In an effort to get down to 75 players by Tuesday's NFL mandated cutdown date, the Green Bay Packers released seven players on Sunday.
Most, if not all, players were not expected to play big roles for the Packers during the regular season, so their release did not come as a surprise.
The biggest name among the seven may have been wide receiver Chris Harper, a former fourth round draft choice picked up by the Packers on waivers last season.
Despite possessing good size, Harper struggled with consistency, dropping too many balls during training camp.
A brief round-up of the other Packers cuts:
- Quarterback Chase Rettig—With Matt Tolzien and Scott Tolzien engaged in a battle for the Packers' backup quarterback job, Rettig wasn't likely to see any playing time in the final preseason game. He was clearly fourth of the Packers' four quarterbacks and looked behind the curve throughout training camp.
- Wide receiver Gerard Sheppard—Another waiver wire pickup, Sheppard had a promising showing in the month of August considering he hadn't spent any time with the team during the offseason. In the wide receiver hierarchy, the Packers were more committed to the likes of Jeff Janis, Kevin Dorsey, Myles White and Alex Gillett in the battle to win a fifth and sixth spots at the position.
- Fullback Ina Liaina—The only chance Liaina had of making the roster was if veteran John Kuhn got injured. While a good blocker, Liaina didn't have the versatility of Kuhn in pass protection, handling the football or special teams experience.
- Linebacker Korey Jones—The highlight of Jones' time in Green Bay was an interception in the first preseason game at Tennessee, but he didn't show the promise of other young inside linebackers such as Jake Doughty and Joe Thomas, both of whom remain on the roster, at least for the time being.
- Cornerback Antonio Dennard—Dennard spent time on the Packers' practice squad last season, but couldn't make a jump up the depth chart entering the 2014 season. The Packers were more committed to the likes of Jumal Rolle and sixth round draft choice Demetri Goodson, one of whom is likely to make the team's 53-man roster.
- Safety Charles Clay—Clay received a fair amount of playing time early in training camp as fellow safeties Morgan Burnett and Tanner Miller missed time due to injury, but couldn't leapfrog any players on the depth chart ahead of him.
All players released by the Packers are eligible to be signed to the team's practice squad, so it's possible their time in Green Bay may not be over yet.
After this recent round of transactions, the Packers roster currently stands at 81 players, meaning the Packers must make at least six more roster moves by Tuesday's deadline.
One option available to the Packers would be to place defensive lineman B.J. Raji, wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and offensive lineman Don Barclay on injured reserve. If they go that route, only three players would have to be released by Tuesday.
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