The final roster cuts are only 13 days away, and teams can start signing players to their Practice Squads 2 weeks from today, at noon on Sunday. So, half way through preseason, it's about time to start the final roster predictions, here's mine, and I hope you'll post yours in response.
This years roster choices somehow seem much easier than in the past, But I'm you all can tell me where I'm wrong. Of course injuries can upset this list at anytime, and I'm assuming that the early reports of Wright's and Ayers injuries last night is correct, and they are only minor. I will list the minimum number of roster spots for each position (as I see them), but I'm rather iffy on numbers 52 and 53.
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS (23):
FULLBACKS (1): Quinn Johnson
OFFENSIVE GUARDS (2): LG - Andy Levitre and RG Chance Warmack
DEFFENSIVE PLAYERS (26):
NOSE TACKLES (2): Sammy Lee Hill, and Antonio Johnson
CORNERBACKS (6, 5 is the minimum, but I prefer 6): LCB - Jason McCourty, RCB - Alterraun Verner (can shift to the slot), "Nickel" - Coty Sensabaugh, Tommy Campbell (also a S), Blidi Wreh-Wilson, and Khalid Wooton
SPECIAL TEAMS (4):
KICKER (1): Rob Bironas
PUNTER (1): Brett Kern (also the holder on kicks)
LONG SNAPPER (1): Beau Brinkley (also a TE)
KICKOFF & PUNT RETURNER (1): Darius Reynaud (also a RB/WR)
PRACTICE SQUAD (8): WR - Michael Preston, TE - Brandon Barden, FB - Colin Mooney, OT - Daniel Baldridge, DT - DeJohn Harris, S - Markelle Martin, LB - Kadarron Anderson, and QB (signing among final cuts, if Rusty Smith is cut)
SOME OTHER CUTS (name players either cut or as trade bate, and aren't eligible for the Practice Squad): WR Kevin Walter, KR/PR/WR - Marc Mariani, OG/C Chris Spence, OT - Barry Richardson, S - Al Afalava, QB - Rusty Smith, LB - Patrick Bailey, LB Gary Guyton, S - Corey Lynch and OG Kasey Studdard
The 52nd roster spot went to the KR/PR, and it was a close call, but Reynaud got the edge, because of Mariani's health. The 53 roster spot comes down to QB Rusty Smith or a 4th Safety (probably Corey Lynch, but I think they might be able to do better among the final roster cuts)and that's a very tough call.