Cam Newton publishes list of NFL players – WGAU
Cam Newton followed Mac Jones down the sideline, raising his right hand, waiting for the rookie quarterback Slap it after the No. 15 overall pick scored a touchdown in a preseason game on Sunday night.
Newton might as well have congratulated Jones on accepting his post.
The New England Patriots released Newton on Tuesday hours before NFL teams reduced the rosters to 53 players. Jones, the first QB selected in the first round in Bill Belichick’s 22 seasons in New England, takes over after Newton was a stopgap a year after Tom Brady’s departure.
Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, tops the list of players looking for a new team. He was 7-8 as a starter last season.
“He started off at a much higher point than he did last year, so he’s definitely going in the right direction,” Belichick said of Newton on Monday.
A day later he left Patriot Way.
Newton is not vaccinated and recently missed his training time due to COVID-19 protocols. It’s unclear if this factored into New England’s decision to let him go.
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said vaccination status was a factor to consider in their roster decisions.
“Everyone was taken into account. It was part of the production, let’s start talking about it and also, “Is he vaccinated or not?” Can I say he was a decision maker? It was definitely in consideration, ”Meyer said.
Meyer pointed out that defensive end Josh Allen was out for a week due to protocols. Allen, who is not vaccinated, was activated from the COVID-19 list on Monday.
“Well Josh Allen never had (COVID),” Meyer said. “He hasn’t played for two weeks. So he never had COVID. I don’t know if I have the right to say that, but he never had COVID. So it’s pretty punitive.
The Eagles have released wide receiver Travis Fulgham, who had an excellent five-game streak last season before disappearing from offense. Veteran running back Jordan Howard was also cut off by Philadelphia.
Baltimore has released quarterback Trace McSorley, leaving Tyler Huntley as Lamar Jackson’s replacement. Carolina cut quarterback Will Grier, a third-round pick in 2019. The Panthers currently have Sam Darnold and PJ Walker as quarterbacks.
The Falcons kept substitute quarterbacks Josh Rosen and Felipe Franks. Rosen, a former Arizona first-round pick, survived the cuts a week after signing with Atlanta and playing just one preseason game.
The Browns, a legitimate title contender after so many miserable seasons, surprisingly freed wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge, have enjoyed a strong preseason, capturing two touchdown passes in the last two games. He has also been a valuable special teammate. However, he fell behind Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins and rookie Anthony Schwartz on the depth board as a No.3 behind Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr.
Cleveland also retained defensive tackle Malik McDowell, a former Seattle second-round pick whose career once seemed over following an ATV accident and two arrests in 2017.
The Chiefs have placed offensive lineman Kyle Long, who came out of retirement only to break his shin early in camp, on the list for those physically unable to play.
The Detroit Lions found themselves without a kicker, freeing Randy Bullock and Zane Gonzalez.
Tennessee cut wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, a fourth-round pick. The Titans gave up 15 spots to No.109, trading their fifth-round pick and seventh round for the wide receiver, who struggled with abandoned passes.
The 49ers have cut several veterans, including running back Wayne Gallman, wide receiver Travis Benjamin, safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix, cornerback Dontae Johnson and tight ends Jordan Matthews and MyCole Pruitt.
The Raiders cut off quick receiver John Brown after signing him earlier this offseason to replace late Nelson Agholor. Brown had $ 3.24 million guaranteed on the one-year deal, but ended up behind Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards and Zay Jones on the depth chart to the outside receiver and was cut.
The Bengals have released two Week 1 2020 starters: goaltender Michael Jordan and defensive tackle Mike Daniels.
Several teams have traded to reach the limit of the list.
The Chiefs traded offensive lineman Yasir Durant to the Patriots for a seventh-round pick in 2022.
The Eagles gave offensive lineman Matt Pryor and a 2022 seventh-round pick to the Colts for a sixth round.
The Lions got wide receiver Trinity Benson and a 2023 sixth-round pick from Denver for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks in 2022.
The Niners traded linebacker Jonas Griffith to Denver for a sixth-round pick. The deal also includes a seventh round trade.
Some teams still hadn’t announced the change to their roster within hours of the deadline.
AP Pro Football Writers Teresa M. Walker and Josh Dubow and AP Sports Writers Kyle Hightower, Mark Long, Tom Withers, Larry Lage, Mitch Stacy, Tom Canavan, David Skretta, Noah Trister, Greg Beacham, Steve Reed and Charles Odum have contributed.
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