Pick cut; others listed

By | August 30, 2016

Pick cut; others listed … The NFL’s initial roster limit deadline came and went yesterday as all 32 teams got down to the league’s initial 75-man roster limit. And while its not clear that all teams have actually officially reported all their transactions getting down to today’s limit, it appears that the 2016 draft class escaped the first round of cuts relatively unscathed. Indeed, so far we are aware of only one player selected at this year’s draft who was released as part of Tuesday’s moves. That was Seattle RB Zac Brooks, a 7th round selection this past spring. At the same time, though, more than a few drafted rookies were placed on either Injured Reserve, PUP, or the non-football injury list. Buffalo was hit particularly hard as the Bills placed DE Shaq Lawson, the team’s #1 pick this year, on the physically-unable-to-perform list with a shoulder injury, while second round LB Reggie Ragland went on IR with a knee issue. The Bills also placed WR Kolby Listenbee, a 6th round pick this year, on the non-football injury list. Elsewhere, there was no surprise in Dallas where the Cowboys placed second round LB Jaylon Smith on the non-football injury list as a result of that nasty knee injury he suffered in the Irish’s bowl game last January, while across the state Houston placed C Nick Martin, its second rounder, on IR. Other draft picks placed on IR included Baltimore 3rd round DE Bronson Kaufusi, 4th rounders DT Andrew Billings of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh G/T Jerakd Hawkins; Detroit 6th round LS Jimmy Landes; and 7th rounders RB Keith Marshall of Washington and San Diego OG Donavon Clark. At the same time, Jacksonville placed 7th round DE Jonathan Woodard on the physically unable to perform list.  Of course, those that survive the first-round of cuts won’t be able to get too comfortable as the final round of roster reductions down to the opening-day 53-man roster are due by 4 PM ET on September 3rd.