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Packers Calendar: Roster Reduction Deadline

The Green Bay Packers and all NFL teams must reduce their rosters to at least 53 players by the 3:00 p.m. CT deadline on Saturday.

With 75 players currently on the Packers' roster, they must trim at least 22 players to get down to 53.

While other teams across the NFL have already begun making cuts, the Packers appear content to wait until the last minute, not wanting to give their competitors extra time to scout their players placed on waivers.

There are multiple ways to prune a roster, the most common way by releasing players, but placing some on injured reserve and trading players away may also happen.

The fates of a handful of players injured in the Packers' final preseason game should be learned on Saturday.

Defensive lineman Khyri Thornton (hamstring), linebackers Nate Palmer (knee) and Adrian Hubbard (knee) and offensive lineman Aaron Adams (knee) were all injured in the fourth preseason game against the Chiefs and are candidates for injured reserve.

It's not uncommon for a team to cut a handful of players below 53 in order to pick up a player cut by another NFL team.

After Saturday's deadline, teams have until noon on Sunday to claim players placed on waivers.

All NFL teams must also wait until noon on Sunday to begin signing players to their 10-man practice squad.

The Packers will be eager to get through the process as fast as possible, especially if they sign players cut from another team, because they open the regular season earlier than the rest of the NFL with the Thursday night opener at Seattle.

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Evan's picture

Rolle was cut?! Wow.

Evan's picture

+ Banjo

+ White

Evan's picture

Double post.

JimTaylor31's picture

Hate to see Rolle go. He's just a better player than Goodson. IMHO. I'd be very pleased and shocked if he doesn't get picked up and makes to the PS.

zeke's picture

Rolle's cut.

Tundraboy's picture

Rolle?? . Guy can cover, tackle and likes to hit. Seeing last game only made it clearer. He, Banjo, Hubbard brought something we need if the d and special teams are really not only going to need to be better but what has to happen to beat down who we have to beat this year and the aggression I have been dying to see again.

sonomaca's picture

I believe it was also about:

1) not fully trusting Tolzien
2) not wanting Bears or Lions to get hands on Flynn and his massive knowledge of system/playbook, as that could be the difference in close games with division rivals this year. Thompson believes that, with the 49ers slightly down, the Pack have a chance to go to the big dance if they can get home field against Seahawks in title game. That can only happen if the smoke the division, and that can't happen if Flynn is helping Bears or Lions win games vs. Pack.

sonomaca's picture

Thanks. I don't think that was the only reason. Other people have pointed out the friendship with Rodgers and Flynn's proven effectiveness off the bench. They could have given up on Tolzien, but his potential is just too alluring.

I think Thompson thinks this is the best Packers team he's assembled, and that they are a good bet to beat the 49ers at home in the second round of the playoffs (unlike last year). However, it'd be difficult to beat Seahawks at home in NFC title game, so Thompson probably figures the Pack need the best record in the NFC, which is possible given the fact that NFC West teams will beat up one another all year. Well, you can't have the best record in the NFC if you lose to Bears or Lions, and you can't beat them if Flynn is busy revealing all your secrets.

chirsle's picture

goldfinger what are u talking about, r u serious? if u truly believes rodgers is the one that makes the calls on roster reduction u are in the dark my friend...so he can keep a friend?? wtf??

JimTaylor31's picture

Oh heavans!! Case Keenum just released by the Texans!! I'm sure there are teams slobbering to pick him up for "intel"....or maybe a top secret "black ops" mission.

JimTaylor31's picture

Yeah. I'm puzzled by Rolle. He just seemed like a pretty good football player to me. Hate to see guys like that go.

sonomaca's picture

I agree. That's probably the hardest cut of all. If he is claimed, they're going to be kicking themselves.

JimTaylor31's picture

I know he's not a draftee but Rolle just looks like a better football player than Bradford or Goodson. I'm not so sure that either Bradford or Goodson would be picked for any teams "53" and would be good PS candidates. I think we may regret that decision. Sure he makes our PS.

Tundraboy's picture

Yes I see the same. Someone in the secondary will miss some time and having Rolle would have been better than Goodson hands down.. Most likely he will not be there.

