The NFL cut deadline has passed and many players assumed to be roster locks were surprisingly cut. Here are 5 players that can help to improve the Raiders 2023 roster Immediately. A so here a few gems in the bargain bin for David Ziegler. Headlining this list is Nicholas Morrow.
Morrow originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Greenville College, making the roster out of training camp in 2017.
Morrow had spent four seasons with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders and finished 2022 with the Chicago Bears. In 2022 with Chicago, Morrow started every game, recording 116 (83 solo tackles), 11 tackles for loss, and one interception, which were all career highs. Positioned as a prospective starter going into training camp, Nicholas Morrow will not land on the Eagles’ 53-man roster. The Eagles released the veteran linebacker.Could the Raiders push for a reunion with Morrow who has gotten better every year and shouldd be would day one be an upgrade.Keep in mind the Raiders showed interest previously in bringing Morrow back to the silver and black. The Champ Kelly connection could also be a factor as well.
The Giants are releasing OT Tyre Phillips, who started five games last season, as per a Espn Report. The former 3rd-round pick has started 18 games in his career. Phillips was coming off an injury and most likely will be ready to play immediately. Phillips will continue to work on a full recovery from a quadricep injury and be available .Phillips will be a high-end backup and possible starting option at guard in the case of injury. Be on the lookout for the Raiders to take a flyer on Phillips in my opinion because the Raiders put a waiver claim on Phillips last year more bread crumbs to put us in the right path.
The release of Christian Kirksey from the Houston Texans’ roster is like a surprise plot twist in a suspenseful movie. Just when everyone expected Kirksey, a seasoned linebacker, to secure his spot on the team, an unexpected injured hamstring threw a wrench in his plans. This twist forced Kirksey to sit out for a significant amount of time, missing all three preseason games. Much like a suspenseful storyline, this unexpected turn of events adds an element of uncertainty and keeps fans on the edge of their seats, wondering how the Texans will move forward without a key player.
The release of Kirksey saved the Texans $5.2 million in cap space. Kirksey, who joined the Texans in March 2021, was third on Houston’s defense with 124 tackles last season. He also had seven tackles for loss and seven quarterback hits with three sacks and two interceptions while starting all 17 games as captain in 2022. He would be an immediate upgrade for a thin Raider linebacker group.
The release of Zappe from the New England Patriots roster comes as a shock to fans and observers. Throughout training camp and the preseason, it was evident that Zappe was lagging behind starting quarterback Jones. This led many to assume that Zappe would at least secure the backup quarterback position, rather than competing for the starting job. This unexpected decision by the Texans’ coaching staff adds an element of surprise and raises questions about their plans for the quarterback position moving forward. Fans and analysts will be eager to see how this decision plays out and what it means for the team’s quarterback depth chart.
The sudden departure of Zappe from the team is surprising, especially considering the potential he showed last season as a backup quarterback for the New England Patriots. Despite being drafted in the fourth round, he managed to win both games he started in place of an injured Jones. This success led to speculation during the offseason that Zappe might have a chance to compete for the starting job, with even Patriots coach Bill Belichick not dismissing the idea. The Patriot and Raider connection is always there!Maybe the Raiders could look to Get younger at that emergency Quarterback role and possibly have another devoplemental player on deck.
Finishing out our list is is Former patriot and brown Chase Winovich. The Veteran edge rusher was looking forward to a fresh start with the Houston Texans this season, however, that prospect has all but ended. On Tuesday, the Texans made their final cuts to get their roster down to 53 players and Winovich was one of those released. Despite having signed with the Texans in March, the Michigan product failed to create a lasting impression during the preseason, only producing one sack against the New England Patriots.
In a move to secure playing time and a fresh start, Winovich signed with the Houston Texans but the Team seemed to have other ideas. The Texans, who are currently in a rebuilding phase, are likely prioritizing the development of younger players, and Drafting Stud edge rusher Will Anderson didn’t help matters for Winovich. This move aligns with the decision to cut ties with Winovich, who has shown potential during his time with the Patriots and Browns to be an impact player could he be a possible upgrade for the Raiders who would be wise to shop in the discount bin to further improve this defense with a player I’m sure Ziegler and Mcdaniels have extensive information on.
During the 2022 season, Winovich was traded by the Patriots to the Cleveland Browns. In his eight games with the Browns, he recorded 20 tackles and one sack. While his overall production may not have been outstanding, I think the Raiders would be wise to kick the tires on Winovich.