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Ryan Taylor is Out, Kevin Dorsey is In

Ryan Taylor

Well, the Green Bay Packers are just full of surprises, aren’t they? On Monday, they released fourth-year tight end Ryan Taylor and promoted second-year receiver Kevin Dorsey from the practice squad.

Taylor was known for his special teams prowess and/or for being the fourth tight end on the only team that keeps four tight ends. He caught only eight balls for 45 yards and a touchdown in his four seasons in Green Bay. He never threatened to take anyone’s snaps on offense and lately his special teams’ role has decreased significantly.

Taylor has averaged 11 special teams snaps per game this season and had just one tackle. He was second on the team in special teams tackles with 10 back in 2011. That number decreased to eight in 2012 and five in 2013.

The Packers were obviously content to hand his role over to other guys on the roster.

It’s also obvious why they added Dorsey.

Third (or fourth) receiver Jarrett Boykin has been battling a groin injury that’s worse than expected. Boykin is expected to miss this week’s game with Miami and who knows how much longer after that.

Dorsey gives the Packers some depth at a position that currently features two rookies — Davante Adams and Jeff Janis — behind starters Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

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. MJ October 6, 2014

    Maybe they can sign Alex Gillett to the practice squad now.

  2. Jtmax October 6, 2014

    White is better receiver but they need a bigger more physical guy for special teams so dorsey wins out

    1. Abe Frohman October 7, 2014


  3. Shawn Neuser October 7, 2014

    The Packers obviously need more depth at the position considering they had Randall Cobb out there in the fourth quarter. It is a slight surprise that Taylor would be the one to get cut. However, he never turned into a great blocker at tight end, and if he doesn’t have that, then what good is he?

    It is kind of ironic that he was cut right after getting some final playing time in the fourth quarter against the Vikes.