The NFL 53-man deadline has come and gone, as the Green Bay Packers released notable players such as quarterback Vince Young, tight end D.J. Williams, running back Alex Green, and wide receiver Charles Johnson on Saturday. Notable survivors at the final cut deadline includes defensive tackle Johnny Jolly, defensive lineman Josh Boyd, outside linebacker Andy Mulumba, offensive lineman Lane Taylor, linebacker Sam Barrington, and safety Chris Banjo.
Young, a former two-time Pro Bowl quarterback with the Tennessee Titans, hasn't played in an NFL regular season game since 2011. The Packers signed Young on August 5th, one year after participating in Buffalo Bills training camp.
Williams, the former Mackey Award Winner at the University of Arkansas, has caught nine passes for 70 yards in two NFL seasons. Williams' release is surprising to us here at Packers 101, as his versatility out of the offensive backfield and ability as an off-set tight end were intriguing assets to have on the Packers offense.
Green led the Packers in rushing last season with 464 yards. Since the Packers selected him in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Green has really never panned out as a running back for the Packers. Between Green and running back James Starks, we here at Packers 101 felt Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and General Manager Ted Thompson made the right call at running back.
Johnson, one of the team's 7th-round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, was injured throughout training camp. Johnson was targeted on three passes in the team's preseason finale in Kansas City, but he did not catch a pass. If he isn't claimed by another NFL team, Johnson will return to Green Bay as a member of the team's practice squad.
Here are all 22 cuts made by the Packers on Saturday:
|QB Vince Young||OL Andrew Datko|
|RB Alex Green||OL Kevin Hughes|
|FB Jonathan Amosa||DL Jordan Miller|
|WR Tyrone Walker||OLB Donte Savage|
|WR Charles Johnson||OLB Dezman Moses|
|WR Myles White||LB Terrell Manning|
|TE D.J. Williams||CB Brandon Smith|
|TE Jake Stoneburner||CB Lloyce Means|
|TE Matthew Mulligan||CB James Nixon|
|OL Patrick Lewis||S Chaz Powell|
|OL Garth Gerhart||S David Fulton|
2013 Green Bay Packers 53-man Regular Season Roster (Pending Further Transactions)
|QB Aaron Rodgers||OL Evan Dietrich-Smith||LB A.J. Hawk|
|QB B.J. Coleman||OL T.J. Lang||LB Robert Francois|
|RB Eddie Lacy||OL Marshall Newhouse||LB Jamari Lattimore|
|RB Johnathan Franklin||OL Don Barclay||LB Sam Barrington|
|RB James Starks||OL Greg Van Roten||CB Tramon Williams|
|FB John Kuhn||DL B.J. Raji||CB Sam Shields|
|WR James Jones||DL Ryan Pickett||CB Casey Hayward|
|WR Jordy Nelson||DL C.J. Wilson||CB Micah Hyde|
|WR Randall Cobb||DL Johnny Jolly||CB Davon House|
|WR Jarrett Boykin||DL Josh Boyd||CB Jarrett Bush|
|WR Jeremy Ross||DE Datone Jones||S Morgan Burnett|
|TE Jermichael Finley||DE Mike Daniels||S M.D. Jennings|
|TE Andrew Quarless||DE Mike Neal||S Jerron McMillian|
|TE Ryan Taylor||OLB Clay Matthews||S Chris Banjo|
|TE Brandon Bostick||OLB Nick Perry||K Mason Crosby|
|OL Lane Taylor||OLB Andy Mulumba||P Tim Masthay|
|OL David Bakhtiari||OLB Nate Palmer||LS Brett Goode|
|OL Josh Sitton||LB Brad Jones|
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