The NFL exhibition season is complete with teams now faced with getting down to the league mandate of 53 players by 4 p.m. on Saturday. That means each team will be unloading around 20 players. The CT contingent lost three players so far in the latest round of moves as teams hone in on their regular-season rosters. On Friday, the Atlanta Falcons cut former UConn linebacker Yawin Smallwood, a seventh-round pick in the most recent draft. Saturday, fomrer Huskies wide receiver Nick Williams, who caught two TD passes in the preseason, was let go by the Redskins, and linebacker Julian Stanford of Bloomfield was cut by the Lions.
The trio joins former UConn WR Kashif Moore, West Haven's Rob Jackson and Bloomfield's Kory Sheets, who were let go in the first major round of cuts earlier in the week.
That leaves 22 players with state ties still active; former UConn OL Donald Thomas is with the Colts but on injured reserve. Here's how they fared in their final preseason tuneup:
BILLS - Marcus Easley, WR, UConn: Had no stats in game in loss to Detroit.
BRONCOS - Terrance Knighton, DL, Windsor: Did not play vs. Dallas.
BUCCANEERS - Danny Lansanah, LB, UConn: Started at weak-side linebacker vs. the Redskins and had five tackles, three for losses.
CARDINALS - Matt Shaughnessy, DL, Norwich: Did not play in loss to San Diego.
CHARGERS - Donald Brown, RB, UConn; Kendall Reyes, DL, UConn; and Dwight Freeney, DL, Bloomfield: Brown started vs. Cardinals and carried three times for 2 yards and caught a pass for 4 yards. Both Reyes and Freeney did not play.
CHIEFS - Anthony Sherman, FB, UConn; and Marcus Cooper, CB, Bloomfield: Cooper started at left cornerback and had one tackle in loss to Packers. Sherman did not play.
COLTS - Darius Butler, DB, UConn: Did not play in loss to Cincinnati..
FALCONS - Robert McClain, CB, UConn; and Yawin Smallwood, LB, UConn: Both players came off the bench in win over Jaguars. McClain had two tackles and a pass defenced. Smallwood had one tackle and was among the players cut on Friday.
GIANTS - Will Beatty, OT, UConn: Started at left tackle vs. Patriots.
JAGUARS - Dwayne Gratz, DB, UConn; and Jordan Todman, RB, UConn: Gratz started at LCB in lossd to Jaguars and had no stats on defense and one special teams tackle. He is listed as the starter headed into the regular season. Todman had 11 carries for 37 yards and a TD, and caught five of six passes thrown his way for 45 yards.
LIONS - Dan Orlovsky, QB, UConn; and Julian Stanford, LB, Bloomfield: Orlovsky started and completed 7 of 11 passes for 39 yards in win over Bills. Stanford had his best showing of the preseason, leading the team in tackles with seven in a reserve role but was released on Saturday.
RAIDERS - Tyvon Branch. SS, UConn, and Sio Moore, LB, UConn: Branch started at strong safety had a sack for a 6-yard loss vs. Seattle. Moore did not play.
REDSKINS - Nick Williams, WR, UConn; Jordan Reed, TE, New London; and Chris Baker, DL, Windsor: Williams caught two passes for 12 yards in a reserve role and was cut on Saturday. Reed, who appears to have locked up the starting job, also came off the bench but had no stats in limited action. Baker did not play.
TEXANS - Ryan Griffin, UConn, TE: Caught one of three passes thrown his way for 4 yards.
TITANS - Blidi Wreh-Wilson, DB, UConn: Did not play in loss to Vikings.
VIKINGS - Shamar Stephen, DT, Vikings: Came off the bench in win over Titans and had one tackle.Copyright © 2015, CT Now