Monday, August 29, 2016

Tough day for former UConn products

Dreams of playing in the NFL this year will be dashed for plenty of standouts as teams have to get down to 75 players by tomorrow and 53 players by Saturday.

The cuts began being announced yesterday and two former UConn stars got their walking papers.

Receiver Kashif Moore was let go by the Kansas City Chiefs while cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson was among those waived by Tennessee. Wreh-Wilson as a third-round pick of the Titans in the 2013 NFl draft but was seeing time at safety during camp to see if he'd be a better fit there. Previously running back Donald Brown was released by the New England Patriots and after a brief stay in Miami's camp, Danny Lansanah was also let go. Also, Andrew Opoku (who began his collegiate career at UConn before finishing up at Delaware) was among the recent cuts by the Colts and going back a while, Shakim Phillips was waived by Pittsburgh.

There's also been bad news on the injury front as Darius Butler (Colts), Geremy Davis (Giants), Marcus Easley (Bills) and Sio Moore (Colts) have all missed time due to injury.

It's not all doom and gloom.

Andrew Adams had a strong game, highlighted by an interception to set up the game-winning touchdown in the Giants' win over the Jets. Pro Football Focus, a site which grades every player on every snap gave Adams the third highest grade (84.1) among Giants defensive players. Shamar Stephen has been earning rave raviews during Minnesota's camp and preseason games while Kenton Adeyemi and B.J. McBryde, both late additions to the Browns and 49ers respectively, have made it through the early cuts.


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