At Draft Rite, we are all about covering the NFL from a roster-building perspective. We consider ourselves to be your home of the NFL offseason. Team building is such a fascinating subject, and the NFL invests millions of dollars into the people who put everything together every year.
It’s an inexact science. The league is constantly evolving and changing to match the new schemes and strategies designed by coaches and front-office executives. Roster building is such a careful craft. With only 53 spots available (45 activated on game day), teams have to be very careful with the people that they keep and the ones that they let go.
Prospects and the draft are only a small part of the NFL offseason. There is more to it, such as the veterans who have been in the league for a while and understand the ropes.
Every day, Tuesday through Saturday, I will be giving you a report on what teams across the NFL have done officially, and try to give you some insight into what that can mean for them and the rest of the league.
Chiefs sign DE Taco Charlton
In just ten games with the Miami Dolphins last season, Taco Charlton put up his most productive season so far in the NFL. Collecting 5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles, Charlton started to finally put things together. He was hampered by a nagging ankle injury that limited his availability.
A first-round pick by the Cowboys in 2017, Taco was traded to the Dolphins before the start of last season. He was injured in his preseason debut, a 2 sack performance.
Going from strictly a defensive end playing down in Dallas, the Dolphins changed things up. They started mixing his usage with the team, standing him up at times, and expanding his role. When he was healthy, they pulled Charles Harris out of his role on defense and slid Charlton in, and the impact was much better.
The Chiefs have a plan for Charlton, and I think he’s got an excellent chance to make the 53-man roster and be used much in the role that the Dolphins used him in.
Cowboys sign OL Cameron Erving
The Cowboys understand the importance of keeping their quarterback upright. The Cleveland Browns first-round pick in 2015, Erving was considered a high upside developmental prospect that could end up being a huge get.
Erving didn’t pan out as a tackle in Cleveland, so the team traded him to Kansas City for a fifth-round pick. He ended up starting a lot of games for the Chiefs at both left and right guard. Erving is much more effective inside and will be excellent depth for the Cowboys should injury befall upon them.
- Bills signed UDFA RB Reggie Gilliam, RB Antonio Williams, OT Trey Adams, DB Isiah Brown, and DB Josh Thomas.
- Cowboys signed OT Cameron Erving.
- Raiders waived C Kyle Kalis, and signed UDFA WR Siaosi Mariner, DT Mike Panasiuk, and K Dominik Eberle.
- Ravens signed UDFA G Evan Adams and DT Aaron Crawford.
- Saints signed WR Austin Carr.
- Titans signed UDFA RB Cameron Scarlett, WR Mason Kinsey, WR Nick Westbrook, WR Kristian Wilkerson, WR Kyle Williams, TE Tommy Hudson, OT Brandon Kemp, OT Anthony McKinney, C Aaron Brewer, DT Kobe Smith, DT Teair Tart, LB Cale Garrett, LB Khaylan Kearse-Thomas, and K Tucker McCann.