Brown, WRs Michael Bumpus and Trent Shelton, T Kyle Williams, DE Nu’u Tafisi, DT Larry Tripplett and WR Bryan Gilmore

Steelers — WR Jeremy Bloom, QB Mike Potts, DL Martavius Prince, TE Lee Vickers, LB Patrick Bailey, WR/KR Eddie Drummond, P Paul Ernster, FB Billy Latsko, OG Doug Legursky, OG Matt Lentz, CB Roy Lewis, S Grant Mason, DE Ryan McBean, OT Jeremy Parquet, DT Scott Paxson, DE Jordan Reffett, WR Willie Reid, WR Micah Rucker, TE Dezmond Sherrod, RB Justin Vincent, CB Travis Williams, LB Mike Humpal, S Ryan Mundy

Texans — FB Jameel Cook, WR Tim Carter, G Mark Fenton, RB Darius Walker, RB Marcel Shipp, S Glenn Earl, WR Mark Simmons, QB Shane Boyd, DL Gabe Long, DL Jesse Nading, DE/OLB Rosey Colvin, DT Anthony Maddox, CB Jamar Fletcher, WR Darnell Jenkins, LB Ben Moffit, DE Tim Bulman

Titans — DT Barry Booker, T Brandon Torrey, WR Chris Davis (WFU), LB Jorge Cordova, QB Ingle Martin, CB Cary Williams, K John Vaughn, S Tony Joiner, WR Edward Williams, RB Omar Cuff, CB Marquice Cole, S Tuff Harris, OLs Isaac Snell, Jason Murphy, Enoka Lucas, Fernando Velasco, LB Jerrell Freeman, WR Roydell Williams, FB/LB Jeremy Cain, DE Eric Taylor, WR Biren Ealy, S Calvin Lowry, DT Antonio Johnson, DE Sean Conover, TE Jamie Petrowski, FB Casey Cramer

Vikings — LB Derrick Pope, WR Daniel Davis, OLs Sean Dumford, OL Brock Pasteur, WR Martin Nance, C Dan Mozes, OT Chase Johnson, TE Braden Jones, CB Dee McCann, WR Jaymar Johnson, DE Martail Burnett, and DE Leger Douzable, G Brian Daniels and RB Albert Young, LB Rufus Alexander, LB David Herron Jr., WR Nate Jones, CB Brandon Sumrall, DE Chris Norwell, QB Brooks Bollinger, K Steven Hauschka, CB Marcus Walker, LB J Leman, C Tim Mattran, WR Darius Reynaud

I’ll try to give a full practice squad accounting but I make no promises. I know Woodson (NYG), RB Marcus Thomas (DET) and Darius Walker (HOU) have been signed to practice clubs or in Thomas’ place, onto the roster directly. The cut by the Chargers cost them a solid back, though one they can spare. Thomas might be a very nice short yardage guy for the Lions and could kill Rudi Johnson’s chances of catching on in Detroit.

More later – have a good one!

Jesse Chatman Update

Will post the final cutdown list for NFL teams tomorrow HOWEVER, we had reported that the NY Jets had cut RB Jesse Chatman – and this was very much not the case.

Turns out Chatman is still a Jet – just a Jet on suspension for violating the NFL Steroid policy. Chatman gets a 4 game sitdown (and his agent is saying he was not using, by the way).

When he returns, HC Eric Mangini says there is definitely a role for him, so the Jets are still pleased with his work this preseason. He’s not worth rostering before his suspension (maybe even after it is over) but I thought as the initial reports were incorrect, it was only fair to correct it.

College Football Season – Woo-Hoo!

Although it technically started Thursday, College Football season kicked into high gear today as the bulk of the NCAA locked horns for the first weekend of the season.

Some of the highlights:
#1 Georgia started their season off with a 45-21 drubbing of Georgia Southern. QB Matthew Stafford threw for 275 yards (his highest career total to date) and 2 TDs. Knowshon Moreno didn’t carry the ball much (just 8 carries for 59 yards) but totaled 3 TDs and added 2 catches for 53 yards as Georgia put up 24 points in the first half, then took off and never looked back.

