4PM EST today is the deadline for the Green Bay Packers to pare their roster down to 75 players. Here are the cuts and/or roster moves as we hear them:
Jarius Wynn – Reported by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This isn’t the first time Wynn has been cut by the Packers. Wynn was a sixth round pick for the Packers in 2009 and surprisingly made the team that season. The next year he was cut and then brought back onto the practice squad when Justin Harrell went down again and then eventually onto the 53-man roster. Wynn played in every game last season, even starting four. But DL improvement was obviously a priority for the Packers this year with all the new additions, so the handwriting was on the wall for Wynn. Evidently, he didn’t do enough this camp to keep his spot.
Jon Hoese – The former Minnesota fullback was sidelined for much of training camp with injuries, and the team ultimately cut him Monday afternoon. Reserve fullback Nic Cooper was a much better runner than Hoese, which made the Packers’ decision relatively easy.
DeMarco Cosby – Placed on Injured Reserve. The tight end from Central Missouri had a very brief stint with the Packers and was never a serious threat to make the roster. He was consistently outperformed by fellow tight end Brandon Bostick–whom also will likely not make the 53-man roster.
Ray Dominguez – Placed on Injured Reserve. Dominguez spent the final 11 games of last season on the Packers’ practice squad, but he will not see the field this season after being placed on the season-ending I.R. A four-time letter winner at Arkansas, Dominguez showed promise when he was on the field–but he was sidelined for much of training camp due to injury.
Shaky Smithson – Placed on Injured Reserve. After joining the Packers as an undrafted free agent last season, Smithson was placed on I.R. for the second consecutive season. A solid return man and mediocre receiver, Smithson would have had to blow the Packers away with his return ability in order to make the 53-man roster. That was a longshot.
Johnny Jones – Placed on Injured Reserve. The defensive lineman out of Marshall was signed to the Packers’ practice squad in September of 2011, but he’s been on the sidelines and out of action all summer. Jones’s season has come to an end, but the Packers liked his potential enough to keep him under their watchful eye instead of cutting him lose to another team.
Desmond Bishop – Placed on Injured Reserve. Bishop is the biggest story of today’s 75-man roster reduction–his season is officially over. It’s certainly a blow to the Packers’ defense, which hopes to be an improved unit, but second-year linebacker D.J. Smith has had a solid training camp and appears ready for an expanded role with the team. We won’t see any of Bishop in 2012, but be on the lookout for Bishop and Smith to be the Pack’s starting inside linebackers in 2013.
Du’ane Bennett - Placed on Injured Reserve. The former Minnesota running back was cut by the Packers on Monday after missing the last few weeks of practice. Bennett was one of two rookie free agent running backs brought into Green Bay this summer–Marc Tyler being the other–but neither player made a serious case to crack the 53-man roster.
Frank Zombo – Placed on PUP. Zombo will miss at least the first six games of the 2012 season, as he’s been sidelined for the entirety of training camp due to injury. He faces an uphill battle to see serious playing time now that the Packers have added first-round pick Nick Perry and undrafted rookie sensation Dezman Moses to the position. Zombo was a success story in the Packers’ 2010 season, but injuries appear to be clouding an otherwise promising career.
Andrew Quarless – Placed on PUP. Like Zombo, Quarless will also miss the Packers’ first six games. With three roster spots accounted for in Jermichael Finley, D.J. Williams and Tom Crabtree, Quarless and second-year player Ryan Taylor were slated to compete for the Packers’ No. 4 tight end spot. The Packers kept five tight ends last year, but that no longer appears to be an option, at least for the first six games after Quarless was placed on PUP.——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.