The deadline for NFL teams to get to 53 active players on their roster was on Saturday evening. Just because teams made the deadline, did it mean that player movement would cease. The players who were cut were placed on waivers for 24 hours, and any team had a chance to claim them.
There were some gems getting let go who would quickly get claimed. When a player gets claimed, then another player would need to be released by that claiming team to stay at the roster limit.
Two WVUPros were a part of that give-and-take. In a surprising move at the deadline, the Bears released J.T. Thomas. He was going into his third year, and played very well on special teams during the preseason, making several huge tackles and blocking a punt. The Jacksonville Jaguars had a need at linebacker, and a player who shows well on special teams adds more value to his spot on a roster. They claimed Thomas.
Najee Goode was one of the leading tacklers for the Tampa Bay Bucs during the preseason, capping the exhibition schedule off with a pick-six of Pat White in the last game. The team announced that they released Goode and WR Tiquan Underwood today to make room on the roster for two other players they claimed. If Goode is not claimed by another team, he is a candidate for the Bucs’ practice squad.
LB Terence Garvin was released by the Steelers yesterday along with Joe Madsen. The team announced that they signed Garvin to their practice squad.
Yesterday, the Giants released OL Selvish Capers due to a knee injury.
In a semi-almost-but-not-quite WVUPro note, Tevita Finau was signed to the Jets’ practice squad.