4 players Packers must make room for on the final 53-man roster

The Packers have tough decisions to make, but they must make room on the 53-man roster for these four players.

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Trimming the roster down to 53 players is never an easy task. The Green Bay Packers have to part ways with several players they would like to keep around.

Outside of the roster locks, the Packers have to determine which players they believe they have the best chance of retaining after waivers. Any player they cut that clears waivers can return to the practice squad.

But there are always players that teams lose on waivers. The Packers waived quarterback Taysom Hill in 2017, hoping to bring him back to the practice squad. The New Orleans Saints put in a claim, and Hill became a valuable member of their offense.

To avoid a similar scenario this summer, the Packers must find room on their 53-man roster for these four players.

4. Brenton Cox, EDGE

Working against Brenton Cox Jr. is the Packers' excellent depth at edge rusher. Rashan Gary is back from injury and should start in the season opener.

Green Bay also has a reliable starter in Preston Smith, first-round pick Lukas Van Ness, second-year Kingsley Enagbare, and Justin Hollins. It's an excellent top five, and the Packers may decide not to keep any more edge defenders.

But the Packers may regret letting Cox hit waivers. He has shown potential all summer.

"He had three pressures and forced an interception against Cincinnati last week and had a strong first day of joint practices against the Patriots," writes Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated.

Cox is a player for the future. Preston Smith could depart after this season. Building a young pass-rush group is important, and Cox can play a part in that.