Packers Final Roster Cuts

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The Green Bay Packers are paring their roster. They have to be down to 53 players by this evening.

Here’s who’s been released. We’ll update until we have them all.

Keep in mind that Mike Neal and Erik Walden won’t count against the final 53. Neal is suspended four games and Walden one. When they return from suspension, the Packers will have to make a roster move to add them.

The Packers placed linebacker Vic So’oto on injured reserve and tackle Derek Sherrod on the physically unable to perform list. That makes Sherrod ineligible for the first six weeks of the regular season. So’oto will be out the entire season.

B.J. Coleman, quarterback — Not much of a surprise here. The Packers typically only keep two quarterbacks on the active roster. Coleman will be back on the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Daniel Muir, defensive tackle — This is probably the biggest surprise of the bunch. Muir performed well and was projected to be B.J. Raji’s primary backup. He even showed some pass-rushing ability. It looks like the Packers will go with the youngsters behind Raji.

Nic Cooper, fullback — Cooper is another undrafted rookie. The Packers are set at fullback with John Kuhn.

Marc Tyler, running back — Tyler was an undrafted rookie. He ran hard and will probably find his way to the practice squad, especially if the Packers keep oft-injured James Starks.

Greg Van Roten, guard — Van Roten was another one of the undrafted rookie offensive linemen. He didn’t make much of an impression.

Otis Merrill, cornerback — You probably noticed Merrill more as a returner. He broke a 60-yarder early in the preseason and has plenty of speed, but the Packers have a deep group of corners. Seems like a good bet for the practice squad.

Curenski Gilleylen, receiver — Much like Moss and all the other receivers who got released, there’s just no room for Gilleylen.

Diondre Borel, receiver — Like Gurley, he was expected to compete for the No. 6 receiver job. This probably means my boy Jarrett Boykin made the team. Borel will probably get claimed by another team.

Lawrence Guy, defensive end — Guy was a seventh-round pick in 2011. He didn’t play at all last season and got caught up in a numbers game on the defensive line this season. Could be a practice squad guy.

Tori Gurley, receiver — Gurley will probably end up on an NFL roster (maybe Miami’s). Unfortunately, it won’t be the Packers’. That deep ball he dropped Thursday night will probably haunt him for years.

Dale Moss, receiver — Moss is another undrafted free agent. With the Packers’ depth at receiver, he really had no chance to make the final roster.

Andrew Datko, tackle — He was a seventh-round pick, but has been battling a concussion. He also didn’t play terribly well when he was healthy. Chances are he makes the practice squad if no one else claims him.

Shea Allard, tackle — He was signed as an undrafted rookie and saw considerable action in the preseason, but looked more like a revolving door than a blocker.

Reggie Wells, guard — Wells was signed during camp to address some depth issues on the line. He’s a one-time starter who figured to stick as a backup, which makes this somewhat of a surprise.

Anthony Levine, safety — The Packers talked about Levine making the jump. He spent two seasons on the practice squad and was given a chance to start, but the team obviously likes Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings better.

Brandon Bostick, tight end — As we all know, the Packers are pretty-well set at tight end.

Tommie Draheim, guard/center — Another undrafted rookie. Draheim will probably return as part of the practice squad because of his versatility.

Sampson Genus, center — Genus was on the practice squad last season. He may not have an NFL future.

Shaky Smithson, receiver — Although he was initially on injured reserve, so he didn’t count against the roster, the Packers waived him anyway. He got an injury settlement.

Ray Dominguez, guard — Another guy waived off injured reserve who got an injury settlement.

DeMarco Cosby, tight end — Also waived off injured reserve and got an injury settlement.

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24 Comments on "Packers Final Roster Cuts"

  1. sup

    guess no trades are coming.

    I would have cut borel before gurley. both are comparable but TG has the size to cause mismatches.

    Oh well see you in miami.

    really hoping we keep boykins.

  2. AZ Pack

    Thought Gurley would have been kept and listed as a TE. This sucks, the guy could be a game changer for us. Oh well, Boykin will be good as a receiver, but with Driver getting older and James Jones drawing trade interest, I thought we were in a better place by keeping Gurley and getting a 2nd or 3rd draft choice in next years draft from the fins.

    In TT we trust. Go Pack Go!

  3. unhappy

    As much as it pains me to say, Driver really screwed us this year…in the interest of the long term, I would have cut him to keep Boykin and Gurley/Borel…he’s not going to play much anyway and we are sacraficing two good wideouts. One of these guys is going to be a stand out player, and we’ll have to watch him in another uniform and think, “we had that guy and just let him walk”…all for a guy that will play one more season. I love DD, but he better have a pretty significant year to make this up.

    • nurseratchett

      Why don’t you reserve judgement on his screw level after at least a game or two?

