Green Bay Packers cut TE Ryan Taylor, promote Dorsey
The Green Bay Press Gazette reported this afternoon that the Green Bay Packers today released tight end Ryan Taylor, the special teams guru who has been a disappointment as a receiver at the position.
Taylor found playing time at a minimum with the emergence of rookie Richard Rodgers and having Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick ahead of him on the depth chart.
In addition, a press release from the Packers announced that the team has promoted wide receiver Kevin Dorsey from its practice squad to the 53-man roster, while also signing cornerback Tay Glover-Wright to the practice squad.
With just 10 offensive snaps this season, Taylor, the tight end from North Carolina, has accounted for only 8 passes for 45 yards and one touchdown during his career. Taylor was in his fourth season with Green Bay.
Taylor’s lack of production his first couple of seasons wasn’t a surprise because he was mired on the bench behind Jermichael Finley and Andrew Quarless. He was asked to be a special-teamer and that’s the reason why he made the roster in the first place. The Packers like the tight end and linebacker-type bodies on their special teams and Taylor fit that bill.
The Green Bay Packers signed wide receiver Kevin Dorsey from the practice squad to the 53-man roster today. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph
However, in 2014 when the tight end position has come to be more of an after-thought than one known for production, Taylor has become more of a liability than an asset.
In addition, it appears with the signing of Dorsey and Glover-Wright, that the Packers are looking for ways to improve its team in other areas.
While not addressing the situation yet, the Packers have incurred some injuries along the defensive line that have left the team in a world of hurt in that area.
Today’s moves may be just the beginning of other personnel moves that may be down the road.
We’ll stay tuned on any other roster moves the team makes.
Here is the full press release from the Green Bay Packers:
PACKERS ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES
The Green Bay Packers have signed WR Kevin Dorsey to the active roster from the practice squad, signed CB Tay Glover-Wright to the practice squad and released TE Ryan Taylor. The transactions were announced Monday by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.
Dorsey, a 6-foot-1, 207-pound second-year player out of the University of Maryland, was originally selected by Green Bay with the second of three seventh-round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft (No. 224 overall). He spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve due to a toe injury sustained during the preseason. Dorsey has spent the first five weeks of this season on Green Bay’s practice squad. He will wear No. 13 for the Packers.
Glover-Wright, a 6-foot, 175-pound rookie out of Utah State, was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons on May 12, 2014. He was released by the Falcons on Aug. 25, 2014. Glover-Wright started his college career as a quarterback and wide receiver at Highland (Kan.) Community College (2010) and Eastern Arizona Community College (2011). He played his final two seasons at Utah State, where he recorded 69 tackles (40 solo), five tackles for a loss, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 10 passes defensed. He will wear No. 40 for the Packers.
Taylor played in 50 regular-season games, including five this season, and four postseason contests for Green Bay after being selected by the Packers as the first of two choices in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft (No. 218 overall).