#2 Ohio State didn’t let up in their opening matchup against Youngstown State either, as they blanked the Pengiuns 43-0. Of course the biggest impact may be the potential loss of Heisman Hopeful RB Beanie Wells as he was carted off the field with an injury to his right foot. According to ESPN, X-rays were negative and Wells was back on the sidelines wearing a protective boot. Seeing the injury it seemed like a freak thing – like he planted his foot oddly and slipped. It is unknown if he will miss time, but early indications are it isn’t serious. Lost in this was frosh QB Terrelle Pryor who ran the ball for 52 yds and a TD and threw the ball for 52 yards. Back to Wells, be may miss the next game in order to be fully healed for the week 3 matchup with USC which will have huge impact on the BSC race.

Speaking of #3USC, they were no less impressive in their opening game, shelacking Virginia 52-7. Marc Sanchez looked like he suffered no ill effects returning from his off-season knee injury, throwing for a tremendous 338 yards and 3 TDs, a performance not marred in the least by 1 INT. As is the case often with USC, multiple backs contributed to production at the position: Stafon Johnson ran in a TD from the 2, Joe McKnight carried the ball 6 times for 60 yards (and added 24 more through the air) while CJ Gable rushed for 73 yards and a TD. USC also seems to have found a pair of solid recievers in Ronald Johnson (3-78yds-1TD) and Damian Williams (7-91yds). USC’s next game is in 2 weeks against Ohio State.

#4 Oklahoma continued the top team trend of annhilating the opposition, pounding Chattanooga 57-2. Sooner Qb Sam Bradford threw for 183 yds and 2 TDs while the gorund game of Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray combined for 187 yards and 5 TDs. Teh game was delayed for about an hour at halftime due to lightning and while the Sooners didn’t match the first half stats, they gave no quarter.

Rounding out the top 5, #5 Florida beat Hawaii with a relatively balanced attack. Heisman Winner (and frontrunner) Tim Tebow did well, though not spectacularly so (9/14, 137 yds, 1TD) and instead the Gators scored everywhere else – defense, special teams, and with great play by their running backs, most notably Jeffrey Demps who ripped off a 62 run for a TD and Chris Rainey who blew off a 33 yd TD run. It’s got to be nice when the Heisman Winner from 2007 is merely a tool in a blowout win, not the reason for it. And terribly scary for upcomign foes who know Tebow is capable of breaking out when needed – and now seems to have teammates who can do the same.

The rest of the rest:
#6 Missouri beat #20 Illinois 52-41 and while Illinois made a game of it after the half, it wasn’t THAT close. #7 LSU didn’t repeat Michigan’s blunder against Appalachian State, beating them 41-13. Like much of the nation, our prayers are with them and the whole of the Gulf Coast as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the area. #8 West Virginia doubled up on Villanova 48-21 as Pat White threw for 208 yards and 5TDs. Amazingly, Villanova had more yards (399-354) than Virginia and more 1st downs as well. That has to change of the Mountaineers want to challenge for the BCS title. The UPSET SPECIAL SPECIAL turned out to be #24 Alabama as they beat #9 Clemson 34-10. The Crimson Tide’s defense was the story as they shut down Clemson, smothering the run game completely and holding the whole offense to 189 yards total. #10 Auburn took care of business and shut out tomato can Louisiana-Monroe 34-10. #11 Texas beat Florida Atlantic 52-10 on a night when they retired Vince Young’s jersey. They didn’t miss Young at Qb tonight, though as Colt McCoy went 24/29 for 222 yards and 3 TDs, popping back up after three late hits after which things got choppy. Hey Coach Schnellenberge – think the Longhorns are tough now? Graham Harrell, #12 Texas Tech’s QB threw for a staggering 536 yards and 2 TDs as the Red Raiders spanked Eastern Washington 49-24. #13 Wisconsin beat Akron 38-17 as Badger RB PJ Hill went off for 210 yards and a pair of TDs. He is human though – and fumbled on the goal line. #14 Kansas beat Florida International 40-10 with QB Todd Reesing going 37-of-52 for 256 yards and three TDs. #15 Arizona State isn’t done beating Northern Arizona yet but after 3 quarters it’s 30-3 and QB Rudy Carpenter has already totalled 388 yards through the air, a TD and then another 40 yards on the ground and has now taken a seat. That’s what we at the Blurb call ‘over’. #16 Brigham Young beat Northern Iowa 41-17 while QB Maz Hall threw for 486 yds and 2 TDs. East Carolina stunned #17 Virginia Tech to the tune of 27-22 as TJ Lee blocked a punt and returned it 27 yards for a TD with 1:52 left the game. #19 South Florida spanked Tennessee-Martin, who they limited to just 96 yards on offense. Like with #15 ASU, #21 Oregon leads their game with authority, ahead of Washington 37-10 in the 4th quarter. Joe Paterno tied Bobby Bowden for most wins by a college coach with a 66-10 win by his #22 Penn State Nittany Lions over Coastal Carolina. And then he tried to tell us he doesn’t care. Sure Joe, sure. #23 Wake Forest already pounded Baylor 41-13 on Thursday, lead by a very efficient Riley Skinner (27/36 for 220 yds and 3 TDs). Finally, Bowling Green took down #25 Pitt, 27-17 as the Panthers turned the ball over 4 times and made too many mistakes to get by the Falcons, even though they outgained them in total offensive yards.

