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Packers cut down roster; make some head scratching moves

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The day before Labor Day is always a rather stressful day for NFL players hoping to land a spot on a roster. The Green Bay Packers gave some young (and old) players some of that stress as well.

Sunday, the Packers made their final cuts to get down to the NFL mandated 53-man roster. Some of the decisions the team made were rather perplexing, while others, like the young and inexperienced players, were expected.

It starts at the most important position at football, quarterback. It's been known for the past several seasons that the team only keeps two quarterbacks, and this year is seemingly no different.

After a summer filled with the questions at backup quarterback, the team brought in veteran Vince Young, but then cut him not even three weeks later.

The team also let Graham Harrell go after he had a lackluster training camp and preseason.

It leaves the team with just starter Aaron Rodgers and B.J. Coleman and possibly a practice squad pickup.

Coleman, 24, from Tennessee-Chattanooga, has yet to record an NFL regular season statistic.

It's expected that general manager Ted Thompson will look for a better quarterback to sign in the next few days, but it's unknown whether he will, given his recent decisions.

Besides quarterback, the team was struggling at the kicker position.

Instead of picking up a proven veteran, Thompson and Co. picked two unknowns to compete with Mason Crosby, who had an awful 2012 season. They were Giorgio Tavecchio and Zach Ramirez.

Tavecchio seemed to have the early advantage in the beginning of August, but Crosby started hitting more kicks as the preseason winded down.

In turn, the Packers decided to go with Crosby, a sixth round draft choice (2007) with a big leg. Even with his powerful leg, Crosby has been inaccurate from all distances.

With the pressure of losing his job, Crosby had an excellent last week of August, hitting 26 of 27 field goals, counting games and practices.

Still, fans still can't be too excited about having Crosby line up for a crucial kick in a game this season. He truly seems to have lost his confidence in the past couple seasons.

Elsewhere on the team, running back Alex Green and linebacker Dezman Moses, who both contributed in 2012, were let go.

At receiver, the Packers cut Charles Johnson, a 2013 draft pick. Johnson didn't show much this training camp.

Surprisingly, after being out of football for 3 years, and in prison for almost a year, Johnny Jolly made this team. He had quite a few plays this preseason, including a red zone interception vs. St. Louis.

Jolly, who had a drug problem, has promised he is clean, despite making that promise a couple years ago, and then getting busted again. Expect the team to keep a short leash on him when he is away from team activities and practices.

The roster is all but final, the Packers front office will be busy scouring the waiver pool for players released by other teams, don't be surprised if the team puts in a few claims or even signs a player or two.

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