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Transactional Analysis: A Look at the Weekends Moves

After a weekend where over 1,000 NFL players were cut from their respective rosters, it can become a little difficult to keep track of everything. Well, thankfully, I have scrounged through each team’s transaction wire so that you don’t have to. Here are some of the highlights from this past weekend. 

AFC East

The Bills perhaps made the most fantasy-relevant move this past weekend by releasing veteran RB LeSean McCoy (who eventually landed on his with Andy Reid and the Chiefs). This move cleared the path for hyped-up rookie RB Devin Singletary. RB Marcus Murphy, who had 52 carries for the Bills last year, was also released. Some other players released from Buffalo: WR Ray-Ray McCloud (signed by the Panthers), WR David Sills, and WR Cam Phillips. TE Jason Croom was placed on injured reserve (IR), clearing the way for Tyler Kroft and Dawson Knox at the position. 

The Miami Dolphins made perhaps the biggest move of the entire offseason by shipping out star tackle Laremy Tunsil and WR Kenny Stills to the Texans for a bounty of draft capital and a couple of role players. This move depletes an already barren Miami offensive line and bolsters an equally weak Houston one. Some other fantasy-relevant moves: WR Isaiah Ford (released) and TE Dwayne Allen (waived/injured).

New England focused on bolstering their offensive line by making multiple trades to add interior offensive linemen. Starting center David Andrews was placed on injured reserve and New England is doing everything they can to replace him. Veteran QB Brian Hoyer was also cut, moving Jarrett Stidham into the role of Tom Brady’s backup. Other notable Patriots cuts: WR Braxton Berrios (signed by Jets) and rookie TE Andrew Beck (claimed by Broncos). N’Keal Harry was also placed on IR with a designation to return.  

The Jets did not make any splash moves, but rather a handful of smaller ones. Notable players released: WR Greg Dortch and RB Elijah McGuire. On the flip side, the Jets brought in WR Braxton Berrios and former Eagles RB Josh Adams. 

NFC East

The Dallas Cowboys’ RB room became much clearer this past weekend. The Cowboys cut RB Mike Weber and Darius Jackson, leaving only Alfred Morris and Tony Pollard on the roster outside of Ezekiel Elliot. There were also multiple reports of contract negotiations advancing this past weekend for the star RB. 

The most significant Giants move from this past weekend was the signing of WR Cody Core (from Cincinnati) following the 53-man cut-down on Saturday. The Giants also placed RB Rod Smith on season-ending IR. 

Out of Philadelphia, the Eagles cuts RBs Wendell Smallwood (signed by Redskins) and Josh Adams (Jets). They also placed TE Richard Rodgers on IR.

Washington didn’t do much to add to their roster but did cut former first-round pick WR Josh Doctson. The team also released RB Samaje Perine (signed by Bengals). 

AFC North

The only fantasy note-worthy move out of Baltimore was the placing of RB Kenneth Dixon on IR. The team did also waive RB Tyler Ervin, who was eventually claimed by the Jaguars. 

The Bengals were a busy bunch this past weekend. They waived WRs Cody Core, Josh Malone, and Stanley Morgan to clear up the crowded WR room. They placed OT Jonah Williams on the PUP list which means that he can return after six weeks. RB Rodney Anderson was placed on season-ending IR, as well as QB Jeff Driskel. Driskel’s injury moves Ryan Finley into sole possession of the backup QB spot. The team claimed WR Pharoah Cooper and RB Samaje Perine off waivers. 

The Browns waived TE Seth Devalve (claimed by Jaguars) and then acquired WR Taywan Taylor via trade with the Titans. The team also added RB Elijah McGuire to its practice squad. Cleveland also claimed TE Ricky Seals-Jones off waivers from Arizona. 

The only significant move out of Steelers camp was the release of veteran WR Eli Rogers. 

NFC North

The Bears waived WR/RB Taquan Mizzell Sr. and then extended OG Cody Whitehair for 5 years.

The Lions released WRs Tommylee Lewis and Jordan Lasley then claimed RB J.D. McKissic off waivers from Seattle. 

