For players clinging to their NFL dreams, one game remains between them and the final 53-man roster. The NFL preseason culminates with all 32 teams taking the field Thursday night, the very last time players on the fringe can impress coaches and general managers before the final roster are set on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m. ET.
The first round of cuts, from 90 to 75, ends Tuesday with all moves to be made before 4 p.m. ET. A large swath of veteran talent has already felt the wrath, like now former Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings, receiver Ryan Broyles from the Lions, receiver Denarious Moore from the Bengals, and veteran center Fernando Velasco from the Titans, just to name a few.
Those players won’t have the opportunity to improve their stock on the final day of the preseason, but many can play well enough to warrant a waiver claim before the 12 p.m. ET deadline set for Sunday, Sept. 6.
The last week could also be when several position battles reach a conclusion. There’s the Eagles ongoing saga between reserve quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow, the Bills decision for the starting quarterback job between E.J. Manuel, Tyrod Taylor, and Matt Cassel, and maybe even the Browns on what to do with Johnny Manziel and Josh McCown.
Below is the full Week 4 schedule, including dates, start times, and national and local TV channels.
Thursday, September 3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins, 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network (national)
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts, 7 p.m. ET, CBS (Cincinnati) and FOX 59 (Indianapolis)
Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons, 7 p.m. ET, WBAL (Baltimore) and CW69 (Atlanta)
New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers, 7 p.m. ET, WVUE (New Orleans) and NBC (Green Bay)
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets, 7 p.m. ET, NBC 10 (Philadelphia) and CBS2 (New York)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins, 7:30 p.m. ET, WJXT 4 (Jacksonville) and NBC (Washington)
Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers, 7:30 p.m. ET, PTVN (Carolina) and KDKA (Pittsburgh)
Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions, 7:30 p.m. ET, WKBW (Buffalo) and FOX2 (Detroit)
New York Giants at New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m. ET, WNBC 4 (New York) and WBZ (New England)
Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears, 8 p.m. ET, WEWS (Cleveland) and FOX (Chicago)
Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys, 8 p.m. ET, KTRK (Houston) CBS 11 (Dallas)
Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans, 8 p.m. ET, KMSP (Minnesota) and WKRN2 (Tennessee)
Kansas City Chiefs at St. Louis Rams, 8 p.m. ET, KCTV 5 (Kansas City) and KTVI (St. Louis)
Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos, 9 p.m. ET, ABC-15 (Arizona) and KTVD (Denver)
San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers, 10 p.m. ET, NFL Network (national)
Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks, 10 p.m. ET, KTVU (Oakland) and FOX (Seattle)