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When is the NFL 53 man roster deadline?

Keep track of everything you need to know as NFL teams finalize their 53-man rosters. The NFL's cutdown deadline of 4 p.m. ET Tuesday has come and gone, as every NFL team has trimmed its roster down from 80 to 53 players in preparation for the 2021 regular season. CBSSports.com2021 NFL roster cuts, additions: Live updates, latest news and rumors as all 32 teams finalize 53-man roster

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Best Players Available After NFL 2021 Roster Cuts

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Every NFL roster is now down to 53 active players, and several accomplished veterans are unemployed as a result. Some will likely sign elsewhere soon, but those new free agents will also be competing with several notable players who were lingering on the open market even before Tuesday's mandatory leaguewide cutdown. 

Let's take stock of them all. 

Based on recent production, career trajectory and durability, here's a look at the top 11 players on the free-agent market as September gets underway in the new-look NFL. 

The highest-profile release on cutdown day came when the New England Patriots dropped 2015 MVP quarterback Cam Newton, who just hasn't been right in recent years and might be running out of gas as a 32-year-old passer. 

Rookie first-round pick Mac Jones outplayed Newton in the preseason, making it difficult for head coach Bill Belichick to stick by a guy who can still dominate at times with his legs but has thrown just eight touchdown passes to 13 interceptions in his last 19 games dating back to his 2018 campaign with the Carolina Panthers. 

Will he find another home quickly? It's debatable, but in Newton's defense, he did look more comfortable carrying the New England offense this summer than he often did in 2020.

ESPN's Jordan Schultz reported that the Dallas Cowboys could have interest in the three-time Pro Bowler as a backup, but it's also possible that he'll wait for an injury to open up a starting opportunity somewhere this fall.    

It's admittedly not a great sign if you're a wide receiver and you're unable to make the Detroit Lions' roster. That's what Breshad Perriman has to live with right now, but it's possible the 27-year-old first-round pick (2011) could still excel in more of a complementary role within a quality offense.

Wide receiver Travis Fulgham was a surprise sensation for the 2020 Philadelphia Eagles, but Philly decided Tuesday to go with a group of young but unproven receivers with higher draft statuses than the 2019 sixth-round pick of the Detroit Lions. 

General manager Howie Roseman could regret that decision because Fulgham was a diamond in the rough with 539 yards and four touchdowns despite making just eight starts in an inconsistent and unreliable Eagles offense last season. 

Maybe that was an aberration for a player who wasn't widely known in the pro football world prior to his breakout experience in Philly. But the Old Dominion product dropped just two of the 67 passes on which he was targeted.

He's only 25 and is likely to catch on as a No. 2 or No. 3 outside receiver somewhere else. The Saints, Patriots and Atlanta Falcons are potential fits. 

Durability and age are likely not working in veteran offensive tackle Russell Okung's favor. The 32-year-old two-time Pro Bowler has played in just 13 games the last two seasons, but he still took just two holding penalties on 407 snaps in that span. 

The same dynamics likely apply to Mitchell Schwartz's situation, except at the right tackle spot instead of on what is typically the blind side with Okung. 

So if he can prove he's healthy, he'll wind up with a job at some point this summer or fall—possibly even back in Kansas City. 

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert suggested in July that six-time Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro's offseason split with the team could represent the end of the player's career.

The 31-year-old appears to be dealing with a severe ankle injury, so his future in the NFL is very much up in the air. 

With the Minnesota Vikings practically barren on the edge in 2020, Ifeadi Odenigbo stepped in to make 15 starts. His sack numbers (he had just 3.5) weren't impressive, but that was critical experience for a guy who posted seven sacks in a complementary role the year before. 

That's why it was surprising to see the New York Giants part ways with him on Tuesday, despite the fact that the G-Men aren't exactly stacked on the edge. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano suggested the move had to do with Odenigbo's fit with the Giants, which makes sense because he was playing outside linebacker instead of defensive end. 

He'll likely catch on somewhere in which he can put his hand back in the dirt on a consistent basis. That could mean a return to the Vikings, but the Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers would also make a lot of sense. 

