Green Bay Packers Cuts: Tracking Players Dropped from 2011 Roster
With the start of the NFL regular season less than two weeks ago, teams are thinning down their roster to get to that special number of 53. By the end of the day today, the Green Bay Packers will need to have only 80 players on their roster.
We will look at the players that have already been cut, and as the weeks go on, we will update you on who else has been released and what team they signed with.
Update on September 3rd: The Green Bay Packers have cut the remaining players and now have a final 53-man roster.
Spencer Havner: Cut on August 28
This was Spencer Havner's second stint with the Green Bay Packers. In fact, it was nearly a year ago that the Packers released Havner for the first time.
He made a somewhat successful transition from linebacker to tight end, but with Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor all better, there just wasn't room for him on the team.
It might take a while for Havner to find a team, but I expect him to land somewhere, even if it isn't until midseason.
Brett Swain: Cut on August 28
Brett Swain has looked good throughout the preseason, but he plays at a position that is very deep for the Green Bay Packers.
With Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones and Jordy Nelson locks to make the roster, the Packers didn't have a need for Swain.
Swain has spent his entire career with Green Bay.
Theo Sherman: Cut on August 28
Throughout the preseason, the Green Bay Packers' offensive line has been difficult to watch. That is why it was surprising to see Theo Sherman, a rookie offensive tackle, released.
At a position that has been struggling, any amount of depth you think would be nice for the Packers. However, Green Bay didn't see it that way and cut the rookie on Sunday.
Antonio Robinson: Cut on August 30
An undrafted free agent in 2010, Robinson will be looking to play get a chance with a third team after the Green Bay Packers cut him today.
Robinson was originally picked up by the Chicago Bears and was a member of their practice squad before coming to Green Bay. Due to his youth and speed, Robinson will likely end up with another team.
Adrian Battles: Cut on August 30
Adrian Battles is the second offensive lineman to be cut by the Green Bay Packers this week. It will be hard to watch Battles go because once he was signed by the Packers last year, they went the rest of the season without losing a game.
Hopefully, Mike McCarthy can find a new good luck charm.
K.C. Asiodu: Cut on August 30
K.C. Asiodu has been in the league since 2009, and the Green Bay Packers were already the fourth different team he was a member of. He has spent most of his career on practice squads, and it looks like this year will be no different.
Graham Harrell Cut on September 3
This is certainly the most surprising of the roster cuts so far as Graham Harrell has played extremely well throughout the preseason. It shouldn't take too long before a team that needs depth at the quarterback position locks him up.
Update on September 4: Graham Harrell was signed to the practice squad.
Brandon Underwood Cut on September 3
Off the field issues most likely played a role in the decision to cut Brandon Underwood, as he was in trouble with the law twice last year. His injured knee hasn't allowed him too much time on the field, but Underwood is still young and will likely find a new home.
Caleb Schlauderaff Cut on September 3
Another surprising cut by the Green Bay Packers with Caleb Schauderaff today. With the struggles of the offensive line throughout the preseason it is odd to see Green Bay let go a rookie lineman.
Update on September 3: Caleb Schauderaff was traded to the New York Jets for an undisclosed draft pick.
Brandian Ross Cut on September 3
Obviously that wasn't enough for him to make the final roster.
Update on September 4: Ross was signed to the practice squad.
Diondre Borel Cut on September 3
There is just simply too much depth at wide receiver to keep a player like Diondre Borel. He only had two receptions throughout the preseason, so this isn't too big of a surprise.
Update on September 4: Borel was signed to the practice squad.
Chastin West Cut on September 3
Few players on the Green Bay Packers have been as impressive as Chastin West throughout the preseason. Unfortunately for West, he plays at the deepest position at the roster and couldn't break through to be one of the top five players.
It won't be long at all before he finds a place to play.
Update on September 4: West was signed to the practice squad.
Sampson Genus Cut on September 3
Sampson Genus was sitting third on the depth chart at the center position, so this isn't a real shocker. There was no need for the Green Bay Packers to keep three centers and Genus was the odd man out.
Update on September 4: Sampson Genus was signed to the practice squad.
Kerry Taylor Cut on September 3
Wide receivers keep on getting cut and unless their name ends in Jennings, Driver, James, Nelson or Cobb, they aren't going to end up on this roster.
He will most likely end up on the Green Bay Packers practice squad.
