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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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Stroh's picture

Its begun...
•T Aaron Adams (to injured reserve, knee).
•T John Fullington
•CB Ryan White

And then there's this... "In fact, the Packers could be leaning toward Flynn because he has proven he can win games in the regular season as a backup."

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.

GoldFinger's picture

Rolle's cut? What?

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.

GoldFinger's picture

So long Rolle and Banjo. I always liked Banjo. It appears Flynn took the spot of Rolle. How sad. My guess is this was more Aaron Rodgers call than anyone else. Aaron is 30 and is very good friends with Matt Flynn from what I understand. Does Rodgers have pull at this point like Favre did later in his career? You bet he does. My guess is he told MM or TT that he wants Flynn here and it was a done deal. Just my opinion. So basically Flynn was kept on so Rodgers could have a close friend during the season. This isn't about Flynn's play in my opinion. Just more about making and keeping Rodgers happy. I am cool with it if this is the case. This team only gets to the super bowl with Rodgers. Give the man whatever he wants on or off the field.. whatever it takes. Again just my opinion as to why Flynn was kept on. I could be wrong. Keeping three just doesn't make sense no matter what they are going to tell you later today.

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.

GoldFinger's picture

Yes sonomaca, intel as you and I had a great discussion about yesterday could also have played a key role. I forgot about that. So what I believe you are saying is Flynn is worth more to our team as a no. 3 just so he doesn't give away our offensive secrets to the NFC North enemies. That makes another perfect legit reason to keep him. Basically keep Flynn from talking. Excellent point Sonomaca!!

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.

GoldFinger's picture

Yeah Sonomaca, the more I read your posts, the more I am inclined to believe you on the intel theory. The problem with me was I was looking at Flynn strictly from a performance based view. When I looked at him vs. Tolzien and Tolzien blew him away at pretty much all aspects of quarterbacking, I was convinced they would only keep two and it was clearly without a shred of doubt Tolzien. There was no need for three so Flynn should have been released and a guy like Rolle kept on.

Enter Sonomaca and his intel theory. You are absolutely correct. Rodgers and Flynn are good buddies but your theory takes precedent and wins any other arguments or reasons as to why he was kept. Flynn simply would destroy the Packers chances of getting to the super bowl not by his play but with his mouth. He would do exactly as Favre did and talk talk talk to the enemy until all the information was drained and the Packers offense suddenly becomes vulnerable. You mentioned Belichek and yes, he did that and won a super bowl with intel. This is all about intel.

Thanks for setting me straight on this. It actually makes me feel better because I knew there was no way they would keep him based solely on his play which was average at best this preseason.

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??

GoldFinger's picture

chirsle, yes, I am serious. However you might want to read my reply to Sonomaca's most recent post. I believe Rodgers wanted Flynn on the team because of their friendship but I now believe Sonomaca's theory probably is the correct reason Flynn was kept on. It was about intel. Basically they are keeping Flynn locked up here to prevent him from talking to other NFC North teams.

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.

Stroh's picture

LMAO. Well done JT.

GoldFinger's picture

Why would anyone pick him up for intel? Their team sucks. The only teams people would be concerned about regarding intel would be the top teams like Green Bay.

Stroh's picture

Oh , heavens. The patriots just traded Ryan Mallett to Houston. What about all the intel he'll give them? And for only a 7th rd conditional pick! NE is as successful as the Packers and they basically gave away a 3rd rd pick for nothing to a team in their conference no less. Oh golly, the horror! Now they're going to learn all the secrets that make NE so good. LMFAO

GoldFinger's picture

Why would NE care? Houston poses zero threat to them. This "intel" is Sonomaca's theory to begin with not mine. I can only speculate as to what he thinks. Sonomaca was strictly talking intel as it relates to the NFC North you dipshit!! He's concerned with not giving away top secret information to the highly even and highly competitive division rivals Chicago and Detroit who both have questionable backup qb's. Why do you two have to make sarcastic statements about his theory? I happen to agree with him that it's a possibility. Now I don't know where he is but I can't speak for him. I can only speculate as to what he would say. Be respectful for once in your life.

Stroh's picture

Well giving another team all that intel on how to be successful would help make them a threat. Hell Houston was a 12 win team the year before last, so clearly they can be a threat. And now maybe they'll have a QB that can get the ball to Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins. Seems they could very possibly be a threat again!

Your whole intel argument is complete garbage.

Stroh's picture

Yes christle... He is serious... And dullisional. Rodgers has no input of the teams roster. Thompson didn't succumb to what Favre wants and he's certainly not going to succumb to anything Rodgers wants. Thompson makes the football decision only w/ McCarthy, since he doesn't want to force a player on McCarthy. They talk and hash out the roster. What Rodgers wants or who he's friends with has nothing to do with the roster decisions.

He also think that they won't cut a player due to being afraid of a player giving away all kinds of secrets! And he's says and believes this stuff. Boggles the mind doesn't it?!

