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Packers’ cut down day: Initial 53-man roster set

Green Bay traded for a punter and trimmed its roster on cut down day
Green Bay Packers' Kurt Benkert throws during the second half of a preseason NFL football game...
Green Bay Packers' Kurt Benkert throws during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)(Matt Ludtke | AP)
Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 2:26 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Packers made moves to trim their roster to 53 players by the league’s 3:00 p.m. deadline Tuesday.

The team announced the following:

“The Green Bay Packers have released the following players:

  • DL Abdullah Anderson
  • WR Reggie Begelton
  • QB Kurt Benkert
  • G Ben Braden
  • G/T Jacob Capra
  • G/T Coy Cronk
  • CB Stephen Denmark
  • CB Kabion Ento
  • CB Rojesterman Farris
  • S Innis Gaines
  • LB Tipa Galeai
  • LB De’Jon Harris
  • WR Damon Hazelton
  • TE Bronson Kaufusi
  • DL Carlo Kemp
  • K JJ Molson
  • DL Willington Previlon
  • LB Delontae Scott
  • P JK Scott
  • WR Equanimeous St. Brown
  • RB Patrick Taylor
  • S Christian Uphoff
  • T/G Cole Van Lanen
  • LB Ray Wilborn
  • RB Dexter Williams
  • WR Juwann Winfree

The team has placed T David Bakhtiari on reserve/physically unable to perform and TE Jace Sternberger on reserve/suspended.”

With the cuts all calibrated, the active roster features the following:

2 quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love)

6 wide receivers (Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Amari Rodgers, Malik Taylor)

3 running backs (Aaron Jones, A.J. Dillon, Kylin Hill)

4 tight ends (Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis, Josiah Deguara, Dominique Dafney)

9 offensive linemen (Elgton Jenkins, Billy Turner, Lucas Patrick, Josh Myers, Royce Newman, Jon Runyan, Yosh Nijman, Dennis Kelly, Jake Hanson)

6 defensive linemen (Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Kingsley Keke, Tyler Lancaster, T.J. Slaton, Jack Heflin)

5 outside linebackers (Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, Jonathan Garvin, Chauncey Rivers)

5 inside linebackers (De’Vondre Campbell, Krys Barnes, Oren Burks, Ty Summers, Isaiah McDuffie)

6 cornerbacks (Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Eric Stokes, Chandon Sullivan, Sheman Jean-Charles, Isaac Yiadom)

4 safeties (Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Henry Black, Vernon Scott)

2 specialists (Mason Crosby, Hunter Bradley)

TRADE ALERT

Also Tuesday, reports that GM Brian Gutekunst traded 2 future picks to the Rams for punter Corey Bojorquez.

With Bojorquez coming onboard in Green Bay, J.K. Scott is out.

And it appears the Packers have now spent 3 draft picks to address the punter position since 2019, as they drafted Scott and are now shipping 2 picks out to get Bojorquez.

With the cuts all calibrated, the active roster features the following:

2 quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love)

6 wide receivers (Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Amari Rodgers, Malik Taylor)

3 running backs (Aaron Jones, A.J. Dillon, Kylin Hill)

4 tight ends (Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis, Josiah Deguara, Dominique Dafney)

9 offensive linemen (Elgton Jenkins, Billy Turner, Lucas Patrick, Josh Myers, Royce Newman, Jon Runyan, Yosh Nijman, Dennis Kelly, Jake Hanson)

6 defensive linemen (Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Kingsley Keke, Tyler Lancaster, T.J. Slaton, Jack Heflin)

5 outside linebackers (Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, Jonathan Garvin, Chauncey Rivers)

5 inside linebackers (De’Vondre Campbell, Krys Barnes, Oren Burks, Ty Summers, Isaiah McDuffie)

6 cornerbacks (Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Eric Stokes, Chandon Sullivan, Sheman Jean-Charles, Isaac Yiadom)

4 safeties (Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Henry Black, Vernon Scott)

2 specialists (Mason Crosby, Hunter Bradley)

NOTABLE CUT REPORTS

The Packers are only keeping 2 QBs on the active roster, with Kurt Benkert out.

Despite a solid showing in camp and preseason games, CB Kabion Ento was let go.

Bay Port product, OL Cole Van Lanen did not make the cut. This year’s 6th-round draft pick is a solid candidate to be brought back on the practice squad.

Fellow offensive lineman Ben Braden is also left off the 53-man roster.

As for receivers? 4th-year wideout Equanimeous St. Brown will not see the end of his rookie contract. The oft-injured Notre Dame product has been sidelined too often to produce with any consistency.

Fellow Golden Domer, RB Dexter Williams, is also out after being selected late in the 2019 draft.

NOTABLE PLAYERS MAKING THE 53-MAN ROSTER

While the full list of those making the team has not been announced, some reports at key positions are coming in.

Un-drafted Iowa DL Jack Heflin appears to have made the team.

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