Tori Gurley Cut on September 3
Tori Gurley and Chastin West looked like two wide receivers worth keeping on the Green Bay Packers, but neither will be on the final roster. Gurley is a big receiver who should find an opportunity to play somewhere else.
Update on September 4: Gurley was signed to the practice squad.
Jay Ross Cut on September 3
It was unlikely that Jay Ross would have a final roster spot as he would have to had beat out Howard Green who is a much better player. Ross will likely end up on a practice squad, but most likely with another team.
Lawrence Guy Cut on September 3
It is unfortunate that Lawrence Guy has had injury troubles this preseason because I really think this is a guy that the Green Bay Packers would have liked to keep on the roster and develop.
It is still possible that they bring him back and put him on IR, but no one really knows what to expect.
Update on September 3: Lawrence Guy was placed on injured reserve.
Jon Hoese Cut on September 3
No surprise here as John Kuhn seems to have the fullback position all locked up.
Anthony Bratton Cut on September 3
It appeared as if Anthony Bratton had an outside chance to make the roster, but it just didn't work out for Bratton. He was a player the Green Bay Packers were originally high on, but his performance on the field never lived up to expectations.
Anthony Levine Cut on September 3
Anthony Levine was set to be behind Nick Collins on the depth chart, so it is a little surprising that he was cut today. It now appears as if the Green Bay Packers are a little thin at the safety position.
Nick McDonald Cut on September 3
The Green Bay Packers keep releasing offensive lineman and Nick McDonald is the latest casualty. The two-year player from Grand Valley State will be looking elsewhere for employment after being cut.
Ricky Elmore Cut on September 3
When Ricky Elmore was drafted this April, many expected him to fight for an outside linebacker position. However, Elmore never lived up to expectations and was cut.
Chris Donaldson Cut on September 3
Even with the injury problems of Mike Neal and C.J. Wilson, Chris Donaldson didn't show the Green Bay Packers enough to warrant a final roster spot.
Peanut Joseph Cut on September 3
If rookie linebacker Ricky Elmore wasn't going to make the team, there was a slim chance that undrafted rookie Peanut Joseph would be able to. I guess the Green Bay Packers are happy with the same linebacker group they had last year.
Elijah Joseph Cut on September 3
Elijah Joseph faced the same result as his twin brother Peanut Joseph who was also cut by the Green Bay Packers today. This tandem will look for another team to employ their twin powers.
Ray Dominguez Cut on September 3
The Green Bay Packers had steady play from their offensive tackles last year and added Derek Sherrod in the first round of this year's draft. Ray Dominguez was a long shot to make the roster, but it is interesting to see so many young offensive lineman being cut.
Update on September 4: Dominguez was signed to the practice squad.
Shaky Smithson Cut on September 3
Shaky Smithson is just another wide receiver cut by the Green Bay Packers. It looks like Mike McCarthy is making room for plenty of tight ends and only five wide receivers.
Update on September 3: Shaky Smithson was placed on injured reserve.
Cardia Jackson Cut on September 3
Cardia Jackson was a tackle machine coming out of college, but was never able to produce at the professional level. He will be lucky to end up on another practice squad this year.
Chris Campbell Cut on September 3
With how sloppy the offensive line looked during the preseason, it isn't too shocking to see this many lineman not make the final roster. Lets just hope that the Green Bay Packers don't have too many injuries across that line this year or they could be in some trouble.
Josh Gordy Cut on September 3
There are few NFL teams that have as many quality cornerbacks as the Green Bay Packers, so it isn't surprising to see Josh Gordy cut. This kid has some talent and should end up with some other team.
Dimitri Nance Cut on September 3
With Ryan Grant coming back from injury and the emergence of James Starks last year, there just isn't room for Dimitri Nance anymore. He was hoping that rookie Alex Green would struggle so he could get a roster spot, but that just hasn't happened.
Quinn Johnson Cut on September 3
Quinn Johnson won't be a member of the Green Bay Packers for the first time since 2009. He was a big bodied fullback who was a decent blocker and runner.
Update on September 3: Quinn Johnson was traded to the Tennessee Titans for an undisclosed draft pick.
Brandon Saine Cut on September 3
The undrafted free agent from Ohio State was a long shot to make the roster even with his great speed. There are just too many running backs ahead of Brandon Saine on this roster.
Update on September 4: Saine was signed to the practice squad.