Saturday’s cut down to the 53-man roster manifested Mike Shanahan’s control of the team and its direction. Saturday’s cuts included Horatio Blades and Chris Horton, two players who had large rolls in the Gibbs and Zorn administrations, respectively, These cuts however were not too shocking. Blades had become a victim of the number’s game at linebacker and Horton, after having a stellar rookie season, has been plagued by injury since and he became the odd-man-out.
A surprise cut was Keiland Williams, in favor of retaining the veteran Mike Sellers at fullback. This move appeared to be set in motion by Chris Cooley not being able to be 100%, as well has his versatility. Williams, once let go, was immediately claimed by the Detroit Lions where he is expected to compete for plenty of time.
The wide receiver position is interesting. That position kept an unusually high number of players at eight. Those receives are: Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Armstrong, Terrence Austin, Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul, Donte Stallworth and Brandon Banks. With Banks set to be the main returner on special teams, seven receivers is still a high number to keep. Many were expecting Austin, Hankerson or Stallworth to be trade baits but as of Monday morning there is no activity to report of.
Rest assured that this roster is far from what we will be getting to know over the season. There will continue to be plenty of cuts and signings. However, one thing is for sure, this is becoming more and more of Shanahan’s team by the day.