Packers Release RB Brandon Saine and LB DJ Smith

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  1. Thomas Hobbes
    Thomas Hobbes
    April 24, 2013

    Wow, Smith’s injury must have been really, really bad. That’s the only reason I can think of, since you can stash him on the IR for a year if you don’t think he’s going to miss one year. He’s still on his rookie deal as a 6th round pick so money isn’t the issue, I’m guessing it had to be close to a career ending injury or something.

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    • MRK
      April 24, 2013

      Looking back on the injury, it was a pretty gruesome one in terms of how his knee torqued and twisted. Hopefully, he gets a chance elsewhere. Perhaps this also shows the Packers are intent on getting bigger and more physical in the middle of the D

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    • Stroh
      April 24, 2013

      More to do w/ limited upside IMO. He was a liability in coverage and it wasn’t going to get better. Decent at best vs run. Just had very limited upside.

      You can’t waive an injured player and it hasn’t been reported that he got an injury settlement. He was never going to be a starter, and as a backup he was still limited.

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      • Thomas Hobbes
        Thomas Hobbes
        April 25, 2013

        Sure, but he was also a draft pick with experience and the Packers typically don’t let go of someone that quickly. Would you rather have Smith or Jamari Lattimore?

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  2. Wagszilla
    April 24, 2013

    I had high hopes for Saine. =(

    Sad times.

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    • Razer
      April 24, 2013

      I did too. He wasn’t the flashiest runner but he could do it all and he was physically gifted.

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  3. Razer
    April 24, 2013

    Very surprised at these moves. Looks like an ILB somewhere in this draft. Dropping Saine surprised me as well. Perhaps the Packers will get serious about a run game and that may start with some talent.

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    • Oppy
      April 24, 2013

      Don’t forget they have Manning at ILB who never really had a chance to show us fans much last season as he struggled all camp with a severe intestinal parasite that resulted in his shedding almost 20 lbs before the season started.. he was pretty highly touted by scouts.

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  4. Jersey Al
    Jersey Al
    April 24, 2013

    I really only liked Saine as a receiver – thought he missed a lot of open holes and ran into defenders instead of away. Sad to see Smith go, from day one I hoped we had found the next Sam Mills. DJ has a ton of heart, but just limited physically…

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  5. Oppy
    April 24, 2013

    Dj Smith, Abdul Hodge.. There’s a curse on undersized Packers ILBs

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  6. Savage57
    April 25, 2013

    Hmmm, Packers release Saine the day they meet with Benson. Naah, probably just coincidence.

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