On Monday the Green Bay Packers trimmed their roster to the mandatory 75 players. Among the moves made to get there were placing several players on injured reserve, most notably MLB Desmond Bishop. This means Bishop is done for the season.
TE Andrew Quarless and OLD Frank Zombo will begin the season on the reserve PUP list, meaning they’ll miss at least the first six weeks of the season but won’t count against the roster. Those players will be eligible to resume practice between Oct.16 and Nov. 5.
The Packers also cut players including veteran DE Jarius Wynn and recently signed free agent DE Anthony Hargrove. Wynn, 26, was a sixth round pick by the Packers in 2009. He was among the final players cut in 2010, only to be resigned 8 days later. He wound up playing in 12 of 19 in 2010 and was a contributing member of the Super Bowl team.
Hargrove was signed this offseason to help bring some juice and aggressiveness back to a defensive line who was lacking in pass rush. However, because of the Saints bounty scandal he was suspended for the first 8 games of this season. The Packers limited his snaps in camp to give those who would need to contribute to the team right away a chance for more reps. In Hargrove’s limited reps though, he failed to bring some of the skills to the table he showed back in 2009 with the Saints. Thus, the Packers deemed Hargrove expendable.
The Packers roster will have to be further reduced down to 53 by Friday, making the team’s last preseason game against Kansas City important for several players.
Jobs remain on the defensive line where Lawrence Guy, Phillip Merling, and Daniel Muir could be battling for one roster spot.
Another question to be solved is whether the Packers will keep a sixth receiver on their roster. It will be up to Tori Gurley, Diondre Borel, and even Jarrett Boykin to help provide an answer.
There also remains the 3 way race to determine the starting CB opposite Tramon Williams, and what players will be the backup safeties to Morgan Burnett and Charles Woodson.
And backup quarterback Graham Harrell certainly needs to show more in what should be extended playing time, to prove he belongs on the roster.
For head coach Mike McCarthy, the number one priority in the Chiefs game is coming out of it healthy. After that, he and GM Ted Thompson face the difficult decisions in shaping the team’s final roster.
“This is the worst time of the year for any head coach,” McCarthy said. “I know it is for me personally”.