And then there were 53…

Saturday, September 5, 2015 marked the day that NFL teams had to trim their rosters from 75 players to 53 players in preparation of the 2015 NFL Regular Season. Rosters have continued to change and will continue to evolve throughout the season but there have been some notable transactions through the Labor Day Weekend. Less than a month ago those very same rosters were 90 bodies deep. Here’s the aftermath. (Of particular note)


  • Despite making the initial 53 ILB Jasper Brinkley has been released by the Cowboys. He was guaranteed $2 million after signing with the team in the Spring;
  • Former 2nd round pick Montee Ball was waived by the Broncos and has gone unclaimed;
  • 2015 4th round pick WR Vince Mayle was waived by the receiver needy Browns;
  • The Rams waived former starter QB Austin Davis;
  • RB Jonas Gray was waived by the Patriots and has gone unclaimed;
  • S Stevie Brown was released by the Giants;
  • Former first round pick S Kenny Phillips was waived by the Saints;
  • RB Dan “Boom” Herron was waived/injured by the Colts;
  • 2014 3rd round pick NT Louis Nix was waived by the Texans;
  • 2014 4th round pick QB Logan Thomas was waived by the Cardinals;
  • Former first round selection WR Hakeem Nicks was released by the Titans;
  • RB Robert Turbin was waived/injured by the Seahawks;
  • The Saints have released WR Joe Morgan;
  • The Raiders have released WR Kris Durham;
  • S Taylor Mays was released by the Raiders;
  • LB Jo-Lunn Dunbar was released by the Rams;
  • Former first round pick OT Derek Sherrod was released by the Chiefs;
  • The Jets have released OLB Jason Babin;
  • The Saints have released TE Orson Charles;
  • The Saints have released WR Josh Morgan;
  • RB Antone Smith has been released by the Falcons with an injury settlement;
  • The Falcons have released TE Tony Moeaki;
  • WR Reggie Wayne was released by the Patriots;
  • The Giants released LB Jameel McClain;
  • The Titans have released WR Jacoby Ford;
  • The Bills have released DL Red Bryant;
  • The Broncos have released DB Tony Carter;
  • LB Najee Goode was released by the Eagles;
  • DB Will Blackmon was released by the Seahawks;
  • The Raiders released QB Christian Ponder;
  • The Lions released TE Joseph Fauria;
  • The Patriots released DB Robert McClain;
  • 2014 fourth round selection DB Jaylen Watkins was waived by the Eagles;
  • DL Devon Still was released by the Bengals;
  • The Eagles have released QB Tim Tebow;
  • The Jets have released OT Charles Brown;
  • The Chargers have released WR Austin Pettis;
  • The Bears have released ILB Mason Foster;
  • The Dolphins have released QB Josh Freeman;
  • The Falcons have released QB Rex Grossman;
  • The Bills have released LB Quentin Groves;
  • The 49ers have released LB Phillip Wheeler;
  • The 49ers have released DL Darnell Dockett;
  • The Bucs have released K Connor Barth; and
  • The Giants have released P Steve Weatherford.

Practice Squad

  • QB Kellen Moore – Dallas Cowboys
  • QB Matt Simms – Atlanta Falcons
  • RB John Crockett – Green Bay Packers
  • RB Malcolm Brown – St. Louis Rams
  • RB Kenny Hilliard – Houston Texans
  • RB Mike Gillislee – Atlanta Falcons
  • RB Trey Williams – Washington Redskins
  • RB James Wilder Jr. – Cincinnati Bengals
  • RB Raheem Mostert – Philadelphia Eagles
  • RB Gus Johnson – Dallas Cowboys
  • RB Michael Dyer – Oakland Raiders
  • WR Tre McBride – Tennessee Titans
  • WR Duron Carter – Indianapolis Colts
  • WR Jared Abbrederis – Green Bay Packers
  • WR Kenbrell Thompkins – New England Patriots
  • OT Isaiah Battle – St. Louis Rams
  • DL Anthony Chickillo – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • LB IK Enemkpali – Buffalo Bills
  • DB Stanley Jean-Baptiste – Detroit Lions
  • DB Doran Grant – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • DB Jaylen Watkins – Buffalo Bills


  • The Cowboys have traded a conditional 7th round selection to the Seahawks for RB Christine Michael;
  • The Seahawks have traded a conditional 5th round selection to the Chiefs for S Kelcie McCray;
  • The Titans have traded a conditional 7th round selection to the Browns for RB Terrance West;
  • The 49ers have traded a conditional 7th round selection to the Ravens for C Nick Easton;
  • The Colts have traded a 6th round selection to the Raiders for LB Sio Moore;
  • The Falcons have traded a conditional 6th round selection and a conditional 7th round selection to the Titans for OG Adam Levitre; and
  • The Eagles have traded a conditional 7th round selection to the Cardinals for QB Matt Barkley.

Waiver Claims/Free Agent Signings

  • The Cowboys have claimed OT Jordan Mills from the Bears;
  • The Falcons have claimed OC Gino Gradkowski from the Broncos;
  • The Cowboys have claimed WR Vince Mayle from the Browns;
  • The Browns have claimed QB Austin Davis from the Rams;
  • The Jets waived and re-signed WR Chris Owusu;
  • The Packers have signed WR James Jones;
  • The Bucs have claimed DE Kourtnei Brown from the Texans;
  • The Steelers have signed RB Jordan Todman;
  • The Colts have claimed OG Robert Myers from the Ravens;
  • The Bears have claimed OG Patrick Omameh from the Bucs;
  • The Giants have claimed NT Louis Nix from the Texans;
  • The Eagles have claimed QB Stephen Morris from the Jaguars;
  • The Dolphins have claimed QB Logan Thomas from the Cardinals;
  • The Bucs have claimed C Eric Kush from the Chiefs;
  • The Bucs have claimed LB James-Michael Johnson from the Chiefs;
  • The Seahawks have signed RB Fred Jackson to a 1-year deal; and
  • The Bucs have signed DB Tim Jennings.



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