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September 3, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports) 

NFL PRESEASON CONCLUDES, FINAL ROSTER CUTS

All 32 teams in action on Thursday

Eagles at Jets and Chargers at 49ers will air live on NFL Network

Final roster cut-down to 53 players set for Saturday at 4 PM ET

It’s the final week of the preseason and young players around the league know this is their time to shine.

With final NFL roster cuts to 53 players looming this Saturday, this week’s games are a last chance for many players to make the roster.

“The fourth preseason game gives players one more opportunity to prove they belong on the team,” says Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach LOVIE SMITH. “Show us what you have. This is a big week.”

For many of these players, they know this is their last opportunity to make the final 53.

DATEROSTER CUT-DOWNTuesday, September 1Roster cut-down to maximum of 75 players on Active List by 4 PM ETSaturday, September 5Roster cut-down to maximum of 53 players on Active/Inactive List by 4 PM ET

 

All 32 teams will be in action on Thursday as the preseason concludes. Two games will be featured on national TV on NFL Network: Philadelphia at the New York Jets (7:00 PM ET) and San Diego at San Francisco (10:00 PM ET).

A look at the full slate of games on Thursday, September 3:

 

GAMETIME (ET)Baltimore at Atlanta7:00 PMNew Orleans at Green Bay7:00 PMCincinnati at Indianapolis7:00 PMTampa Bay at Miami7:00 PMPhiladelphia at New York Jets 7:00 PM*Buffalo at Detroit7:30 PMNew York Giants at New England7:30 PMCarolina at Pittsburgh7:30 PMJacksonville at Washington7:30 PMCleveland at Chicago8:00 PMHouston at Dallas8:00 PMKansas City at St. Louis8:00 PMMinnesota at Tennessee8:00 PMArizona at Denver9:00 PMSan Diego at San Francisco 10:00 PM*Oakland at Seattle10:00 PM

       *Broadcast live on NFL Network    

 

Some of the highlight games in Week 4 of the NFL preseason:

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at MIAMI DOLPHINS (Thursday, 7:00 PM ET)    

NFL PRESEASON CONCLUDES, FINAL ROSTER CUTS

Doug Martin – Pro Bowl 2013

Tampa Bay rookie quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON, who was selected No. 1 overall by the Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft, has started each of the team’s first three preseason games and is gearing up for the regular-season opener on September 13 against Tennessee.

“My goal is to always get better every game,” says Winston. “I’m never satisfied. There’s always a way to get better.”

Buccaneers running back DOUG MARTIN has averaged nearly six yards per carry this preseason as he has rushed for 118 yards on 20 attempts (5.9), including a touchdown.

“Doug overall just looks great,” says Tampa Bay defensive tackle GERALD MC COY. “He’s showing it in the preseason and I think he is going to have a huge year.”

Miami quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL has had a magnificent preseason, completing 33 of 41 passes (80.5 percent) for 303 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 121.8 passer rating in three games.

“It’s a good start,” says Tannehill about his preseason performance. “Guys are getting open and making plays down the field. I feel like we’re trending in the right direction and we have to build on what we’ve done in this preseason.”

Miami’s defense has recorded nine sacks this preseason, including six last week against Atlanta.

“I think we’re ready to go,” says Dolphins linebacker KOA MISI. “I think we’ll be good this year.”

 

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (Thursday, NFLN, 10:00 PM ET)     

NFL PRESEASON CONCLUDES, FINAL ROSTER CUTS

Chargers QB Philip Rivers

Chargers linebacker MELVIN INGRAM has had a strong preseason and San Diego’s first-team defense had a productive outing against Seattle last week.

“We’re just trying to hold each other accountable,” says Ingram about the defense. “When we hold ourselves accountable, and hold each other accountable, it doesn’t get better than that. Everybody has to make sure they do their jobs.”

Chargers running back BRANDEN OLIVER has scored three touchdowns this preseason, including a 70-yard TD reception last week.

“Branden was just being Branden,” says San Diego head coach MIKE MC COY about Oliver, a former undrafted free agent who made a name for himself last preseason. “He’s just a football player that works extremely hard.”

After missing the 2014 season with an injury, 49ers linebacker NA VORRO BOWMAN is back and looks to be in Pro Bowl form. Last week, he played the entire first half and registered nine tackles and two sacks.

“He was just having a blast out there and it was the right thing,” says San Francisco head coach JIM TOMSULA about letting Bowman play the entire half. “He would have played all night if we had let him. He had a great look in his eye. It was great for him.”

For Bowman, he’s excited about what’s ahead.

“Just keep crossing these hurdles,” says Bowman. “Just keep taking the next step. I hold myself at a very high level. So until I please myself, I’ll keep working.”

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WINNING IS A HABIT: Thirty-eight of the 49 Super Bowl champions (77.6 percent) finished the preseason with a winning percentage of at least .500.

Since 2000, the 15 Super Bowl champions have combined for a 38-22 (.633) preseason record during their championship seasons.

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