NFL training camp is, for lack of a better word, brutal. There are the early mornings, lengthy practices, grueling weight room sessions, and what seems like a never-ending schedule of meetings and film sessions. And the harsh reality of the situation is that teams must cut close to half of their roster (from 90 players to 53) before the regular season kicks off in September.
Every year, several big-name players surprisingly get cut during training camp. Here is a look at seven players who will likely fall into that category in 2017.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Cleveland Browns
It’s almost unbelievable how far Brock Osweiler has fallen in the last year. The former Arizona State standout went from being the heir-apparent to Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos to being the savior at the quarterback position with the Houston Texans. After one awful season in Houston, the Texans essentially paid the Cleveland Browns to take Osweiler off their hands.
With the poor play of Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer to open camp, Osweiler may still have a chance to stick with the Browns. The only way we see that happening, though, is if he wins the starting job, which is unlikely at this point.
Head coach Hue Jackson is extremely high on Kizer. And it’s hard to imagine Osweiler not being a distraction on the bench. Expect to see Cleveland cut the 26-year-old quarterback and take the $16 million dead-money salary cap hit.