Saturday, September 01, 2012

Packers make final cuts, set roster

Along with all other NFL teams, the Green Bay Packers made their final moves Friday to get to the required 53-man roster. According to, "The Green Bay Packers released 18 players and placed T Derek Sherrod on reserve/physically unable to perform and LB Vic So’oto (ankle) on injured reserve."

The cuts, per the official Packers site, are as follows:
  • T Shea Allard
  • WR Diondre Borel
  • TE Brandon Bostick
  • QB B.J. Coleman
  • FB Nic Cooper
  • T Andrew Datko
  • C/G Tommie Draheim
  • C/G Sampson Genus
  • WR Curenski Gilleylen
  • WR Tori Gurley
  • DE Lawrence Guy
  • S Anthony Levine
  • CB Otis Merrill
  • WR Dale Moss
  • DT Daniel Muir
  • RB Marc Tyler
  • G Greg Van Roten
  • G/T Reggie Wells
In addition to these moves, LB Erik Walden and DE Mike Neal now begin serving league suspensions, Walden for one game and Neal for four (if memory serves correctly).

The apparent surprise in the cuts, judging by media and Twitter chatter, was that of veteran defensive lineman Daniel Muir who by all accounts had a decent camp. He apparently lost the sixth spot on the line to veteran Phillip Merling.

By cutting seventh-round draft picks Datko and Coleman the surviving draft class, the Pack's top six picks, were all on defense.

An undrafted offensive lineman, G Don Barclay out of West Virginia, apparently showed just enough to make the roster. Rookie WR Jarrett Boykin flashed enough talent that he made the Packers keep six wide receivers. It will be the first time since opening day 2001 that that's been the case.

Another rookie free agent, Sean Richardson, from Vanderbilt, made it as the fourth safety.

There are other players released who, if they clear waivers, could return to the Pack as members of the practice squad.

For a look at the roster as it stands now -- and remember, there could be waiver pick ups or trades yet to come -- check here. The Packers won't be the youngest team in the league this season, but the youth movement is still in full swing in Green Bay. It has served the team well over the past few seasons and likely will do so again this year.

Go Pack Go!!!