Roster cuts are due Saturday, so it is time to officially predict what you think the final 53-man roster will be. After the final roster is announced, we'll see which DBN member came closest to correctly projecting the roster. After the jump is my fourth and final roster projection; my previous one was posted back on Tuesday, prior to the final preseason game.
Injured reserve: OG, P
The above list contains 53 players that I kept, and 26 players that I cut. My practice squad only contains seven players, meaning one player 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
Running Back: After seeing the number of reps that Armond Smith received in the final preseason game, I decided to swap him with Quinn Porter, putting Porter on the practice squad instead. I also added fullback Tyler Clutts to the practice squad.
Wide Receiver: I reconsidered my stance on wide receiver Carlton Mitchell and decided to put him on the 53-man roster. I think the coaching staff really does like him, and I don't think they want to release him just because the guy was unfortunate and injured his finger in camp.
Offensive Line: No change here, but I wanted to say this: I came very close to switching Branndon Braxton with newcomer Oniel Cousins. Swapping Pat Murray and Cousins seems more likely, but call it a hunch.
Defensive Line: I realized that I've been misclassifying Auston English as a linebacker, when he is really a defensive end. I couldn't have nine defensive linemen, so I ditched defensive tackle Travis Ivey. The loophole was the reason I had the open roster spot for Carlton Mitchell again.
Linebacker: (See above for my position change on Auston English). This unit is back down to six linebackers, but who else is going to make the final roster? I thought about cutting Brian Smith too. I could see us adding two players off waivers at this position.
- Defensive Backs: I decided to add DeAngelo Smith to the practice squad.
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.