Wednesday NFL preview: Raiders whiff on Richardson; what's next?

Clark: Trent Richardson is the worst RB of all time

First Take's Skip Bayless and Ryan Clark discuss RB Trent Richardson getting cut by the Oakland Raiders.

NFL Nation reporters look ahead to what Wednesday has in store for each team.


Buffalo Bills: With final cuts due by Saturday, Rex Ryan must choose between Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel as his backup quarterback and then decide whether to keep the odd man out on the roster. Cassel, who noted after Saturday's game that he played only four possessions this preseason, was not in the locker room to speak to reporters either Monday or Tuesday after Tyrod Taylor was named the Bills' starter. Manuel said Monday that he "thinks" he'll still be on the roster next week. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have a lot of questions to address on special teams before final roster cuts. Miami released longtime veteran and former Pro Bowl punter Brandon Fields in favor of undrafted rookie Matt Darr, and the team still has an ongoing kicking competition between incumbent Caleb Sturgis and rookie Andrew Franks that will go down to the wire. -- James Walker

New England Patriots: The team has its standard walk-through Wednesday in advance of Thursday's preseason finale, but there is no media access. Attention will mostly be focused on Judge Richard M. Berman and his potential decision in the NFL's legal fight with Tom Brady, as Berman said Monday that he hoped to rule by Wednesday. On Tuesday, Berman said, "The court anticipates issuing its Decision and Order by the end of the week." -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets The Jets' No. 1 positional need is tight end. With Jace Amaro (torn labrum) officially out for the season, they have only two experienced tight ends -- Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis. The Jets have known the nature of Amaro's injury for three weeks, so they've had time to create a plan and study potential options around the league. Look for them to acquire a veteran on the final cutdown. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens Rookie tight end Maxx Williams is expected to play in the Sept. 13 opener at Denver despite wearing a red, non-contact jersey over the last week, coach John Harbaugh said. Williams, the top tight end drafted this year, will play primarily on passing downs. Crockett Gillmore remains the starting tight end, and he has made some big plays in the passing game this summer. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals will be flashing back to their high school days Wednesday afternoon as they board a set of buses for the 112-mile road trip from Paul Brown Stadium to Indianapolis. Unlike their normal airplane mode of transit, the Bengals will stick to the roadways for a quick jaunt up Interstate 74 for Thursday's preseason finale. This travel day comes as backups like quarterback AJ McCarron, defensive tackle Devon Still and linebacker Chris Carter attempt to make positive impressions before the preseason ends. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: The Browns have a day off as they travel to Chicago for the preseason finale. Many veterans, including QB Josh McCown, will sit out the game. But Johnny Manziel will continue to rest his injured elbow as the Browns try to nurse him back so he's ready for the season opener in New York against the Jets. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: With Martavis Bryant out, the Steelers are trying to pump confidence into receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who's now the No. 3 receiving option. Heyward-Bey had a few of his signature drops in training camp, but otherwise looked like a productive receiver. Expect him to get plenty of snaps in the coming weeks. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans: Lost in the Texans quarterback competition was third string quarterback Tom Savage, drafted in the fourth round last year. Savage's development has been steady through this year's training camp, aided by glasses with a camera that sits on the bridge of his nose that he and the coaches use as a teaching tool. Savage understands the Texans' offense much better this year and will have a chance to show it Thursday against the Cowboys as the Texans' starting quarterback that day. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts: Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton returned to practice Tuesday wearing a red non-contact jersey. Hilton will continue wearing the jersey while going through the concussion protocol. Hilton will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against Cincinnati on Thursday. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars will have a light walk-through on Wednesday before heading to Washington for Thursday's preseason finale against the Redskins. Coach Gus Bradley said the staff will finalize how much the starters will play on Thursday. It sounds like he's leaning toward only a drive or two at most, especially on offense. "I think we had 89 plays on offense [last week]," Bradley said. "The week before that the first team offense played like 35 plays. Overall plays we are at more than what we anticipated so I think that factors into how much they play in the last game." -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: With the Titans preparing to start the season without their top cornerback, Jason McCourty, Blidi Wren-Wilson's return from a high ankle sprain is significant. He said he's less likely to hit the panic button in a second season with a more prominent role. While McCourty recovers from groin surgery, BWW is back in the mix and will play Thursday night. He can put the Titans at a bit more ease about corner depth with a good showing. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos: With most of the team's starters expected to get Thursday night's preseason finale off, the Broncos have a decision to make Wednesday about what to do with defensive end Derek Wolfe. Wolfe, who will be suspended the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, has been able to participate in the preseason games and practice, but as of Sunday he has to stay away from the team for a month. So, the Broncos have to decide whether to play him to get him his last game action for a month or use the game to look at a young player or two on the bubble. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs will rest their starters in Thursday night's final preseason game at the St. Louis Rams. Among the players who could benefit is Zach Fulton, a starter at guard last season. Fulton is the probable starter in St. Louis at center. If he plays well, it'd go a long way toward his claiming a backup spot. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: Running back Trent Richardson cost the Raiders $600,000 in guaranteed money. Now he is gone, cut Tuesday. The Raiders still need to find a true backup tailback to Latavius Murray. Undrafted rookie Michael Dyer is a candidate, but he is raw. Roy Helu and Taiwan Jones are change-of-pace guys. If Dyer doesn't play well Thursday at Seattle, it could be an area Oakland looks to add in their post-Richardson offense. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers: For the last preseason game San Diego will travel to Levi's Stadium, home of this season's Super Bowl, to take on the San Francisco 49ers. Will quarterback Philip Rivers mention it to his teammates in a motivational speech before the game? "It's the last preseason game, and maybe it will be [where] we play the last game of the year," Rivers said. Rivers is not expected to play against the 49ers on Thursday. -- Eric D. Williams


Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said making cuts might be difficult because the talent level on the roster has been raised in recent years, but that doesn't mean the team will not look at the waiver wire or make low-round trades. Traditionally the Cowboys add few players from other teams after the final cuts as they attempt to churn the bottom of the roster. The positions of need include backup offensive line, cornerback and wide receiver. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants: It's time for the Giants to seriously confront the likelihood that they'll start the season without Victor Cruz, whose August calf injury has stalled his comeback from last year's knee injury. That means the Giants will spend Thursday night's preseason finale and the next week and a half evaluating slot-receiver options such as Preston Parker and Dwayne Harris and hoping Rueben Randle is in sync with Eli Manning and ready to take a big step. Odell Beckham is a given, but the idea this year was that the Giants' offense would be a monster because of all of Manning's options. That concept is taking a hit with the realization that Cruz might not be ready. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles: It will be quiet Wednesday as the Eagles prepare for Thursday night's final preseason game against the New York Jets. Most of the starters will not play against the Jets, but a few, like linebacker Kiko Alonso, are planning to get some work in. For many players on the bubble, the game will be their last chance to earn spots on the 53-man roster. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: The Washington Redskins will have a brief walk-through Wednesday and then it's off to their annual Welcome Home Luncheon. That's where it could get interesting as this might be quarterback Robert Griffin III's last public appearance as a Redskin. Typically, nearly 200 fans attend so it'll be curious to see what type of reception he receives. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears: General manager Ryan Pace said he expects wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (strained calf) to play in Week 1 vs. the Green Bay Packers, but the mysterious nature in which the Bears have handled Jeffery's injury -- which occurred in a closed walk-thru practice -- has created doubt. Labeled as "day-to-day" by head coach John Fox since the calf strain occurred on Aug. 12, Jeffery has not been visible on the practice field in two weeks. "It's not like he's sitting there eating bonbons. He's conditioning," Fox said tersely on Tuesday. The news is better in regards to Eddie Royal (hip) and Marquess Wilson (hamstring), who worked on a side field with trainers on Monday and Tuesday. The Bears have a closed practice on Wednesday in advance of their preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions: The Detroit Lions will not have an open practice Wednesday in preparation for the final preseason game Thursday against Buffalo. The team actually won't have an open practice again until Monday afternoon. However, the team will be at a luncheon at Ford Field on Wednesday afternoon, where some players and coaches are expected to speak.- -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers: Don't expect Ted Thompson to give away any final roster decisions, but it's always interesting to hear the Packers general manager talk about the process of picking his team. That alone will make Thompson's final news conference of training camp on Wednesday morning worth following. It's the last time we'll hear from him before he picks his 53-man roster on Saturday. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings will travel to Nashville, where they'll play their final preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday. Coach Mike Zimmer said the starters "who need to play will play," and it seems likely the team will take one more look at its options at linebacker and in the secondary. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons:  Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he is concerned about the groin injury suffered by projected starting strong-side linebacker Brooks Reed, a solid run defender who was signed as a free agent this offseason from the Houston Texans. Reed has been injured for most of his short time with the Falcons. A second opinion on the groin injury will determine if the injury requires surgery, Quinn said. If Reed is sidelined an extended period of time, expect O'Brien Schofield to step into the strong-side role. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: Wednesday might be a light day for the Panthers, with only a walk-through scheduled, but it won't be light for new wide receiver Kevin Norwood. Acquired in a trade with Seattle, the former Alabama player has 24 hours to make sure he knows enough of the playbook before Thursday night's preseason finale at Pittsburgh. If he can make an immediate impression, he has a chance to work his way into the rotation for the Sept. 13 opener at Jacksonville. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: Rookie linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha's development has become even more critical for the Saints as this summer has gone on. First, they released top pass-rusher Junior Galette in July, then they placed safety-net veteran Anthony Spencer on injured reserve Tuesday. Kikaha certainly has the résumé -- he led the nation with 19 sacks at Washington last year. And the second-round draft pick has been off to a nice start this summer, getting some decent pressure in the past two preseason games. But he'll probably remain a work in progress throughout the year, especially as he transitions to an outside linebacker role that requires more pass-coverage duties than he had in college. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers now have a three-way kicking competition that must be settled by the time they have to trim their roster to 53 players later this week. Kyle Brindza was acquired in a trade with Detroit on Monday and he might be the favorite to win the job. Patrick Murray and Connor Barth each missed a field-goal attempt in Saturday night's loss to Cleveland. Brindza made all three of his field-goal attempts for Detroit. -- Pat Yasinskas


Arizona Cardinals: Arizona will spend Wednesday at a team event at its stadium and then travel to Denver for its last preseason game of 2015. After going through run tests Monday and a full practice Tuesday, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and running back Chris Johnson are expected to play. -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams: Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold (shoulder) returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday and is considered questionable to play in the preseason finale against Kansas City on Thursday night. But the prognosis for Saffold participating in the season opener against Seattle is looking better. Coach Jeff Fisher said Saffold is in "good position" to start against the Seahawks and Saffold said he will "absolutely" be ready to play in that game. When he does return, Saffold will line up at right guard. He was the team's left guard before suffering the shoulder injury in the exhibition opener against Oakland. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: The shock and awe of recently-acquired Jordan Devey being named the Niners starting right guard may not have worn off yet and that's OK because even Devey was a bit surprised. The work continues for Devey and the revamped O-line as the 49ers continue preparations today for Thursday's preseason finale, against the San Diego Chargers. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: All eyes will be on the potential addition of veteran running back Fred Jackson, who was in town for a visit and a physical Tuesday. With Robert Turbin sidelined due to a high ankle sprain, Jackson could play an important role as Marshawn Lynch's backup/complement early in the season. -- Sheil Kapadia