Packers News: Practice squad adds two, Borel shelved

Packers RB DuJuan Harris

Packers RB DuJuan Harris

The Packers continued shuffling players on their practice squad Wednesday, adding running back DuJuan Harris and guard Justin Cheadle.

The practice squad had previously only had seven spots filled, and by shelving wide receiver Diondre Borel on practice squad/injured, the Packers now have a full eight-man practice squad.

Harris spent the first 11 games in 2011 on Jacksonville’s practice squad before playing in the final five games for the Jaguars. He carried the ball nine times for 42 yards, and caught one pass for four yards. Harris spent some time with the Pittsburgh Steelers this preseason after being claimed off waivers by Aug. 27. He will wear No. 26 with the Packers.

Cheadle, an undrafted rookie out of the University of California, originally signed with the Kansas City Chiefs following the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent the preseason with Kansas City before being cut Aug. 27. Cheadle started 35 games during is collegiate career and earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 as a senior last season. He’ll wear No. 65 with the Packers.

Borel was one of the team’s final cuts this offseason after spending the entire 2011 season on the Packers’ practice squad.

As things currently stand, the Packers only have three remaining players that were signed to the practice squad to start the 2012 season–quarterback B.J. Coleman, offensive tackle Andrew Datko and tight end Brandon Bostick.


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Green Bay Packers Fill Out Practice Squad

OL Chris Scott

OL Chris Scott becomes the Packers eighth practice squad member.

According to Packers.com, the Green Bay Packers have finalized their 8-man practice squad. Along with the reported signings of their seven training camp players, the Packers have added OL Chris Scott. He was a fifth round draft pick in 2010 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, though he started out on their practice squad. In 2011, he began the season on the PUP list, after which he was added to the active roster. He only appeared in two games, however. The Packers list Scott as a guard/tackle.

It’s not surprising that Ted Thompson has added another offensive lineman to the list, considering he kept a record-low (for him) seven players on the 53-man roster. This brings the total of offensive linemen on the practice squad to three.

Here is a list of the eight practice squad members to begin the Green Bay Packers 2012 season:

  • WR Diondre Borel
  • TE Brandon Bostick
  • QB B.J. Coleman
  • T Andrew Datko
  • DE Lawrence Guy
  • G/T Chris Scott
  • RB Marc Tyler
  • G Greg Van Roten

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Quick Thoughts on the Packers Roster Cuts

Daniel Muir

The Packers cut DT Daniel Muir.

Packers GM Ted Thompson is likely scouring the waiver wire as I type this, looking to add an offensive lineman and maybe another player or two that could help his team in 2012.

For now, though, the Packers 53-man roster is set after Friday’s final cuts. Here are some quick thoughts on the players who are no longer Packers:

QB B.J. Coleman: Cross your fingers and hope that Coleman clears waivers and ends up on the practice squad. The kid has a good arm and sounds like a crazy hard worker. I’d like to see him in two or three years after McCarthy has had a few years to work with him.

DT Daniel Muir: If you were looking for a surprise cut, this was probably it. Muir had a good training camp and looked like he could get after the quarterback, exactly what the Packers needed up front.

WR Tori Gurley: A strong showing against the Chiefs in the final preseason game wasn’t enough to save Gurley. I changed my mind at the last minute and put Gurley on my predicted 53-man roster because I thought his size would save him, but alas, I was wrong (shocking, I know).

WR Diondre Borel: If Gurley didn’t make it, Borel was supposed to be the guy. After having the sixth receiver spotlight all to himself early in camp, it just didn’t happen. Too many drops/fumbles, and not quite the big-play ability that was advertised. UFA Jarrett Boykin ended up swooping in and claiming the sixth WR slot.

C Sampson Genus: The Packers cut a lot of guys with cool names. Sampson, Herb (Taylor) and Otis (Merrill). I guess if you want to be on this team you need initials for a first name (B.J., D.J, M.D., A.J.).

S Anthony Levine: He’s been on the practice squad for two seasons and got a shot to win the strong safety job in camp, but couldn’t overtake Jerron McMillian or M.D. Jennings.

C/G Tommie Draheim: Versatility will probably land Draheim on the practice squad. He saw time at all five offensive line positions.

T Andrew Datko: I’m 99.9 percent sure he’ll be on the practice squad if he slips through waivers. I still have hope for Datko if he can somehow avoid getting injured.



A Running List of Green Bay Packers Final Cuts

The Green Bay Packers have made their first moves to cut down their roster to the 53 man mark to open the regular season.

The following players have been released so far according to various reports and sources.  Any reported cuts will not show up here, however, if not reported by a verified member of the media following the Green Bay Packers:

S Anthony Levine

C Sampson Genus

WR Tori Gurley

WR Diondre Borel

TE Brandon Bostick

FB Nic Cooper

C/G Tommie Draheim

G Reggie Wells

WR Curenski Gilleylen

T Andrew Datko

OL Shea Allard

WR Dale Moss

WR Shaky Smithson (injury settlement)

DE Lawrence Guy

CB Otis Merrill

OL Greg Van Roten

RB Marc Tyler

DE Daniel Muir

QB BJ Coleman

OT Derek Sherrod (PUP)

LB Vic So ‘oto (IR)

Currently these represent 18 of the 22 cuts Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers have to make by 9PM EST today to trim their roster down to 53. As soon as the other cuts are knowm you can be sure we’ll have them here. So be sure to stay on AllGreenBayPackers.com to keep updated as the Packers make their final roster moves before the regular season begins.


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Packers Stock Report: Roster Bubble Edition

Jamari Lattimore

Packers LB Jamari Lattimore is rising.

It’s time to bring back the Packers stock report.

I’m back in my blogging chair after spending three booze-fueled days and nights in Madison, Wis. I gained about 10 pounds and reduced the functionality of my liver by about 7 percent. A typical weekend in Madison.

The only way to get my body back to where it was pre-Madison is to type a couple hundred words about the Packers. For the first Packers stock report of the 2012 season, I’m going to focus on players who entered training camp on the roster bubble. There will be plenty of stock reports dedicated to guys like Aaron Rodgers and Charles Woodson during the season, but for now, let’s focus on the guys who may or may not make the team.


Dezman Moses
The buzz about Moses grew louder during OTAs and he’s lived up to that hype during training camp. Perhaps hype is a poor word choice. I don’t think anyone is expecting Moses to come in and be an All-Pro. But he looks like a wild-card type of player, someone that could show flashes of brilliance and deliver production from a roster spot that you originally didn’t think would yield much of anything. Whichever word you want to use, Moses is definitely rising.

Donald Driver
You’re probably saying to yourself, “Wait a minute. I thought you said this stock report was only going to be about players on the roster bubble.” Why yes, I did say that. And Driver was definitely on the bubble before camp. I have no doubts about that. I also have no doubts that Driver has played well enough to secure a spot on the Packers roster. That makes him rising in my book.

Jamari Lattimore
We haven’t heard all that much about Lattimore, but in the film I’ve watched of his preseason, I like what I see out of him in pass coverage. I like D.J. Smith, but I can see him getting overwhelmed in pass coverage. Lattimore gets good depth on his drops and looks fluid when running in coverage down the middle of the field.


There is no steady category when we’re talking about players that may or may not make the team. You’re either rising (making the team), or falling (on your way out the door).



Four Reasons The Green Bay Packers Won’t Keep Six Wide Receivers

Green Bay Packers Passing Offense

The Green Bay Packers receivers may not have room for one more.

Earlier in the offseason, I examined a couple ways the Green Bay Packers could shuffle around the 53-man roster to make room for six wide receivers. Both Diondre Borel and Tori Gurley are making a strong push to make the final cut, and the possibility is certainly there. Today, however, I’m going to play the Devil’s advocate and present a few reasons why the Packers won’t even decide to keep that extra receiver.

1. Offensively Useless

First and foremost, there simply isn’t room for a sixth wide receiver in the offense. The maximum number of receivers you can have in a given play is five, and it’s highly doubtful Mike McCarthy would line up Borel or Gurley in place of one of the “Top 5.” He’s going to put the best talent on the field, and that’s not going to include numero seis on the depth chart. Plus, according to the “Football Outsiders Almanac 2012,” the Packers offense lined up in a 4+ WR set on just 7% of their snaps.

Some might counter that having a sixth receiver provides good depth if someone were to get injured; however, we have to remember that tight ends also play a factor. Jermichael Finley and perhaps even D.J. Williams make the issue of depth a little moot. On top of that, the practice squad is always there in case of dire emergencies.

2. Special Teams Factor

Since the offense doesn’t really benefit from having a sixth receiver on the squad, the extra player to make the team would need to have a strong special teams role. McCarthy continues to stress that performance on special teams units is a key factor in determining which back-up players make the cut. In fact, that is perhaps the one reason the Packers would cut Donald Driver.

Diondre Borel has, admittedly, been making a push as a kickoff and punt returner, so he actually has a leg up on Gurley in this category. On the other hand, Gurley has shown some prowess on special teams himself. He’s a big guy who hits hard and who has been known to block the occasional punt. But the questions remains: is that enough?

3. More Pressing Concerns