#18 Tennessee meets UCLA on Monday.

How’s that for a kickoff weekend?

More NFL Cuts

Some teams are playing catchup – more than likely I will post a final cuts lst tonight rather than update every hour or so when one or two new guys trickle in.

But the Brown hadn’t cut anyone, so I thought I would throw a list out now.

Browns: DE Chase Pittman, RB Travis Thomas, and OLs Derrick Morse and Marvin Philip, TEs Brad Cieslak and Kolomana Kapanui, WRs Lance Leggett and Efrem Hill, CBs A.J. Davis and Jereme Perry, S Travis Key and Brandon Mitchell, LBs Chase Ortiz and David McMillan, DE Melila Purcell, OTs James Lee and Jonathan Palmer, LB Shantee Orr and K Jason Reda

They also IRd G Lennie Friedman.

Steelers: WR Willie Reid and KR Eddie Drummond Saturday – they IRd Charlie Batch.

Interesting side note – the Jets were reported to have released RB Jesse Chatman – but according to Profootballtalk.com , his agent is disputing that report.

“The Jets did not release Jesse Chatman, nor will they,” agent Brett Tessler said. “And they are not trying to trade him like another paper reported.”

We’ll see how this works out – Chatman had a pretty big last game so i was shocked they let him go. If he sticks around he could pouch a couple of goal line carries if Jones can’t get the work done initially. I don’t think he is a huge threat to Jones’ value though.

Also some other quick notes:
Ben Obamanu broke his clavicle in the team’s exhibition finale Friday night and could miss the season. The Seattle WR core has been decimated here and it’s a tad worrying to see how often these gusy are getting hurt. You have to bump the whole offense’s value down several notches and figure Hasselback will struggle early on as he tries to find someone other than Nate Burleson open. Courtney Taylor will now lock up the #2 position going into the season and I really like rookie TE John Carlson as a VERY late TE pick with upside. Don’t depend on him but he may get a ton of emergency looks when all the defense is covering Burleson.

Peyton Manning says he’s ready to go week 1 – owners can breathe a sigh of relief again.

Ricky Williams is still on top of the RB depth chart in Miami. It’s not that Ronnie Brown didn’t have a good final game – he did, with 12 carries for 47 yds and a TD as well as 2 catches for 10 yds. But as I have said, they will continue to work him into the line-up and at least for now, Williams is the workhorse. But a 70/30 or even 60/40 split in short order wouldn’t shock me.

That’s all for now – back to watching college football and I will have more cuts tonight!

Updated Cut list

Once again, special thanks to FBG Jeter23 over at the Footballguys’ Shark Pool forum – he’s been keeping a great list based on info filtering through that always good community. I’ve added a few things as I went……

These are ALL the cuts up to and including today as of 6:40pm PST.

