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Packers Sign WR Kevin Dorsey to Active Roster

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Green Bay promotes its seventh-round pick from 2013 to the active roster.

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We now know why the Packers released tight end Ryan Taylor earlier in the day.

As announced on the team's website, Green Bay has promoted practice squad wide receiver Kevin Dorsey to the active roster. Dorsey becomes the sixth receiver on the 53 behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jarrett Boykin, and Jeff Janis.

A seventh-round draft pick in 2013, Dorsey spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. He returned this offseason healthy and made a run at a roster spot, though fell short. Instead, the Packers stashed him on the practice squad, hoping to continue developing the Maryland product.

Dorsey's addition might signal that Jarrett Boykin's injury might not be healing as well as hoped. The third-year receiver has missed the last two games with knee and groin issues. Alternatively, the Packers may have moved to sign Dorsey to thwart another team's attempt to poach him off the practice squad.

Because Dorsey has yet to play in a regular season game, there's little reliable statistical information to go on. In college, Dorsey's college stats fluctuated often as the result of inconsistent quarterback play. As a starter in 2011, he caught 45 passes for 573 yards. A year later, his production dipped to 18 catches for 311 yards.

In a related move, the Packers signed cornerback Tay Glover-Wright to the practice squad. Glover-Wright played his college ball at Utah State.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation Newsdesk Contributor and writes for Sports on Earth.