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Saturday's notable releases: Titans cut QB Trevor Siemian, Packers part ways with WR Jake Kumerow

As NFL teams make the moves to finalize their 53-man rosters, here are notable cuts and news from Saturday.

  • It was a short-lived stay in Tennessee for Trevor Siemian. Signed on Aug. 19, Siemian is being released by the Titans, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. Garafolo added he believes Siemian's time as a free agent will be short-lived just like his stay with the Titans as the one-time Broncos starter is likely to have options. Siemian, who played with the Jets last season and started one game, has started 25 games over four seasons in the NFL, 24 of those starts with Denver. With Siemian departing, that would put former Alliance of American Football player Logan Woodside as Ryan Tannehill's backup. Titans pass rusher Vic Beasley also passed his physical on Saturday and was moved from the non-football injury list to the active roster.
  • Green Bay's receiving corps has produced a surprising cut on the day all teams must trim to 53. The Packers are cutting fan favorite wideout Jake Kumerow, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. Discussion regarding Green Bay's receiving corps has persisted for over a year, thanks to its lack of notable playmakers outside of Davante Adams. Players like Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have risen to the challenge, but most everyone still expected the Packers to select a receiver in the first round of a target-heavy draft. Instead, they went with their quarterback of the future, Jordan Love. Now, they're trimming their roster by dropping a pass-catcher at a time when it seems as if they could use him more than depth elsewhere. Kumerow wasn't exactly a scoring machine, finding the end zone just twice in 19 career games, but the player known as "Touchdown Jesus" will no longer be available to help Aaron Rodgers. This process is always a puzzle, though, and assembly strategy can vary based on who is picking the pieces.
  • The reigning Super Bowl champions unveiled their first 53-man roster in the hopes of repeating. Among the notable cuts was quarterback Matt Moore, who was the only QB to lead K.C. to a win during their Super Bowl-winning season not named Patrick Mahomes. XFL standout quarterback Jordan Ta'amu was also cut along with running back DeAndré Washington.
  • A Pro Bowl special teams selection a season ago, Andre Roberts was released by the Bills on Saturday as one of a number of notables cut by the team. Receivers Duke Williams and Robert Foster, who each had starts last season, were also released. Safety Dean Marlowe, who had a pair of starts last season for Buffalo, and quarterback Davis Webb were also 53-man casualties.
  • Running back Lamar Miller really never got going with the New England Patriots and now he's departing, as he's being released by the team, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Miller signed with the Pats just before camp, but he's coming off an ACL tear and just recently passed his physical. The Patriots are also releasing wide receiver Jeff Thomas, Rapoport reported, and are waiving rookie quarterback Brian Lewerke, Pelissero reported. Kickers Nick Folk and Justin Rohrwasser were also among in the cuts the team later announced.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders are trading rookie third-round pick Lynn Bowden Jr., a versatile running back/returner, and a sixth-round draft choice to the Dolphins for a third-round pick in 2021. The Raiders are releasing former first-round pick Datone Jones, but are bringing the defensive lineman back on the practice squad, Pelissero reported. The team also waived former Lions RB Theo Riddick and receiver Keelan Doss, a fan favorite during last year's season of HBO's Hard Knocks.
  • Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore, who was on an restricted free-agent tender worth $2.13 million, has agreed to a restructured contract and will be staying in Seattle, Rapoport reported. Meanwhile, wideout Paul Richardson was cut, according to Pelissero. The Seahawks released outside linebacker Shaquem Griffin, Rapoport reported, and undrafted rookie quarterback Anthony Gordon was also waived, per Pelissero, who notes that the Washington State product is a probable practice squad candidate for Seattle.
  • Christian McCaffrey will have another backup, as the Carolina Panthers have released Reggie Bonnafon, the team announced. Carolina was the first team to officially announce its 53-man roster. The team also waived kicker/punter K/P Kaare Vedvik.
  • The Washington Football Team is releasing tight end Richard Rodgers, Rapoport reported, and waiving rookie quarterback Steven Montez, Pelissero reported. Washington also cut safety Sean Davis and placed linebacker Reuben Foster on injured reserve. Defensive end Nate Orchard and cornerback Aaron Colvin were also released. Also waived were wide receivers Trey Quinn and Cam Sims and linebacker Donald Payne. Washington quarterback Alex Smith officially made the 53-man roster, as it was previously reported he would.
  • The Cleveland Browns are cutting center Jon Toth and rookie quarterback Kevin Davidson, Pelissero reported. The team later confirmed each move and announced it was releasing quarterback Garrett Gilbert, wide receivers Damion Ratley and Taywan Taylor and running back Dontrell Hilliard.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals are cutting quarterback Brandon Allen, who got some starting experience last season with the Broncos, Pelissero reported. Allen wasn't the only Bengals QB cut on Saturday, as quarterback Jake Dolegala was informed by the team that he would be released, Pelissero reported. Currently, that leaves the Bengals with just Joe Burrow and Ryan Finley in the quarterback room. However, as Pelissero noted, Cincinnati is No. 1 on the waiver wire.
