Dable, Boehringer and Gotsis Survive First Round Of NFL Cuts

The NFL’s 32 teams have reduced their rosters to 75 and three key international players, receivers Anthony Dable from France (New York Giants) and Germany’s Moritz Boehringer (Minnesota Vikings) along with defensive tackle Adam Gotsis of Australia (Denver Broncos) all survived the first day of cuts.

With the final round of preseason games Thursday September 1, the final cutdown day for teams to trim rosters to the 53 active players allowed is Saturday September 3.

The most notable international player released was Bjoern Werner from Germany, who was let go by the Jacksonville Jaguars, ironically on his birthday. This was Werner’s fourth season in the league. The former Florida State defensive end/linebacker from Berlin, Germany and first round draft pick with the Indianapolis Colts had spent three years with the Colts before signing with the Jaguars earlier this season.

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Bjoern Werner in action at Jacksonville Jaguars training camp. Photo: [email protected]

Should any of the trio of Dable, Boehringer or Gotsis get released Saturday one of three things could happen. The first is that another team could claim them off of waivers although when other teams are also evaluating and releasing players this is less likely. They could be moved to the 10 man practice squad which is more likely although the international player exemption apparently no longer exists. Finally, they could be released outright looking for work and then sign with another team which does not seem as likely but is a possibility.

This Thursday September 1, Dable’s Giants will play the New England Patriots. The Patriots feature two German stars in Sebastian Vollmer and Markus Kuhn. The Minnesota Vikings with Boehringer will host the Los Angeles Rams while Gotsis and the Denver Broncos will take on the Arizona Cardinals.

Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.