Teams in the NFL are required to cut their rosters to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Cuts come earlier this season as teams had three preseason games — not four — to accommodate the 17-game regular season schedule.
The biggest names let go are New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and New Orleans Saints running back Devonta Freeman. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari and Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore will start the season on the the physically unable to perform list.
A week after former first-round pick Josh Rosen signed with the Falcons, the quarterback ended up making the team’s initial 53-man roster.
Here’s a look at the biggest move by each team and all the cuts:
Biggest move: The Browns had several potential special teams stalwarts fighting for the last spots on the 53-man roster, including WR KhaDarel Hodge, LB Elijah Lee and WR JoJo Natson. But in the end, Cleveland elected to keep four running backs instead, including D’Ernest Johnson, who along with rookie RB Demetric Felton, now figures to play a big role in the return game. — Jake Trotter
Waived/released: S Elijah Benton, WR Ja’Marcus Bradley, TE Jordan Franks, OL Colby Gossett, DE Porter Gustin, LB Willie Harvey Jr, WR KhaDarel Hodge, DE Joe Jackson, RB John Kelly, QB Kyle Lauletta, DE Cameron Malveaux, TE Kyle Markway, S Jovante Moffatt, OL Javon Patterson, S Sheldrick Redwine, CB Emmanuel Rugamba, LB Tegray Scales, FB Johnny Stanton IV, OL Alex Taylor, DE Curtis Weaver, DT Marvin Wilson, CB Brian Allen, DT Sheldon Day, LB Elijah Lee, WR JoJo Natson
Biggest move: Cutting running back Peyton Barber, because it signals a thought process. Two weeks ago he was a lock. And Barber might return, but Washington wanted to keep youth elsewhere – including undrafted back Jaret Patterson, who impressed during those two weeks. It’s not that Barber is great, but he fit a specific role for them as a short-yardage runner and replacement for Antonio Gibson. But the team remains in a building phase and therefore didn’t make moves designed to win now. It was evident with other players, including tight end Sammis Reyes and defensive end Shaka Toney. Both factor much bigger down the road than now. — John Keim
Waived/released: WR Isaiah Wright, WR Tony Brown, RB Jonathan Williams, OL Jon Toth, DB Linden Stephens, DB Cole Luke, LB Joe Walker, DT Devaroe Lawrence, TE Caleb Wilson, QB Steven Montez, OL David Steinmetz, DE Will Bradley-King, CB Jimmy Moreland, CB Danny Johnson, S Jeremy Reaves, LB Jordan Kunaszyk, OT David Sharpe, DE Bunmi Rotimi, RB Peyton Barber, OL Wes Martin, WR Antonio Gandy-Golden, DE Daniel Wise, DT Gabe Wright, OL Keith Ismael, OL Beau Benzschawel, LB David Mayo, LB Jared Norris
Biggest move: Atlanta kept three quarterbacks on its initial 53-man roster — including former first-round pick Josh Rosen — as it tries to sort out the backup to Matt Ryan. It’s entirely possible that shuffles throughout the next few days as players get released, but it’s another chance for Rosen to learn from a top-flight quarterback after being tutored by Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Brady the past two years.— Michael Rothstein
Waived/released: RB Caleb Huntley, WR Chris Rowland, S Dwayne Johnson Jr., DL Eli Ankou, DL Zac Dawe, OLB Tuzar Skipper, LB Kobe Jones, OL Willie Beavers, WR Trevor Davis, S JR Pace II, LB Emmanuel Ellerbee, OL Ryan Neuzil, WR Juwan Green, CB Delrick Abrams, RB D’Onta Foreman, OL Sam Jones, WR Antonio Nunn, TE John Raine, OL Joe Sculthorpe, DL Chris Slayton, OL Kion Smith, ILB Erroll Thompson, TE David Wells, CB Chris Williamson
Waived/injured: P Dom Maggio
Physically unable to perform list: OL Matt Gono
COVID-19 reserve: TE Parker Hesse