Cut #3 – WR JoJo Natson
There was a point where JoJo Natson seemed very likely to make the team, then Demetric Felton started to show up. Natson was hardly used as a receiver last year, but he did find time as a return specialist for the Brows. The only problem is Natson didn’t really impress as one. Felton, who looked very good returning kicks and punts against the Falcons, was likely to have a roster spot anyway due to his rookie status, so it makes sense that Natson would be cut in favor of Felton.
While that’s the hard life of an NFL player, it wasn’t just the emergence of Felton or the fact Donovan Peoples-Jones can also return kicks and punts that should cost Natson his spot. It’s the simple philosophy of “does Natson deserve someone else’s job?” and the answer is a resounding “no”.
Natson wasn’t just someone who was found to be replaceable thanks to the rookie draft of 2021, but he also has shown to not be a huge playmaker regardless. While not every pass his way has been perfect, more than one has bounced off his hands this preseason.
How are you supposed to warrant taking someone’s job, when you can’t make the same type of hard catches others in front of you make?