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2018 seventh-round pick James Looney among three Saturday cuts by Packers

The Packers have released three players on their first day of on-field work during training camp

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The Packers have cut three players as they open up roster spots for players returning from the COVID-19 reserve list.

Tight end James Looney, cornerback Marc-Antoine Dequoy, and wide receiver Darrell Stewart were let go Saturday.

Looney, a 2018 seventh-round pick, was in the midst of a position change. Originally taken as a defensive lineman, he switched to tight end last season and was in the process of slimming down to play on offense. He’s the second player from the Packers’ 2018 draft class to be released this summer, along with Cole Madison.

Dequoy and Stewart, meanwhile, were both signed as undrafted free agents this year. Dequoy was an extreme long shot to make the roster, as he’d previously only played Canadian-rules football. But as an extremely good athlete with good size, he was an intriguing prospect and may yet be of interest for a spot on the practice squad this year.

Stewart seems to have been the victim of a numbers game. The Packers signed Malik Turner this week in addition to claiming Travis Fulgham on waivers, leaving the undrafted prospect from Michigan State on the outside looking in.

The Packers likely made the roster moves now with an eye on creating room for the players who will soon be returning from the COVID-19 reserve list. Mason Crosby was activated from the list today, while Jace Sternberger, Treyvon Hester, Greg Roberts, and Hunter Bradley all await their chance to get back on the field.