Most Surprising 2021 NFL Roster CutsNow Preseason football is something that shouldn't be taken too seriously, but these players probably didn't expect to get their exit papers too soon as close of a chance of playing into the real deal. Here are the names that are quite stunning they didn't make their respective 53 man roster spots with the deadline ended on August 31st to complete all transactions.
I thought for sure Shawn Williams would be a lock for Arizona. For Cincinnati, he was always good at getting the plays to stop and finish when needed. I guess Steve Keim makes a rear move where maybe his very late addition wasn't meant to be. In any case, there are teams out there who would want a guy like this to start immediately in a starting lineup in a backfield that could need better players to tackle and deflect the passes as much as possible.
I feel there were two bigger shockers than the former MVP from 2015. Yes, Miami stunned a lot of people when they announced Benardrick McKinney managed to miss out on this roster was absolutely a surprise. This was a guy in Houston who was always on the ball at all times. Finishing plays and even got himself a pro bowl for his troubles. You would think he'd fit in for the loss of Kyle Van Noy. This is not to be apparently as Brian Flores had some strong words to that bold release. I'm sure somebody out there will want a tackling machine to have on a starting defense in need. Yes, he was coming off a shoulder injury in 2020. McKinney is 28 and can still play at a high-level ability.
Oh, you expected him to be at the top right? Cam Newton while he played fairly fine in the preseason knew he had pressure keeping his spot with the rookie Mac Jones competing against him. Jones played exceptionally well making the decision very difficult. The real that could have played a factor in this was the fact that Cam Newton is among the anti-vaxxer movement. Seeing he had trouble after contacting covid last season. Bill Belichick had a change of heart and put a memo of a zero-tolerance policy that includes every player is vaccinated to do their job. Cam Newton's career as a starting quarterback is most certainly over.
Very disappointed that Breshad Perriman couldn't round out the 53 man roster for Detroit that is gonna have a problem with that unknown receiving core as it is. Yes, he had a bad preseason showing. It's still quite the big bummer considering his father Brett Perriman played for the Lions for a good portion of the '90s.
Just when you thought starting kickers were safe. Joey Slye's release caught me off guard most definitely. Now statistically his accuracy is not that good. I do think he is very good though at nailing kicks from long distances which half of the kickers in the league seem to have a problem doing right. I'm sure there's a team out there who would take him and see what he was capable of pulling off.
Seattle's group of cornerbacks isn't that good. Pierre Desir was actually one of the few players from the Jets last year that actually wasn't that bad for what he did as their default CB 1. The team loses Shaquill Griffin to the Jaguars and Desir could have been a nice short-term fill-in for that loss in the secondary. Instead, it appears that John Schneider is taking some risk in what he has with Damarious Randall changing positions, Tre's Brown and Flowers rotated around, along with having faith in Ahkello Witherspoon. Yeah, that's a very dicey area as it gets folks.
I'll admit I was actually higher on John Brown than most others, but the proven veteran who helped out Josh Allen in Buffalo. Requested that he wanted out in Vegas. Knowing he probably wasn't going to be utilized correctly in this Gruden offense and that he was a backup on the depth chart feels very disrespected. I don't think this is the end for John Brown. Somebody will be desperate in need of a proven veteran to go and seek out.
I mean Jacksonville didn't even have a Tight End for a while, and maybe Tim Tebow had a chance to stay on the roster just based on jersey sales. Sure he had some failed assignments in the preseason, but this is one of many biggest mistakes I feel Trent Blaake made in just those short weeks. Tebow was in the best shape of his life which is remarkable seeing how long he has been out of the league, and he no longer plays at Quarterback. I guess that awful block attempt was enough to just jumped the shark completely and pretend never existed.
Washington has revamped its receiving core this off-season sure, but I felt like Steven Sims did have some value he showed last season being an explosive speedy gadget guy who cold return punt returns to the house. I feel like he is a guy that can continue in a big way in the special teams that Washington may live to regret letting go the most out of those big large amount of cuts that had to be made. Buffalo also gave him a flyer but decided to cut him seeing how deep their talent is at that position.
This is actually a bit of a surprise to me. Philly's receiving core as a whole while very young is incredibly inexperienced with quality consistency. Travis Fulgham managed to make something out of a disappointing season the team put on showing maybe he actually had the talent the Lions just didn't see in him as he stepped in for the then injured D-Jax and Alshon Jeffrey. The stats aren't the most pleasing, but he was very serviceable for what you got out of him. Now the 4 main weapons for Jalen Hurts would be Devonta Smith, Greg Ward, Jalen Reagor, and JJ. Arcega-Whiteside rounding out this rather underwhelming group.