A closer look at the Green Bay Packers’ initial 53-man roster.
On Saturday, the Green Bay Packers cut their roster down to 53 players. As is the case every year, there were some surprises. Imagine saying earlier in the offseason that former fourth-round pick J’Mon Moore would miss out to undrafted Darrius Shepherd. But based on training camp and preseason, the Packers got this one right.
It would’ve been hard to believe that Mike Daniels wouldn’t be on the Packers’ 53-man roster, but instead be playing for a division rival in 2019. Releasing Daniels before training camp was the biggest surprise of the summer for the Packers.
GM Brian Gutekunst made a number of good decisions with the roster. It’s clear he isn’t stubborn with players he’s brought in and is willing to move on if he believes there are better options on the roster. That’s what happened by cutting Moore and DeShone Kizer on Saturday. Gutekunst drafted Moore and traded for Kizer last offseason.
The Packers also went for experience at kicker with Mason Crosby winning the training camp battle. Sam Ficken played well enough to earn an opportunity with another team, and it just well could be Green Bay’s Week 1 opponents.
Now that we know the initial 53, let’s take a position-by-position look through the roster.