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Roster Cut Down To 75

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The Packers had to cut five players before the last preseason game. Usually the Packers release a few undrafted players who rarely played. But this year, GM Ted Thompson cut a few guys who had been with the team for a while.

  • RB Deshawn Wynn. I thought the coaches' love of this guy would keep him around. With backup RBs Kregg Lumpkin and Noah Herron playing fine, there was no need to keep the former starter who can't stay healthy. His talent is real, but there does come a time when you have to give up on guys like him.
  • WR Chris Francies. The former practice squad player had a great offseason and training camp. He got to start with the first team offense in the first preseason game against Cincinnati. Unfortunately for him, a pass intended for him got through his hands, ricocheted off his shoulder pad, and was intercepted. After that mistake, he's been working with the 2nd and 3rd string offense only. He was a longshot because the Packers were only going to keep five receivers and Driver, Jennings, Jones, Martin, and Nelson were all a lock for the roster.
  • FB Ryan Powdrell. After the spring practices in 2007, the former USC player appeared in the lead for the starting full back job. Until he got hurt in the summer minicamps and was placed on IR. He came back this year and had some chances, but the guy is huge (around 275 lbs.) and isn't agile with all that weight. I thought he might be kept as the backup full back, but apparently FB John Kuhn fought him off.
  • OL Ryan Considine. I hadn't noticed him at all this preseason, but NFL.com said he played in all three preseason games. He must have came in very late in garbage time, or on special teams. The undrafted player was a long shot because all the lineman who finished 2007 on the roster returned, and two new 2008 draft choices in camp (Sitton and Giacomini).

In an unsurprising move, former 1st round pick DT Justin Harrell PUP list and won't be available for the first six games. He hasn't even practiced in pads since the end of last season, so it's not a big surprise. It's too early to give up on him, and it's not critical to have him at the start of the season, but his injury problems are damn frustrating.