Batch, Doege, Harrell among NFL cuts
Four former Texas Tech football players were among the first round of training camp cuts made over the weekend.
In Pittsburgh, running back Baron Batch was let go by the Steelers after they acquired former Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jones tied with Jonathan Dwyer for the most carries on the Steelers in their preseason game against Kansas City with eight. Jones had a team-best 29 yards rushing in the 26-20 overtime loss.
Batch was in his third year with Pittsburgh and missed his rookie season with a torn ACL suffered during training camp.
In Green Bay, the Packers released quarterback Graham Harrell after the emergence of former Texas standout Vince Young. Young performed well enough in preseason games to unseat Harrell as the backup behind starter Aaron Rodgers.
Harrell, who was the No. 3 quarterback in 2010 and 2011 while splitting time on the practice squad and the 53-man roster, served as Rodgers’ backup last season but didn’t appear to take a jump this year.
In three preseason games, Harrell completed just 23 of 42 passes (54.8 percent) for 169 yards with no touchdowns and one interception (54.6 rating). In 14 possessions, he led the Packers to just three points.
In Atlanta, the Falcons parted ways with rookie free-agent quarterback Seth Doege.
Doege was one of 11 players cut by the Falcons and had not appeared in a preseason game this season.
Arizona waived former Tech lineman Deveric Gallington, who also was a free agent.