The Turk Has Spoken

Saturday was the final NFL roster cutdowns. There weren't a lot of surprises but we're breaking down all 32 teams with the name players the sharp NFL fans will surely recognize.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Name Players Released: Danny Amendola

Analysis: One of the stars of HBO's "Hard Knocks" should land on the practice squad.


New York Giants

Name Players Released: Andre Woodson

Analysis: He was waived so he could land on the practice squad.


Philadelphia Eagles

Name Players Released: DE Jerome McDougle, FB Jason Davis, DT Montae Reagor, TE Kris Wilson

Analysis: There was a lot of local speculation that McDougle would make the team but the former first-round pick was beaten out by third-round pick Bryan Smith.

Davis was beaten out by Tony Hunt who makes the move as the starting FB.

Reagor is coming back from a knee injury but should be able to play in a few weeks.

Wilson signed a decent free agent deal but never showed much and got beaten out by veteran Matt Schobel.


Washington Redskins

Name Players Released: OT Todd Wade, CB Byron Westbrook, WR Billy McMullen, P Derrick Frost

Analysis: Wade never should have signed a big free agent contract with the Houston Texans back in 2004. Scouts say he has slow feet.

Westbrook is the younger brother or Brian Westbrook of the Eagles.

Speaking of the Eagles, McMullen hasn't been the same since having a few good training camps with them in 2003-2004.

Frost lost the punting job to rookie Durant Brooks.


NFC North

Chicago Bears

Name Players Released: DE Dan Bazuin, LB Michel Okwo

Analysis: Bazuin had his injury problems but he was a 2007 second-round pick and Okwo was selected in the third-round of that draft. Chicago has admitted their mistakes by waiving these players so early in their career.


Detroit Lions

Name Players Released: RB Artose Pinner, QB Drew Henson

Analysis: Detroit will only go with two RBs for the time being.

Henson wasn't going to make the team over Drew Stanton. He's yet another former baseball player who couldn't make it in the NFL.


Green Bay Packers

Name Players Released: RB Noah Herron, RB Vernand Morency

Analysis: Rookie Kregg Lumpkin surprisingly beat out Herron and Morency for the #3 RB job.


Minnesota Vikings

Name Players Released: Brooks Bollinger

Analysis: Rookie QB John David Booty beat out Bollinger for the No. 3 job.


NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

Name Players Released: S Deke Cooper, TE Marcus Pollard, OL Kynan Forney, QB Joey Harrington

Analysis: Second-year S Darren Stone looks to have beaten out Cooper for a job.

Pollard now has been with four teams in the last two years.

Harvey Dahl beat out Forney for the starting RG job.

Harrington was beaten out by D.J. Shockley for the #3 QB job.


Carolina Panthers

Name Players Released: DE Stanley McClover, WR Samie Parker, G Toniu Fonoti, S Terrence Holt, WR Travis Taylor, RB LaBrandon Toefield

Analysis: Rookie DE Hilee Taylor pushed McClover off the roster.

Parker's release is no surprise. While he runs well, he has inconsistent hands.

Fonoti has been with six teams in the last three years.

Holt became expendable due to the development of rookie S Charles Godfrey.

Toefield had really no chance to make the roster over Nick Goings who is more versatile.


New Orleans Saints

Name Players Released: Andy Alleman, Tyler Mehlhaff

Analysis: The move with Alleman is surprising. Just three weeks ago the former third-round pick was competing hard for a starting job.

Mehlhaff lost the kicker job to veteran Martin Gramatica.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Name Players Released: QB Chris Simms


Analysis: Simms was expected to get released. Chicago, Minnesota, and possibly Green Bay are teams that could have interest in him.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

Name Players Released: Brandon Moore, Kelly Butler

Analysis: Moore was once a decent starter for San Francisco but he's looking for work again.

Butler has some value for teams that are looking for a backup right tackle.


San Francisco 49ers

Name Players Released: WR Ashley Lelie, FB Moran Norris, RB Thomas Clayton

Analysis: Lelie missed most of training camp and the pre-season due to a calf injury. And the rapid development of sixth-round pick Josh Morgan didn't help his cause.

Zak Keasey, who won the fullback job, is a bit more athletic than Norris.

Clayton had a strong pre-season and should land on the practice squad again.


Seattle Seahawks

Name Players Released: DT Larry Tripplett

Analysis: Tripplett's release was surprising because Seattle isn't deep at defensive tackle.


St. Louis Rams

Name Players Released: WR Reche Caldwell, CB David Macklin

Analysis: Dane Looker and the development of rookies Keenan Burton and Donnie Avery were the reasons why Caldwell was let go.

Macklin became expendable due to decent depth at the position.


AFC East

Buffalo Bills

Name Players Released: RB Dwayne Wright, LB Donnie Spragan, CB Will James

Analysis: Wright, a former fourth-round pick from the 2007 draft, got beaten out by this year's sixth-round pick Xavier Omon.

