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Packers release WR and kick returner Jawill Davis

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Green Bay now has a bit of a hole in the return area.

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On Saturday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers continued to churn the bottom of the team’s roster. Jawill Davis is the latest casualty, as the team announced that they have released the wide receiver and return specialist.

Davis appeared in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Houston Texans, contributing his only stats as a return man. He finished the game with a single kickoff return for 24 yards, suiting up for seven snaps on offense and three on special teams. Davis rotated with Teo Redding on kickoff returns, his primary position a year ago for the New York Giants.

Packersnews.com’s Tom Silverstein speculates that the team is interested in adding a fullback as Davis’ replacement on the 90-man roster.

Davis’ departure does leave a bit of a hole in the return game for the Packers, particularly when combined with Corey Grant’s release earlier this week. Trevor Davis was injured in practice last and did not play on Thursday nor did he practice on Saturday. That leaves first-year pro Redding and undrafted rookie Darrius Shepherd as the most likely contributors on returns for the time being. Shepherd in particular had a good game on Thursday, hauling in a 14-yard touchdown from DeShone Kizer.