Cutdown Blog: AFC West
It’s not as flashy as it’s free agency brother, but “cutday” may be the most frantic for all NFL front offices.
There isn’t another time of the year where they have to be so reactive to every move every team is making, ready to pounce on possible talents who might improve their roster or be worth developing on their practice squad.
To help you keep up to date we’re going to be providing details on all the moves in each divisional page. Keep coming back for each and every player released with stats, snaps and grades on all of them.
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Lance Ball, RB: The end of an era. It feels like Ball has been hanging onto the Broncos roster for an age though it’s only back in 2010 that he made his first appearance for the team. Clearly the team is invested now with the trio of Montee Ball, Knowshown Moreno and Ronnie Hillman while Jeremiah Johnson and C.J. Anderson both flashed some playmaking ability in preseason.
Jeremiah Johnson, RB: May have forced plenty of missed tackles (five) but that wasn’t enough for him to beat out the rest of the competition. You have to go back to 2011 which was when he last saw some regular season action (70 snaps) and you have to wonder if he ever will again.
Tavares King, WR: 101 snaps and two dropped passes meant that he was handing over his playbook today. King was the fourth most targeted receiver during preseason but couldn’t convert them into solid production.
Gerell Robinson, WR: A five catch, 99 yard performance in the preseason finale wasn’t enough to make the final roster for Robinson. Our 14th highest graded receiver this preseason, mainly down to some good work as a blocker.
Lamaar Thomas, WR: Three receptions and a drop from 106 snaps was never likely to be enough for the undrafted free agent to make the final roster.
Jake O’Connell, TE: Our fourth-lowest graded TE this preseason, O’Connell offered little in the passing game and struggled as a run blocker.
Paul Cornick, OL: Had a Pass Blocking Efficiency Rating of 97.0, but that wasn’t enough for the 2012 undrafted free agent to stuck.
Philip Blake, OL: Finished the 2013 preseason with a run blocking grade of (-2.3)
Vinston Painter, OL: With two sacks and eight hurries allowed from just 64 pass blocking snaps, he was unlikely to stick around.
Ryan Lilja, OL: Came out of retirement to sign for the Broncos but the writing was on the wall after a poor outing in the preseason finale.
C.J. Davis, OL: A poor preseason and just 12 regular season snaps in his career, always a long shot to make the roster.
John Youboty, DL: Not the worst performance this preseason but ultimately just didn’t do enough to get noticed.
Romney Fuga, DL: An undrafted free agent, Fuga didn’t do himself any favors by getting pushed around in the running game and registering just one pressure all preseason.
Ben Garland, DL: Didn’t play until the final preseason which, despite him not playing badly, tells you all you need to know about how much the Broncos considered him to be part of their plans.
Jeremy Beal, DL: Posted a Run Stop Percentage of 9.3%, but managed just three pressures in preseason play.
Damien Holmes, LB: Did his best work (+0.9) in the preseason finale, but played just 14 snaps prior to that final game.
Aaron Hester, DB: Poor throughout preseason with a disappointing grade in coverage (-4.6) telling you all you need to know.
Ross Rasner, DB: An undrafted free agent, he played every snap on the preseason finale, but just 29 before it, and was largely anonymous.
Kansas City Chiefs
Shaun Draughn, RB: Blew his chance to beat out Cyrus Grey with some quite abysmal pass protection (-2.9) against the Packers. Slow to react to the blitz and lost when trying to slow down linebackers and defensive backs, you just couldn’t trust him to be a third down back again.
Toben Opurum, FB:
Frankie Hammond, WR:
Josh Bellamy, WR:
Rico Richardson, WR:
Tony Moeaki, TE:
Demetrius Harris, TE:
Matt Reynolds, OL:
Ricky Henry, OL:
Rokevious Watkins, OL:
Steven Baker, OL:
Tommie Drahan, OL:
Austen Lane, DL:
Marcus Dixon, DL:
Orie Lemon, LB:
Ridge Wilson, LB:
Darin Drakeford, LB:
Greg Castillo, DB:
Kennard Cox, DB:
Malcolm Bronson, DB:
Semaj Moody, DB:
Tysyn Hartman, DB:
Tyler Wilson, QB: The fourth-round rookie struggled with the learning curve in camp, was passed up by UDFA rookie Matt McGloin, and posted a -2.4 passing grade in the two games in which saw action. Wilson cleared waivers and has been added to the practice squad.