      Did you notice adfter McMillian’s blocked punt recovery on ST that it was DD that took him aside for a little teachable moment?

      Contributions on & off the field.

  4. guysocke

    I am fine with sending Gurley and Borel packing on the condition Boykin makes the team. I will say it was fun to daydream about Gurley blocking kicks during the regular season.

    Look for James Jones to stay with the team and have his best year yet. I can’t believe I just said that.

  5. vijay

    Levine, Muir, Gurley, Borel all mild surprises. Really don’t get the Muir move…like him better than any other second string linemen.

  6. ATL Pack Fan

    Trade Jones. Get a second or even a third round pick for him. This will free up some cap space and move up Gurley. Let Gurley get a year under his belt with special teams and 5th on the depth chart. Stash Moss and Boykin on PS.

  7. Beloit Squirrel

    Keeping aging Driver is a mistake. One of those young guns we sent packing will be something special, I believe. Paying them extra to stay last year only proves my point. Donald turning into our next Farve. Doesn’t know when to go.

    • nurseratchett

      Yeah, that’s what he’s doing….reporting for camp when he feels like it, refusing to bunk with the rest of the team, not helping younger players along, turning into a real media-seeking whore by saying stuff like “It’s not about how many times you get targeted, not on this team with all the talent at WR”….yep, Drive is just like Favre……

  8. KB

    Neal had a huge game yesterday. It was by far the most dominate pass rushing performance we have seen from any DLineman all preseason. I was very impressed. IF he stays healthy he can be a very dominate force upfront. BTW Neal hasn’t earned a spot he doesn’t count against the 53 man roster at this point.

  9. Shawn iltarion

    Neal is the best back up DL on the team. Look for him to start on passing downs after he comes back from his suspension. He was a monster last night.

    I believe some people have already declared Neal a bust and are having a hard time coming to grip with the fact that they could be wrong.

    Levine and Muir are the two surprises here. I thought Levine was competing for a starting gig, and Muir appeared to be solid.

    Datko and Barclay will likely be on the practice squad.

    I am not concerned with Borel and Gurley going elsewhere. Good luck to them. Boykin had the better preseason and deserves to be on the team.

    Not sure how Brandon Seine keeps a job after being injured all preseason, but I trust the coaching staff. Tyler, I suspect, will be on the PS.

    • DevilDon

      Richardson surpassed Levine and I”m glad. I think the coaching staff saw some potential in Merling that Miami was not able to bring out. He’s only here until Neal comes back unless he turns it up a huge bunch.
      It seems Barclay might still make the team, not released yet. Had a good game last night.

  10. sup

    can we rely on Neal to stay healthy? I wouldn’t bet on it.

    as for the monster game I just didn’t see it.

    with raji banged up muir was a good insurance policy( discount double check).

    oh well.

  11. Shavager

    I’m another of those who think Neal’s just another injury away from NOT contributing much. Surprised that Muir was cut since Neal won’t count for first four games, hopefully TThompson keeps his eye open for a free agent that’s young, talented and cheap. Thought Packers would stash Boykin on PSquad and keep Gurley on roster–size, PS talent a big incentive. Didn’t see much from Borel, thought Boykin outproduced him in preseason. Big surprise is Gurley gets cut.

  12. nurseratchett

    Final cuts are in. I think the roster is strong. Only worries are O-line & secondary.

    GO PACK GO!

  13. sup

    hope sherrod comes back strong after the six games. by then I’ll have had enough of newhouse’s mental mistakes. hopefully it doesn’t cost AR and the pack the season.

    hope to see more of moss, Tyler, datko bostick and Coleman Merrill.

  14. Daaaave

    Merely workable receivers are a dime a dozen. You don’t have to keep those guys another year. (Gurley, Borel) especially over a veteran who still has a couple gallons in the tank. DD deserves a spot until he proves otherwise. In the Pack’s loss to the Giants in the playoffs DD arguably had the best game of any of the receivers.

  15. john

    Did some one really say Driver screwed us WTF are you smoking and why is everyone in love with guys who never started a game in the NFL not saying they are not going to be good some day but ted and staff watch the players every single day just because they looked good in preseason does not mean a thing thats there 2nd 3rd string and people that will never play again

    • Shawn iltarion

      Yeah, their practice squad. Can’t do much damage from there.

      I’m not too concerned about a guy who couldn’t beat out Jarrett Boykin to make our roster. Boykin outplayed him, straight up.

      Are we supposed to keep the WR with the lesser camp just because he’s tall?

  16. Shawn iltarion

    It is pretty ironic if you think about it.

    All the talk during the offseason was how the Packers were likely to keep 6 WRs in order to give Borel or Gurley a chance.

    In the end, the Packers did keep 6 WRs, except it was Boykins they kept.

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