NFL roster cuts in 2022: Jaquiski Tartt headlines released players who should be priorities on the open market – CBS Sports

NFL roster cuts in 2022: Jaquiski Tartt headlines released players who should be priorities on the open market - CBS Sports

The NFL is littered with major contributors who were originally cut, waived or released by another club, so cut day doesn’t signal the end of football playing days for everyone.

Raheem Mostert went undrafted in 2015 then was cut by six different teams before landing as the feature back in San Francisco with the 49ers. Isaiah McKenzie was waived mid-season by the Broncos in 2018. He enters the 2022 season as Buffalo’s starting slot receiver.

Teams have until 4pm and Tuesday to whittle their roster down to 53 players, and I’m tracking the released players most worthy of being added by another club. I’ll keep updating this tracker as more moves trickle in on Tuesday — these 53-man rosters are far from done.

Below you’ll see those players, with information about which team released them, the round they were drafted in — if applicable — and a link to their Mockdraftable spider diagramwhich shows how they tested at the combine or their pro day when they were prospects.

Published by: Eagles
Gross status:
Round 2 – 2015
Positional Athletics: Above average

Safeties with Tartt’s experience level and productivity don’t happen to be available every August. He played in 80 regular season games for the 49ers starting in 2015 and amassed four picks with 18 pass breakups along with an average of 56 total tackles per season.

A scrappy safety best attacking the middle of the field and line of scrimmage, Tartt’s type of safety has recently become trendy in the NFL. He had five tackles and a sack in Super Bowl LIV. Only 30, Tartt should have plenty of suitors on the open market. Because he is a vested veteran — more than four years accumulated in the NFL — he is not subject to waivers and can sign with another team immediately.

Published by: Bears
Gross status: Round 6 – 2021
Positional Athletics: Well below average

Newsome was my #TrustTheTape prospect in the 2021 class. He tested terribly. On the field at North Carolina, Newsome was electric. Newsome produced in all four seasons for the Tar Heels and had over 1,000 yards with 10 touchdowns as a junior in 2019.

He was a member of this article last year, in fact, when the Bruins released him before the 53-man cut. He was signed to Chicago’s practice squad and caught two passes for 23 yards in a few spot appearances late in the season. Now, his 2019 season in the ACC has largely become irrelevant, and his poor combine seems more like a strong indicator that Newsome simply isn’t athletic enough to win consistently as a slot wideout in the NFL. After a strong minicamp and flashes in training camp, Newsome had just two for 27 yards in the preseason. He is worth listing as below, a device-type slot receiver.

Published by: Broncos
Gross status:
Round 5 – 2013
Positional Athletics: They are pale

Check the 2021 pitching stats — the net pitching average, that is — and you’ll see Martin near the top. His 42.8 average was the third best in football, and his 28 punts dropped inside the 20 were tied for the fifth most in the NFL. Year-over-year consistency is essential for petitioners, and in each of the past three seasons, Martin has finished 12th or better in net average. For a club looking to upgrade the punter position, Martin should be priority No. 1. Punters are people too, remember.

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