Tracking the 2014 Roster Cut Casualties
It’s hard to imagine a day on the NFL calendar with a larger discrepancy between fan and team reaction than Final Cut Day. While it’s easy to understand the disparate passion between the Super Bowl winner and loser, it’s quite another thing to try to grasp the joy that NFL wonks experience during league transactions, while teams reduce their rosters to the final 53 spots heading into the season. For players in the NFL, dreams are crushed and hearts are broken during this time of year.
For fantasy owners, it’s a whole other world. Final cuts often result in very little fanfare, and most teams won’t be releasing players that make a big immediate impact on the team and depth chart dynamics that heavily influence fantasy sports. However, many of the moves will have rippling affects, as depth charts are shortened, camp competitions come to a final conclusion, and released players are scooped up by other teams with more pressing positional needs.
With the season drawing near, and final cut day looming, 4for4.com has you covered! This article will be updated right up until the final cuts are made preparing for the 2014 NFL season, so check in before your fantasy drafts for any potentially impactful transactions. The below team-by-team brief analysis is not meant to be comprehensive, but will highlight any fantasy relevant moves made as teams trim rosters down to 53 players.
Additionally, players placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and placed on injured reserve (IR) during final cuts will be noted. IR designation usually means the players’ season is done. Game over. Meanwhile, PUP makes the player ineligible to play for the first six weeks of the season.
On August 26th, teams reduced rosters from 90 to 75. By 4PM EST Saturday, August 30th, teams are required to cut down to final 53-man rosters.