Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Pick Six newsletter!
It’s cut day in the NFL, which you are going to hear a whole lot about on the next couple of weeks because there’s actually THREE cut days this season. The NFL added several extra cut days last season to create things as confusing as you possibly can.
When are those three cut days? Glad you asked. We’ll be exceeding that in the current rundown, plus we’ll also be within the Seahawks-Eagles trade.
As an instant reminder, it is possible to still bid on an opportunity to have a 10-minute Zoom call with me. The auction is for the annual CBS Sports telethon that raises money for St. Jude, so all of the money from the auction will undoubtedly be likely to charity.
If you need to bid, all you need to accomplish is just click here. This past year, the winning bid for me personally went for a lot more than $1,000 — it had been the best at CBS Sports — but this season, it’s a lot more affordable. The bidding reaches just $26 right, that makes it the bargain of the century.
Alright, that’s enough of this, let’s reach the rundown.
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1. Today’s show: Monday Mailbag
Through the NFL offseason, we prefer to spice things up every week on the Pick Six Podcast with the addition of a listener mailbag every Monday, and because the preseason is here now doesn’t mean these mailbags will undoubtedly be going away any time in the future. We’d one yesterday and we’ve another coming today. (We’re not usually this lazy, but Brinson and Wilson had to go to Nashville this week for work, so we recorded a supplementary mailbag since they will be flying today.)
Our mailbag episodes are pretty simple: We read listener questions through the show and answer as much of these questions as you possibly can. Questions could be about literally anything. After all, I’m confident someone once asked us just how many state capitals we’re able to name without needing Google. If we’ll answer that, believe me when I say that we’ll answer just about anything.
Anyway, if you need to submit a question, all you need to accomplish is head to Apple Podcasts (just click here) and leave a five-star review which includes your question.
Here’s one question which will Brinson, Ryan Wilson and I answered for today’s show.
Q: With how weak the NFC is looking — Green Bay lost Davante Adams, Tampa Bay is coping with a lot of issues and Matthew Stafford is having arm issues — who’s your preferred long shot bet to win the NFC?
To answer this question, we first had to acknowledge what takes its “long shot,” and that has been easier said than done. We eventually decided that any team with odds over 15-to-1 qualifies as an extended shot to win the NFC.
Knowing that, the team I love the most may be the Minnesota Vikings. Yes, I understand the Vikings always choke and/or discover a way to reduce every game that truly matters, but I believe they are able to actually be good this season. This team lost eight games last season by one score but still went 8-9. Should they had just gone 4-4 in those eight losses, they might have gone 12-5. Once you consistently lose one-score games, that says more about your coaching than anything. The Vikings eliminated their coach, therefore i think this team could be better.
We also discussed SUPER long shots in the NFC — teams which have a 50-to-1 possiblity to win the conference — and I decided the Panthers will be the best bet out of this group, which also contains the Lions, Giants, Seahawks, Bears and Falcons.
If you need to listen to all of those other mailbag, make sure to just click here. You may also watch today’s episode on YouTube by clicking here.
ESSENTIAL PROGRAMMING NOTE: There is a good chance Ryan Wilson will probably be obtaining a tattoo during our live show today, which starts at 1 p.m. ET. In case you are thinking about watching, you can take a look on YouTube by clicking here.
2. Cut day: Former first-round pick headlines today’s cuts
The NFL will undoubtedly be holding three cut days this season and the initial one will undoubtedly be coming at us today.
With the league now playing three preseason games, the NFL made a decision to hold three cut days, with each one of these coming on the Tuesday carrying out a full week of preseason games. The initial cut day is today (teams must decrease to 85 players), with another one coming Aug. 23 (decrease to 80) and the ultimate one coming Aug. 30 (decrease to 53). On all of days past, the NFL’s 32 teams could have until 4 p.m. ET to obtain their roster right down to the allotted number.
Although teams have until 4 p.m. ET today to create their cuts, here is a look at some notable players who’ve recently been released:
CB Darqueze Dennard(49ers)
DB Ross Cockrell (Buccaneers)
RB Corey Clement(Ravens)
WR Chad Beebe (Texans)
K Elliott Fry (Jaguars)
QB Jake Luton (Jaguars)
CB Lonnie Johnson Jr. (Chiefs)
TE Garrett Griffin (Lions)
Dennard is just about the most surprising name on that list. As recently as the other day, the former first-round pick was listed because the 49ers starting nickel back, but he apparently became expendable after rookie Sam Womack had an enormous game in the preseason opener with two interceptions contrary to the Packers. (If you need to learn about Dennard’s surprising cut, it is possible to just click here to look at our full story.)
For the rest of the cuts, if you need to browse the full set of players released, simply click here. (The list will not be final until following the 4 p.m. ET deadline.)
3. Birds of a feather trade together: Eagles and Seahawks exchange players
A very important factor that more often than not happens when there is a cut day approaching is that people see a minumum of one trade decrease. Whenever a team is considering releasing a new player who might draw some interest from other teams, they’ll usually shop him around to see should they could make a trade rather than cutting him. That’s what happened Monday with the Eagles and Seahawks pulling off a trade involving two players who would have already been released.
Here’s a glance at the facts in the rare player-for-player trade that involved zero draft picks:
This trade provides Arcega-Whiteside’s career in Philadelphia to a disappointing end. The Eagles selected him in the next round of a loaded wide receiver draft back 2019, and they’ve probably been regretting it since. Arcega-Whiteside was taken before players like DK Metcalf, Terry McLaurin and Hunter Renfrow.