  • 49ers DT Joe Cohen, TE Cooper Wallace, S Lewis Baker, QB Kyle Wright, G John Booker
  • Bears WR Marcus Monk, CB Ricky Manning Jr., LB Rod Wilson, OL Tyler Reed, OL Cody Balogh, OL Ryan Poles, WR Mike Hass, FB Lousaka Polite, DE Daniel Bazuin, RB P.J. Pope, LB Michael Okwo, S Leonard Peters
  • Bills DB Kennard Cox, WR C.J. Hawthorne, P D.J. Fitzpatrick, DE Shaun Nua
  • Broncos WR Samie Parker, DL Josh Mallard, WR Lorne Sam
  • Browns
  • Bucs WR Paris Warren, LB Antoine Cash, S Donte Nicholson
  • Cards WR Jemalle Cornelius, CB Marcus Brown, C Hercules Satele, DL Bryan Robinson
  • Chargers QB Casey Bramlet, WR Billy Pittman, TE John Tereshinski, WR Marco Thomas, K/P Billy Vinnedge
  • Chiefs LB/FB Oliver Hoyte, DE Trevor Johnson, OT Ken Shackleford, K Conner Barth
  • Colts RB Clifton Dawson, LB Marcus Richardson, P/K Adam Crossett
  • Cowboys FB Ronnie Cruz, CB Quincy Butler, QB Jeff Terrell, P Jay Ottovegio, WR Daniel Polk, G Adam Stenavich.
  • Dolphins S Keith Davis
  • Eagles WR Bam Childress, LB Pago Togafau, CB Nick Graham, CB Therrian Fontenot, G Stefan Rodgers, RB Ryan Moats
  • Falcons
  • Giants WR DJ Hall, S Craig Dahl, S Miguel Scott, WR Michael Jennings
  • Jags OL Chris Liwienski, WRs John Broussard, Clyde Edwards, Jeron Harvey, DL Alex Boston
  • Jets RB Musa Smith, S Ron Girault, RB Rodney Kinlaw, OT Thaddeus Coleman,LB Matt Chatham, CB Hank Poteat, TE A.J. Schable, DL Thomas Johnson, and RB/FB Jehuu Caulcrick, RB Jesse Chatman.
  • Lions K Dave Rayner, CB Stephen Howell, LB Tyrone Pruitt, G Carroll Madison, DE Claude Harriott, WR Taye Biddle
  • Packers RB DeShawn Wynn, RB Ryan Powdrell, WR Chris Francies, OL Ryan Consodine
  • Panthers QB Lester Ricard, CB Curtis DeLoatch, TE Chris Conklin, DE Casper Brinkley
  • Patriots RB Kyle Eckel, CB Jason Webster, OL Ryan Wendell, CB Jeff Shoate, C Jimmy Martin, TE Jonathan Stupar, NT Steve Fifita
  • Raiders S Jarrod Cooper, DL Greg Spires, LB Grant Irons, QB Jeff Otis
  • Rams WR Marques Hagans, S Jerome Carter, WR Matt Caddell, TE Nick Cleaver, CB Tanard Davis, CB Cortney Grixby, C Donovan Raiola, LB Marcus Riley, DL Henry Smith, DL Willie Williams
  • Ravens DE/OLB Dan Cody
  • Redskins LB Matt Sinclair, S Vernon Fox, WR Burl Toler, DT Babatunde Oshinowo, DE Dorian Smith, WR Burl Toler
  • Saints FB Kevin Dudley, WR Todd Blythe, S Curome Cox, C Rob Hunt, P Waylon Prather, TE Ronnie Ghent, S Lance Schulters, DE Jeremy Geathers, DE Marcus Pittman, S David Roach, G Isaiah Ross, OT Brian Stamper
  • Seahawks CB Omare Lowe, WR Joel Filani
  • Steelers WR Jeremy Bloom, QB Mike Potts, DL Martavius Prince
  • Texans FB Jameel Cook, WR Tim Carter, G Mark Fenton, RB Darius Walker, RB Marcel Shipp, S Glenn Earl, WR Mark Simmons, QB Shane Boyd, DL Gabe Long, DL Jesse Nading, DE/OLB Rosey Colvin, DT Anthony Maddox, CB Jamar Fletcher, WR Darnell Jenkins, LB Ben Moffit, DE Tim Bulman, DBs Dexter Wynn and Derrick Roberson, and WR LeRon McCoy
  • Titans DT Barry Booker, T Brandon Torrey, WR Chris Davis (WFU), LB Jorge Cordova, OLs Isaac Snell, Jason Murphy, Enoka Lucas, and Fernando Velasco, and LB Jerrell Freeman, QB Ingle Martin, CB Cary Williams, K John Vaughn, S Tony Joiner, WR Edward Williams, RB Omar Cuff, CB Marquice Cole, and S Tuff Harris.
  • Vikings LB Derrick Pope, WR Daniel Davis, OLs Sean Dumford, OL Brock Pasteur, WR Martin Nance, C Dan Mozes, OT Chase Johnson and TE Braden Jones

