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A few leftover questions from last week focused on which wide receivers each NFC West team will keep when initial 53-man rosters come into play Friday.
My projections heading into the final preseason games call for six wideouts to make each roster initially:
Arizona (6): Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts, Early Doucet, Michael Floyd, LaRon Byrd, DeMarco Sampson. Isaiah Williams and Stephen Williams would be the casualties at receiver under this scenario. Sampson would stick for his value on special teams. Byrd's uncommon size makes him appealing. He made a positive impression through most of the offseason.
Seattle (6): Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Braylon Edwards, Ben Obomanu, Charly Martin. The Seahawks' receiver situation is cloudier than the others in the division. Martin seems to have stepped up. He had a touchdown catch against Kansas City last week. Deon Butler would be another obvious consideration. Ricardo Lockette and Kris Durham showed promise in the past, but neither seems to have done enough this summer. Jermaine Kearse and Lavasier Tuinei would be released under this scenario. Seattle has some unclear choices. The team could be in the market for a veteran slot receiver as well, depending on Baldwin's health. This situation is fluid.
San Francisco (6): Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, A.J. Jenkins, Ted Ginn Jr., Kyle Williams. Cuts would include Brett Swain, Chris Owusu and Nathan Palmer. Williams' value in the return game -- I know, I know -- seems additionally important while Ginn recovers from injury. It's unclear whether Ginn will be ready for Week 1.
St. Louis (6): Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson, Brian Quick, Steve Smith, Chris Givens, Greg Salas (Austin Pettis, suspended for the first two games, will not count against the 53-man limit during that time). The Rams already released Danario Alexander, as expected. The top six would appear fairly well defined. Nick Johnson is the only other receiver on the roster.
Any injuries suffered Thursday night could affect the outlook.