A shoulder injury marred Benardrick McKinney's 2020 season with the Houston Texans, and after a trade to the Miami Dolphins, he didn't stick around on the Miami roster long enough to play a single game in the AFC East. 

A calf injury cost Richard Sherman all but five games with the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, but the three-time first-team All-Pro still surrendered just 6.9 yards per target on limited snaps. At 33 he's no longer the player he was in his prime, but he was a Pro Bowler in his last full season (2019), and his talent and experience still make him a top-three outside corner for any team and likely a starter in most spots. 

Cornerback Jimmy Moreland isn't a star, but he didn't surrender a single touchdown in coverage as a solid slot presence for the Washington Football Team the last two years, and he allowed a passer rating of just 74.1 on throws into his coverage in 2020. 

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Best Players Available After NFL 2021 Roster Cuts

CBS Sports 01 September, 2021 - 08:26am

Every NFL roster is now down to 53 active players, and several accomplished veterans are unemployed as a result. Some will likely sign elsewhere soon, but those new free agents will also be competing with several notable players who were lingering on the open market even before Tuesday's mandatory leaguewide cutdown. 

Let's take stock of them all. 

Based on recent production, career trajectory and durability, here's a look at the top 11 players on the free-agent market as September gets underway in the new-look NFL. 

The highest-profile release on cutdown day came when the New England Patriots dropped 2015 MVP quarterback Cam Newton, who just hasn't been right in recent years and might be running out of gas as a 32-year-old passer. 

Rookie first-round pick Mac Jones outplayed Newton in the preseason, making it difficult for head coach Bill Belichick to stick by a guy who can still dominate at times with his legs but has thrown just eight touchdown passes to 13 interceptions in his last 19 games dating back to his 2018 campaign with the Carolina Panthers. 

Will he find another home quickly? It's debatable, but in Newton's defense, he did look more comfortable carrying the New England offense this summer than he often did in 2020.

ESPN's Jordan Schultz reported that the Dallas Cowboys could have interest in the three-time Pro Bowler as a backup, but it's also possible that he'll wait for an injury to open up a starting opportunity somewhere this fall.    

It's admittedly not a great sign if you're a wide receiver and you're unable to make the Detroit Lions' roster. That's what Breshad Perriman has to live with right now, but it's possible the 27-year-old first-round pick (2011) could still excel in more of a complementary role within a quality offense.

Wide receiver Travis Fulgham was a surprise sensation for the 2020 Philadelphia Eagles, but Philly decided Tuesday to go with a group of young but unproven receivers with higher draft statuses than the 2019 sixth-round pick of the Detroit Lions. 

General manager Howie Roseman could regret that decision because Fulgham was a diamond in the rough with 539 yards and four touchdowns despite making just eight starts in an inconsistent and unreliable Eagles offense last season. 

Maybe that was an aberration for a player who wasn't widely known in the pro football world prior to his breakout experience in Philly. But the Old Dominion product dropped just two of the 67 passes on which he was targeted.

He's only 25 and is likely to catch on as a No. 2 or No. 3 outside receiver somewhere else. The Saints, Patriots and Atlanta Falcons are potential fits. 

Durability and age are likely not working in veteran offensive tackle Russell Okung's favor. The 32-year-old two-time Pro Bowler has played in just 13 games the last two seasons, but he still took just two holding penalties on 407 snaps in that span. 

The same dynamics likely apply to Mitchell Schwartz's situation, except at the right tackle spot instead of on what is typically the blind side with Okung. 

So if he can prove he's healthy, he'll wind up with a job at some point this summer or fall—possibly even back in Kansas City. 

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert suggested in July that six-time Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro's offseason split with the team could represent the end of the player's career.

The 31-year-old appears to be dealing with a severe ankle injury, so his future in the NFL is very much up in the air. 

With the Minnesota Vikings practically barren on the edge in 2020, Ifeadi Odenigbo stepped in to make 15 starts. His sack numbers (he had just 3.5) weren't impressive, but that was critical experience for a guy who posted seven sacks in a complementary role the year before. 

That's why it was surprising to see the New York Giants part ways with him on Tuesday, despite the fact that the G-Men aren't exactly stacked on the edge. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano suggested the move had to do with Odenigbo's fit with the Giants, which makes sense because he was playing outside linebacker instead of defensive end. 

