Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Roided-out rosters at 75-man limits
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
All four NFC West teams have made their roster moves in advance of the mandatory reduction to 75 players today. I've made the changes, which means you can download the 25-category roided-out rosters all in one mind-bending file.
The chart shows how each team in the division breaks down at each position. The Rams' Steven Jackson will not count among those totals until the team activates him for a game.
A quick analysis of moves made today:
- Justin Medlock, released by the Rams, could surface as a kicker elsewhere. He became the odd man out when the Rams signed Josh Brown to a big-money deal in free agency.
- Tyler Schmitt's season-ending back injury leaves the Seahawks back where they started in the team's quest to upgrade at long snapper. The position has been a problem since J.P. Darche departed in free agency. Tim Lindsey is the snapper for now. He had a low snap against the Chargers on a PAT last night.
- Linebacker David Hawthorne appears more likely to stick on the Seahawks' 53-man roster now that Will Herring is on the reserve/non-football illness list. Seattle has only seven linebackers on its roster heading into the final exhibition game, and Lofa Tatupu has a knee injury.
- The Rams' decision to place fourth-round rookie corner Justin King on injured reserve had been expected, but it still had to hurt. King was looking like the potential third cornerback in an already shaky Rams secondary. At least safety Oshiomogho Atogwe is back from injury. Fakhir Brown recovery from injury is another key.
- None of the 49ers' or Cardinals' cuts came as a surprise or appeared to impact those teams' rosters in meaningful ways. The 49ers' and Cardinals' use of 3-4 schemes on defense leaves them with fewer defensive linemen and more linebackers than typical 4-3 teams such as the Seahawks and Rams.