A few eyebrow raisers.....
Down to 53: Tracking the NFL's notable roster cuts
By Gregg Rosenthal
Around The League Editor
Published: Aug. 31, 2013 at 05:34 p.m. Updated: Aug. 31, 2013 at 06:30 p.m.
It's the roughest time of year in the NFL.
Cuts are underway as teams must reduce their rosters from 75 to 53 players by 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. You can get the complete list on the roster cuts tracker, but Around The League will keep a running tally of the biggest names right here.
Tim Tebow, New England Patriots quarterback: The Patriots decided they were better off with only two quarterbacks on the roster, and a developmental quarterback possibly going to the practice squad. It's hard to imagine Tebow getting a better chance to keep his career going. It's quite possible that this is the end for him.
Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers running back: This was among Saturday's biggest surprises. Dwyer was cut loose despite an improved preseason and Le'Veon Bell's injury. Felix Jones remains on the roster.
Vince Young, Green Bay Packers quarterback: This was a small surprise following Graham Harrell's release. The Packers will either roll with B.J. Coleman as the backup or sign someone off waivers.
Robert Meachem, San Diego Chargers wide receiver: Meachem costs the Chargers $6.875 million this year in dead cap money, but he was of no use for them. He'll go down as one of the worst free agent signings of the last five years.
Antoine Winfield, Seattle Seahawks cornerback: This is why we called the Seahawks the deepest roster in the league. It was reported early in the day that Winfield would be cut, then Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com reported that he would retire. He'll go down as one of the most underrated cornerbacks of his generation.
Brady Quinn, Seattle Seahawks quarterback: Tarvaris Jackson beat him out for the backup job, and the Seahawks only kept two quarterbacks. He could land with a team like Buffalo.
Thaddeus Lewis, Buffalo Bills quarterback: Buffalo only has two quarterbacks on the roster, and rookie EJ Manuel is injured.
David Gettis, Carolina Panthers wide receiver: He injured himself during pregame warmups before the last preseason game. Armanti Edwards and Domenik Hixon both made the team.
Brandon Bogotay and Shayne Graham, Cleveland Browns kicker: It's not often that a team has no kickers on the roster. We're going to go ahead and predict that changes before Week 1.
Marvin Austin, David Carr, and Ryan Torain, New York Giants: Austin only last two years after getting taken in the second round. Torain looked like a potential backup after Andre Brown's injury. Brown made the team. Carr could land elsewhere. Wide receiver Ramses Barden was also placed on injured reserve. Mike Patterson made the team.
Ben Ijalana and Drake Nevis, Indianapolis Colts: These were the second-round and third-round picks in the Polians' last draft in the Colts. Yikes.
Bobby Rainey and Tandon Doss, Baltimore Ravens: Rainey's release means the Ravens are only carrying two running backs. That will surely change. They kept seven wide receivers, including rookies Aaron Mallette and Marlon Brown.
Austin Collie, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver: Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports the former Indianapolis Colts won't make the team. At least he stayed healthy in camp.
Ryan Lilja, Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning's former teammates' comeback was a nice story, but his knee bothered him.
Danny Watkins, Philadelphia Eagles guard: The 28-year-old former firefighter was one of the best stories and strangest first-round picks in recent memory. It didn't work out for him under Andy Reid or Chip Kelly.
Greg McElroy, New York Jets quarterback: Matt Simms earned the No. 3 quarterback job. It's quite a story for a player that made virtually no impact in college football.
John Skelton, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback: Josh Johnson won the battle for the backup job behind Andy Dalton.
Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs tight end: He once flashed serious potential, but hasn't been able to stay healthy.
Max Starks, San Diego Chargers tackle: King Dunlap won the right to protect Philip Rivers' blindside.
Michael Bamiro, Philadelphia Eagles tackle: The mammoth Stoney Brook tackle received a lot of guaranteed money to sign with the Eagles. He could land on the practice squad.
Clay Harbor, Philadelphia Eagles tight end: Chip Kelly decided to keep Emil Igwenagu over Harbor.
