Packers Cut Roster Down to 85

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Dan Powers/USA Today Network-Wisconsin

The Packers released five players recently to cut the roster down to 85, the maximum number allowed by the NFL after August 16th.

TE Dominique Dafney was among the more popular names released. Dafney, who played in ten games for the Packers this past year, was a bit of a fan favorite after being added onto the roster later in the 2020 season. He was a bouncer at a rooftop bar in Des Moines, Iowa before being signed. He had only caught four passes for 60 yards so far in his NFL tender. Dafney was mostly known for his utility tool style of play, as he could line up as a TE, FB, and H-Back in the Packers offense. The utility man served mainly as a blocker. His only touchdown was against the rival Bears, which certainly doesn’t hurt a Packer players status.

The Packers also cut EDGE Randy Ramsey. Ramsey was once a promising young player on the Packers before two torn ankle ligaments and a broken fibula ended his season early in camp last year. Ramsey has 11 tackles and no sacks currently in his NFL career.

The remaining three releases were RB BJ Baylor, OG George Moore, and LB Ellis Brooks. TE Nate Becker was also claimed off of the Carolina Panthers waivers. It has remained to be seen if the Packers have long term plans for the newly acquired tight end. With Robert Tonyan still rehabbing a torn ACL, they may just be looking for any bodies they can get. However, they are a team that utilizes many tight ends, so Becker will look to take advantage of that.

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