According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Green Bay Packers have informed rookie receiver Tori Gurley that he has been released. After cutting fellow roster hopeful Chastin West earlier this morning, the Packers will almost certainly keep just five receivers to open the 2011 season.
Many believed that the Packers could keep as many as six receivers, especially after the emergence of both West and Gurley this preseason.
West was praised on several occasions by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and his 134-yard performance against the Cardinals helped put his name on the 53-man radar. While unlikely, he could clear waivers and wind up back on the Packers practice squad for the second straight season.
Gurley (6-4, 230 lbs.) continued to get better through training camp. He blocked a handful of punts on special teams and has the kind of big frame that you can’t teach in a receiver. He might get claimed on waivers, too, but the Packers would love to have him back on the practice squad.
Here are some other recent releases:
NT Jay Ross: Spent time on the Packers practice squad in the past but was never really a challenger for a roster spot in camp. Ross would have needed to beat out Howard Green to make the 53.
DE Lawrence Guy: The Packers want to bring Guy back then put him on IR. He’s a developmental guy along the defensive line who probably needed a year to get his feet underneath him.
FB Jon Hoese: If the Packers decide to cut Quinn Johnson and go with one active fullback, Hoese is a solid candidate to return on the practice squad.
S Anthony Bratton: Thought he had a chance at the beginning of camp to steal a roster spot at safety. His performance just never brought that opportunity to light.——————
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