53-man Roster Projection: Secondary
The CB’s: Sean Smith, David Amerson, T.J. Carrie, D.J. Hayden, Neiko Thorpe, Dexter McDonald, Tramain Jacobs, Chris Edwards, Kenneth Durden, Antonio Hamilton.
The Safeties: Karl Joseph, Reggie Nelson, Nate Allen, Keith McGill, Chris Hackett, Jimmy Hall, Dewey McDonald, Brynden Trawick.
Trawick is officially listed as a safety, but like Bates and Toomer, he is considered a core special teams player.
First Cut: Edwards, Durden, Hall, Jacobs.
The top six cornerbacks are set, as are the top three safeties, so don’t expect to be surprised here.
These four are a step below the rest of the group.
Second Cut: Hamilton, Hackett, Dewey McDonald.
Hamilton sticks around for a bit thanks to his return ability, but the team is already set with six cornerbacks. Practice squad seems like a good fit.
Hackett didn’t get much run at safety, so he misses the cut.
Dewey stood out in camp, but a rough preseason results in him being let go.
CB’s that make the team: Smith, Amerson, Carrie, Hayden, Thorpe, Dexter McDonald.
No surprises here.
Safeties that make the team: Joseph, Nelson, Allen, McGill, Trawick.
The fourth safety spot is up for grabs, as it could be either McGill, McDonald, or Trawick.
Ultimately, I think McGill ends up with the fourth safety spot, but Trawick also sticks thanks to his special teams contribution.
That leaves Dewey as the odd man out.
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