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NFL roster cut tracker: Updates on big-name players who were released

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For hundreds of NFL players, Tuesday marked the end of the line.

The league's annual cutdown day forced teams to whittle down their rosters from 80 players to 53 ahead of the start of the regular season. And while there are opportunities for both rookies and veterans to latch on with different teams - or try to hang on via a practice squad - those are few and far between with teams already turning their focus to preparation for Week 1.

Here are some of the notable players throughout the league who were let go throughout the league ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline:

New England Patriots QB Cam Newton

Newton's release comes as the most stunning move of roster cutdown day so far. Bill Belichick had insisted in training camp that the veteran would remain his starter and said earlier Tuesday morning that Newton was "definitely moving in the right direction." After a strong preseason, Jones now becomes Belichick's first rookie to start at quarterback since Drew Bledsoe in 1993.

Tennessee Titans WR Dez Fitzpatrick

The Titans are cutting ties with Fitzpatrick approximately four months after trading up to select him in the fourth round of the NFL draft. The Louisville product struggled to make his mark on the receiving corps in training camp and preseason.

Philadelphia Eagles WR Travis Fulgham

Fulgham finished as the Eagles' leading receiver last year in a breakout season, recording 38 catches for 539 yards for a passing attack that was in desperate need of reliable targets. With first-round pick DeVonta Smith coming aboard and Quez Watkins breakout in training camp and preseason, however, Fulgham didn't fit into the Eagles' plans.

Las Vegas Raiders WR John Brown

"Smokey" was expected to be a veteran presence for a young receiving corps, but he instead requested his release and received it, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero. Brown signed a one-year deal with the Raiders in March after catching 33 passes for 458 yards in eight games last season for the Bills.

Houston Texans WR Keke Coutee

Despite catching 33 passes for 400 yards for Houston last season, Coutee is out amid a wider reshuffling of the Texans' receiving corps.

Cincinnati Bengals DT Mike Daniels

The former Packers standout started 11 games for Cincinnati last season as he tried to reboot his career. But the Bengals are now poised to look a little younger along the interior line after the team acquired B.J. Hill from the Giants.

Los Angeles Chargers K Michael Badgley

Nicknamed "Money Badger," Badgley saw his field goal percentage tumble from 93.8% in 2019 to 72.7% last year. Tristan Vizcaino is now poised to take over kicking duties for the Chargers.

New Orleans Saints QB Trevor Siemian

The Saints are parting with Siemian, but only for the time being, as NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the team plans to re-sign him once rosters settle after cutdown day. Siemian would serve as the primary backup to starter Jameis Winston with Taysom Hill playing a hybrid role, Pelissero reported.

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New York Jets QB Josh Johnson

The veteran journeyman's stay with Gang Green was a short one, with the team releasing him less than a month after he was signed. The job backing up rookie Zach Wilson now is set to go to Mike White.

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Collin Johnson

A fifth-round pick in 2020, the 6-6, 222-pound Johnson had 18 catches as a rookie. The Texas product could be an option for the team's practice squad if he goes unclaimed.

Chicago Bears WR Riley Ridley

The younger brother of Atlanta Falcons standout Calvin Ridley is out in Chicago. A fourth-round draft pick out of Georgia in 2019, Ridley caught just 10 passes in the last two seasons.

Green Bay Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown

There will be no NFC North rivalry between St. Brown and his brother, Lions rookie wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, after the elder of the two was waived by the team Tuesday. St. Brown caught seven passes in 12 games last year.

Washington Football Team running back Peyton Barber (25) carries the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at FedExField.
Washington Football Team running back Peyton Barber (25) carries the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at FedExField.

Washington Football Team RB Peyton Barber

Barber tallied four touchdowns last season as a backup to Antonio Gibson, but the sixth-year veteran appears to have been leapfrogged by undrafted free agent Jaret Patterson, who was one of the preseason's biggest standouts. Washington also cut 2020 fourth-round pick Antonio Gandy-Golden.

Detroit Lions LB Jahlani Tavai

A second-round pick out of Hawaii in 2019, Tavai was taken ahead of the likes of Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, among others. He started 10 games for Detroit last year and received a positive review from linebackers coach Mark DeLeone, who said the third-year player was in "a really good position right now" to make the roster. Ultimately, however, Tavai couldn't latch on with the new regime of first-year general manager Brad Holmes and coach Dan Campbell.

Miami Dolphins C Matt Skura

Despite signing the veteran blocker to a one-year deal in March, Miami is already moving on from Skura as it reshuffles its offensive line. The Dolphins also parted with linebacker Benardrick McKinney, whom the team acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans this offseason.

Dallas Cowboys QBs Garrett Gilbert, Ben DiNucci

The Cowboys appear to have settled their backup quarterback battle, keeping Cooper Rush while parting with Gilbert and DiNucci, who each started a game last year when Dak Prescott was injured.

New Orleans Saints RB Devonta Freeman

The former Atlanta Falcons standout won't get a chance to jumpstart his career with an old NFC South rival, as Freeman didn't make the cut in New Orleans after signing with the Saints earlier in August.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NFL roster cut tracker: Updates on top players being released