Packers GM Ted Thompson is likely scouring the waiver wire as I type this, looking to add an offensive lineman and maybe another player or two that could help his team in 2012.
For now, though, the Packers 53-man roster is set after Friday’s final cuts. Here are some quick thoughts on the players who are no longer Packers:
QB B.J. Coleman: Cross your fingers and hope that Coleman clears waivers and ends up on the practice squad. The kid has a good arm and sounds like a crazy hard worker. I’d like to see him in two or three years after McCarthy has had a few years to work with him.
DT Daniel Muir: If you were looking for a surprise cut, this was probably it. Muir had a good training camp and looked like he could get after the quarterback, exactly what the Packers needed up front.
WR Tori Gurley: A strong showing against the Chiefs in the final preseason game wasn’t enough to save Gurley. I changed my mind at the last minute and put Gurley on my predicted 53-man roster because I thought his size would save him, but alas, I was wrong (shocking, I know).
WR Diondre Borel: If Gurley didn’t make it, Borel was supposed to be the guy. After having the sixth receiver spotlight all to himself early in camp, it just didn’t happen. Too many drops/fumbles, and not quite the big-play ability that was advertised. UFA Jarrett Boykin ended up swooping in and claiming the sixth WR slot.
C Sampson Genus: The Packers cut a lot of guys with cool names. Sampson, Herb (Taylor) and Otis (Merrill). I guess if you want to be on this team you need initials for a first name (B.J., D.J, M.D., A.J.).
S Anthony Levine: He’s been on the practice squad for two seasons and got a shot to win the strong safety job in camp, but couldn’t overtake Jerron McMillian or M.D. Jennings.
C/G Tommie Draheim: Versatility will probably land Draheim on the practice squad. He saw time at all five offensive line positions.
T Andrew Datko: I’m 99.9 percent sure he’ll be on the practice squad if he slips through waivers. I still have hope for Datko if he can somehow avoid getting injured.
G Reggie Wells: This was a mild surprise. Wells can play both guard and center and I thought that since Thompson went and signed him during camp that he had the inside track to stay on the team. Guess not.
T Shea Allard: From the No. 2 left tackle in the final preseason game to off the team less than 24 hours later. Tough life, that NFL.
WR Dale Moss: An extremely raw former college basketball player who could get more time to develop on the practice squad.
DE Lawrence Guy: Guy got swallowed up by one of the deepest position groups on the team and never separated himself enough to make the squad.
WR Curenski Gilleylen: Another player with a cool name gone.
CB/KR Otis Merrill: Had a 60-yard kick return in the second preseason game and could stick on the practice squad due to his speed.
OL Greg Van Roten: If someone snatches up Datko (doubtful given his injury situation), Van Roten should stick on the practice squad. Actually, he might make the practice squad even if Datko is on it.
TE Brandon Bostick: Tight end was pretty much set even before camp opened and Bostick couldn’t overcome those odds.
FB Nic Cooper: There was no way Cooper was going to overtake John Kuhn.
RB Marc Tyler: He was intriguing when the Packers signed him as an UFA, but he doesn’t have the speed to be an NFL running back. Most reports indicated that he’s a smart kid who might be a good practice squad candidate.——————