NFL 2022 Final Slate Cuts: 32 takeaways include pressure on Trey Lance, Eagles upgrade, and more

The 2022 NFL preseason is in full view, and now all 32 teams have finalized their rosters for the regular season. “Finalized” is a loose word here, given that lineups will be changed by the end of the year. But we now have a clear preview of what most clubs will look like ahead of Week 1. Here are 32 key takeaways from Tuesday’s deadline for the Final Cups:

1. The pressure is on Trey Lance. Actions speak louder than words, and 49ers happy to welcome again Jimmy Garoppolo on a revised contract suggests that Kyle Shanahan can’t completely let go of his oft-wounded flame. Yes, quarterback insurance is required. But imagine you’re Lance, your predecessor, back in the room trying to not only win games, but everyone in and around the team.

2. The Eagles have upgraded virtually every one of their need positions after trading for Chauncey Gardner Johnson, the fiery ex-Saints slot corner. Gardner-Johnson will slip in as a starting safety in a secondary that also includes Darius Kill and James Bradberry. Maybe it’s not bad to buy into the Philly hype.

3. This is james cook season in Buffalo, with a pass-catching specialist Duke Johnson published. Single diviner and Zack Moss will remain the best traditional running backs, but the rookie is now set for a legitimate role.

4. Dameon Pierce is even more ready to make noise at RB, with the former Foals hall Marlon Mac among those cut. The Florida rookie product should be an easy choice to handle the highest job, with Rex Burkhead in addition.

5. Malik Willis‘ pre-season electricity was not for nothing, with the Titans Chopped off Logan Woodside as by Ryan Tannehill superior backup. Quietly, this situation bears similarities to the Lance-Garoppolo pairing of 2021. It’s probably only a matter of time until Tennessee is itching for Willis’ athleticism under center.

6. The Cowboys do not value the backup QB position. After cutting the three Dak Prescott reserves (Cooper Rush, Will Grier, Ben DiNucci), they plan to bring at least one back once they can move other veterans to injured reserve. This means they have confidence that they will be available, which means everyone around the NFL think very little of them. Which is fine, if you think any prolonged Dak loss means the season is doomed anyway. Still, legitimate No. 2s can go a long way.

seven. Josh McDaniels doesn’t care about Jon Gruden-Mike Mayock-era investments. Cut the first round of 2021 Alex Leatherwood is an admission of a bad bet at the right tackle, but the trade Trayvon Mullena 24-year-old starting cornerback, is quite the endorsement of a redone secondary headlined by Rock Ya Sin.

8. The jaguars truly have a deeper receiving body as evidenced by the release of Laquon treadmillwho has established himself as the favorite target of Trevor Lawrence in stride in 2021.

9. The dolphins are going to need some extra effort from the old first round Noah Igbinoghene with starting corner byron jones out for at least four games with an Achilles injury. Or just some more big games of Xavier Howard and jevon holland.

ten. Speaking of big CB injuries in the AFC East, it’s time for Kaiir Elam to make an early impact in Buffalo, where All-Pro Tre’Davious White is also guaranteed to miss at least four games as he recovers from a torn ACL.

11. by Brian Robinson Jr. inclusion on the Commanders‘ Active roster, just days after gunshots hit him in an attempted carjacking, confirms he’s on track to play a significant role in their offense. The rookie apparently exceeded Antonio Gibson as Washington’s primary running back as the summer progressed.

12. The Panthers are designed for playing rugged, dink-and-dunk football. They already had Christian McCaffrey and DJ Mooreand now Laviska Shenault has been freed from Jacksonville via trade as a spicy outlet for Mayfield Baker.

13. Taking inspiration from their NFC East brethren in Dallas, the giants are rolling the dice in health and QB depth, cutting the cord on Davis Webb second passage in town to leave only one messed up Tyrod Taylor behind Daniel Jones. Then again, Webb could very well return to the practice squad.

14. by Josh Gordon NFL career could be over after his release from the Chiefswho were eager for WR to help this offseason after dealing Tyreek Hill. Now 31, he’s caught 12 assists in 17 games over the past three seasons.