During his 3 years in Philadelphia, Arcega-Whiteside only caught 16 passes, that is barely typically five catches per season. His biggest year came in 2019 when he caught 10 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown, but his numbers never improved from then on. The trade to the Seahawks is most likely to find the best, because it will now give him the opportunity for a brand new start.
For Amadi, he’s a versatile player who provides Eagles some solid depth in the secondary. Amadi’s capability to play both corner and safety is probable a large reason the Eagles were thinking about him. Amadi made seven starts last season throughout a year where he played in every 17 games for the Seahawks.
For more on the trade, make sure to just click here.
4. A very important factor we learned all about each NFL team during Week hands down the preseason
With the initial week of the preseason officially in the books, CBSSports.com’s Jordan Dajani decided that now was time for you to reveal a very important factor he learned all about each team on the weekend. With most teams only playing their starters for section of the first quarter, you do not always learn a whole lot about each team, nevertheless, you definitely still learn something, so let’s have a look at Dajani’s list.
- Bills: Matt Araiza is really a stud. “There is a punting competition occurring in Buffalo between two great players: Matt Haack and rookie “Punt God” Matt Araiza. You can find high expectations for the NORTH PARK kid with the interesting nickname, and he lived around the hype in Week hands down the preseason. Araiza punted only once, nonetheless it was an 82-yard boot that traveled a lot more than 75 yards in the air!”
- Cowboys: Still haven’t determined how to lessen penalties. “The Cowboys racked up an impressive 17 penalties for 129 yards in Week hands down the preseason. They led the league in penalties this past year, and head coach Mike McCarthy presumably doesn’t wish to accomplish that again.”
- Jaguars: The offense appears like it’ll be much improved. “They just needed a coach like Doug Pederson ahead in and put all of the pieces together. Jacksonville’s first preseason game featured a good showing from the offense, as Trevor Lawrence led an 11-play, 78-yard drive that ended in a field goal, and later, another 11-play, 63-yard drive that was capped with a touchdown pass to Evan Engram.”
- Texans: Dameon Pierce is not any longer a secret. “The rookie running back out of Florida looked electric in his first NFL action. Pierce rushed five times for 49 yards, looked dangerously shifty in the backfield and was quite literally throwing grown men around in pass protection. It’s early, but he appears like a baller.”
- Steelers: George Pickens appears like a star. “Pickens looks fast, he appears to have great ball skills and he was burning defensive backs one play, and laying them out as a blocker another. He caught three passes for 43 yards and something touchdown on five targets, and can help whichever quarterback starts for Pittsburgh.”
Dajani’s list actually includes all 32 teams, and when you wish to browse the full list, make sure to just click here.
5. Grading the first-round rookies after seven days of preseason play
At some time, I promise you we’ll stop discussing Week hands down the preseason, but that time is not at this time, because we’ve some grades at hand out. CBSSports.com’s draft guru Chris Trapasso experienced each preseason game from the weekend in order that he could grade how every first-round pick did.
The good thing for the rookie class is that nobody got an ‘F.’ Let’s sign in to observe how some of the first-round picks in the draft graded out:
Travon Walker (Jaguars): A-
Aidan Hutchinson (Lions): B
Ikem Ekwonu (Panthers): A-
Garrett Wilson (Jets): B+
Kyle Hamilton (Ravens): C+
Trevor Penning (Saints): D+
Kenny Pickett (Steelers): B
Kaiir Elam (Bills): B-
Cole Strange (Patriots): B
George Karlaftis (Chiefs): A-
Trapasso actually graded every first-round pick who made contributions (good or bad) in Week 1, and when you need to see each player’s grade — combined with the explanation for every grade — then ensure that you just click here so that you can browse the entire story.
6. Rapid-fire roundup: NFL warns teams never to tamper with Roquan Smith
It has been a wild 24 hours in the NFL, and since it’s extremely difficult to keep tabs on precisely what happened, I went ahead and come up with a roundup for you personally.
- NFL sends out Roquan Smith memo.The Roquan Smith situation in Chicago now has a lot more drama: Apparently, someone has been contacting other teams on Smith’s behalf. The NFL views this as an issue for just two reasons: Smith does not have a realtor and the Bears haven’t given him permission to get a trade, so there must not be anyone contacting any teams on his behalf. The NFL delivered a memo to teams this week rendering it clear that when they speak to Smith, it could be considered tampering, that could result in a punishment.
- Buccaneers sign Carl Nassib. The former Raiders defensive end is headed to Tampa Bay after agreeing to a one-year deal for the Buccaneers. The move is practical for Nassib, who’ll be reunited with Todd Bowles. The Buccaneers coach was Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator in 2019 when Nassib played for the team. Throughout that 2019 season, Nassib racked up six sacks, that is the second-highest total in his six-year career.
- Le’Veon Bell-Adrian Peterson fight is going on.Both NFL running backs were likely to box one another in July, however the fight got postponed following the main event was canceled. Now, it seems the fight is back on. According to TMZ, the match has been rescheduled for Sept. 10 in California, which just is actually one night prior to the first full Sunday of the NFL regular season.
- Bud Dupree pleads guilty to misdemeanor in Tennessee. The Titans star was presented with half a year of probation after agreeing to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in Nashville on Monday. The plea is due to an incident in January where Dupree experienced an altercation having an employee at Walgreens.
- 49ers starting safety could miss opener. Kyle Shanahan admitted Monday that safety Jimmie Ward could find yourself missing Week 1 after he suffered a hamstring injury used Sunday. “It had been a fairly bad hamstring injury,” Shanahan said. “We’ll see on the next little while how it plays out.” Ward started 16 games for the 49ers last season and led the team in interceptions with two.