NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/1/13
NFL Updates: Roster Cuts, Jets QBs and More
September 1, 2013
Yesterday was a pretty busy day around the NFL, as teams across the league trimmed their rosters to 53 players. There were a few surprises in the mix (which we’ll get to shortly), and there are sure to be some additional roster moves coming up in the next few days. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy storylines developing around the league. Here’s the latest.
Backup QB Drama: There were a handful of noteworthy cuts on backup quarterbacks yesterday, and some were relatively unexpected. First was Jimmy Clausen, the former college standout who lost his starting gig in Carolina to Cam Newton. Clausen was cut by the team yesterday, meaning the backup job will go to Derek Anderson.
Then there was Tim Tebow. Though he was favored by some to land a No. 3 backup job behind Tom Brady and Ryan Mallet in New England, it just wasn’t to be. Tebow was trimmed after having accuracy issues in the preseason (11-of-30 overall).
In perhaps the most surprising cut, Vince Young was released by the Packers. The veteran QB’s absence leaves the team with B.J. Coleman as the only other signal-caller on the roster besides Aaron Rodgers. Young had appeared to secure a job after going 26-of-49 for 218 yards in the preseason.
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Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Pats fans got an encouraging bit of news yesterday. As expected, star TE Rob Gronkowski was removed from the PUP list yesterday and placed on the active 53-man roster. He’s been recovering from back surgery this off-season, and will be missing a few games in the early-going.
Although there’s no concrete timeline for Gronkowski’s return just yet (it’s notoriously difficult getting injury information out of the Patriots coaching staff), the general consensus seems to be somewhere around Week 5 or so. We’ll keep you posted on his status.
Steelers Backfield: Here’s a somewhat surprising move out of Pittsburgh. The Steelers cut one of their (many) RBs yesterday, letting go of 24-year-old rusher Jonathan Dwyer. He had been anticipated to get work in alongside the team’s extensive crew of replacement rushers--Isaac Redman, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Felix Jones--while rookie and supposed eventual starter Le’Veon Bell nurses a sprained foot.
Dwyer leaves the team after a decent 2012, finishing up last season with 624 yards on a 4.0 average. We’d assume he’ll catch on somewhere else and should probably be able to snag a backup job. Meanwhile, Redman will be the likely bell-cow in Pittsburgh.
Jets QB Situation: The saga of the Jets’ signal-callers continues to get more and more curious. After rookie second-round pick Geno Smith earned the (likely) starting job in Week 1 after incumbent No. 1 Mark Sanchez went down with a shoulder injury, the team is now reportedly ready to move on from Sanchez and hand the reins to Smith--for better or worse.
Sanchez’s shoulder doesn’t have a concrete recovery timeline, but most reports estimate it’ll take another week or two before he’s ready. Jets coach Rex Ryan was reportedly lobbying for Sanchez to at least begin the season under center, but GM John Idzik apparently wants to move on from the Butt-Fumble era as soon as possible. We can’t say we blame him.
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