15. Tyler Johnson career may well begin after former fifth-round pick was a surprise cut from a crowd Buccaneers WR room. A high-caliber threat from Minnesota, he figures as a prime target as a development option after two relatively quiet years in Tampa Bay.

16. It’s safe to count on decent workloads for both Chase Edmonds and Rahim Mostert in Miami, where the Dolphins said goodbye to Sony Michel in front of the ex-patriots and Rams starter took only one shot in the regular season. Edmonds got big money to leave Arizona in the spring, and Mostert has a history of working under Mike McDaniel.

17. While RBs are more replaceable than ever (see: Michel, Sony), the veteran market has a new plug-and-play option in Philip Lindsaywho couldn’t break the Colts behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. At RB2 or RB3 you can do much worse.

18. Justin Fields still got a naughty WR body beyond Darnell Mooneyand Chicago keeping seven on the 53-man roster proves it, with Velus Jones Jr., Byron Pringle and N’Keal Harry – none of them cheering too much on their own – all bumped into each other and IR contestants.

19. The Jets were not satisfied with the commercial offers they could have obtained for Denzel Mims, the former second-round player who played in the pre-season finale. But there’s still time for them to dangle it ahead of – or at the start of – the 2022 season.

20. Pittsburgh is a little better on the margins after trading draft picks for a few low-floor veterans: Jesse Davis in custody and Malik Roseau off the edge. The former started every spot on the O line except center during a four-year run with the Dolphins, and Reed quietly totaled 13 sacks in his final two seasons with the Broncos.

21. Shaquille Leonard, formerly known as Darius, is on track to miss minimal time after avoiding a physically unable to perform designation. He had back surgery this summer. A trip to IR isn’t out of the question, but it seems more far-fetched.

22. The vikings were really not satisfied must say development, cutting the former third-rounder just a year into his career and leaving the No. 2 job behind Kirk Cousins to new knowledge Nick Mullens.

23. The Broncos still see something in Brett Rypienwho should be the replacement Russell Wilson after by Josh Johnson Release. Or they prepare an additional move to the position as a result of other teams’ cuts.

24. The the Lionslike their Minnesota rivals, weren’t happy with what was happening at the back-up QB position, whittling the former Packers’ reserve Tim Boyle and turning timidly to David Blough as Jared Goff Insurance. Sip?

25. Jalen Reagor may well have a future in Philadelphia. The first round of 2020, relegated to an almost non-existent role with A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith giving the WR room some real juice, survived the final cuts and could be better off without the pressure of playing at the top of the depth chart, at the Nelson Agholor years ago.

26. buccaneer center –Ryan Jensen could be a safer bet than expected to return this season, despite his serious knee injury during camp. It’s because Tampa Bay would have reduced security for veterans Logan Ryan with plans to move Jensen to IR soon, re-sign Ryan and hopefully nominate Jensen for a regular season return to the road.

27. OJ Howard may not be the sleight of hand everyone envisioned when he rolled out of Alabama. If it wasn’t obvious during his run with the Buccaneers, maybe it’s now, after the Invoices let go after just one summer.

28. Mike McDaniel believes in by Skylar Thompson potential. The seventh-round rookie dominated pre-season, earning a spot 53 men behind Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater rather than hitting waivers for a possible practice move.

29. Chargers corner JC Jackson could be ready sooner rather than later, avoiding PUP despite recent ankle surgery that was expected to sideline him for up to a month. There is still an official dress-up opportunity for Week 1.

30. by Lance McCutcheon preseason was no fluke, at least in the eyes of Sean McVay, who is keeping the undrafted Montana State product in his WR room while Van Jefferson is recovering from knee surgery.

31. The Chiefs’ RB room is more unpredictable than ever, with the former Bucs starter Ronald Jones finding a job despite a slow start to camp and pre-season. He could share his time with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jerick McKinnon and Isiah Pacheco.

32. It’s finally OK to be pumped for real football. Let’s go!

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