We're nearing that time of the year. The start of the NFL season is just a few days away now and teams are trimming their rosters down to their final 53 men. Every year we see a few guys make an unexpected trip to the waiver wire. Here are a few of the top players that have been released or traded so far and where I think they may end up:
Dolphins QB Josh Rosen
Ok, here me out. Rosen hasn't played well at all since entering the league, but he hasn't exactly been thrown into the greatest of situations in Arizona and Miami. He was viewed as the most pro-ready quarterback in a loaded draft class featuring Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, and Sam Darnold just two years ago. Rosen still has value as a backup in this league with the potential to develop into more if given time in the right system. I don't think he's a future superstar or anything like that - but he does offer value - especially in a season where an extra quarterback really should be kept on the roster in case of emergency, due to COVID.
I think Rosen could fit in as a backup with the Jets, Steelers, Broncos, Rams, or even the Patriots. The Jets need a backup behind Darnold, since Joe Flacco is likely to miss the first few weeks of the season as he recovers from offseason neck surgery. James Morgan, the Jets fourth round pick, has reportedly struggled throughout camp. David Fales and Mike White are the only other quarterbacks on the roster.
Pittsburgh has Mason Rudolph, Devlin Hodges, and Paxton Lynch behind Big Ben on the depth chart. The Steelers didn't exactly have great quarterback play last season once Roethlisberger was hurt. It may be wise for them to look into bringing in another quarterback, just in case a repeat of last season happens.
The Rams have two inexperienced quarterbacks on their roster behind Jared Goff in Bryce Perkins and John Wolford. It may make sense for them to bring in a little extra competition.
New England has a history of picking up high profile players with upside that didn't pan out elsewhere. Their quarterback room consists of two inexperienced players in Brian Lewerke and Jarrett Stidham, plus Brian Hoyer.
The Jaguars released both Mike Glennon and Josh Dobbs today. They have just Jake Luton behind Gardner Minshew on the quarterback depth chart.
Potential teams: Broncos, Jaguars, Jets, Patriots, Rams, Steelers
Raiders RB Lynn Bowden Jr.
The Raiders drafted Bowden Jr in the third round this year, but decided to trade him and a sixth round pick to the Dolphins for a fourth round pick. Bowden never really had a true position in college. He had 74 pass attempts, 206 rushes and 114 receptions during his three seasons at Kentucky. Bowden was expected to be more of a running back for the Raiders, but apparently they saw enough in limited snaps at training camp to pull the plug on the experiment. The Dolphins plan on