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Beane prefers single cut down from 90

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2017 – 6:05 pm

This year the NFL eliminated the first cut down to 75, which took place almost a week ahead of the cut down to 53 players for regular season rosters. GM Brandon Beane, who was part of more than his fair share of cut down decisions in Carolina, prefers the single cut down for a couple of reasons.

In an appearance on the John Murphy Show this week, Beane explained why.

“It gives us the roster battles,” he said. “With injuries, you want to protect your starters. I’ve experienced before where we’ve had to play starters more than we wanted to in (preseason) game four because of we didn’t have the back-ups there and we had to get down to 75, and you couldn’t get rid of guys because they had injuries.

“We did release some guys where we had some depth, so that let us weed out some guys, so we can focus on others. At the end of the day, I like the flexibility of being able to keep up to 90. If we had to get down to 75 would have made it harder. Some of the guys that wouldn’t have played (against the Lions), or played minimally, might’ve had to play.”


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Bills final roster trends 2006-2012

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2013 – 6:15 am

Here’s a breakdown of what the final 53-man roster looked like by position over the last seven seasons when the roster was reduced at the end of August. Certain coaching staffs had their preferences, which might make predicting the direction Coach Marrone and his staff take a bit challenging with this being his first season with the club.

The only positions that should be relatively easy to call in terms of numbers are the specialists (3), the running backs (4) because it seems likely that they’ll carry a fullback and tight end (3). Beyond that the numbers could vary by one or two to what they’ve been in the past based on some of the injuries (Kolb, Gilmore).

Position                2006       2007       2008       2009       2010       2011       2012       2013
QB                          3              2              3              3              3              3              4              ?
RB                           4              5              4              3(1 sus)  4              4              4              ?
WR                         6              5              6              6              5              5              4              ?
TE                           3              3              3              3              2 (1 sus) 3               3              ?
OL                           9              8              9              8              9             8               9              ?
DL                           8              10           9              9               7              7              8              ?
LB                           7              7              6              7              10           11             7              ?
DB                          10           10           10           11              10           9               10           ?
ST                           3              3              3              3              3              3              4              ?


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