GoldFinger's picture

Nobody here has called anyone names until you showed up. Why are you calling me delusional? You are also calling sonomaca delusional as well. Stop with the name calling. We are getting tired of it. We have our opinions on the matter. Leave us alone!!

Stroh's picture

We know you can't handle anyone disagreeing and it'll hurt your feelings. Go ask mommy if she loves you, that'll help.

What everyone is sick of is the troll returning time after time after he's been banned and making up new names and emails. Its kinda pathetic really.

GoldFinger's picture

Leave us alone!!

Stroh's picture

Your right I shouldn't have said what I did. The fact that its true doesn't give me the right to say it.

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.

GoldFinger's picture

Reynaldo, as Bill Clinton used to say, "I feel your pain". I really do. I am pissed off that Rolle was cut as well. He's as good as gone now thanks to TT keeping Flynn.

I'm assuming the cuts are over right? They are keeping Flynn from what I read. It has to be about intel. A NFC team must have shown interest so TT could not take that chance of having Flynn give up top secret offensive information. Flynn would do it too. Favre probably was secretly calling him from a pay phone telling him what to do if they cut him.

The TKstinator's picture

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

GoldFinger's picture

You'll have to ask Sonomaca that one. My theory was more on the Rodgers/Flynn friendship but he's probably right. He's the one that has done the brainstorming on that particular theory. I simply agreed with him as it makes the most sense as to why he was kept.

If I were to guess, I would say they won't pick up any players from other teams for intel purposes. That would mean they would have to pick up another quarterback and release Flynn which brings us right back to square one. The Packers probably don't care about what other teams do. They are the best built team in the NFL. They don't have to cheat to win like the Vikings, Lions, and Patriots. However they do care about other teams knowing their business so that is why Flynn stays. It's the qb's that know all the intel. Just my thoughts on this matter.

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.

Stroh's picture

The whole idea of keeping players to protect secrets about the playbook or anything else is ludicrous. The coaches and coordinators are paid a lot of money to breakdown film and they know the plays other teams run. Each year a team might add or make alterations, but the QB or LB/S can always read the alignment to figure out plays. Their is very little, if anything teams learn from other teams. Its not like they announce the exact play call to the other team.

Its not even a conspiracy theory. It just foolish, at best thinking.

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."

GoldFinger's picture

sonomaca, keep going man. You are right and he's wrong. He can't let a person get the last word in so keep this going and going and going. I want to see the douchebag clog up this board with yet another argument that he has to win at all costs. I want to see him piss of the entire board members here and this time it won't be me. Everyone thinks it's just me but this guy will keep going and going and going with anyone who responds to him. He can't help himself. He can't refrain from responding. He HAS to respond.

Stroh's picture

TKstinator. Packers claim no players for intel. And neither do other teams. Funny they actually believe that tho isn't it?! LMAO

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.

Stroh's picture

Intel is a garbage. The base plays are run a lot, and then there are plays that they design from week to week based on personnel and other matchups. teams run the basic plays in the preseason but don't game plan or put in plays specific for the teams or to create favorable matchups.

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.

GoldFinger's picture

Yep, the Rams are definitely homophobes for dumping Sams. Even if they put him on the practice squad it won't be good enough. The gay and lesbian community will still be outraged and the attention is going to be even more than it was before. You think Tony Dungy is smiling some place where he's by himself? I do.

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.

Stroh's picture

Its purely football, just like his being drafted in the 7th rd was purely about talent.

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.

Stroh's picture

They keep who the believe are the best, most talented players. They may give draft choices too much of the benefit of the doubt, but that's becuz they trust their scouting and expect that in the long run the more talented (read higher drafted) players will make the greatest impact. Its why they rarely cut draft picks.

I wouldn't have kept Bradford or Goodson, but the coaches trust the scouting and the scouting trusts the coaches to get the best out of the players w/ the most talent. Its a belief in the core philosophy of draft and develop.

They don't think in terms of who they think other teams might or might not want.

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.

Stroh's picture

A lot of people liked Bullough and Skov. I wasn't one of them. Good college player w/ great intangibles, but not enough talent for the NFL IMO.

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.

Stroh's picture

I don't agree w/ keeping Bradford. He didn't show up in the preseason much at all. Thompson just wasn't willing to give up on a 4th rd pick. Hopefully Bradford showed a lot more in practice that we didn't hear about, but I doubt it. I guess keeping him means he's moving inside, that makes some sense at least. As an OLB and overall I didn't see enough to make him worth keeping.

Evan's picture

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

GoldFinger's picture

Probably just an ego type thing. Cutting draft picks are always hard especially the first season. It's a failure on the scouting department when that happens. Makes the entire organization look inept.

I think everyone agrees Rolle deserved a spot. Hopefully the scouts were looking at how great Flynn looked this preseason and didn't pay attention to Rolle and we'll somehow retain him.

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