Final 2022 NFL rosters: 32 takeaways include pressure on Trey Lance, Eagles update and more – CBS Sports

Final 2022 NFL rosters: 32 takeaways include pressure on Trey Lance, Eagles update and more - CBS Sports

The 2022 NFL preseason is in the rear view, and now all 32 teams have finalized their rosters for the regular season. “Finalized” is a loose word here, considering lineups will be tweaked between now and the end of the year. But we now have a clear look at what most clubs will look like in Week 1. Here are 32 key takeaways from Tuesday’s final cut deadline:

1. The pressure is on Trey Lance. Actions speak louder than words, and the 49ers happily welcoming back Jimmy Garoppolo on a revised contract suggests Kyle Shanahan can’t fully let go of his oft-injured flame. Yes, receiver insurance is required. But imagine being Lance, now having your predecessor back in the room as you try to not only win games but beat everyone on and around the team.

2. The Eagles upgraded basically every one of their needs after trading for Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, the feisty ex-Saints slot corner. Gardner-Johnson will slide in as a starting safety in a secondary also featuring Darius Slay and James Bradberry. Maybe it’s not wrong to buy into the Philly hype.

3. It’s James Cook season in Buffalo, with pass-catching specialist Duke Johnson released. Devin Singletary and Zack Moss will remain the primary traditional running backs, but the rookie is now primed for a legitimate role.

4. Dameon Pierce is even more ready to make noise at RB, with a former foals starter Marlon Mack among those cut. The rookie Florida product should be an easy choice to handle the top job, with Rex Burkhead as a complement.

5. The preseason electricity of Malik Willis was not for nothing, with the Titans cutting Logan Woodside as Ryan Tannehill’s primary backup. Quietly, this situation bears similarities to the Lance-Garoppolo pairing of 2021. It’s likely only a matter of time until Tennessee itches Willis’ athleticism under center.

6. The cowboys don’t rate the backup QB position. After cutting all three of Dak Prescott’s backups (Cooper Rush, Will Grier, Ben DiNucci), they reportedly plan to bring at least one back once they can move other veterans to injured reserve. That means they trust they will be available, which means everyone else around the NFL thinks very little of them. Which is fine if you believe any extended loss of Dak means the season is doomed anyway. However, legitimate No. 2s can go a long way.

7. Josh McDaniels doesn’t care about the investments of the Jon Gruden-Mike Mayock era. Cutting 2021 first-rounder Alex Leatherwood is an admission of a bad gamble at right tackle, but trading Trayvon Mullen, a 24-year-old starting cornerback, is quite the endorsement of a remade secondary headlined by Rock Ya-Sin.

8. The Jaguars really has a deeper receiving corps, as evidenced by the release of Laquon Treadwell, who has emerged as Trevor Lawrence’s favorite target down the stretch in 2021.

9. The Dolphins will need extra effort from former first-rounder Noah Igbinoghene with starting corner Byron Jones out for at least four games coming off an Achilles injury. Or even bigger plays from Xavien Howard and Jevon Holland.

10. Speaking of big CB injuries in the AFC East, it’s time for Kaiir Elam to make an early impact in Buffalo, where All-Pro Tre’Davious White is also guaranteed to miss at least four games while he recovers from an ACL tear.

11. The inclusion of Brian Robinson Jr. on the Commanders‘active roster, just days after gunfire hit him in an attempted carjacking, confirms he’s on track for a big role in their offense. The rookie has seemingly overtaken Antonio Gibson as Washington’s primary ball carrier as the summer has progressed.

12. The Panthers are built to play some tough, dink-and-dunk football. They already had Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore, and now Laviska Shenault was released from Jacksonville in a trade as a spice outlet for Baker Mayfield.

13. Taking a cue from their NFC East brethren in Dallas, the Giants is rolling the dice in terms of QB health and depth, cutting the cord on Davis Webb’s second stint in town to leave only a battered Tyrod Taylor behind Daniel Jones. Then again, Webb could very well return to the practice squad.

