Green Bay Packer 2009 Training Camp Cuts Part Two: Just The Facts
I have never been so happy to be wrong.
In part one of this series, "Pure Conjecture," I stated that there would be no cuts at the quarterback position for the Green Bay Packers to start the 2009 season.
As the individual making the goofy face to the right can tell you; I was way off on that one.
Like I said; I couldn't be happier. Brian Brohm is not on the Packers roster in 2009. Zippity-doo-dah-day. I mean it.
I made 22 predictions of who I thought would be cut from the Packers roster before the start of the 2009 season in part one. I simply cut down the Packers roster from its current (at the time) 75 players to 53. I didn't bother to speculate on trades or injured reserve status.
The Packers ended up making one trade and placing four players on the IR.
The trade was sending tackle Tony Moll to Baltimore for defensive-back Derrick Martin. As this was a one-for-one deal, it didn't reduce or increase the Packers roster.
So, in all, they ended up releasing 18 players, including the aforementioned Brohm.
The four players starting the year on injured reserve are CB Pat Lee, TE Evan Moore, DB Charlie Peprah and, surprisingly, DE Justin Harrell.
I hope if Harrell ever gets healthy enough to come off the IR he is immediately traded for something more useful, such as a Zamboni machine or the collected Bay City Rollers on eight-track. Something.
While Harrell starting the year injured is so not a surprise for Packer fans, here's something that might be.
Brett Swain beat out Ruvell Martin to make this year's Packers roster.
Whoa. I'm divided because I really like Ruvell; but I also thought Swain was going to be one of the toughest cuts the Packers had to make this summer. Jake Allen was also let go, bringing the Packers down to five wide-outs.
Were there any other surprises? A couple, but nothing as big as Brohm and Martin, in my opinion at least.
The Packers also released preseason stud running-back Tyrell Sutton out of Northwestern. I had prognosticated that Sutton would be kept in favor of DeShawn Wynn, but the Packers went the other way instead.
The underground legend that is Kregg Lumpkin has been derailed as well; he was cut, leaving the Packers with a backfield featuring three fullbacks and three tails. I predicted one of the veteran fullbacks, John Kuhn or Korey Hall, to be cut.
Another surprise (to me at least and, let's be serious here, wallpaper can surprise me sometimes) was the release of veteran free-agent DB Anthony Smith. With the trade of Moll for Martin (another DB), the Packers have no need of a higher priced veteran back-up at a deep position. Sorry, Tony.
Rookie tackle Jamon Meredith was also released. He was a fifth-round pick by the Packers in this year's draft and was unable to beat out veterans like Breno Giacomini and Allen Barber to stick around.
The final Packers cuts were:
WR Jake Allen, CB Trevor Ford, G/T Andrew Hartline, WR Kole Heckendorf, LB Danny Lansanah, DE Alfred Malone, NT Dean Muhtadi, LB Cyril Obiozor, CB Joe Porter, T Dane Randolph, DE Ronald Talley and NT Anthony Toribio.
So eighteen cuts, four on the IR. How did my predictions make out from part one?
Since I'm scoring by myself for myself, I gotta tell you: not too shabby.
Out of the 18 cuts the Packers made to their roster, 13 were predicted by yours truly. About twenty-four hours before they happened, too. What a genius.
Of the four players the Packers placed on the IR, two were also called by me as Packers cuts. Does that count? Oh, okay...
It doesn't, but it does give a clearer picture of the Packers 2009 roster. By the way; with Harrell on the IR and Lansanah being cut, the Packers have officially given DE Jason Hunter away for nothing. Awesome.
I'm extremely happy to report that rookie CB Brandon Underwood has made this year's Packers roster. I predicted a cut there, and can't wait to see what he can do this season. Word up, Mr. Underwood!
Rookie linebacker Brad Jones out of Colorado also showed enough to the Packers to be kept on the 53 man roster. Look for him to have an immediate impact on special teams this season.
Another minor surprise is that rookie free agent Evan Dietrich-Smith out of Idaho State has found himself a place on the Packers as a back-up guard and third string center. Das is gut ja, Herr Dietrich-Smith?
It's been an extremely interesting offseason for Packers fans, and I'm happy to see the 53 man roster set. It means my favorite team will be on the field in less than a week's time.
For all the endless tweaking and shuffling of the roster the Packers do, it does seem like Ted Thompson has found a nucleus to build around and that there are some very positive signs in Packerland this season.
Who will further cement their reputation this season, as either a bust or an emerging star? Will a rookie break through and make his name a household one on Sunday afternoons? Can I contain my excitement until September 13th and the Chicago Bears?
Bamph, bamph, ba-lumph-bump-bump: GO PACK GO!
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