Spragan is a versatile enough veteran that he'll be able to find a new home soon.


Miami Dolphins

Name Players Released: FB Regan Mauia, RB Lex Hilliard,  TE Justin Peelle

Analysis: Mauia got beaten out by Boomer Grigsby who is a former linebacker.

Hilliard, one of their sixth-round picks, could land on the practice squad.


New England Patriots

Name Players Released: CB Fernando Bryant, CB Jason Webster, C Mike Flynn, ILB Victor Hobson, CB Mike Richardson, S Antwain Spann, G John Welbourn

Analysis: With veterans Bryant and Webster let go along with former sixth-round pick Richardson, New England is sticking with two rookies that comprise of the four players left at cornerback on the roster.

Flynn and Welbourn didn't stick partially because veteran OL Russ Hochstein should be back from his groin injury soon. They could also choose to sign another veteran for depth.


New York Jets

Name Players Released: CB David Barrett, LB Matt Chatham, CB Hank Poteat

Analysis: The journeyman Barrett and Poteat were essentially beaten out by former Green Bay first-round pick Ahmad Carroll.

Chatham could find a home with the New England Patriots.


AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Name Players Released: TE Adam Bergen, QB Casey Bramlet, OLB/DE Gary Stills

Analysis: Bergen had a strong training camp but with Daniel Wilcox and Todd Heap over their injuries, the former undrafted free agent became expendable.

Bramlet's release could signal that Troy Smith might be ready for the start of the season.

Still's was probably one of the toughest players to drop because he's a solid special teams player.


Cincinnati Bengals

Name Players Released: RB Rudi Johnson, ORT Willie Anderson, CB Deltha O'Neal

Analysis: The Bengals decided that often-injured RB Chris Perry along with veteran Kenny Watson are more dependable than Johnson.

Anderson was slated to be a backup and he decided a paycut. He'll find a backup role with another team pretty soon.

O'Neal has enough left in the tank to find another team that's looking for a nickel back. Former New Orleans fifth-round pick is slated to be Cincinnati's nickel back this season.


Cleveland Browns

Name Players Released: WR Travis Wilson, OLB Shantee Orr

Analysis: The Wilson move was a slight surprise considering Cleveland has no viable candidates for the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver jobs.

Orr had a decent training camp but with Beau Bell and especially Antwan Peek almost back from their knee problems, Orr became expendable. There's a chance the team signs another veteran for depth at OLB.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Name Players Released: P Paul Ernster

Analysis: Veteran P Mitch Berger beat out Ernster.


AFC South

Houston Texans

Name Players Released: RB Darius Walker, Marcel Shipp, DE Rosevelt Colvin, CB Jamar Fletcher

Analysis: Walker became expendable due to the rapid development of rookie Steve Slaton.

Shipp signed less than two weeks ago and the team decided to keep Chris Taylor, who is another big back, over him.


Indianapolis Colts

Name Players Released: WR Devin Aromashodu, QB Jared Lorenzen, QB Quinn Gray

Analysis: Aromashodu's release was a bit surprising but the development of Roy Hall and rookie Pierre Garcon had a lot to do with that move.

The coaches decided to go with only two quarterbacks with Peyton Manning and Jim Sorgi now seemingly over their injuries so Lorenzez and Gray became expendable.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Name Players Released: QB Todd Bouman

Analysis: The team decided to go with only two quarterbacks again for the second straight season.


Tennessee Titans

Name Players Released: RB Omar Cuff, WR Biren Ealy, S Calvin Lowry, WR Roydell Williams

Analysis: Cuff was Joe Flacco's teammate at the University of Delaware. He could be a candidate for the practice squad.

Ealy has good size and decent ability so he should find a new home soon.

Lowry got beaten out for a job by Vincent Fuller and Donnie Nickey.

Williams was on his way to a nice career last season before suffering a broken ankle during the playoffs. The team tired of him still not being 100 percent.


AFC West

Denver Broncos

Name Players Released: S Josh Barrett, CB Tyrone Poole

Analysis: Barrett is a strong candidate for the practice squad.

It was surprising Poole was signed in the first place since he hadn't been in the league for a while.


Kansas City Chiefs

Name Players Released: K Connor Barth

Analysis: Barth lost the kicking job to veteran Nick Novak


Oakland Raiders

Name Players Released: LB Adam Archuleta

Analysis: This was Oakland's latest attempt to put a square peg in a round hole (see Darnell Bing).


San Diego Chargers

Name Players Released: RB Marcus Thomas, OLB Carlos Polk

Analysis: Rookie FB Jacob Hester essentially beat Thomas out for the No. 3 RB job.

Polk was beaten out by OLB Marques Harris. The rapid development of former undrafted free agent OLB Jyles Tucker also push Polk off of the roster.


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