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Packers First Round of Cuts Include Chris Harper

Chris Harper

Hey buddy, you’re cut! That’s what several Green Bay Packers heard this morning.

Here are the unlucky seven: safety Charles Clay, cornerback Antonio Dennard, receiver Chris Harper, linebacker Korey Jones, fullback Ina Liaina, quarterback Chase Rettig and receiver Gerrard Sheppard.

The Packers roster stands at 81 with the release of these seven guys. It will shrink to 78 when the team officially places receiver Jared Abbrederis, tackle Don Barclay and nose tackle B.J. Raji on injured reserve.

Three more guys will have to be cut by Tuesday, the league deadline to get down to 75 players.

Rarely is anyone’s release in this round of cuts a surprise. If any one move comes as a minor surprise it’s Chris Harper, who was a fourth-round draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks last year.

He was released by Seattle prior to the 2013 season and signed to their practice squad. Then the 49ers signed him to their active roster and released him. And now he’s suffered the same fate with the Packers.

Harper showed some big-play ability in the preseason, but he also reminded us of old Stone Hands Freeman at times. With all the receivers the Packers have, guys can hardly afford to be dropping balls that hit them right in the hands.

What’s hard to believe is that three teams have given up on a guy who was a fourth-round draft pick just last year, already.

The rest of the guys who were released today were all undrafted free agents.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Vijay August 24, 2014

    Harper has talent… He will stick around the league awhile and figure out how to better secure the ball if he practices that consistently.

  2. Packer Bob August 24, 2014

    Goes to show that the draft is hit-or-miss for even the best GMs.

  3. iltarion August 24, 2014

    Yeah, nice 4th round pick, John Schnieder. Meanwhile, TT was drafting David Bakhtiari.

    No surprises here, which there almost never are. Still some hard decisions to make. Have to believe that dropped balls are also likely to doom Myles White, Kevin Dorsey and Alex Gillett.

    1. Abe Frohman August 25, 2014

      I’ll trade Schneider’s 1st round picks for TT’s 4th rounders. Other than Rodgers and CM3, he’s done exactly jack shit in the first round.

  4. Jtmax August 24, 2014

    Cobb drops the most so far. Adams and boykins have done their share. I m not happy with adams so far. I like dorsey and gillet more. Dorsey faster and more consistent.

  5. Mason Crosby August 25, 2014

    Harper won’t be missed.