Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
The final Saturday before the NFL season begins is always tough around the league. Hundreds of players lose their jobs due to NFL rosters being trimmed down to 53 players. For many, their dreams of playing in the NFL end on this day and that is something which is often encapsulated in Hard Knocks.
Every year on cut day there are a number of surprises. Big names, long-time vets, and the like are often blindsided by their releases and fans are often saying, “Wait, he got cut?” There haven’t been too many big surprises this year on cut day but there have been a couple of notable players who received their releases highlighted by former Heisman winner Tim Tebow.
After trading away Matt Barkley on Saturday, most assumed that that meant Tebow had won the third QB job in Philadelphia. While he may have beaten out Barkley in Chip Kelly’s eyes, Tebow was unable to survive final cuts and the Eagles will be in the market for a new number three quarterback. Here is Chip Kelly on the decision to release Tebow:
“Tim’s really progressed but we didn’t feel like he was good enough to be the three right now. He just needs to get out there and get more reps…We’re not done. Whether we add a quarterback to the practice squad or the active roster, we will have a third quarterback in here. We’re going to add a third quarterback. If we add him to the active we won’t add a practice squad quarterback, if we add him to the practice squad we won’t add one to the roster. We won’t have four quarterbacks.”
Former Pro Bowlers Reggie Wayne and Matt Cassel were also released by the Patriots and Bills, respectively. Also, Super Bowl-winning receivers Hakeem Nicks and James Jones were cut by the Titans and Giants, respectively.
One notable person who was not cut was Robert Griffin III who will stay on with the Redskins as their backup quarterback. It would be the ultimate, Disney-esque redemption story if RGIII was able to reclaim the Redskins’ starting QB position and somehow lead the team to the playoffs. But for now we’ll have to settle for him standing on the sideline with the play-call in his ears and a Microsoft tablet in his hands.
Click here for a full list of players cut.