Tag:Rudi Johnson
Posted on: August 30, 2008 8:02 pm

What happened to cut day?

 Cut day isn't what it used to be.
The final cut in the NFL used to feature a lot of big names. Now there is a handful here and there, but most of those are older players on the bottom slope side of their careers.
Scanning the list of cuts Saturday night, as teams trimmed their rosters to the 53-man limit, there were plenty of nobodies and not a lot of names most would not recognize.

That's in large part because teams have a better grasp on their rosters now than they did in the past. The fat is trimmed before the start of training camp in most cases, many times for money reasons.

Most of the decisions made Saturday involved special-teams factors. Who can cover kicks best? Is it the sixth receiver or the extra defensive back? Loser goes home. Winner earns a spot.

 We saw a name or two get the ax, players like Cincinnati Bengals running back Rudi Johnson and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Joey Harrington, but Johnson was being fazed out and Harrington is nothing close to being the quarterback he was when the Lions made him the third pick of the draft in 2002.

So credit goes to the NFL teams for making cut day a non-event now, even if they've taken all the fun out of it.


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