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Packers keep eight receivers: Here’s the 53-man roster

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GREEN BAY – The Packers reduced their roster to the mandated 53-player limit on Saturday. Here’s how it breaks down by position, followed by some notes.

Position-by-position breakdown:

QB (3): 12 Aaron Rodgers, 9 DeShone Kizer, 8 Tim Boyle

RB (2): 30 Jamaal Williams, 88 Ty Montgomery

Released: 22 Aaron Ripkowski, 40 Joe Kerridge, 46 LeShun Daniels, 34 Joel Bouagnon, 36 Bronson Hill

Reserve/suspended: 33 Aaron Jones

Injured reserve: 32 Devante Mays

WR (8): 17 Davante Adams, 18 Randall Cobb, 81 Geronimo Allison, 11 Trevor Davis, 82 J’Mon Moore, 83 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, 19 Equanimeous St. Brown, 16 Jake Kumerow

Released: 10 DeAngelo Yancey, 13 Adonis Jennings, 1 Kyle Lewis

TE (4): 80 Jimmy Graham, 84 Lance Kendricks, 89 Marcedes Lewis, 85 Robert Tonyan

Released: 86 Emanuel Byrd, 49 Kevin Rader, 48 Ryan Smith

OL (9): 69 David Bakhtiari, 75 Bryan Bulaga, 65 Lane Taylor, 63 Corey Linsley, 64 Justin McCray, 74 Byron Bell, 78 Jason Spriggs, 62 Lucas Patrick, 70 Alex Light

Released: 55 Dillon Day, 77 Adam Pankey, 79 Kofi Amichia, 60 Austin Davis

Injured reserve: 68 Kyle Murphy

DL (5): 76 Mike Daniels, 96 Muhammad Wilkerson, 97 Kenny Clark, 94 Dean Lowry, 90 Montravius Adams

Released: 99 James Looney, 73 Joey Mbu, 95 Tyler Lancaster, 67 Conor Sheehy

LB (8): 52 Clay Matthews, 53 Nick Perry, 50 Blake Martinez, 42 Oren Burks, 93 Reggie Gilbert, 51 Kyler Fackrell, 48 Antonio Morrison, 54 James Crawford

Released: 45 Vince Biegel, 91 Kendall Donnerson, 98 Chris Odom, 58 Greer Martini, 56 Ahmad Thomas, 49 James Hearns, 46 Naashon Hughes, 59 Marcus Porter

CB (6): 38 Tramon Williams, 20 Kevin King, 31 Davon House, 23 Jaire Alexander, 37 Josh Jackson, 26 Herb Waters

Released: 39 Demetri Goodson, 28 Josh Hawkins, 44 Donatello Brown

Injured reserve: 24 Quinten Rollins

S (5): 21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, 29 Kentrell Brice, 27 Josh Jones, 35 Jermaine Whitehead, 36 Raven Greene

Released: 25 Marwin Evans

Spec (3): 2 Mason Crosby, 6 JK Scott, 43 Hunter Bradley

Released: 57 Zach Triner

Here are some noteworthy items:

-The initial roster consisted of 26 offensive players, 24 defensive players, and three specialists.

-The Packers kept three quarterbacks for the fourth time in five years. Undrafted rookie Tim Boyle earned a spot after showing a strong arm and pocket presence in three preseason appearances (26-of-53 for 294 yards, three TDs and two INTs).

-Eight receivers made the initial roster, including all three of Green Bay’s rookie draft picks. That’s the most receivers the Packers have carried through cuts in at least 10 years. Only once during that stretch did Green Bay keep more than six (2016).

-Four undrafted rookies made the roster (QB Boyle, S Raven Greene, G/T Alex Light, LB James Crawford). At least one undrafted rookie has made the roster every year dating back to 2005.

-Crawford, who was signed Aug. 8, is the first undrafted rookie to make the initial 53 after joining the Packers in the midst of training camp since Chris Banjo in 2013. He’s also the first undrafted rookie inside linebacker to make the squad since Roy Manning Jr. in 2005.

-Five members of the Packers’ 2017 practice squad made this year’s 53-man roster: LB Reggie Gilbert, S Jermaine Whitehead, WR Jake Kumerow, TE Robert Tonyan, and CB Herb Waters. It’s the first time in three camps Gilbert, Whitehead and Waters have made Green Bay’s initial roster.

-Kumerow finished fourth in the NFL this preseason with 190 receiving yards despite missing the final two games with a shoulder injury.

-After keeping only three tight ends in each of the past three roster reductions, the Packers held onto four with Tonyan making the roster behind veterans Graham, Kendricks and Lewis. Prior to 2015, Green Bay took at least four tight ends into the season from 2010-14. Tonyan led all Packers tight ends with eight catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns this preseason.

-All told, 15 former college free agents currently are on the Packers’ 53.

-The Packers went with seventh-round pick Hunter Bradley at long snapper over Zach Triner, who finished last season on Green Bay’s practice squad.

-RB Aaron Jones is suspended for the first two weeks of the season. He is eligible to return to the active roster after the second game (vs. Minnesota, Sept. 16), but a corresponding roster move would be required if the Packers are at the 53-player limit.

-The Packers are carrying only two running backs (Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery) on their 53-man roster at the moment after waiving both of their fullbacks, Aaron Ripkowski and Joe Kerridge.

-The Packers released 32 players, placed three on injured reserve and one on reserve/suspended to reduce the roster from 89 to 53.

-The roster is not necessarily final. Waiver claims can be made through Sunday afternoon, and room must be made on the 53-man roster for any player claimed on waivers. Once the waiver period expires, teams can begin establishing their 10-man practice squads.

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