What are the cut-down dates for NFL teams in 2022?

NFL training camps and preseason are well underway but cut-down days are not to be overlooked. Set right before the regular season, cut-down days mark some of the biggest roster changes throughout the league.

After weeks of offseason acquisition and training, the front offices finally narrow the roster down from 90 players to 53 in preparation for Week 1. While many star players are comfortably established in their positions, it still holds financial and personnel significance.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 NFL cut-down days.

What is an NFL cut-down day?

In the final weeks between preseason and the regular season, NFL teams shed nearly half their roster in a series of three cut-down days. These are designated across the league, starting with gradual cuts before the third cut-down day when the roster drops to 53.

When are the NFL cut-down dates for 2022?

The NFL cut-down dates and their quotas for 2022 are as follows:

  • Aug. 16: 90 to 85 players
  • Aug. 23: 85 to 80 players
  • Aug. 30: 80 to 53 players

The deadline for cuts is 4 p.m. ET on each date.

Those dates coincide with each of the three weeks of preseason games.

How many players are on an NFL team?

NFL teams are allowed 53 players on the roster, plus a 16-member practice squad. However, only 47 players — 48 if the roster includes at least eight offensive linemen — can suit up per game under the new collective bargaining agreement.

What are the other key dates after NFL cutdowns?

After cut-down days, it’s full steam ahead toward the regular season, which is set to begin Sept. 8. The next major date to keep an eye out for is the trade deadline on Nov. 1.

By Charlotte Edmond