Packers cut Kizer, Boyle #2 QB for now

Published: Aug. 31, 2019 at 2:48 PM CDT
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Tim Boyle is Aaron Rodgers backup, for now. On Saturday, the Packers released DeShone Kizer in the cutdown to 53 players.

Kizer was acquired in 2018 from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for DB Damarious Randall, along with an exchange of draft picks. Randall played well for the Browns, but Kizer struggled in his relief appearances for an injured Rodgers. He completed just 20 of 42 passes in 3 games, and had 2 interceptions. Boyle, an undrafted free agent in 2018, outperformed Kizer this preseason. The 2nd year player led the NFL with 6 TD passes in 4 games. Kizer had 2 TDs and 2 picks in preseason play, starting the first two games.

Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur said on Friday that teams can never have enough good quarterbacks, and if you feel you have 3 of them, then you keep 3. Apparently, the Packers didn't feel Kizer was quite good enough. "I still think he is a young player, and he's got a lot more to learn," LaFleur said Friday. "He did a lot of good things, and then there are some things we are constantly on him about in terms of just trying to be a litte bit more consistent. But he's talented, he's athletic, he's definitely into it."

The Packers also released undrafted free agent Manny Wilkins on Saturday, although he seems a likely candidate for the practice squad when that is established on Sunday. It is also possible the Packers could pluck another quarterback off waivers. Several were released on Saturday who have some experience in the offense the Packers will run under Matt LaFleur. That list includes veteran Brian Hoyer, who was released by the Patriots.

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