The biggest news of final cuts actually came on Monday, when we awoke to Leonard Fournette’s release. We got to obsess about the fallout from that in Jacksonville and then the ripple effect and future of the backfield in Tampa, where he was signed after clearing waivers. The rest of final cutdowns only produced mild surprises, although there are often aftershocks from final cutdowns that topple something that looked shaky, but survived after the visits from the turk, so keep your head on a swivel
Washington released Adrian Peterson, Detroit signed Adrian Peterson
Why It Matters: Peterson was seen as the ceremonial starter after Derrius Guice’s release, and probably first in line at the goal line. He said Antonio Gibson was a hell of a talent and that Washington thinks they have found the “one main guy”. There are some excellent wide receivers on the board in the fifth round, but Gibson now becomes compelling enough to consider there, especially after so many mid-round running backs lost value this year. Bryce Love made the team and could get a longer look if the inexperienced Gibson doesn’t click as a runner after barely touching the ball in college (77 touches, but 14 touchdowns). It won’t be surprising to see Peterson somewhere after Week 1, if not before. The Lions commitment to RBBC remains undefeated as Peterson immediately joined them to even further lower the ceilings of Kerryon Johnson and D'Andre Swift. The signing could be about the confidence level in Johnson, Swift, Bo Scarbrough, or two or even all three of them.