BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 24: Billy Cundiff #7 of the Baltimore Ravens watches his third field goal against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium on November 24. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the 49ers 16-6. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney and a trio of kickers headline Monday's NFL cuts. Can any of those players help teams in need?
NFL teams made a round of roster cuts on Monday, going from 90 to 75 players. The most notable moves were players going on the injured reserve or physically unable to perform lists. Players released by teams consisted mostly of undrafted rookies or second- and third-chance veterans. General managers looking for that one player who puts a team over the top will be disappointed, but there were a few potential contributors on the street.
The Oakland Raiders moved fast to grab return specialist Roscoe Parrish, mostly an insurance move. New England gave Jabar Gaffney his pink slip, and he is easily the most useful player among Monday's cut lists. Washington swapped out kickers, dumping Graham Gano and grabbing Billy Cundiff.
Here are a handful of names that could be of help or at least novelty value.
Jabar Gaffney, WR - New England surprised everyone in the midst of Monday's storm of roster cuts when it parted ways with wide receiver Jabar Gaffney. He played for Josh McDaniels in Denver. He had the best season of his career with the Redskins in 2011 with 68 receptions for 947 yards and five touchdowns. The Patriots signed him to a two-year deal in May.
Gaffney should land on his feet pretty quickly, as there are no shortage of teams needing receiver help. The catch here will be his health. He sat last week with a thigh injury of some sort. Might Bill Belichick's medical staff know something the rest of the world does not?
A few other names to know, listed alphabetically:
Danario Alexander, WR - The talent is here, if only he could actually get onto the field. The former Mizzou product practiced just enough to prevent the Rams from stashing him on the PUP list. A hamstring issue kept him out of all the Rams' preseason games. He should still be good for a few games this season, so teams will be interested.
Remi Ayodele, DT - You can always go home, until you can't. The Saints let Ayodele walk after two seasons, and the Vikings took a flyer on him in 2011. He ended up back in New Orleans in May, albeit with a new defensive coordinator. Teams thin at the position should certainly give him a call.
Dominique Curry, WR - The Lions released the special teams player on Monday. It was a bit of surprise as he had been spending time with the top special teams unit. For specialists like Julius Pruitt or Curry, a new gig depends on simple factors like availability and teams' preferences in what kind of player they want.
Deuce Lutui, OG - Seattle found a younger, cheaper option in J.R. Sweezy. He is not going to be a standout, but some team in need of a league average guard can find a place for him.
Terrell Owens, WR - Yeah, Terrell Owens was released. Huge shock. He was released by the Allen Rangers of the Indoor Football League. What else do you need to know?
Julius Pruitt, WR - A lesser known reality television character, Pruitt could help out a team in need of a special teams hand.
Vince Young, QB - It seems like the end of the line for third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Even in the age of Tebow, Young can't stick on a roster, not a good sign.
General managers in need of a kicker will find plenty to choose from in this round of cuts, with some big names hitting the street. These two veteran kickers might not catch on right away, but one or two of them will more than likely get a call as the season moves on and injuries take their toll or kickers currently on the roster fail to inspire confidence.
Listed in order of effectiveness:
Neil Rackers - You probably had Rackers on a fantasy team at one point in the last two years, for good reason. He was successful on 86.9 percent of all his field goal attempts in two seasons with the Texans. On attempts of 50 yards or more, he was 7-for-9.
Josh Brown - The former Seahawk and Ram was pretty reliable for three points until last season, doing his part to struggle along with a 2-14 team. He missed both attempts of 50 yards or more, and connected on just 75 percent of his kicks.
Teams make their final round of cuts on Friday, going down to 53 players. That promises to be a far more interesting day for free agency.