The Green Bay Packers have started to give guys the old heave ho in order to get down the final 53-man roster.
Here’s who’s gone and what we thing about it. We’ll updated as we hear more.
Quarterback Vince Young — this move is inexplicable to us because Young performed better than any of the other quarterbacks not named Aaron Rodgers in the preseason.
Tight end D.J. Williams — even though he was a fifth-round draft choice a few seasons ago, we predicted this earlier this offseason. The Packers have plenty of depth at tight end and Williams never produced.
Receiver Charles Johnson — he was a seventh-round pick this season, but missed most of the preseason with an injury, so basically had no chance to make an impact and that makes this move not much of a surprise.
Tight end Jake Stoneburner — he was an undrafted free agent this season, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. That being said, he showed some flashes in the preseason and will probably be back on the practice squad.
Running back Alex Green — gotta be honest, we didn’t see this coming either. With DuJuan Harris on injured reserve, it seemed like Green had a roster spot after working ahead of James Starks, but Ted Thompson is apparently intent on giving up on the former third round pick.
Tight end Matthew Mulligan — here was Ted Thompson’s big offseason free agent signing and supposedly the top blocking tight end on the roster, but with Jermichael Finley picking up his game, they probably don’t need him. Also, this just goes to show Thompson doesn’t know what he’s doing in free agency, just like Alex Green and D.J. Williams show he doesn’t know what he’s doing in the draft half the time either.
Cornerback Loyce Means — this guy was signed as a street free agent in the offseason and he played pretty well at times, but the Packers are loaded at cornerback, so this isn’t at all a surprise.
Tackle Andrew Datko — was a seventh-round pick a season ago and spent last year on the practice squad. He was pretty much horrible from the moment he arrived in Green Bay.
Center Patrick Lewis — another undrafted free agent this year. This move probably means Greg Van Roten will survive for another season.
Cornerback James Nixon — I’ve never even heard of this guy, so it’s probably appropriate that the Packers released him.
Receiver Myles White — another undrafted guy. White showed some flashes, but not enough to make the team. Sounds like a practice squad possibility.
Receiver Tyrone Walker — also an undrafted free agent. Walker was a standout at times and we thought he had a decent shot of making the team. Again, probably a practice squad guy.
Fullback Jonathan Amosa — also an undrafted free agent. The Packers really don’t have a need for a bunch of fullbacks like they have in the past, apparently.
Guard Garth Gerhart — this guy falls into the same category as James Nixon. Didn’t even know he was on the roster to begin with.
Linebacker Donte Savage — ditto.
Safety Chaz Powell — this dude was all over the place in the last preseason game, but the Packers are going to keep four safeties tops.
Safety David Fulton — and he will also not be one of those four safeties.
Tackle Kevin Hughes — who the hell is this guy? Someone not on the Packers roster.
Linebacker Dezman Moses — this comes as a mild surprise. Moses made the team as an undrafted free agent last season and actually showed some pass rushing ability.
Cornerback Brandon Smith — he was a converted wide receiver and flashed some potential. He also gave up three touchdowns in the final preseason game. There was really no way he was making the roster at this position.
Linebacker Terrell Manning — this is a minor surprise considering the Packers traded up to draft him just last season. Another great draft pick, Ted.
Defensive tackle Jordan Miller — another guy I’ve never heard of.