Largest surprises, notable strikes as groups reduce rosters right down to 53

16) Josh McDaniels and Raiders GM Dave Ziegler proceed to wash home of the personnel selections made by Jon Gruden and former GM Mike Mayock. Final yr’s first-round decide, Alex Leatherwood, was reduce solely 16 months after he was taken No. 17 general. Generally the draftniks are proper!

17) When the Payments signed former Bucs first-round decide O.J. Howard in March, it appeared like an ideal alternative for him to re-ignite his profession after accidents sapped his explosiveness. Howard didn’t make the Payments’ roster, with GM Brandon Beane consuming $3.195 million in assured cash. That is extraordinarily excessive for a participant that did not make the group, presumably essentially the most of anybody signed this offseason and launched Tuesday.

18) Sony Michel did not make it to a deep Miami backfield. New Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel seemingly solely accepts ability place expertise if they will run a sub-4.4 40.

19) The Steelers and Titans each traded for offensive linemen. (The Titans acquired Dennis Daley from the Titans; the Steelers picked up Jesse Davis from the Vikings.) The names and particulars are much less fascinating than what the strikes say about how the Steelers and Titans see themselves. They each know they need assistance up entrance.

20) The Steelers additionally traded for Broncos edge rusher Malik Reed, who flashed lots prior to now. Pittsburgh is now not deep at outdoors linebacker, and Alex Highsmith has had some accidents.

21) The Cowboys dumped quarterbacks Cooper Rush and Will Grier, so they do not at present have a backup on their roster. It is secure to say that will not nonetheless be true every week from now. (My guess is Rush makes a short journey to the apply squad.)

22) The Dolphins stored seventh-round rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson. He flashed severe consolation in coach Mike McDaniels’ offense within the preseason, and I can already think about some Nick Mullens-like graphic on a Monday Evening Soccer recreation the place Thompson’s yards-per-attempt mark in his first 5 profession begins rivals Patrick Mahomes.