5 key takeaways from Packers’ cuts and initial 2021 roster

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Five takeaways from the Green Bay Packers cuts and initial 2021 roster.

It’s been a busy few days for the Green Bay Packers. Following their final preseason game on Saturday, they trimmed their roster down to 53 players and have since signed 16 to the practice squad.

For the most part, there weren’t too many surprises. Few expected Jake Hanson to make the roster as the backup center, especially with backups Ben Braden and Cole Van Lanen not making the initial roster. That said, for the most part, the roster fell into place about how most expected.

What have we learned in the past few days from the initial roster cuts, the 53, and practice squad?

Packers confident in their top three running backs

The Packers should be absolutely delighted with their top three at running back, and it’s hardly surprising they didn’t keep a fourth back on the roster.

After losing Jamaal Williams in free agency, there was good reason to believe Green Bay’s depth at the position would take a hit. But seventh-round pick Kylin Hill has looked the part so far, giving the team a great top three.

In the preseason, Hill had 19 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown, while also catching four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Aaron Jones is a Pro Bowler. AJ Dillon played well in his rookie year and showed he is also capable of lead-back duties. Hill has been outstanding over the summer.

With Patrick Taylor providing more depth on the practice squad, the Packers are well set at running back.