• My Scores
  • NFL
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • Golf

By the numbers: NFL cutdown day gives us fascinating figures

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

BenJarvus Green-Ellis' historical performance didn't help him make the Bengals squad. (USATSI)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis' historical performance didn't help him make the Bengals squad. (USATSI)

In case you somehow missed it, NFL teams cut down their rosters to 53 on Saturday, meaning 1) Week 1 of the regular season is officially here and 2) there are plenty of interesting numbers roaming around after 700-some players were cut this weekend.

Here were a couple from the inestimable Brian McIntyre, as of late Saturday night.

And ...

But that's not all the fascinating figures for which we foraged. Here were some of those numbers we found from Saturday's cut day.

0: The number of career punt returns for Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. As of now, he's the No. 1 punt returner on the Seattle depth chart, via Liz Mathews. Of course, this is what Thomas did in the preseason.

2: The number of Bengals No. 1 running backs in team history who have led Cincinnati to back-to-back playoff appearances. Via Bengals.com, the first was Pete Johnson in 1981 and 1982. The second was BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who was released Saturday.

5: The number of consecutive seasons the Ravens have only kept two quarterbacks on their Week 1 roster after releasing 2014 sixth-round pick Keith Wenning on Sunday, via the Baltimore Sun. So far, it's been a good move, as Joe Flacco has started 96-straight games, dating back to when he was drafted in the first round in 2008. During that time, the only other quarterbacks to take snaps are Troy Smith and Tyrod Taylor, though receiver Mark Clayton, running back Ray Rice, receiver Anquan Boldin and punter Sam Koch also have tossed passes.

11: The number of consecutive years that at least one team per NFL season has gone from worst to first in its division. That, via the Boston Globe, is a record. Great news, then, for the Bills, Browns, Texans, Raiders, Redskins, Vikings, Buccaneers and Rams.

19: Where the Eagles rank in the league in regards to their youth. As in, Philadelphia is the 19th-youngest team. Which is quite a change from 2012 when the Eagles were the second-youngest team in the NFL, via Jimmy Kempski.

And just because this was so interesting, I've embedded this tweet from Kempski.

24: The number of players who will start the season on the suspended list, via Howard Balzer. Those two dozen players will miss a total of 87 games, and that doesn't include the year-long suspensions for players like Daryl Washington, Josh Gordon and Justin Blackmon.

52: The number of career interceptions recorded by cornerback Champ Bailey, who was cut Saturday by the Saints. Even if Bailey retires, there's seemingly a strong chance he'll make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in five years.

147: The draft slot in which the Falcons selected Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen in the fifth round of the 2014 draft. Thus, with Atlanta cutting him, Allen is the highest draft pick not to make the team that selected him (excluding those who were placed on the IR list), via @tclessard.

2008: The year linebacker James Harrison won the AP defensive player of the year, which was six years after he entered the league as an undrafted free agent that had very little chance of making an impact in the NFL. But he retired on Sunday after 11 seasons in the league in which he accumulated 66 sacks (16 of which occurred in 2008) and made five Pro Bowl teams.

5,000,000: The amount of money Kyle Orton could make after signing a deal with the Bills. Considering he got to keep his entire $5 million signing bonus with the Cowboys after he won his stare-down with Dallas (the team released him instead of forcing him to retire and having to pay back some of his bonus), it's been a great offseason for Orton. And his financial future.

And perhaps the most important number of all ...

23: The number of consecutive Sundays after today that will feature at least one NFL game.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Sign up to our newsletter and find out who your team could be picking

nfl Video

October 10, 2015
Is their a sliver lining to Luck's Injury? (2:22)
October 10, 2015
Is it time to chill out about Suh?
October 9, 2015
Christian Fauria talks Texans, Tom Brady, and Greg Hardy
October 9, 2015
Time to Schein: Week 5 NFL picks


Most Popular

CBSSports Shop

Men's Nike Scarlet Ohio State Buckeyes No. 15 Limited Football Jersey

College Sideline Gear
Get your favorite school
Shop Now

2016 Super Bowl
Super Bowl