Patrick Helms's picture

RB Michael Hill
OL John Fullington
CB Ryan White
G Jordan McCray
RB LaDarius Perkins
RB Michael Hill
LB Jake Doughty
WR Alex Gillett
S Tanner Miller
CB Jumal Rolle
S Chris Banjo
WR Myles White
DL Carlos Gray

The TKstinator's picture

Sources?

The TKstinator's picture

NE cut Worthy, NY Jets cut Alex Green

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Just posted about Rolle being cut. Mind boggling. 5 CBs? I really don't think Rodgers has the pull, or would use it if he does, to keep Flynn due to their friendship. I don't think Flynn, if cut, would get picked up by another team; the only team that would call him up during the season is GB, so I believe Flynn would not become a source of intelligence for another team. Not sure what Flynn could tell other teams anyway. I guess the proof will be whether Chicago, Minn, or Detroit pick Flynn up if he is cut. I doubt any of them will.

The TKstinator's picture

How many players will GB claim from other teams in order to glean this "enemy intel"?

sonomaca's picture

My thoughts exactly. Bears and Lions can't beat Packers without "cheating" and the Pack aren't going to let them do that. Pack need to win 5 of 6 divisional games to hang with Seahawks, who have a surprisingly easy schedule.

JimTaylor31's picture

Nah. I don't think they would keep Flynn around just keep him from talking to other teams. Nice conspiracy theory but there are planty of veteran QBs released every year who are chalk full of intel that go home and never get the call. Flynn can still play and that's why he's around. He may even have some trade value in the next few days or weeks.

sonomaca's picture

Yeah, that's why teams have no problem showing the whole playbook in the preseason. They clearly don't care what other teams know in advance. That's why they practice indoors and out of sight at times. Why would McCarthy or Capers ever want to hide the thousands of hours of work they put in each off season designing plays and schemes for the upcoming year. If you send $9.95 plus postage they'll gladly send you a copy of the play book!

If you watch Hard Knocks, you're probably familiar with the phrase, "coach wants to see you in his office, and BRING YOUR PLAYBOOK."

sonomaca's picture

You keep forgetting that with Flynn the Bears or Lions would get the intel plus a better backup than they already have.

The TKstinator's picture

I agree. I just can't imagine that any team claims/signs a player just for "enemy intel".

Evan's picture

Stoneburner out.

sonomaca's picture

I wondered whether Thompson thought Stoneburner had big time potential. Guess we know the answer. With Richard Rodgers and Bostick, they've got a nice duo for the foreseeable future.

Shame about Rolle. Good chance he's claimed.

sonomaca's picture

The Rams went from ultra progressive after the draft to knuckle dragging homophobes in 3 months. ESPN is going to spend a month ripping them if they don't now put Sam on the PS.

sonomaca's picture

The Rams could have drafted Jayrone Elliott instead of Michael Sam. The Packers have a potential stud and the Rams have a massive headache.

Need for Cheese's picture

I'm waiting for the outrage from the gay community.
So far I have Cyd Zeigler, the co-founder of Outsports with: "I don't believe for a second that Sam was cut because he's gay. They made a football decision."
and
Billie Jean King with: "Michael Sam's quest to play in the NFL may have hit a roadblock today, but he may not be out of the game," she told ESPN's LZ Granderson. "This is a football issue and not about his sexual orientation. "
I don't know how everyone else feels, I'll ask them Tuesday when they get back from Fire Island and P-Town.

sonomaca's picture

My guess on the Rolle and Bradford decisions is that there's more to it than we realize. I'm going to guess some war gaming takes place as to who may or may not claim a player. It's possible that the Packers are fairly certain team X or team Y would have claimed Bradford, but that they believe Rolle has a greater chance of getting through.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Yarwin Smallwood, Bullough and Skov have all reportedly been released. I didn't follow any of them, so either the ILB draft prospects were really bad this year, or some or all of these guys were drafted by teams with good ILBs. Eric Winston also released.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

"ILB draft prospects were really bad this year"

HUGE drop off after Shazier and Mozley.

sonomaca's picture

I know the Packers considered Bullough at some point, but he had some off the field issues I believe. If Bradford is going to be an ILB, I don't see them signing another.

Evan's picture

Goodson over Rolle just makes no sense to me. Goodson is exactly the type of player the PS is designed for.

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