Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 8/31/12
By 6PM Friday, all NFL teams need to cut down to a roster of 53 players. This means that NFL teams have to cut 22 players from their current 75-man roster. At first, 53 doesn’t seem like a very small number; there are only 22 people on the field at any one time. It would seem that a roster size of more than twice the number of people on the field would allow teams to have all the players they would need over a season and more. Even with a seemingly adequate roster size, NFL coaches have their work cut out for them. This is because that 53-man roster fills up pretty quickly, and coaches are forced to release guys that they would much rather keep. It’s not hard to see how the roster could fill up quickly. Starting on the offensive side of the ball, you have eleven starters in your base package, which for the Seahawks, is a two tight-end, two receivers, and one running back package. Then you add in other packages, for instance, the goal-line set which is typically 3 tight-ends and t...
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