The Green Bay Packers have drastically reshaped their cornerback room over the past few months, and a few reported moves among Saturday’s final cuts showed their commitment to reshaping the position. The Packers reportedly have released a pair of corners with significant experience with the team, cutting Josh Hawkins and Demetri Goodson.
Hawkins, an undrafted rookie in 2016, spent the last two years on the Packers’ active roster, suiting up for 26 games with three starts. He made 37 total tackles and broke up six passes in 2017, adding a forced fumble.
Meanwhile, Goodson has been viewed as an excellent gunner on special teams, but he has not played since the middle of the 2016 season, when he tore his ACL in Atlanta. He returned midway through the 2017 season, but went on injured reserve without playing a game after suffering a hamstring injury in practice. The Packers drafted Goodson in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft; like Hawkins, he has 26 games played and three starts on his stat sheet.
These moves mean that the Packers very well may keep just five cornerbacks on the team. Rookie draft picks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson are locks, as is 2017 second-round pick Kevin King. The team also signed veterans Tramon Williams and Davon House in the offseason. The remaining bubble players are Quinten Rollins and Herb Waters, whose statuses remain up in the air.