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Cheese Curds, 9/2: Lots of thrills & disappointment as Packers cut to 53

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Darrius Shepherd is an unlikely story, but he is on the Packers’ roster after taking an awfully long road to get there.

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On Saturday, the Green Bay Packers trimmed their roster from 90 players to 53, cutting a host of training camp contributors and trading away a couple of veterans. Now that the dust has settled after waivers have cleared and the practice squad is set, fans and media can assess the process and the roster, which should stay steady through the team’s first game on Thursday night in Chicago.

Every year there are stories of players who come out of nowhere to make a roster. Wide receiver Darrius Shepherd is probably the best example of that this year, as the undrafted player from NDSU did not even make a roster as a free agent after the draft. Shepherd landed a 90-man roster spot after a tryout in rookie minicamp and is now the Packers’ sixth receiver.

Another player who is excited for a very different reason is offensive lineman Cole Madison. The former 2018 fifth-round draft pick made the team after his first NFL training camp and he shared his thoughts with the media over the weekend.

Meanwhile, it’s worth remembering the thousand players or so who got cut over the weekend. Many of them just saw their NFL careers come to an end without realizing it, so let’s spare a moment to acknowledge their efforts before diving back into today’s news.

Brian Gutekunst likes where Packers’ roster is headed | Packers.com
First, let's see what the Packers' GM thinks of the cuts. He and Matt LaFleur agreed entirely on keeping two quarterbacks on the 53, and Gutey said that "Tim (Boyle) performed better in the preseason games when it mattered."

Raiders claim former Packers QB DeShone Kizer | Packers Wire
On the subject of the quarterbacks. Kizer did not have to wait long to find a new home. He joined the Raiders, who now have four quarterbacks on their active roster.

After sitting out 2018, Madison ‘went numb’ upon making roster - Packers Maven
Cole Madison might be the best feel-good story of the cut-down weekend. After being out of football all of last year to focus on his mental health, he is on the opening 53 and thrilled to be there. It sounds like the Madison family is just as excited as their son — here’s a great quote from Madison on his parents’ reaction to him making the team:

Rodgers on GB's offense -- 'A lot of room to grow' | ESPN
Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers got his first regular season press conference out of the way, discussing the unveiling of the new offensive scheme.

Caught on camera: Woman attacks, bites Atlanta Uber driver | WJHG.com
This gives a new meaning to the Uber Eats name.