14. Josh Gordon’s NFL career may be over after his release from the bosses, who were eager for a WR to help this offseason after dealing Tyreek Hill. Now 31, he has caught all 12 passes in 17 games over the last three seasons.

15. Tyler Johnson’s career could be starting after the former fifth-round pick was a surprise cut from a crowded field. pirates WR room. A big play threat coming out of Minnesota, he figures to be a hot target as a developmental pick after two relatively quiet years in Tampa Bay.

16. It’s safe to count on decent workloads for both Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert in Miami, where the Dolphins said goodbye to Sony Michel ahead of the ex-Patriots and Rams starter took a single regular-season snap. Edmonds was paid good money to leave Arizona back in the spring, and Mostert has a history working under Mike McDaniel.

17. While RBs are as replaceable as ever (see: Michel, Sony), the veteran market has a new plug-and-play option in Phillip Lindsay, who couldn’t crack the Colts behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. At RB2 or RB3, you can do a lot worse.

18. Justin Fields still has ugly WR bodies beyond Darnell Mooney, and Chicago keeping seven on the 53-man roster only proves that, with Velus Jones Jr., Byron Pringle and N’Keal Harry — none of whom are too motivating on their own — all struck and candidates to strike IR.

19. The Jets weren’t happy with any trade offers they might have received for Denzel Mims, the former second-round pick who went out in the preseason finale. But there’s still time for them to hang him before — or early in — the 2022 season.

20. Pittsburgh is a little better on the margins after trading draft picks for a pair of low-floor veterans: Jesse Davis at guard and Malik Reed off the edge. The former started every O-line spot except center during a four-year run with the Dolphins, and Reed quietly tallied 13 sacks in his last two seasons with the. Broncos.

21. Shaquille Leonard, formerly Dario, is on track to miss minimal time after avoiding a Physically Unable to Perform designation. He had back surgery this summer. A trip to IR is not out of the question, but it seems further away.

22. The vikings really weren’t happy with Kellen Mond’s development, cutting the former third-rounder just one year into his career, and handing the No. 2 job behind Kirk Cousins ​​to the newly acquired Nick Mullens.

23. The Broncos still see something in Brett Rypien, who is Russell Wilson’s backup after the release of Josh Johnson. Or else they are planning further movement at the position after other teams’ cuts.

24. The lions, like their rivals in Minnesota, weren’t happy with whatever happened at the backup QB spot, cutting ex-Packers backup Tim Boyle and tentatively turning to David Blough as Jared Goff insurance. Gulp?

25. Jalen Reagor may well have a future in Philadelphia. The 2020 first-rounder, relegated to an almost nonexistent role with AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith giving the WR room some real juice, survived final cuts and might be better off without the pressure of performing on the depth chart, according to Nelson Agholor- years before

26. Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen might be a safer bet than expected to return this season, despite his severe knee injury during camp. That’s because Tampa Bay reportedly cut veteran safety Logan Ryan with the intention of soon moving Jensen to IR, re-signing Ryan and hoping to designate Jensen for a regular-season return down the road.

27. OJ Howard may not be the pass-rushing weapon everyone envisioned when he came out of Alabama. If it wasn’t apparent during his Buccaneers run, maybe it is now, after the Invoices cut him off after a single summer.

28. Mike McDaniel believes in Skylar Thompson’s potential. The rookie seventh-rounder dominated the preseason, earning a 53-man spot behind Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater rather than hitting waivers for a possible practice-squad move.

29. Chargers cornerback JC Jackson may be ready sooner rather than later, avoiding PUPPY despite recently undergoing ankle surgery that was expected to sideline him for up to a month. He is still an official possibility to suit up for Week 1.

30. Lance McCutcheon’s preseason was no fluke, at least in the eyes of Sean McVay, who is keeping the undrafted Montana State product in his WR room while Van Jefferson recovers from knee surgery.

31. The Chiefs’ RB room is as unpredictable as ever, with former Bucs starter Ronald Jones securing a job despite a slow start to camp and preseason. He was able to share time with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jerick McKinnon and Isiah Pacheco.

32. Finally it’s good to be pumped for real football. Let’s go!

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