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NFL Roster Cuts: Packers Cut Down To 53 Plus Two Trades

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Here's the entire list of 23 players that the Green Bay Packers released on Saturday. From Packers.com:

Released Saturday were WR Diondre Borel, S Anthony Bratton, T Chris Campbell, T/G Ray Dominguez, NT Chris Donaldson, LB Ricky Elmore, C Sampson Genus, CB Josh Gordy, WR Tori Gurley, QB Graham Harrell, FB Jon Hoese, LB Cardia Jackson, DE Eli Joseph, LB Elijah Joseph, S Anthony Levine, C/G Nick McDonald, RB Dimitri Nance, CB Brandian Ross, NT Jay Ross, RB Brandon Saine, WR Kerry Taylor, S/CB Brandon Underwood and WR Chastin West.

A lot of practice squad material available. But I don't expect all of them will be eligible.

In addition, DE Lawrence Guy and WR Shaky Smithson were placed on I.R. Why Smithson wasn't just released is a mystery.

The Packers also made two trades for undisclosed draft picks. FB Quinn Johnson went to the Titans and OL Caleb Schlauderaff went to the Jets. A little surprising to see them give up on Johnson, and leave themselves with only one fullback after carrying three last season. I expect they got a future 7th rounder for each player.  

Probably the most surprising moves are the release of Harrell, Gurley and West. But the Packers had preferred carrying no more than two quarterbacks for the past couple seasons (until concussions forced Rodgers to miss a game) and carrying more than five wide receivers seemed unlikely, no matter how well West plays. I expect all three will be eligible for the practice squad, if no other team claims them.

I'll start taking a closer look at who the Packers kept, and for any major surprises, in future posts. This is just my immediate reaction. Who's your biggest surprise?