Post NFL Cuts: Where Are They Now (NFC)
Earlier we took a look into the AFC to help make sense of all the movement that has occurred throughout the off season and the the last few days as teams trimmed their rosters down to 53 and filled out their practice squads. There will still be some movement between now and Sunday but here is the latest for the NFC.
Dallas Cowboys - It appears as though the Ezekiel Elliott contract situation will be dealt with either this week or prior to week 2, but as insurance the Cowboys welcomed Alfred Morris back to the team to work with rookie Tony Pollard if in case the Elliott contract situation lingers. Speaking of welcoming back former players, Jason Witten returns after spending the season in the booth and certainly is an upgrade at the TE position. Along with Witten, Dak Prescott has found himself another option in the passing to compliment Amari Cooper and Micheal Gallup in that of Randall Cobb (Packers) to replace Cole Beasley.
New York Giants - Many fans have been questioning David Gettleman for years and this year was no different in the team parting ways with Odell Beckham Jr and Olivier Vernon. How do you replace OBJ,well you don't but they went out and signed Golden Tate (Eagles) and improved their interior line play with Kevin Zeitler (Browns) who will forever be tied to OBJ. Outside Tate, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram they added Cody Lattimer (Broncos) after Corey Coleman suffered and ACL injury. Included with Zeitler in the OBJ trade the Giants also received Jabrill Peppers (Browns).
Philadelphia Eagles - Carson Wentz is back and hopefully for an entire 16 game slate this time around. The Eagles went brought in Jordan Howard (Bears) to help tutor rookie back Miles Sanders along with deep ball threat DeSean Jackson (Bucs) who they hope can continue to stretch the field. On the other side of the ball they made a couple under the radar type pickups in bringing back Vinny Curry to continue to allow them to keep that front four fresh and LB Zach Brown (Redskins). Brown has the ability to help you win championships and is a great great late round add to your IDP rosters.
Washington Redskins - Perhaps the biggest addition to the Redskins offense is the return of RB Derrius Guice who missed his entire rookie season after tearing his ACL in the 2018 pre season. There will also be a new quarterback calling plays in DC in the form of Case Keenum (Broncos). The quarterback situation is murky at best with Keenum, Colt McCoy, rookie Dwayne Haskins and the legend himself Alex Smith (IR). While Keenum is a serviceable signal caller it is only a matter of time till they give their rookie a shot. On defense they added All Pro safety Landon Collins (Giants) and tackle producer Jon Bostic who could serve you well as a LB4.
Chicago Bears - First off, I get it, it's been 1 year since you all acquired Khalil Mack now stop reminding me and let me continue to grieve. The Bears have added a few solid pieces to an already playoff bound squad, those pieces include Cordarrelle Patterson (Patriots), Mike Davis (Seahawks) and HaSean Clinton-Dix (Packers). Patterson is a potential flex option in leagues that allow for return yards and the jury is still out on Mike Davis whom they gave a good chunk of coin to in the off season, but the belief here is that the rookie David Montgomery will be the lead back with Tarik Cohen keeping his current role.
Detroit Lions - The additions of The Outlaw Jesse James (Steelers) and Danny Amendola (Dolphins) don't exactly strike fear in the eyes of opposing defenses, but there they are. Both are ok options at best for Matt Stafford but the expectation is that Kenny Golladay will continue to be fed and TJ Hockenson along with Marvin Jones will be secondary options. Kerryon Johnson is in line for the lions share (see what I did there) of carries but goal line vulture CJ Anderson (Rams) and newly acquired JD McKissic (Seahawks) could factor in as well.
Green Bay Packers - The only moves worth reporting happen to take place on the defensive side of the ball in Za'Darius Smith (Ravens) who will certainly have a presence off the edge, Adrian Amos (Bears) and Preston Smith (Redskins). For those looking to see who would emerge opposite of Devante Adams it looks as it will be Marquez Valdes-Scantling with Geronimo Allison as the third option as Equanimeous St. Brown is heading to the IR. Also don't be surprised when Notre Dame rookie Dexter Williams overtakes Jamaal Williams as Aaron Jones back up.
Minnesota Vikings - Oh the irony, the Vikes cut Laquan Treadwell in favor of Chad Beebe and Olabisi Johnson only to then turn around around a sign fellow draft classmate Josh Doctson (Redskins) after he was cut and passed through waivers. Outside of that everything has pretty much remained status quo as the Vikings are looking to run the ball this season more than they had previously.
