The Kansas City Chiefs roster cuts will be changing a little bit this year. The NFL used to have teams cut down from the maximum of 90 players in the offseason to 75 players near the end of preseason and then all the way down to 53 players a few days later. The NFL is reportedly getting rid of the 75-man cut down and going straight to 53, according to NFL Network’s Albert Breer.
Per source, the owners just passed a resolution eliminating the 75-man cutdown. So now, there'll be just one cutdown day -- 90 to 53.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 23, 2017
The result of this it appears is that each team can now carry all 90 players through the final preseason game. Previously the 75-man cut down was before the preseason finale. Eliminating that cut down and going straight to 53 means that teams can get another look at all the players in the preseason finale.
I’m fine with this move. I don’t see it affecting a whole lot, to be honest. The preseason finale will be populated with more of those players about to get cut. That means they can get more film out there for other teams which is a good thing.
This rule really didn’t make sense back when the offseason rosters were a maximum of 80 instead of the 90 they are today. You would cut down from 80 to 75 one day and then a few days later you would cut down to 53 players. I never understood why they did that.