Green Bay released WR J’Mon Moore, RB Tra Carson and QB Deshone Kizer (claimed by Raiders). Carson’s release allowed for rookie Dexter Williams to make the roster as the Packers’ third running back on the depth chart. The team also placed WR Equanimeous St. Brown on season-ending IR. 

The Vikings released WR Laquon Treadwell, WR Dillon Mitchell (signed back to practice squad), WR Brandon Zylstra (signed by Panthers), QB Kyle Sloter and RB De’Angelo Henderson. 

AFC South

The Texans acquired LT Laremy Tunsil and WR Kenny Stills in an attempt to bolster what was already projected to be an electric offense. The team also added RB Carlos Hyde in a trade with the Chiefs. Other fantasy-relevant moves included the release of RB Damarea Crockett, RB Karan Higdon Jr., WR Vyncint Smith, and RB Josh Ferguson. Houston also traded holdout DE Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks. 


The Colts had a quiet weekend. They released TE Ross Travis and then signed QB Brian Hoyer to a 3-year deal. 

The Jaguars added Hard Knocks standout WR Keelan Doss to their practice squad and claimed TE Seth DeValve (Browns), RB Tyler Ervin (Ravens), and RB Devine Ozigbo (Saints). The team released RB Thomas Rawls and TE Ben Koyack then placed RB Alfred Blue on season-ending IR. 

The Titans traded WR Taywan Taylor to the Browns and then waived RB Jeremy McNichols, TE Ryan Hewitt, and RB Alex Barnes. 

NFC South

Atlanta too had a relatively quiet weekend. They released TE Logan Paulsen then signed K Matt Bryant. 

The Panthers waived WR Terry Godwin, WR Torrey Smith, QB Taylor Heinicke, RB Cameron Artis-Payne and RB Elijah Holyfield. Holyfield and Artis-Payne’s release leaves Reggie Bonnafon and Jordan Scarlett as the RBs behind Christian McCaffery on the Carolina depth chart. The team also claimed WRs Brandon Zylstra (Vikings) and Ray-Ray McCloud (Bills) off waivers. 

The Saints didn’t make much noise on the fantasy front this past weekend but did release/waive RB Devine Ozigbo (Jaguars), WR LJ Humphrey, and rookie TE Alize Mack. 

The Buccaneers waived/released RB Bruce Anderson & RB Andre Ellington while adding WR Emanuel Hall to their practice squad. 

AFC West 

Denver released RB Khalfani Muhammad and placed QB Drew Lock on IR. The team also released QB Kevin Hogan and added QB Brandon Allen to be their backup. 

Kansas City traded away RB Carlos Hyde (Texans) and then added RB LeSean McCoy. The Chiefs placed QB Chad Henne on IR and signed QB Matt Moore. 

RB Detrez Newsome might have been the most significant casualty of the Chargers’ cut-down process, however, the team placed starting LT Russell Okung on the NFI list to start the year. This means the veteran LT will miss at least the first six weeks and depletes an already battered Chargers offensive line. Chargers representatives also gave star RB Melvin Gordon’s reps permission to begin seeking a trade.

The Raiders added QB Deshone Kizer off of waivers from Green Bay and currently carry four QBs on the roster. The team also waived WRs Keelan Doss (Jaguars) and Marcell Ateman. 

NFC West

The Arizona Cardinals released TEs Ricky Seals-Jones (Browns) and Caleb Wilson. WRs Pharoah Cooper (Bengals) and Chad Williams were also cut. 

The Rams were pretty quiet this past weekend. Their most significant moves were the releases of RBs John Kelly and Justin Davis leaving only Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson behind Todd Gurley on the depth chart. 

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The 49ers waived RB Jeff Wilson and then placed RB Jerick McKinnon on season-ending IR for the second season in a row. McKinnon has yet to play a single snap for the 49ers after being signed in free agency prior to the 2018 season. The team also released veteran WR Jordan Matthews.

After Seattle acquired Jadeveon Clowney from Houston, they released WR Jaron Brown, WR Jazz Ferguson (signed back to practice squad), RB J.D. McKissic (Lions) and TE Jacob Hollister. 

There will be moves in the coming days as teams continue to round out their rosters, however, I hope that this gets you up to speed. The first match-up is only a few days away. Good luck!

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