  • The Denver Broncos are parting ways with another linebacker, as they are cutting second-year player Josh Watson, per Pelissero. Watson played in eight games as a rookie. Denver also released quarterback Brett Rypien.
  • The Buffalo Bills are releasing linebacker Andre Smith, Rapoport reported. Smith, most notably a special teamer, was acquired via trade with the Panthers previously.
  • The Arizona Cardinals are releasing cornerback Chris Jones, Pelissero reported. Jones, heading into his third season, registered three starts last year for Arizona.
  • The Los Angeles Rams are waiving cornerback Donte Deayon. Deayon has drawn plenty of camera time during the current season of Hard Knocks and could return to the team on the practice squad if the three-year pro clears waivers. Rookie linebacker Clay Johnston, another Hard Knocks favorite, was released by the Rams, as well. L.A. placed linebacker Travin Howard (meniscus) on injured reserve and defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.
  • The Houston Texans are signing running back C.J. Prosise to their practice squad, Rapoport reported. Prosise spent the last four seasons with the Seahawks. Houston is also releasing center Greg Mancz. Mancz started every game for the Texans in 2016, but just 12 combined over the last three seasons and one last year. Safety Jaylen Watkins is also being released, though he could return to the practice squad, Rapoport reported. Watkins started three games for the Chargers last year and with the injury to Derwin James and his familiarity with L.A.'s defense, Watkins could be a candidate to land there, as well.
  • The Indianapolis Colts are releasing kicker Chase McLaughlin, who had been competing with Rodrigo Blankenship for the job, Pelissero reported. The team is also cutting tight end Andrew Vollert with the hopes of Vollert clearing waivers and being able to return to the practice squad. Though he appeared in just this season's initial episode, Vollert has drawn notoriety from Hard Knocks when he was memorably cut by the Chargers. Quarterback Chad Kelly was also waived.
  • The Detroit Lions are waiving quarterback David Blough, sources tell Pelissero. Blough started five games for the Lions in 2019 when Matthew Stafford was injured. The Lions are also releasing running back Jonathan Williams, though he's expected to return to the practice squad should he clear waivers, Rapoport reported.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars are cutting a pair of reserve quarterbacks, Mike Glennon and Josh Dobbs, Rapoport reported. As it stands, starter Gardner Minshew and rookie sixth-round pick Jake Luton are the QBs remaining on the roster. Offensive lineman Ryan Pope has also been released. Veteran cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring) has been placed on the reserve/injured list. Running back Ryquell Armstead has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Former Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is visiting the Jaguars, per Pelissero.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to release cornerbacks Sidney Jones, a former second-round pick, and Rasul Douglas, a former third-round pick, Rapoport reported. Also being released is Shareef Miller, Rapoport reported.
  • The Chicago Bears have released kicker Cairo Santos, but the veteran could be back on the roster in a matter of days, Pelissero reported, per sources. Santos was signed recently to compete with Eddy Pineiro for the starting job, though coach Matt Nagy has previously stated he wants to carry two kickers. The Bears waived linebacker Ledarius Mack, brother of Khalil, as part of their final moves in order to get to 53.
  • The New Orleans Saints are releasing defensive end Mario Edwards, Rapoport reported. In addition to Edwards, linebacker Anthony Chickillo, rookie tight end Tommy Stevens, who the team notably snagged from a division rival on draft day, and fellow veteran DE Margus Hunt were also cut.
  • The San Francisco 49ers will be activating wide receiver Deebo Samuel off the NFI list today, Rapoport reports. The team later listed WR Kevin White (2015 seventh overall pick), defensive lineman Dion Jordan (2013 third overall pick) and safety Johnathan Cyprien among the roster cuts.
  • For a second-straight season, former first-round pick Laquon Treadwell is being released on cut-down day. The Atlanta Falcons are cutting the No. 23 pick of the 2016 draft. Cut by Minnesota last year, Treadwell eventually returned to the Vikings for last season and recorded nine catches for 184 yards and one touchdown. It was just the second touchdown of his four-year run in the league. Quarterbacks Kurt Benkert and Kyle Lauletta were waived and defensive back J.J. Wilcox was released.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers released quarterback Paxton Lynch on Saturday, likely meaning Devlin "Duck" Hodges won the spot for No. 3 quarterback. Versatile wide receiver Ryan Switzer was also cut, as were running backs Trey Edmunds and Wendell Smallwood.
  • New York Jets backup quarterback Joe Flacco has been placed on the active roster after passing his physical. Flacco, who's recovering from neck surgery, is likely to miss the first couple games of the season. Quarterbacks David Fales (released) and Mike White (waived) along with recently signed wide receiver Donte Moncrief (waived) were cut.
  • The New York Giants released reserve quarterbacks Cooper Rush and Alex Tanney on Saturday.
  • Among the cuts for the Minnesota Vikings were quarterbacks Jake Browning and Nate Stanley.
  • In addition to kicker Matt Gay and running back Dare Ogunbowale, RB Raymond Calais was listed among the players released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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