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Packers Cut Chris Harper, Chase Rettig, Five Others In Advance of 75-Man Roster Deadline

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The Green Bay Packers took their first steps toward a 75-man active roster on Sunday, two days before the deadline.

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This afternoon, we announced our projections for the players the Green Bay Packers would release or move to Injured Reserve in order to get the active roster down to 75 players.

Coincidentally, the team announced seven cuts at the exact same time as our projection was published. Here are the cuts, as reported at Packers.com:

Quarterback Chase Rettig
Fullback Ina Liaina
Wide Receiver Chris Harper
Wide Receiver Gerrard Sheppard
Inside Linebacker Korey Jones
Cornerback Antonio Dennard
Safety Charles Clay

Two of these players, Rettig and Harper, were surprises to us. However, Rettig saw only a few snaps of game action in the Packers' first three preseason games and no time in the third game against the Raiders on Friday. Harper, a Seahawks fourth-round pick in 2013, spent much of last season on the Packers' active roster but played special teams - he only saw two snaps on offense.

The rest of the players were at the bottom of the Packers' depth chart at their respective positions and had little to no real shot at making the team. Dennard spent and was on a Futures contract after bouncing around on a few practice squads in 2013; Sheppard was with the Ravens organization on their practice squad a year ago. The rest have spent little or no time with an NFL team.

Stay tuned, as the Packers' roster stands at 81 players, and they will still need to make six roster moves by Tuesday in order to get down to 75 players. It is likely that Jared Abbrederis, B.J. Raji, and Don Barclay will go on Injured Reserve, which would dictate that the team make three more moves by the deadline.