NFC East: roster cuts
Biggest surprise: The only thing that really surprised me was rookie punter Durant Brooks beating out Derrick Frost at punter. From what I could tell, Frost outperformed Brooks during the preseason games. But the Redskins spent a draft pick on Brooks, and must've seen enough to stick with him.
I know some Redskins fans are probably surprised to see running back Marcus Mason on the list since he put up nice numbers in the exhibition season. The problem for Mason, other than the fact the Redskins are stacked at his position, is that he wasn't an excellent special-teams player. He needs to find another team's practice squad. Preferably a team that's not loaded at running back.
The Redskins kept all 10 of their draft picks, which is somewhat of a surprise. Billy McMullen could've helped the team at receiver, but it's not like they were going to cut Malcolm Kelly, who's apparently not going on IR with a knee injury. And people that watched a lot of practice during training camp tell me that cornerback Matterral Richardson clearly outperformed fourth-round pick Justin Tryon.
No-brainers: No surprise to see quarterback Derek Devine released, although Jim Zorn thinks he has a gun and would like to add him to the practice squad. I thought Rob Jackson (seventh-rounder) looked pretty active early in the preseason, so I wasn't surprised to see him make the team. Others didn't share that opinion. Center Justin Geisinger was the last lineman to make the team.
What's next: Well, they have to play a game Thursday. As we speak, Vinny Cerrato & Co. are scouring the waiver wire to see if they can find help at defensive end or receiver. The Redskins have five wide receivers, and two of them (Kelly and Devin Thomas) aren't ready for prime time. The 53 today might not be the 53 tomorrow, but it's like that with most teams
Both the NFL Network and the Washington Post are reporting that Redskins punter Derrick Frost has been released. Frost and rookie Durant Brooks out of Georgia Tech have been battling for the job throughout training camp. It appeared that Frost had the edge because of better numbers and his experience holding for kicker Shaun Suisham.
Brooks won the Ray Guy Award last year at Georgia Tech, and definitely has an explosive leg. I don't think he'll have a huge margin for error, though.
Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger is reporting that the following Giants have been released today:
QB Anthony Wright
QB Andre' Woodson
FB Robert Douglas
WR Marcus Monk
WR Brandon London
TE Eric Butler
TE Jerome Collins
OL Kurt Quarterman
OL Na'Shan Goddard
OL Andrew Bain
OL Digger Bujnoch
DE Wallace Gilberry
DE Alex Morrow
DT Jeremy Clark
DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo
LB Tank Daniels
LB James Terry
CB Geoffrey Pope
S Stuart Schweigert
OL Cliff Louis
CB Darren Barnett
Once the list is official, I'll provide some analysis. I assume the Giants will try to add Woodson to their practice squad, but another team looking to develop a young quarterback (the Cowboys) might swoop him up. The biggest surprise I see is defensive end Wallace Gilberry. Defensive end Justin Tuck was raving about Gilberry when I talked to him in Albany two weeks ago. I thought he made a pretty big impression on the Giants' coaches. Now, the Giants will try to sneak him onto the practice squad.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
After talking to a couple people with the Cowboys, here's a list of the guys who I think will be cut. Coming down the stretch, cornerbacks Evan Oglesby and Alan Ball were in a dogfight for a roster spot. Still don't have a great feel for what will happen there, but a conversation last night led me to believe there was hope for Ball. But he's still getting cut on my list:
The Mosley cuts:
Todd Lowber, WR (not even "Hard Knocks" could save this talented but RAW kid.)
Danny Amendola, WR (prime practice squad candidate.)
Mark Bradford, WR (not familiar with his work.)
James Marten, G (this is the only slight surprise. Marten was a third-round draft choice in 2007.)
Adam Stenavich, G (Adam, we hardly knew ya. He was cut to make room for Larry Allen to retire as a Cowboy.)
Ryan Gibbons, C (no real need for a third-team center.)
Rodney Hannah, TE (did some really nice things late in camp. If you can keep him on the practice squad, do it. Great size and played under an excellent college coach named Art Briles.)
Drew Atchison, TE (nice effort during camp, but not enough.)
Julius Crosslin, FB (never met him.)
Alonzo Coleman, RB (flashed at times in practice and might help on practice squad.)
Keon Lattimore, RB (Ray Ray's going to be upset.)
Junior Siavii, NT (Cowboys hoping to drum up some trade interest. This guy could help someone.)
Marcus Dixon, DE (never could get on the field because of an injury.)
Darrell Robertson, LB (had his moments, but this team's OK at linebacker.)
Tyson Smith, LB (best known for getting lit up by Marion Barber on "Hard Knocks.")
Tearrius George, LB (flashed against the Vikings the other night, but a little too late.)
Erik Walden, LB (If Alan Ball and Evan Oglesby both make the team, something has to give. And even though Walden has some huge supporters at Valley Ranch, I'm afraid he'd be the guy to go.)
Dowayne Davis, SS (It's too bad because he did some serious damage during camp. And I love his name.)
A lot of people have third-team quarterback Richard Bartel getting cut, but as of this morning, he was on the 53-man roster.
No big surprises here, so I'm not going to blow this out like I'll be doing Saturday afternoon. The Philadelphia Eagles have made eight cuts, which reduces their roster to 67 players. By tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET, they'll have to be at 53. Here are the eight cuts:
WR Bam Childress
CB Therrian Fontenot
CB Nick Graham
WR Jamal Jones
RB Ryan Moats (waived/injured)
S Marcus Paschal
OL Stefan Rodgers
LB Pago Tagofau
Nothing stands out here, but on a personal note, I'm sad to see former Louisiana Tech star Ryan Moats' career in Philly come to an end. I always thought he would make an outstanding punt returner (like Sproles in San Diego), but things didn't work out. He went to high school about two miles from my house at Bishop Lynch, and always stopped by the weight room to work with the school's young athletes in the offseason. I'm hoping the Friars take down Jesuit tonight in honor of Moats.