Nfc North: Green Bay Packers

Joe McKnight to work out for Green Bay Packers

The only ones who did not were offensive lineman J.C. Tretter (fourth-round pick who is on the physically unable to perform list because of an ankle injury) and seventh-round receivers Kevin Dorsey (waived/injured) and Charles Johnson . Fifteen players who were not on the active roster at any point last season made the final cut. In addition to the eight draft picks who made it (Datone Jones, Lacy, Bakhtiari, Franklin, Hyde, Boyd, Palmer and Barrington), the others who were not on the active roster last season were Banjo, Bostick, Coleman, Jolly, Mulumba, Quarless and Lane Taylor. Tags:

Green Bay Packers work out former Detroit Lions kicker Havard Rugland

You laugh like Jermichael Finley. (AP photo) Theres a reason Jermichael Finley plays tight end for the Green Bay Packers and isnt pitching for any team in the Majors. This is that reason: Take a look at that form, though. Finleys form was great from the stretch to the tight leg kick, the velocity looked good, even the follow through on the pitch, it all looked so right. Just the pitch itself was a disaster.


Yes, he wasn’t a good fit. 66.1% No, he deserved a spot. 33.9% Total votes: 929 Following Green’s release, James Starks and John Kuhn are the other main backfield options left on the roster. More changes could be coming after the dust settles from all the cuts around the NFL , though, of course. As for Green, he could join another team looking for running back depth heading into the new season. The other possibility would be waiting for injury issues to emerge during the season and earning a chance to fill one of those holes.

Packers’ Jermichael Finley is the latest to throw embarrassing first pitch

The Packers planned to officially release their roster moves later Saturday, when teams are required to trim rosters to 53 players. “Thanks to (Packers) for the opportunity … Wonderful fans. Good luck this season,” Young posted. Young’s publicist, Denise White, confirmed in an email that the quarterback had been released. Young struggled Thursday in the final preseason game against the Chiefs going 14 of 30 for 144 yards with two fumbles. That followed a strong showing the previous week against the Seahawks. The Packers signed Young on Aug. 6.

Midafternoon Packers cuts update

But, Week 1, we will be ready. When the lights are on (in the regular season), I know we’re going to put six (points) on the board.” — Tight end Jermichael Finley, when asked whether the offense can “turn it on” once the season starts after the injury-depleted No. 1 unit has yet to score a touchdown this preseason. STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL Running back DuJuan Harris was placed on season-ending injured reserve by the Green Bay Packers. Harris, who started both of the team’s playoff games last season, aggravated a knee injury in last Friday’s game against Seattle. Rookie Eddie Lacy is now expected to open the season as the Packers’ starting running back. Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, wide receiver Kevin Dorsey and linebacker Jarvis Reed were also placed on IR.

Backup QB Vince Young out at Green Bay

Havard Rugland had his first workout with an NFL team since being released by the Detroit Lions. On Friday, the Norwegian kicker tweeted , “Had a great workout with Green Bay this morning. Thankful for the opportunity.” The Packers remain unsettled at the position. Mason Crosby, who has served as the team’s kicker for the past six years, is coming off his worst professional season. He converted on just 63.6 percent of his field goal attempts in 2012, missing seven of nine from 50 yards and beyond. Crosby agreed to significant pay cut this week, reducing his base salary from $2.4 million to $800,000. He has a chance to make up the difference by sticking on Green Bay’s roster through Week 10 and making 85 percent of his field goals. Rugland, the YouTube sensation, became a national story when he signed a three-year deal with the Lions in April. He was released by the organization on Tuesday and passed through waivers unclaimed. Despite having never worn a football helmet or pads before signing with Detroit, Rugland impressed with his leg strength and accuracy. He converted all three of his preseason attempts, including one from 50 yards. In the end, he was unable to beat out veteran David Akers for the Lions’ job.


In other words, a change of scenery probably could do McKnight some good. The Packers are in the Jordy Nelson Jersey market for a running back and returner after DuJuan Harris was lost for the season to a knee injury. The Packers didn’t make any cuts Friday, but they must get to the 53-man limit by Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. Their current depth chart at running back includes Eddie Lacy , Alex Green , Johnathan Franklin and James Starks .

Green Bay Packers Release RB Alex Green

— The biggest name among the Green Bay Packers ‘ cuts so far clearly was quarterback Vince Young , who was released on Saturday morning . But they also have cut a couple of players who saw significant playing time last season in running back Alex Green and tight end D.J. Williams . Green was their leading rusher last season with 464 yards, and Williams played in 14 of 18 games last season (including playoffs). With a few hours left before teams have to trim their rosters to 53 players, heres the latest list of the players who have been released. Note: This list is a compilation of our own reporting here at ESPN plus reports from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Packer Report, and players with verified Twitter accounts. With 18 cuts already confirmed, the Packers will have to make four more roster moves to reach the 53-man limit.


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