Saturday, September 4, 2010

Havner Released as Pack Trim to 53

While a lot of the names that you'll see on the list of players released by the Packers on Saturday shouldn't be any surprise, Spencer Havner actually comes as quite a shock. Not that he's a huge name or anything, but I don't think anyone had even considered him being one of the casualties when they were predicting their 53-man roster. Havner is a touchdown monger who ended up stealing a lot of should-have-been Ryan Grant touchdowns for me last year in fantasy, but I still loved him regardless. He's a fullback. He's a linebacker. He plays special teams. His versatility made him valuable to this squad and that's why it's surprising to see him released. They always say that "the more you can do, the less expendable you are", but in Havner's case that was not to be. The other cuts are as follows:

P Chris Bryan
OT Chris Campbell
WR/KR Jason Chery
CB D.J. Clark
OL Evan Dietrich-Smith
WR Charles Dillon
LB Robert Francois
OL Breno Giacomini
QB Graham Harrell
LB Alex Joseph
S Anthony Levine
RB Kregg Lumpkin
LB Cyril Obiozor
LB Maurice Simpkins
DE Ronald Talley
NT Anthony Toribio
WR Chastin West
WR Patrick Williams
DE Jarius Wynn

No real surprises there, and expect to see a lot of those names again on the practice squad. Some of the guys such as Havner and Dietrich-Smith the Packers tried to move in trades, but ultimately there were no takers. Allen Barbre and Will Blackmon are also off of the 53-man roster, but there were placed on injured reserve instead of being outright released.

Even though none of the cuts were too shocking, there were some surprises on the overall roster. Nick McDonald was an undrafted rookie that impressed the coaches enough in camp to stick around. Tom Crabtree is sticking aboard as the Packers are going with four tight ends for the time being. And despite the discussion of only keeping four wide receivers, Brett Swain delivered a strong performance in his final preseason opportunity against the Chiefs to make the team.

Of course, not all of this is final, as you never know if Teddy is going to like something that he sees on the waiver wire. And some of these guys may end up getting cut around the week seven mark, when players that are placed on the Psychically Unable to Perform list (like Al Harris) are eligible to return. Still, I think Ted put together a strong 53, and I'm ready to see how they start the season against Philly next Sunday.

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