Friday News Stampede

Covering some of the news aftermath of last night’s games – expect some big cuts tomorrow, which we will discuss sometime between now and Wednesday, unless soemone huge gets canned.

Baltimore Ravens
Troy Smith’s tonsillitis has taken a turn for the worse and Smith has now been hospitalized. While he may be released in a few days the inability to eat during portions of the last week and now a hospital stay doesn’t bode well for his ability to start week 1. Joe Flacco looked good last night (8/13, 72 yards) but still has work to do. He may have run out of developmental time though and could start the first game.

Houston Texans
The running back situation will clear by the end of day Saturday – Darius Walker carried the ball 9 times and only got a meager 18 yards. That 2 ypc isn’t going to cut it and the only thing that might save him is that they are paying Chris Brown more money to do less and be injured. Ahman Green may be the initial starter, but Steve Slaton or Chris Taylor will emerge later and my money is still on Slaton.

New Orleans Saints
Deuce McAllister carried the ball 11 times for 30 yards in a final test of his surgically repaired knee. He seems to be all right, though he wasn’t tremendously effective. While Deuce will probably start the year as a #2 (although could he be cut?) I expect Aaron Stecker or Pierre Thomas to tale over that job gradually. Thomas hasn’t been lights out or anything, but he played well last year briefly and Stecker is decent as a back-up.

Washington Redskins
Has any preseason rookie Qb impressed like Colt Brennan? Probably not, because few had expectation as low as his. Still, give him credit – he has looked very good so far in preseason action. 13/18 for 119 yards isn’t Joe Montana numbers and he has a way to go, but Brennan seems to have overcome some of his shortcomings and should stick around. It will be a long time before he has an impact, but one day – if he keeps this up – he will get his shot.

That’s all for now folks – more later including some college thoughts. Figure late afternoon/early evening for you east coast peeps.

Thursday in the books

Just wrapped up the Drive Block with Mr. Lammey and Mr. Bloom – check it out to the right shortly or as I always suggest, head to ITunes or Footballguys.com and subscribe so you not only don’t miss a Drive Block, you don’t miss an ep of the good work Cec and Sig do every day on the main Audible show.

Since so many starters didn’t play, we’ll just do a quick hits thing and get you out of here and on with your morning/evening.

David Carr went 20-29 for 192 yards and 2 TDs. Probably the official #2 in NY, and a standout surprising game it was….. Dolphin Qb Chad Henne went 16-20 for 137 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT, and definitely looks to be the future in Miami, though not one that will arrive this year barrign injury….. Jake Delhomme’s backup Matt Moore left the game with an injury to his legs, but reports are that his leg was XRay’d and showed no broken bones. More tests will be done, but the thought is that it is a deep bruise…. Rashard Mendenhall looked good overall in his game, going for 79 yards on 21 carries – but he once again coughed up the ball, something that will get him in the doghouse if he doesn’t cut it out…. I haven’t been Vikings QB JD Booty’s biggest fan but he won’t lose his job when Brooks Bollinger looks like he did tonight. booty is still developing – what is Bollinger’s excuse?…. Who is behind Crayton in Dallas? Well, not Sam Hurd, who left Thursday’s game with an ankle sprain….. Troy Williamson did what he had to do and had a great game (4 catches for 84 yds and a TD) but it’s unlikely he will be a huge factor in this team. Meanwhile David Garrard was quoted as saying that this year Matt Jones knows his playbook and he is looking to him to be a go-to guy in the offense…. Rumor is that while Adam Jones is free to play for the Cowboys, one slip and he gets a permanant ejection….. Jesse Chatman put up a combined 180 yards and a TD against the Eagles tonight and while it may have been against guys just trying to make an impression, he did exactly that himself. He’s the #3 there and I wouldn’t expect more from him, but could be a nice guy to watch in case of injury…..James Hardy had a nice night with a pair of catches for 30 yards. he can still have a shot to contribute if he can be more consistent in his routes…..

