ARLINGTON TX - FEBRUARY 06: Brett Swain #16 of the Green Bay Packers has a play broken up by William Gay #22 and Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Green Bay Packers have to trim the roster down to 80 players by August 30 and these could be the first of several cuts this week. However, they may decide to place players on I.R. to get down to 80 instead. The first three players were released on Sunday. From Packers.com:
The Green Bay Packers released third-year TE Spencer Havner, rookie T Theo Sherman and third-year WR Brett Swain. The transactions were announced Sunday by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.
The main problem for Havner and Swain was that neither player was healthy in training camp. Swain returned on Friday night, but I didn't see him on offense for a single play.
Maybe they'd have had a chance if the Packers had problems with depth at either position, but rookie TEs Ryan Taylor and D.J. Williams have had strong camps. If the selection of WR Randall Cobb wasn't enough to force Swain off the roster, the emergence of WR Chastin West sealed the deal. Unfortunately for Taylor, Williams, and West, I still don't know if the Packers will have enough room to keep all three of them.
While Sherman didn't stand out as a problem during the first three preseason games, maybe he was beaten on a sack, I'd read on many occasions about him getting beaten in one-on-one drills. The Packers have at least seven lineman who are locks (backups Derek Sherrod and Nick McDonald aren't going anywhere) so there wasn't much room for Sherman. I could easily put three other lineman ahead of him if the Packers are only keeping 10.