Atlanta Falcons - Down in the dirty south the Falcons used the draft to repair their offensive line to make life easier on Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith. The Falcons lost Tevin Coleman (Niners) during free agency but were able to welcome back Deion Jones and Keanu Neal from the IR. Both players are easily top 5 at their respective positions and are week in and week out starters for you IDP squads.
Carolina Panthers - The Panthers are going young at receiver with DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel and their top pair and I expect both to have big years, if you dig a little deeper into that receiver core you'll find Chris Hogan (Patriots) as a third option that could have value if an injury occurs. Then at RB it looks like is all Christian McCaffery but if something were to happen to him that would force him to miss any time the Panthers will have to count on Reggie Bonnafon and Jordan Scarlett. On defense they added DT Gerald McCoy (Bucs) and edge rusher Bruce Irvin (Raiders).
New Orleans Saints - The Saints continue to upgrade to potent offense with the additions of Jared Cook (Raiders) and Latavius Murray (Vikings). Cook will be a top 12 TE and a weekly must start in this offense and while Murray won't have an Ingram type effect on Alvin Kamara he should still be considered a flex option. On defense they recently acquired Kiko Alonso (Dolphins) via trade but the only backer i'm confident in starting is Demario Davis. In deep leagues keep an eye on Emmanuel Butler who is currently on the practice squad.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Bucs lost Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson meaning there will be even more targets for Mike Evans and everyone's latest hype train conductor Chris Godwin. The running back situation isn't all that great with Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones the hope is that one can emerge as a lead back however Dare Ogunbowale is carving out a role on this team and is easily the best pass catching back of the bunch. The defense lost Kwon Alexander (Niners) but replaced him in the draft with Devin White as well as fellow names IDPers should monitor Deone Bucannon (Cardinals) Ndamukong Suh (Rams) Shaquil Barret (Broncos) and Carl Nassib (Browns). The Bucs were awful at keeping pressure on opposing QB's last year and hope the additions are somewhat of an improvement.
Arizona Cardinals - Coach Kingsbury is hoping to bring his wide open offense to the desert and have it led bu number one overall pick Kyler Murray. Murray will have some weapons to work and grow with in the form of vets Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson, Charles Clay (Bills), Micheal Crabtree (Ravens) and youngsters Christian Kirk, KeeSean Johnson and Andy Isabella. On defense Terrell Suggs (Ravens) joins Chandler Jones in their quest to sack opposing QBs.
Los Angeles Rams - The defense improved in the off season with the additions of Eric Weddle (Ravens) and Clay Matthews (Packers) both of whom are hoping to find the fountain of youth in the City of Angels. Weddle is still a solid option in any IDP format however Matthews best days appear to be behind him. Offensively Cooper Kupp and Todd Gurley look to rebound from injuries that took away part of their 2018 campaigns. Least us not forget if Jared Goff ever goes down, they always have Blake Bortles (Jaguars).
San Francisco 49ers - The 49ers brought in Tevin Coleman (Falcons) to compliment Matt Breida in the running game after yet again Jerrick McKinnon was lost before the season even began. They also added two young receivers via the draft that could see action early on in the season in Jalen Hurd and Deebo Samuel whom both add an excitement to the offense. On defense new additions should make immediate impacts Dee Ford (Chiefs) and Kwon Alexander (Bucs) will join an already impressive front seven that includes DeForest Buckner, Fred Warner and Arik Armstead.
Seattle Seahawks - When last season ended it marked an end to one of the best receivers to ever play the game and obviously one of my favorites, Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks drafted and picked up UDFA in hopes they found someone capable to starting opposite of Tyler Lockett. Among those they have brought in are DK Metcalf, Gary Jennings, John Ursua and practice squad member Jazz Ferguson. DJ Fluker (Giants) was added to the offensive line in an effort to protect Russell Wilson. The biggest splash was the outright fleecing of the Texans when they received Jadeveon Clowney( Texans) for next to nothing this certainly fills the void that Frank Clark (Chiefs via trade) left behind. They also added Ziggy Ansah (Lions) to that front foursome.
There you have it everything you need to know about where the players went before the season kicks off on Thursday with the Packers and the Bears.