That’s it for tonight….. see you for a couple of thoughts tomorrow, including some College takes on tonight’s games – that Oregon/Stanford game was a heckuva matchup.

Thursday Afternoon News

Second of probably three of these today barring some giant piece of news – also remember to catch myself, Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom on BlogTalkRadio as The Drive Block will bring you 2 hours of live genius beginning at 10pm EST/7pm PST.

Dallas Cowboys
Guess who’s back? Not Slim Shady but the ever-loving Rain Man himself – Adam ‘not Pacman’ Jones! Well it seems the gamble Jerry Jones and the ‘boys took will pay off. The NFL fully reinstated Jones today and according to the Dallas Morning News , he found out while he was eating at Hooters. Classy. Seriously though, Jones was just hitting his stride when he got into huge trouble and I think that once he has some real gameplay again, he will begin to get back in the groove. Good gamble by the Cowboys if Jones keeps his nose clean and his singles in his pocket.

Indianapolis Colts
You know how I was saying last night I was going to watch this game to see if Jim Sorgi can recover from an awful preseason. He won’t. Sorgi will not be playing at all since his knee is hurt. So watch as Quinn Gray and Jared ‘The Hefty Lefty’ Lorenzon battle to hold Manning’s clipboard. We hope that Manning’s back-up will be irrelevent but as the mystery around Peyton’s knee deepens and people will be worrying up until kickoff of Week 1 whether he will start or not.

The best part of this? Week 1? The Colts play the Bears when? Sunday night. That’s right – Manning owners may have to make a decision whether to risk losing a position if Manning does not play or putting their back-up in to play it safe but missing a good Manning game.

We’ll talk about this a ton next week on the podcast both here and the at The Drive Block. Heck if it’s still this murky next Friday, I’ll definitely give you my thoughts on the blog as well.

Baltimore Ravens
So a lot of folks have been pushing for Willis McGahee to not only lose the #1 gig to Ray Rice but to get cut completely or traded. Chief among these folks would be the Baltimore Sun who would have run him out on a rail a week ago had they been in charge. Well, the Sun has finally admitted McGahee is unlikely to go anywhere. Now long term, he may not be there next year if Ray Rice plays like it looks like he can. But short term, if McGahee is healthy, I expect him to get most of the carries. I don’t expect them to over-utilize Rice so that he burns out mid-season. And they will need to run the ball a lot given the mess of their QB situation. There’s not a lot out there to acquire via Free Agency (Duante Culpepper is about it). The Sun points out if they wait until Saturday, Chris Simms may be cut my Tampa, but then they might be in a dogfight with the Cowboys and a few other teams and I don’t know they can win a street fight there right now.

Miami Dolphins
Ricky Williams is the starter for tonights finale though how much work he will see is debateable as the Phins will want to see what Ronnie Brown can do. Williams will start the season as the #1 – no matter how good Brown does. But – and this is important – there will be a split from the getgo. He’ll take the field first but he won’t be the only back here. If Brown is lights out tonight, he will get more snaps next week. If he’s average or – bite my tongue BAD – Ricky will get the majority.

Like I have said before – these guys are borderline #2,s or really #3 with upside. Treat them as such and leave yourself room to be pleasently surprised rather than annoyed because you depended upon them for too much.

That’s all for now – another post a little later and don’t forget The Drive Block on BlogTalkRadio tonight at 10pm EST/7pm PST.

