Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver Jeff Janis catches a touchdown pass as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Quick takeaways from Green Bay Packers roster moves

The Green Bay Packers biggest surprise today as they pared their roster down to 53 players involved the quarterbacks.

Taking it from a position of significant weakness last season when they went through six players throughout the year under center to a position of incredible depth and strength, Ted Thompson seemed to have learned an important lesson from last year’s debacle.

At the start of the morning, reports were indicating that the Packers had decided to keep just two quarterbacks; but as the day wore on, that report flipped back to the notion that the Packers had an extra spot open so that they could keep all three quarterbacks.

… as the day wore on, that report flipped back to the notion that the Packers had an extra spot open so that they could keep all three quarterbacks.

That was good news for both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien as they had battled throughout training camp for the backup spot. At this point, there is no indication which player will be listed as the backup on the depth chart. Mike McCarthy has the flexibility to move the two back and forth as 2 and 3, depending on the opponent and needs at other positions.

Another significant move was at cornerback where the Packers let Jumal Rolle go and kept draft choice Demitri Goodson. Rolle had a great camp and showed some definite instincts for the position, while Goodson is considered a project; however, his upside must have also been a consideration.

In addition, the Packers added two undrafted free agents to their roster in linebacker Jayrone Elliott, who led the entire league in preseason sacks with five, and defensive lineman Mike Pennel, whose stock rose with each week’s performance.

Cornerback Jumal Rolle was cut today, but the Packers hope he may still be available to sign to the practice squad. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Packers kept all nine of their draft choices, but wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and defensive lineman Khyri Thornton were placed on injured reserve.

At the wide receiver position, the darling of the the Packers camp, Jeff Janis, the team’s seventh round draft pick, made the squad despite having to sit the first two weeks of camp while he battled shingles. A touchdown catch against the Rams and another touchdown in the final preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs, endured him to fans and impressed coaches enough that he earned a spot on the final 53. His skill in returning punts was also a head-turner in camp.

On the flip side, Myles White, the wide receiver who spent time on the roster last year was released.

The Packers will be signing players to the practice squad starting early Sunday afternoon after players clear waivers. Several of those cut today are hoping to still be around to rejoin the team on the practice squad starting tomorrow. A total of 10 players will be signed to the practice squad, up from the maximum of 8 last year.

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