EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29: Quarterback Brian Hoyer #8 of the New England Patriots looks to pass against the New York Giants during an NFL pre-season game at MetLife Stadium on August 29, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Patriots 6-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

NFL Roster Cuts Are In; Teams Down To 53 Players


NFL roster cuts are in.
NFL roster cuts included a few surprises including the Patriots' release of Brian Hoyer and the Redskins' release of Tim Hightower. Subscribe to SB Nation on YouTube.

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NFL Roster Cuts: Seattle Seahawks Waive Kellen Winslow

The Seattle Seahawks trimmed their roster down to 53 on Friday, but they were not done with roster moves as TE Kellen Winslow was waived Saturday.

Winslow was acquired by Seattle in the offseason from the Tampa Bay Bucanneers in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

The ninth-year veteran out of Miami has a history of causing problems in the locker room, but he has been one of the more productive pass-catching tight ends in the NFL on the field.

The physically gifted Winslow was chosen by the Cleveland Browns with the sixth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played four seasons with the Browns before spending the last three in Tampa Bay. Winslow has tallied 437 receptions for 4,836 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career.

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Falcons Roster Cuts: Veteran CB Franks, WR Rodgers Among Released

The Atlanta Falcons got down to the NFL regular-season roster limit of 53 players but parting ways with 22 on the preseason roster on Friday.

Among the 22, veteran cornerback Dominique Franks, a fifth-round pick of the Falcons in 2010, was waived. Franks saw considerable playing time for Atlanta in 2011.

Shann Schillinger, a safety, was spared only in the sense that he was placed on injured reserve and won't play this season.

Rookie wide receiver James Rodgers, the brother of Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers, was among those cut. James Rodgers set school records for catches (222) and all-purpose yards (6,377) in his career at Oregon State.

More on the Falcons' cuts here from SB Nation Atlanta:

Other than Franks, there weren't many other recognizable names (in terms of their pro careers) on the Falcons. But linebacker Spencer Adkins had most of his experience at the NFL level on special teams.

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