Michael Lombardi, NFL.com
Great article from an experienced front office guy. Interesting things to keep in mind, from the article:
- [E]ntering Week 3 of the preseason, teams have essentially a core of 40 players making up the offense and defense who are secure with their starting and backup positions. All that is left is the final 13 spots, along with formulating the practice squad.
- Teams don't want to keep a veteran who will not dress on the opening day roster [that is, a vet who won't make the 45 man active roster on game day]
- The last few spots must be flexible. Ron Wolf, when he was the general manager of the Packers, always had an agreement with coach Mike Holmgren that the 51st to 53rd players could become expendable if he saw someone on the waiver wire that was better.
- The Rams, with the first claiming order at the final cut, can add a few players who can significantly improve their roster. (Expect them to make many moves, including adding some receivers) [this will affect our ability to get someone like Williams, Ajirotutu, or Goodman to our practice squad if they don't make the 53 man]