30

August

Packers Cut 3 Players to Get to 80-man Roster Limit

The Turk pays the Packers a Visit

The Turk pays the Packers a Visit

Packers Roster Cuts: Today was the deadline for NFL teams to pare their rosters back to 80 players. For the Packers, that meant releasing three players.

The Packers’ Turk paid a visit to Lambeau today and the bubble was burst for ….

Antonio Robinson, WR

Robinson was signed as an UDFA by the Bears and released with an injury settlement in training camp. He landed on the Seattle practice squad for two weeks in November before being signed to the Packers’ practice squad a few weeks before the Super Bowl and then to a reserve/future contract in February. Robinson had a battle of immense proportions to think he could crack the Packers’ talented receivers group. When the Packers’ drafted Randall Cobb, then re-signed James Jones and added some talented undrafted players like Tori Gurley, Chastin West and Kerry Taylor, it became simply impossible. The Packer probably have 8 receivers (9 if you count the recently released Brett Swain), that belong on an NFL roster. Robinson never had a chance.

Adrian Battles:

Battles, who grew up in Milwaukee, was signed by the Vikings as a UDFA before the 2010 Season. He was released during the final roster cuts and was out of football until the Packers signed him to the Practice Squad in December. He spent six games, including the playoffs on the Packers’ Practice Squad. Battles’ dream 0f playing for the favorite team of his childhood came to an end today.

K.C. Asiodu, LB

Asiodu was signed by the Packers as a Free Agent in early August. This was the fifth stop for the linebacker in 2 years. Known mostly for his special teams play, where he recorded 8 tackles in 10 games for the 2009 rams, it wasn’t enough to earn him a spot on this very competitive 52-man roster. Maybe a few years ago, a guy like him would have had a chance, but not now.

 

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8

June

Players on the Packers Roster You May Not Know – Part 2

Today we bring you part 2 of our series on the least-known Green bay Packers currently on the 2011 roster.

Antonio Robinson, WR 6;1″, 195lbs., Nicholls State. From Miami Florida, Robinson went the Community College route before transferring to Nicholls State, which is known for their triple-option running game. Robinson was the team’s leading receiver two years in a row with 20 and 27 catches, which gives you an idea how little they throw the ball. Robinson ran a 4.50 40 yd dash at his pro day with a 36″ vertical leap. He was the 49th ranked WR out of 276 by NFLDraftScout.com

Robinson was signed as an UDFA by the Bears and released with an injury settlement in training camp. He landed on the Seattle practice squad for two weeks in November before being signed to the Packers’ practice squad a few weeks before the Super Bowl and then to a reserve/future contract in February.

 

 

Jay Ross, DT, 6’3″, 302lbs., East Carolina.  C.J. Wilson’s teammate at East Carolina, Jay Ross is a “character” guy with a Capital “C.”  Wilson called him the hardest working guy on the team and his college coach called him the most respected player on the team. He was a three-year starter at East Carolina and earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors three times. Ross was invited to the NFL Combine, where he ran a 5.10 40 yd dash, a 1.68 10 yd dash and recorded 30 reps on the bench press. Ross was ranked 24th out of 151 DTs by NFLDraftScout.com.

Ross was not selected in the 2010 draft, but was signed by New Orleans as an UDFA  and was with them during the preseason before being released in the final roster cutdown. In October, with the injuries mounting on the Packers defensive line, Ross was signed to the practice squad, where he remained for the entire year before being signed to a reserve/future contract in February.

 

Curtis Young, LB/DE, 6’1″, 270lbs, Cincinnati. Young made the switch from DE to OLB his senior season for the Bearcats, finishing with 50 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 2 sacks despite missing four games with a knee injury. Young was ranked 61st out of 132 DEs by NFLDraftScout.com. At his Pro Day, Young ran a 5.09 40 yd dash, a 1.69 10 yd dash and recorded 31 reps on the bench press.

6

April

2011 Draft Prep: Green Bay Packers Needs by Position – Wide Receivers

In this next installment of our 2011 Draft Prep series looking at the Green Bay Packers’ needs by position, we are going to analyze how the wide receiver position currently stands. Strengths, weaknesses, depth, and uncertainties will all be examined to determine the urgency of need in regards to next season.

This series is meant to help us figure out the needs of the team and how the draft could be used to improve the weaker areas. While Ted Thompson largely uses the “best player available” (BPA) approach, his decision to trade up or down the board is affected by what position players he would prefer to have. Additionally, the picking up of players in the later rounds and in undrafted free agency is often based on need, since the talent is less defined.

CURRENT PLAYERS:

#80 Donald Driver
36 yrs. old / 12 yrs. exp.
Signed through 2012

#85 Greg Jennings
27 yrs. old / 5 yrs. exp.
Signed through 2012

#87 Jordy Nelson
25 yrs. old / 3 yrs. exp.
Signed through 2011

#11 Chastin West
23 yrs. old / 1 yrs. exp.
Signed to reserve/future contract

#17 Antonio Robinson
25 yrs. old / 1 yrs. exp.
Signed to reserve/future contract

#16 Brett Swain
25 yrs. old / 2 yrs. exp.
Restricted Free Agent

#89 James Jones
26 yrs. old / 4 yrs. exp.
Free Agent (tender offered)

* Contract information acquired from RotoWorld.com

POSITION STRENGTHS:

It’s no secret why Mike McCarthy runs a pass-heavy offense. As fellow blogger Adam Czech recently pointed out, “the Packers receivers are among the most dangerous in the NFL.” Combined with the arm of Aaron Rodgers, this unit is easily one of the best in the league.

At the top is Greg Jennings, the vertical threat who runs some of the best routes in the game. He has put up over 1,100 yards in each of his last three seasons. Behind Jennings is Donald Driver, the dependable veteran who fights for every ball and every yard – a man whose motor never stops running. He is the Green Bay Packers’ all-time leader in receptions with 698 and sits only 41 yards behind leader James Lofton in career receiving yards.