It has been two weeks since my last training camp roster projection. What's changed since then? There have been some players who have suffered injuries, the rosters were already trimmed to 80 players, and there have been two additional preseason games to help evaluate players. I will have one more roster projection before the final 53-man rosters are released. In anticipate my roster projection being posted on Friday.
Injured reserve projections: OG, P
The above list contains 53 players that I kept, and 26 players that I cut. My practice squad only contains six players, meaning two players would come from other team's cuts. Listed below is what has changed since the last time. Any position not listed did not have any changes.
General Roster Projection Notes
Quarterback: Not only has Jarrett Brown looked lost, but it seems as though the team will need to be extra deep at certain positions while players heal. Brown will see zero action unless our top two quarterbacks get injured in one game. Might as well stash him on the practice squad instead.
Running Back: With Brandon Jackson scheduled to be out until about Week 4, another running back needed to be added temporarily. I am too concerned about Armond Smith's fumbling issues and miscues in camp to trust him with playing time right now. I know Quinn Porter hasn't had time to show much either, but he hasn't made the big blunder yet. Smith can still be on the practice squad.
Wide Receiver: I had to move Carlton Mitchell to the cut list because I really feel the team will keep four tight ends. Mitchell would've stayed if it weren't for Jackson's injury at running back. If they can put Mitchell on the practice squad and Jackson returns after a couple of weeks, Mitchell can take Porter's spot on the final roster.
Offensive Line: With Eric Steinbach likely out for the season, I placed him on the IR. It was a toss-up on who would take his spot between Pat Murray and newcomer Oniel Cousins. I went with Murray because he's been here longer; Cousins can prove his worth on Thursday.
- Linebacker: I added Auston English to the mix this time as the seventh linebacker. This is another injury situation -- with Chris Gocong and Titus Brown being banged up, that extra guy might be needed, especially on special teams.
There weren't too many changes, but there were enough. Feel free to share your own updated roster projections here, or some changes you would make to mine.