Jermaine Cunningham and Zoltan Mesko, New England Patriots: Mesko has been one of the better punters in the league, so his release comes as a surprise. Ryan Allen won the job with a strong camp. Cunningham, the No. 53 pick in the 2010 draft, never could build on a solid rookie season as a pass rusher.
Rusty Smith, Tennessee Titans quarterback: The Titans just kept two quarterbacks. Smith could find a job elsewhere.
Fernando Velasco, Tennessee Titans center: He started 16 games for the team last season.
Marcus Trufant, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback: General manager David Caldwell will roll with one of the most inexperienced cornerback groups in football.
John Connor, Bengals fullback: "The Terminator" didn't make the squad. That's good news for "Hard Knocks" regular Orson Charles.
Jimmy Clausen, Carolina Panthers quarterback: Derek Anderson is the team's backup. Clausen's release, as NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported, comes as little surprise.
Drayton Florence, Carolina Panthers cornerback: Rapoport was told Florence will be released, which comes as a surprise after the team signed him to a one-year, $1 million contract in March.
J'Marcus Webb, Chicago Bears offensive tackle: After struggling through 44 starts over three seasons, the 6-foot-7 offensive tackle tweeted his release Friday morning. It's a good sign for the young Bears offensive line.
Jordan Palmer, Chicago Bears quarterback: The founder of RunPee.com could get a call during the regular season if backup Josh McCown is hurt. The Bears also released quarterback Trent Edwards, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
David Nelson, Cleveland Browns wide receiver: Rapoport was told by a source informed of the move that Nelson won't make the team in Cleveland. Signed for cheap, Nelson couldn't make an impact this summer after suffering an ACL tear in 2012 and battling a bone bruise in training camp.
Matt Leinart, Buffalo Bills quarterback: On the heels of a rough-and-tumble outing against the Detroit Lions on Thursday, the former first-round draft pick tweeted Friday that he has been released by the Bills. His career probably is over.
Crezdon Butler, Buffalo Bills cornerback: Butler is not a big name, but he was viewed as a potential starter following Stephon Gilmore's injury.
Daniel Fells and Jake Ballard, New England Patriots tight ends: The Patriots have cut ties with two tight ends. Fells has been released after signing a three-year, $5.25 million contract in 2012. Ballard, claimed off waivers from the New York Giants last year, also was cut. Ballard lacked speed after surgery. This is a good sign for Rob Gronkowski, who is not expected to land on the PUP list. Undrafted rookie Zach Sudfeld and Michael Hoomanawanui are the healthy Patriots tight ends. Tim Tebow was not among the Patriots' first 10 cuts.
Brian Banks, Atlanta Falcons linebacker: Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com first reported that Banks was let go, and the Falcons later confirmed the news. His inspirational story might not be over. Glazer hints Banks could have some sort of role with the team.
Dennis Dixon, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback: He never really had a chance after the Eagles drafted Matt Barkley.
Tony Pashos, Washington Redskins offensive tackle: ESPN.com's John Keim first reported that Pashos was released by the team, a move that ensures Tyler Polumbus will start at right tackle for the Redskins.
Mike Thomas, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver: The former Jacksonville Jaguar's career continues a steep decline. He caught 66 passes only a few years ago.
Austin Davis, St. Louis Rams quarterback: Kellen Clemens will backup Sam Bradford.
Anthony Allen and Delone Carter, Baltimore Ravens running backs: The Ravens just traded for Carter, but he didn't last long. It looks like Bobby Rainey will be the team's No. 3 running back.
Dan Carpenter, New York Jets kicker: Carpenter just signed with the Jets a few days ago after he was cut by the Arizona Cardinals. His release leaves Nick Folk as the only kicker on the Jets' roster.
Lance Ball, Denver Broncos running back: Ball's release essentially locks Knowshon Moreno into third-down duties until Monte Ball and Ronnie Hillman shore up their pass protection skills. Undrafted rookie C.J. Anderson is expected to take the fourth running-back spot.