Written by: Anthony Bowen
In the closing days of the preseason, teams make the bold roster decisions that could not only make or break this coming season, but later seasons done the road, as well. This is especially true for the individual players, ranging from journeyman veterans to first and second year players trying to make a name for themselves.
Big name stars of the league have already been handed their walking papers. This list includes, but not limited to: Victor Cruz-WR, T.J. Ward-S, Matt Jones-RB, and Joe Haden-CB(Haden signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers shortly after release).
Many of these players, like the ones listed above, are hoping to bounce back as Haden did, looking to make a new name for themselves in a new city. Easier said, than done however, as most teams are just about down to the 53-man roster maximum, with depth charts near completion.
All is not lost for these seemingly forgotten few, as many coaches scramble to sign these last minute releases, hoping to piece together a championship caliber team. Going off both experience with and against these athletes, and the players potential to fit into the team’s schemes, coaching staffs across the NFL are preparing for what looks to be an exciting season ahead.