Deonte Williams, RB: Saw 30 snaps, including 16 in the finale, and posted a -1.7 rushing grade.
Conner Vernon, WR: The OTA standout got a long look in the slot during the preseason, running 30 routes there – more than any other Raider receiver – but in the end.
Greg Jenkins, WR: PS
Brian Leonhardt, TE: PS
Richard Gordon, TE: In a crowded group at TE, Gordon – a blocking TE who graded at -1.0 as a run blocker this preseason — lost out to a pair of rookies, injured David Ausberry, and mild camp surprise Jeron Mastrud as the Raiders kept four.
Alex Barron, OL: Barron was released when the team signed OT Tony Pashos on Monday. Barron held the low mark (-10.9) for preseason grades among tackles. Pashos, let go by the Redskins, had the highest (+7.9).
Jason Foster, OL:
Lamar Mady, OL: PS
Tony Hills, OL:
Willie Smith, OL:
Andre Carter, DL: Aging vet providing leadership but not much else at this point. Let go after seeing 65 preseason snaps and earning a -2.0 pass rush grade.
Kurt Taufa’asau, DL:
Ryan Baker, DL:
David Bass, DL: A surprise as many thought the pass-rush starved Raiders would wait on their recent draft pick, but he was waived and later signed by the Bears.
Billy Boyko, LB:
Omar Gaither, LB: Added late in camp, Gaither spent time with the Raiders in 2012 as well (post Rolando McClain’s tenure). Gaither saw 155 snaps and earned a positive grade in run D. Wouldn’t be a wild thought to see him brought back again at some point.
Chase Thomas, LB: Brought in just a week earlier when he was let go by the Saints, Thomas flashed a strong game in run defense (+1.6) in the last preseason game, but that and his Stanford connection with DC Jason Tarver weren’t enough to make a legit last-minute push for a spot.
Chance Casey, DB: Getting snaps in each of the four preseason games and coming up with a slight positive coverage grade (+1.4) earned Casey another chance as he was signed to the Raiders’ practice squad a day after being waived.
Joselio Hanson, DB: Projected early on to be the Raiders’ slot corner again this year, increased competition at the position and an injury removed him from the running. Tracey Porter will slide inside in nickel situations and rookie DJ Hayden will take over on the outside.
Reggie Smith, DB: The veteran safety didn’t show well in coverage (-2.8) this preseason.
Shelton Johnson, DB: An undrafted free agent, Johnson got stronger as the preseason went and ended up seeing 61 snaps and finishing with a positive grade overall (+1.2). He’s been added to the practice squad.
Justin Medlock, K: Brought in as a one-week fill-in for resting Janikowski, Medlock went 2-for-2 on field goals and produced touchbacks on all three kickoffs.
Chris Kluwe, P: Lost out in competition with Marquette King by averaging 6 yards less per punt on the seven attempts each had.
San Diego Chargers
Michael Hill, RB: As the horrible -5.4 grade would suggest, just didn’t offer much as a runner and had some terrible hands to drop three of the seven passes thrown his way. A big surprise he lasted longer than Edwin Baker.
Luke Tasker, WR: 51 snaps was time enough to be targeted three times but only one of those would end up being complete. The writing was really on the wall as others saw more significant action.
Robert Meachem, WR: A free agent bust. He went from a successful component in the Saints passing attack to a disappointment in San Diego. Injuries seem to have sapped what once made him a productive player, with the Chargers trying to get more out of him in preseason (a receiver leading 134 snaps) but all they got in return was seven grabs for 81 yards.
Ben Cotton, TE:
David Rolf, TE:
Randy Richards, OL:
Steve Schilling, OL:
Max Starks, OL:
David Molk, OL:
Nic Becton, OL:
Logan Harrell, DL:
Thomas Keiser, DL/LB:
Jerrell Harris, LB:
Phillip Dillard, LB:
Frank Beltre, LB:
Daniel Molls, LB:
Cornelius Brown, DB:
Sean Cattouse, DB:
Greg Gatson, DB:
Josh Johnson, DB:
Marcus Cromartie, DB:
William Middleton, DB: