4PM EST today is the deadline for the Green Bay Packers to pare their roster down to 75 players. Here are the cuts and/or roster moves as we hear them:
Jarius Wynn – Reported by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This isn’t the first time Wynn has been cut by the Packers. Wynn was a sixth round pick for the Packers in 2009 and surprisingly made the team that season. The next year he was cut and then brought back onto the practice squad when Justin Harrell went down again and then eventually onto the 53-man roster. Wynn played in every game last season, even starting four. But DL improvement was obviously a priority for the Packers this year with all the new additions, so the handwriting was on the wall for Wynn. Evidently, he didn’t do enough this camp to keep his spot.
Jon Hoese – The former Minnesota fullback was sidelined for much of training camp with injuries, and the team ultimately cut him Monday afternoon. Reserve fullback Nic Cooper was a much better runner than Hoese, which made the Packers’ decision relatively easy.
DeMarco Cosby – Placed on Injured Reserve. The tight end from Central Missouri had a very brief stint with the Packers and was never a serious threat to make the roster. He was consistently outperformed by fellow tight end Brandon Bostick–whom also will likely not make the 53-man roster.
Ray Dominguez – Placed on Injured Reserve. Dominguez spent the final 11 games of last season on the Packers’ practice squad, but he will not see the field this season after being placed on the season-ending I.R. A four-time letter winner at Arkansas, Dominguez showed promise when he was on the field–but he was sidelined for much of training camp due to injury.
Shaky Smithson – Placed on Injured Reserve. After joining the Packers as an undrafted free agent last season, Smithson was placed on I.R. for the second consecutive season. A solid return man and mediocre receiver, Smithson would have had to blow the Packers away with his return ability in order to make the 53-man roster. That was a longshot.