The Turk is Coming: Bubble will burst for fringe players

(Philadelphia, Pa)—-Fringe players from Seattle to New England are holding their breath as NFL teams have to get down to the league-mandated 53-player limit by 5 p.m. Saturday. All teams got down to 75 players earlier in the week, but now the toughest cuts are near where high-priced veterans, underachieving draft picks, and future Arena Football players are on edge. The process is the most difficult job for most head coaches and some (Dick Vermeil) were known to take it worse than the player that was going home.

Already some big name players have already been visited by the “Turk” including Cardinals Rookie LB Buster Davis, Texans WR Keenan McCardell, Texans WR/KR Bethel Johnson, and Jets DL Kimo von Oelhoffen,

Davis, who was Arizona’s third-round draft pick out of Florida State was surprisingly cut after was signed to a three-year, $1.7 million contract. I believe Davis’ size (smallish linebacker listed generously at 5’9) was having a tough transition from being a hot shot at Florida State and then being asked to play special teams. He is the club’s highest draft pick to be cut during his rookie season since defensive lineman Darwin Walker, a third-rounder in 2000.

McCardell, who was signed just before training camp to bolster Houston’s receiving group was just too old (37). With the emergence of third-round pick WR/KR Jacoby Jones, McCardell was pushed out the door. Look for teams to take a look at McCardell if a veteran receiver goes down early. For his career McCardell has 861 catches for 11,117 yards and 62 TD’s in 198 games.

Former Steelers large DT 36-year old von Oelhoffen’s time in the NFL might also be over as he was released by the Jets. When I attended the Eagles-Jets game on Thursday, I didn’t hear big Kimo’s name called once. The Jets are going to go with free agent pickup Kenyon Coleman, who had a nice training camp.

Keep visiting BIGPLAY for more news on other cuts as we gear up for the NFL opener on September 6th.


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