Packers cut Ty Summers, move closer to finalizing 53-man roster
The Green Bay Packers continue to get their roster close to 53 players ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Packers are cutting inside linebacker Ty Summers.
Summers has been a regular on special teams in recent years, but the impressive play of Isaiah McDuffie this summer made it unlikely Summers would make the 53-man roster.
Summers was competing for the fourth spot at inside linebacker with the top three of De’Vondre Campbell, Quay Walker, and Krys Barnes set.
But with McDuffie showing signs of a second-year jump throughout training camp, it would seem he has made the roster ahead of Summers. A key to that is McDuffie has also contributed on special teams during the preseason.
The Packers selected Summers in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
He has played 46 games for the Packers with one start in three seasons, making 52 tackles.
Summers didn’t get too many opportunities to play defensive snaps but was a regular on special teams. His play on special teams helped him make the roster in recent years.
It means Summers shouldn’t have to wait too long to find a new team. He can step in and contribute on special teams, so it won’t be a surprise if he is claimed on waivers.
There are some big decisions for the Packers to make on the roster in the coming days, but inside linebacker isn’t likely to be one of them.
It would seem the top four are set. De’Vondre Campbell and Quay Walker will start, while Krys Barnes and Isaiah McDuffie provide depth on defense and play a lot of snaps on special teams.
Green Bay still has plenty of work to do before Tuesday’s deadline to get the roster down to 53 players. Some big decisions await in the next 48 hours or so.