He'll likely catch on somewhere in which he can put his hand back in the dirt on a consistent basis. That could mean a return to the Vikings, but the Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers would also make a lot of sense. 

A shoulder injury marred Benardrick McKinney's 2020 season with the Houston Texans, and after a trade to the Miami Dolphins, he didn't stick around on the Miami roster long enough to play a single game in the AFC East. 

A calf injury cost Richard Sherman all but five games with the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, but the three-time first-team All-Pro still surrendered just 6.9 yards per target on limited snaps. At 33 he's no longer the player he was in his prime, but he was a Pro Bowler in his last full season (2019), and his talent and experience still make him a top-three outside corner for any team and likely a starter in most spots. 

Cornerback Jimmy Moreland isn't a star, but he didn't surrender a single touchdown in coverage as a solid slot presence for the Washington Football Team the last two years, and he allowed a passer rating of just 74.1 on throws into his coverage in 2020. 

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Kansas City Chiefs' Clyde Edwards-Helaire could see bigger role in passing game

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was far from a bust as a rookie and first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs last season. He finished fourth in rushing (803 yards) among rookie backs and was tied for third in catches (36). Those numbers were even better considering he missed three games with hip and ankle injuries.

But he didn't have a great impact in terms of big plays. The Chiefs and Edwards-Helaire believe there will be more for him out there this season.

The biggest leap for Edwards-Helaire could be as a receiver. The Chiefs lost their No. 2 wide receiver, Sammy Watkins, and didn't replace him from outside the team, so they're looking for someone to pick up his catches.

Edwards-Helaire said he spent the offseason working on his receiving.

"We move the ball around, we spread the field and why not work on something that I feel like I can improve on?" he said. "So that was one of my steps as far as improvement."

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Coach Andy Reid said, "We didn't have a huge expanded role for him in the pass game, just kind of getting him in the swing of the defenses that the NFL plays and then all the run plays that we have and the routes that we did have that tie in with everybody. But we tried to give him a little bit more this offseason and he's handled it well."

Edwards-Helaire had one of his best receiving games last year against the Dolphins in Week 14, when he had five catches for 59 yards. He was injured in the next week's game, knocking him out of the lineup for the remainder of the regular season.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes said it's no coincidence Edwards-Helaire had one of his best receiving games late in the season.

"At the end of last year you could see that transition happening," Mahomes said. "Those college running backs, when they come into the NFL it takes them a couple of games to get used to how the game is played. You could see it right before the injury last year of how he was evolving and I think you see that as he came into training camp this year."

Edwards-Helaire said, "It's really just [about] being trusted. I was a rookie last year. Week in and week out they see it at practice but when it's game time everybody kind of gets into their own rhythm. Pat kind of got comfortable. Everything was kind of [fast] at the beginning of the season.

"This offseason was big for me. I was working on my hands, working on routes because I knew that was something that was going to be pinpointed [this season]."

Having the same offense carry over from Year 1 to Year 2 will be a major benefit for Edwards-Helaire.

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"In my three years at LSU, I had three different offenses," Edwards-Helaire said. "Just having the time to have the same offense going into the next year was very relaxing for me and I was able to work on a lot of things that I needed to work on."

The Chiefs' offseason offensive line rebuild -- they will likely have five new starters from last season when the regular season begins -- was aimed at more than just better protecting Mahomes. The Chiefs also believe their line changes will improve the running game.

Edwards-Helaire averaged 4.4 yards per carry last season, which isn't bad but still the lowest average for the back who led the Chiefs in rushing since 2016. Edwards-Helaire and the Chiefs also had problems running in short-yardage and goal-line situations, but they converted a third-and-2 running play with Edwards-Helaire on their first try in the preseason against the 49ers.

"A lot of [running game success] is based off the passing game," Edwards-Helaire said. "That's what this offense is built off of. The times that we do run the ball effectively, [the opposing defense] is worried about the pass. Having Pat Mahomes on our side and Tyreek [Hill] and Mecole [Hardman] and Travis [Kelce], it only benefits me as an running back."

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