The New England Patriots must feel good about Sony Michel’s foot injury. The team made a surprising move Saturday, releasing veteran running back Lamar Miller, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Miller, 29, signed with the team in August while Michel was sidelined with a foot injury. Michel was able to return from his injury a few weeks later, and has looked good during practices, prompting the Patriots to part ways with Miller.
With the release, Miller now joins a fairly crowded free-agent market for running backs. He’ll have to compete with Devonta Freeman, Adrian Peterson and DeAndre Washington — who was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday — for opportunities. Teams dealing with injuries at running back — like the Chicago Bears or Jacksonville Jaguars — could call on one of those players.
That wasn’t the end of the Patriots’ moves, though.
Patriots cut both kickers
Both kickers getting dropped is quite a surprise from Bill Belichick. The Patriots had invested real draft capital in Rohrwasser, a rarity for kickers. The team also retained Rohrwasser when a tattoo of a far-right militia group, which he pledged to remove, captured headlines in April. Rohrwasser wasn’t the only 2020 fifth-rounder to get the axe, as the Detroit Lions also dropped running back Jason Huntley.
Folk was signed in late August to compete with Rohrwasser. The veteran had been solid for the team last year, making 14-of-17 field goals and all 12 extra points.
Dolphins confirm Josh Rosen’s release
The 10th overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft will also be looking for a new team in September. The Miami Dolphins confirmed they will release quarterback Josh Rosen on Saturday.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores spoke highly of Rosen, saying he is “immensely talented.”
Brian Flores confirms they are moving on from Josh Rosen. He notes he doesn’t have anything bad to say about Rosen. He said Rosen is “immensely talented” and he “competed” but they decided moving on is what’s best for the Dolphins. Flores says they feel good about Tua’s health.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) September 5, 2020
Rosen was traded to the Dolphins for a second-round pick last season. He failed to establish himself as an essential piece, throwing one touchdown and five interceptions in three starts last season.
It’s the second straight offseason Rosen has been displaced by a first-round draft pick. Rosen’s time with the Arizona Cardinals came to an end after the team selected Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. In April, the Dolphins picked Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick.
Sean Davis, Mike Glennon among other players to be released
A number of other players were released Saturday, but the Washington Football Team was responsible for two of the more interesting cuts. The team parted ways with safety Sean Davis after paying Davis a $2 million signing bonus. The team also cut tight end Richard Rodgers, whose father is an assistant coach with the team, according to Ian Rapoport.
The Jacksonville Jaguars also released quarterback Mike Glennon, showing confidence in second-year starter Gardner Minshew.
The #Jaguars are cutting both backup QBs Mike Glennon and Josh Dobbs, source said. A surprise. So it’s starter Gardner Minshew and backup Jake Luton from Oregon State… for now. One could return after the 53-man roster shakes out.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2020
In another surprise move, the Seattle Seahawks cut linebacker Shaquem Griffin.
The Seahawks are waiving DE/LB Shaquem Griffin, per source. A 2018 fifth-round pick, Shaquem seemed to have found a home as a pass-rusher/strongside LB, but now he’ll be available on waivers.— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) September 5, 2020
An aside: His twin bro Shaquill is in a contract year.
The Philadelphia Eagles parted ways with former second-round pick Sidney Jones.
Source: The #Eagles are expected to release CB Sidney Jones, a former 2nd round pick who never found his footing.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2020
Jones, 24, struggled to stay healthy during his career, starting just eight games over three seasons.
Another past high draft pick to be dropped was Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Breeland Speaks.
The Chiefs’ top pick in the 2018 NFL draft, taken 46th overall in the second round, was among those released by the team. Speaks spent all of the 2019 season in injured reserve with a knee injury, and posted 24 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his rookie year. He also received a four-game suspension for substance abuse in Dec. 2019.
Packers cut Aaron Rodgers’ lock WR
One day after Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers called Jake Kumerow a “lock” to make the roster, the team cut the wide receiver. Kumerow received praise from Rodgers and head coach Matt LaFleur.
Full 12 quote: "Jake Kumerow's been such a solid performer for us for the last couple years. I love his reliability. I think he's a fantastic, steady player who's very heady on the field. He makes plays, he plays with a lot of confidence. He's a guy you love having on the squad." pic.twitter.com/kuhHedCHCR— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) September 5, 2020
The Atlanta Falcons cut wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, a first-round pick in the 2016 draft, ending the opportunity to field 11 first-round selections on offense.
Falcons called Laquon Treadwell today to inform him of his release. Had a rough camp with some drops. Thoughts of Falcons fielding an offense with all first-rounders not gonna happen now with either Russell Gage at receiver or Keith Smith at fullback among the 11 on field.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 5, 2020
‘Hard Knocks’ stars released
The Los Angeles Rams waived two players who were featured prominently on “Hard Knocks” this season. The team cut rookie linebacker Clay Johnston, whose father, Kent, was a longtime strength coach in the league, including with the Packers. Johnston received a call from Packers legend Brett Favre during the series. Johnston could end up on the Rams’ practice squad after being selected in the seventh round of the 2020 draft.
The Rams also released cornerback Donte Deayon, whose positive attitude and jokes were a bright spot during “Hard Knocks.” He also could end up on the practice squad.
The Rams have released DB Donte Deayon. Wherever he lands, he will be prepared to flex on anyone. pic.twitter.com/0xuXPpuUuz— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) September 5, 2020
Adrian Peterson, Leonard Fournette remain the biggest names cut
While most releases will come Saturday, some prominent players were released a few days before the deadline. Running backs Adrian Peterson and Leonard Fournette remain the biggest names to be cut. Peterson, 35, remains a free agent. Fournette, 25, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.
Other prominent players to be cut include Prince Amukamara, Dare Ogunbowale, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Mohamed Sanu.
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