NFL cuts: Sawyer, Oram among locals released

Aug 27 2012 - 9:38pm

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San Francisco 49ers’ receiver Joe Sawyer warms up before a preseason game against the Houston Texans in Houston earlier this month. Sawyer, who played at Ogden High, was cut by the 49ers on Monday.
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San Francisco 49ers’ receiver Joe Sawyer warms up before a preseason game against the Houston Texans in Houston earlier this month. Sawyer, who played at Ogden High, was cut by the 49ers on Monday.
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JoJo Sawyer isn't deterred in his quest for a spot on an NFL team.

In fact his dad, Butch Sawyer, thinks the future is bright for his son.

Joe Sawyer, a former Ogden High football standout, spent the past 10 days in camp with the San Francisco 49ers before learning he'd been waived on Monday as NFL squads cut their roster to 75 players.

"He called it an unbelievable experience," Butch Sawyer said. "Even 10 days of pro experience puts you in a different mind set."

Sawyer -- his family and friends call him JoJo -- will be on the waiver wire for 24 hours, just like other local athletes like Harvey Unga and Manase Tonga, then hope for a call from another NFL squad.

"I'm sure his agent is working to get him another opportunity," said dad, a supervisor at Ogden City Recreation. "His coaches at San Francisco praised him."

JoJo played football at Ogden, as did siblings Omar and Jahmaal, while Gerard playe soccer.

He played football at Snow College before playing two seasons at Southwest Oklahoma State.

"I think his experience at Snow opened his eyes to what his potential was," said Butch Sawyer, who credited Badgers coach Steve Coburn with bringing out the best in him.

It didn't hurt that JoJo also grew in size.

"He's a best now," his father says.

With workouts at Green Bay, Philadelphia and Oakland under his belt, along with the camp experience at San Francisco, Butch Sawyer thinks JoJo will continue to grow as a football player.

Several other players with Utah ties were waived on Monday.

Former Weber State offensive lineman J.C. Oram was cut but the Detroit Lions. The Chicago Bears let RB Harvey Unga go, while FB Manase Tonga was released by the Oakland Raiders. The pair were former BYU players.

Meanwhile, Vince Young is out of work, Terrell Suggs is on PUP and several veteran NFL kickers are on the street after the first set of mandatory NFL cuts.

Teams needed to be down to 75 players Monday, and Young was the biggest name to lose his job. After Buffalo acquired Tarvaris Jackson from Seattle to back up quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, 2006 Offensive Rookie of the Year Young was released.

"Vince, I don't want to get into what he can do and can't do, it just didn't work out," general manager Buddy Nix said. "We just need to move on and give this guy a try."

Young knew what was coming and tweeted earlier in the day: "Respect Bills fans. I want to thank the Bills organization for the opportunity and with the organization and my teammates good luck this season."

It's been a tough few years for Young since he was exiled by the Titans for inconsistent play on the field and several incidents off it. Young had a disappointing season as Michael Vick's backup in Philadelphia last year, and couldn't make it through the preseason with Buffalo.

Suggs, on the other hand, comes off his best pro season, when he was voted Defensive Player of the Year. But he tore his right Achilles tendon in the offseason and isn't expected back before November.

By placing him on the physically unable to perform list, the Ravens (No. 5, AP Pro32) must be without Suggs for the first six weeks of the season.

Detroit placed on PUP running back Jahvid Best, who hasn't played since October because of concussion problems.

All 32 teams must be down to the regular-season roster limit of 53 on Friday.

Among the kickers given the boot were Olindo Mare by Carolina, Josh Brown by the Jets, and Neil Rackers by Washington.

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