While some team observers were surprised as the Eagles released of veteran running back Dorsey Levens, consider a few things. Had the Eagles kept him on the roster for the first week of the regular season, his contract would have been guaranteed.
Last season, Dallas signed running back Adrian Murrell in mid-August only to release him at the end of the month before the final rosters were set. They signed him in late October when starting back Troy Hambrick was struggling. The Eagles could choose to re-sign Levens after week one or at a later date when he's needed. Levens knows their offense and could step in at any time. Also, the club has injuries at linebacker so they were looking for an extra roster spot and chose to drop Levens who has a good chance at still being unsigned by another team.
When the Bears let go second-year back Brock Forsey, it may have been a surprise to some. However, third-year back Adrian Peterson is a much better fit for offensive coordinator Terry Shea's version of the Chiefs' offense. Peterson brings much more speed and versatility to the position.
As predicted here last week, the Browns would have trouble trading backup running back James Jackson. They got nothing better than a late day pick in trade offers from other clubs. For now, Jackson is one of the four backs on the active roster. Most teams won't dress more than three backs on a given Sunday so it's still possible they move Jackson at a later date.
The Dolphins rushing attack certainly was under whelming during the pre-season. Starter Travis Minor averaged less than two yards per carry (1.5 to be exact) leaving the club to give veteran back Sammy Morris more of a chance. With the club still yet to acquire another back to compete with the two players, look for Morris to see an increased role. Morris is the bigger of the two backs and is more of the between the tackles runner that head coach Dave Wannstedt likes.
San Diego Chargers
One of the biggest names on the cut list Sunday was veteran receiver Kevin Dyson. The oft-injured Dyson hasn't been the same since suffering an Achilles injury a few years ago. It's tells you something that a receiver-starved team like San Diego let go Dyson. Third-year receiver Eric Parker probably has been the most consistent performer of the group of your receivers over the last two seasons whether it was in practice or in games and the club really has no choice but to keep him in with the first-team offense. He's one of two undrafted free agents that that are in the top four in the rotation. The other, Kassim Osgood, gives the club some size and a nice red zone target. Osgood, a local product from near by San Diego St., will be in the mix to start opposite Parker. Third-year receiver Reche Caldwell hasn't lived up to the hype of coming out of Steve Spurrier's offense at the University of Florida. Caldwell didn't realize the commitment it took to play at the pro level and has been trying to make up ground ever since. Veteran receiver Tim Dwight has been very injury prone since being acquired after the 2000 season from Atlanta. Dwight is best used as a situational receiver-anything else is too much to ask for the diminutive seven-year pro.
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