Green Bay Packers Final Roster Cuts
Here is the list of the Green Bay Packers final roster cuts for 2015.
We’ll update at the top as we know more, so refresh often.
For comparison, here is our projected roster.
Also, one side note. Datone Jones and Letroy Guion won’t count against the roster, since they’re both suspended for week 1. So instead of releasing 22 guys, the Packers only have to release 20.
Linebacker Jermauria Rasco — Rasco was an undraftred free agent signing from LSU. He was stuck behind a number of guys at outside linebacker including Andy Mulumba and Jayrone Elliott, both of whom have improved dramatically.
Cornerback Tay Glover-Wright — Glover-Wright was on the practice squad in 2014. He had an interception this week against New Orleans. The numbers just weren’t in this guy’s favor.
Running back John Crockett — We really like Crockett. We figured when the Packers released Neal, who outplayed both Crockett and Alonzo Harris, that Crockett was the guy. Instead, Harris is the team’s third running back. Apparently, gaining fewer yards and making less of an impact than the guys you’re competing with during the preseason is the recipe for becoming the Packers third running.
Receiver Jared Abbrederis — Well, there it is. We’re not surprised, but we’re sure many of you are. Abbrederis has pretty much been injured since he walked in the door. Abbrederis played in just one preseason game, missing all of 2014 with an ACL tear and most of this training camp with a concussion. He was a fifth-round pick in 2014.
Defensive tackle Christian Ringo — Ringo was a sixth-round pick this season and this is probably one of the toughest cuts the Packers had to make. However, we expected them to go with five defensive linemen to start the season and it looks like that’s what they’ll do. We had Ringo on our practice squad.
Linebacker James Vaughters — Vaughters was an undrafted rookie from Stanford. We don’t even really recall seeing him play this preseason. That’s definitely not a good thing.
Defensive tackle Khyri Thornton — Thornton was a third-round pick in 2014. He showed the Packers nothing in two training camps. Thornton spent all of last season on injured reserve, even though he didn’t really have that severe of an injury. The Packers just stashed him there in order to keep him and hope he did something this year. He did not. Fat, lazy and a total waste of a draft pick. Nice work, Ted!
Linebacker Carl Bradford — Bradford was a fourth-round pick in 2014. He’s now a wasted fourth-round pick. We’re not surprised Bradford was released. He did nothing in camp last year when the Packers tried him at outside linebacker. They moved him inside the week before the start of the regular season and he wasn’t active for a single game. This preseason, Bradford showed a little more, but certainly nothing that provided evidence that he was going to develop into a starter.
Receiver Larry Pinkard — We really liked Pinkard, even though we didn’t have him on our final roster. We did have him on the practice squad, but it doesn’t appear that will happen either. After turning in that 70 yard catch and run Thursday, Pinkard suffered a shoulder injury later in the game. The Packers waived him with an injury settlement, meaning they couldn’t bring him back in any capacity for six weeks anyway.
Receiver Ed Williams — Williams was signed on August 3 and that didn’t give him much of a chance to make the roster. He did well to stick around until final cuts.
Tackle Jeremy Vujnovich — Vujnovich is another guy who was on the practice squad during the 2014 season. This is turning into a numbers game with the backup offensive linemen. There are a lot of quality guys and indications are the Packers will keep nine total.
Linebacker Joe Thomas — Thomas was on the practice squad last season. He showed a nice improvement from year one to year two and we had him on our projected roster. However, he was the last guy on our projected roster, so it’s not a huge surprise he didn’t make the 53.
Running back Rajion Neal — We’re not really sure what this guy has to do to make the team. He earned a job as the No. 3 running back with his play. And we think everyone who watched the team this preseason would agree on that. The only thing we could imagine is the Packers are going light at running back so they can go heavy somewhere else.
Cornerback Ryan White — White was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He was also cut in 2014 and then re-signed this offseason. Hard to make this team as a cornerback this year.
Safety Jean Fanor — Fanor had himself a nice game this week against New Orleans, leading the team with seven tackles. Unfortunately, it’s also tough to make this team as a safety this year. We had Fanor on the practice squad in our projected roster.
Center Garth Gerhart — Gerhart was on the practice squad in 2013 and the active roster in 2014. He saw action in two games last season at guard. This season, the Packers have a much improved group of offensive linemen and it no longer appears Gerhart was among the top backups.
Guard Matt Rotheram — Roterham was an undrafted free agent signing this year. Out of the undrafted free agents, he came in with probably the most fanfare. He didn’t really distinguish himself in what appears to be a really good group of backup offensive linemen.
Center Andy Phillips — Another undrafted free agent who was signed this year. Phillips was the fourth center behind Corey Linsley, J.C. Tretter and Garth Gerhart and no team needs a fourth center.
Tight end Justin Perillo — Perillo spent time on the practice squad and active roster in 2014. He was seemingly in a battle with Kennard Backman for the No. 3 tight end spot and it looks like he lost that battle. Perillo showed well early in camp, but didn’t keep that momentum going.
Tight end Mitchell Henry — Henry is another undrafted free agent signed this year. He actually had some moments in camp, but it was always going to be hard for him to surpass Perillo or Backman for a roster spot.