Belated Thursday Stampede

The Blurb Herd is a little tired after last night’s little BlogTalk technology explosion, so we’re running a tad behind.

Luckily it’s not like we’ve had huge news yet today – it’s no like LT retired or somethign this morning.

Still there was a little bit of movement here and there:

Of course, as we knew, guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Favre and Marc Bulger will not be playing in their preseason finale.

Guys like Trent Green, Byron Leftwich and Kellen Clemens will.

Still, as I said on last night’s Thundering Blurb Fantasy Football Podcast, there are still reasons to watch and position battles to be won.

In more direct news -
Kansas City Chiefs
Larry Johnson will see action vs the Rams even though he has already seen a bunch of work in the preseason. He hasn’t been tremendously sharp though and I think they would like him to spring into the season on a high note.

Jacksonville Jaguars
We keep talking about how we don’t know who will catch balls in Jacksonville, but we do know that Troy Williamson hasn’t caught ANY balls this preseason. He needs a big night to have an impact this season – or maybe even stick on the team at all. Matt Jones and Mike Walker are holding the seast warm for Jerry Porter and Reggie Williams and it still tells me very little of whether any of these guys will have an impact. Garrard will spread the ball around and like I have said before, put up good numbers himself but probably not have that 1 WR who will make your Fantasy team happy.

Green Bay Packers
Ryan Grant is another RB who will see some time tonight. This will make the game a little more interesting to watch and unlike the Larry Johnson thing, is less of a shock. Grant missed a bunch of the preseason and needs the work. he won’t be out there too long, but he’ll get some work and maybe widen the gap between himself and Brandon Jackson a little more.

That’s all for now – will be back this afternoon with some more news. And don’t forget to check out The Drive Block on BlogTalkRadio.com tonight with myself and the Footballguys’ own Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom. That’s 7pm PST/10pm EST.

Show Notes and News

Hey folks

So I just finished editing and re-uploading the Thundering Blurb Fantasy Podcast. There were some massive technical difficulties and I had to download the show, edit out about 20 minutes of silence, then reupload it – all of which took about 2hours.

If you tried to listen to the show earlier than midnight Wednesday night – give it another shot sometime Thursday and you should be good to go.

They are getting the bugs out now, so this should be unlikely to repeat in the season.

Some late news – the lateness of the hour may make tomorrow’s initial update a little tardy itself.

I’ll make it up to you baby, I swear!

News and Notes

Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan, Brian Finneran and DJ Shockley were involved in a car accident Wednesday but nobody was hurt – they were rear ended at a stop light in slippery and wet conditions. They made the team’s plane for Baltimore and I think Art Blank just about had a heart attack.

Baltimore Ravens
Chris Mortenson is at it again – although he’s probably right on this one for sure. Looks like the earlier report that Kyle Boller might have a torn labrum and the Ravens are hoping soem rest and rehab might do the trick as surgery will end his season in all likelihood. In a move sure to salve all Raven-fan’s worry, they claimed QB Casey Bramlet off waivers from San Diego. Yup, THAT Casey Bramlet. Wait, you don’t know who he is? He’s…. um, hold on…. he’s uh – oh yeah, he was a former World Bowl MVP who was picked by the Bengals in 2004.

How could this team be interested in John Beck when they have Bramlet? Know what this smells like? Disaster. If the Ravens don’t do something soon, this season is going to go very, very badly. Hope Troy Smith’s tonsils get better soon.

Houston Texans
In a move to save his rear from the firing squad, Ahman Green has restructured his contract. He’s taking a lot less money, but if he plays a lot this season, he can earn a ton more money.

Yup, I don’t believe he’ll see a dime either. I love Ahman Green’s fire and heart – but his body just doesn’t hold up anymore. He’ll hang around this year – with little no no fantasy value mind you – and then probably call it a day.

That’s all for now. I’ll have a post tomorrow morning – maybe lunchtime for you Easterners – and don’t forget the Drive Block goes live at 10pm EST/7pm PST for two hours of me, Sigmund Bloom and Cecil Lammey.

And 2 hours of Lammey is a lot of Lammey – you get your money’s worth.