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The Packers shuffled a couple of players on and off the practice squad.

Gone is interception machine QB Paul Thompson, and in his place is undrafted free agent QB Dalton Bell from Division II West Texas A&M. He was fantastic in Division II, but didn't do much with an opportunity in Carolina this preseason, except manage to hang on until the final cutdown.

OL Cameron Stevenson is a little more interesting. He was drafted in the 5th round by Pittsburgh in the 2007 draft. He only played one season on the OL in college after converting from the defensive line at Rutgers for his senior season. Stevenson might be needed for depth later this season if OL Tony Moll and/or Jason Spitz miss more time with injuries. Unfortunately Stevenson too showed nothing this preseason, so there isn't any reason to expect a future starter. Former Rutgers teammate TE Clark Harris was released to make room for Stevenson, and GM Ted Thompson finally parted ways one of his 2007 draft choices.

While mentioning offensive lineman, it reminds me to mention OL Tony Palmer. After hanging on the fringe of the roster in 2006, he finds himself as the next offensive lineman off the bench if OL Junius Coston has to start in place of Spitz. He jumped ahead of rookie OL Allen Barbre who was inactive for the Philadelphia game in part because he can play center too. Palmer started an incredible 41 games in college for Missouri and appears to be turning into a valuable player.