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In addition to Moses, three more undrafted rookies make 53-man roster

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 31, 2012 – 8:14 pm

With the Packers’ announcement of roster moves on Friday night, three of the survivors were undrafted rookies: offensive lineman Don Barclay, wide receiver Jarrett Boykin and safety Sean Richardson. Including outside linebacker Dezman Moses, who had a line on a roster spot almost from the start of training camp, that makes four undrafted rookies who made it.

In a related surprise, cornerback Brandian Ross, an undrafted rookie a year ago who spent time on the Packers’ practice squad, also made the 53-man roster.

Keep in mind, however, that the roster moves may not be complete. Teams have until Saturday to put in waiver claims on released players, and a player awarded to a team off waivers must be placed on that team’s 53-man roster, so some roster shuffling could ensue on Saturday.

Barclay came on strong in the second half of training camp with the No. 2 offensive line and was no doubt helped by his ability to play both guard and tackle. Boykin beat out practice-squad holdovers Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel for a sixth WR spot, and Richardson joins his former college teammate at Vanderbilt — second-round draft pick Casey Hayward — on the roster.

The inclusion of Ross on the roster gives the Packers seven cornerbacks, counting hybrid CB/S Charles Woodson.

The Packers’ roster currently sits at 55 players, but LB Erik Walden is suspended for Week 1, and DE Mike Neal is suspended for the first four weeks. While suspended, they do not count against the 53-man limit.

For a look at the updated roster, click here.

Packers.com will have further analysis of the roster after GM Ted Thompson addresses the media at 2 p.m. Saturday. The press conference will be streamed live, with a story to follow.


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41 Responses to “In addition to Moses, three more undrafted rookies make 53-man roster”

  1. By Danram on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Very happy to see that the Packers decided to keep Jarrett Boykin as a 6th WR. He’s looked great both in practice and in pre-season. He may not be the fastest WR in the league, but he runs precise routes, he has suction cups for hands, and he is an excellent downfield blocker with good size (6’2″, 220 lbs.) We can use some more size in the WR corps. I think this kid is going to wind up being an absolute steal for us!

  2. By Mike on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I thought Dezman Moses was also an undrafted free agent.

  3. By Lori on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Mike, today is Friday, not Saturday :)

  4. By Kenny on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting that they kept Merling over Muir. It must have been a practice decision as Merling was seemingly outplayed by Muir in game action.

    I am happy for Boykin and Richardson. I thought they both played well in the preseason.

    For all the So’oto maniacs send a thank you note to the KC lineman that chopped him on that screen play. I think he would have been done had they not been given that IR option.

    Quietly manning stuck despite being mostly invisble all preseason before last night. In his defense, he played pretty well last night, and has atletic upside. I think they knew he wouldn’t clear waivers if released.

    I predict Guy, Moss, Datko, Van Roten , Cooper, Bostick, Coleman, and Merill for PS if they all clear waivers. I doubt i get all of those right but want to see how close I am.

    BTW, it probably slipped through the ctacks because he was nowhere near being on the bubble but Moses was also an UDFA that made the 53 this year.

  5. By Giggity on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Plus Dezman Moses = 4

  6. By Walt DeLotto on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I’m VERY surprised by the Packers lack of depth on the offensive line. Ted only kept 7 offensive lineman and the 2 “backups” are questionable at best. I sure hope Ted has his eye on at lease 1 or 2 “guys” that he can claim from the waiver wire. Or, any injusry to the 5 starters will mean Rodgers will be in deep trouble !!!!!

  7. By Steve on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Mike, you seem to have forgotten Dezman Moses was a UFA. Even though he wasn’t anywhere close to the bubble, he did still come to Green Bay as an undrafted rookie.

  8. By Nitch66 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Kenny, pretty much spot on with everything you said. Here’s my PS picks: Guy, Moss, Datko, Van Roten , Cooper, Draheim or Allard, Coleman, and either Manning or Ross as when Walden comes back I expect one of the two to get dropped to the PS after/if waivers cleared.

  9. By Jeff on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Achilles heal this year? The offensive line. Only 7 kept on the active roster? 1 I didn’t even think was in the mix but what do I know.

  10. By Ky Packer Fan on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I’m sure Ted has his eye(s) on some O-line players,thats why we pay him the big bucks. Hopefully he has his eye on a ball carrier that can hold onto the ball also.

  11. By Marc on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Richardson and Barclay have no business being anywhere near an NFL roster, let alone one trying to contend for a championship. Yesterday’s game illustrated that in spades. Same goes for Merling over Muir. While Merling isn’t anything special, Muir just got pushed around all over the place. I have a feeling Muir lost his roster spot in yesterday’s game after a non-descript training camp and preseason…

  12. By Marc on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    As for OL, maybe they bring back Chad Clifton in a pinch…

  13. By DJ on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ok i understand Benson has had fumbling issues throughout his career. The packers are emphasizing it, trying to end the problem. Plus i will take the occasional fumble knowing he will provide us with some explosiveness. Just look at Favre he lasted FOREVER yet he was an interception throwing machine…

  14. By Mike Spofford on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks to those of you who reminded me of Moses. I updated the post accordingly. I guess he was such a lock for a roster spot for so long I forgot he was an undrafted rookie. I also corrected the day of the week (thanks Lori … long day/night).

  15. By mikey on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    go pack go ready to kill 49ers baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. By Pasztor Peter on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Only seven big man???

  17. By Dan Nault on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Shea Allard will play in this league. I hope the Packers find a way to keep him on the practice squad.

  18. By Rick P. on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    The young got younger. alot of newbies on the roster. i hope they are quick learners. the lack of offensive line depth is also a major concern, but i think we will pick up 1 or 2 lineman off the wire and a couple of d.b’s will be gone. Go Pack Go !!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. By Christopher strike on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    I think they bring back Allard,Coleman,Gurley,levine,Datko. But then possibly bring in a couple O lineman. o line the weak spot this year,would it be too early to consider Sherrod a bust just due to medical reasons?

  20. By Mike Enslin on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    No Running game and defense that’s still mediocre!
    Hope penalties will not be the same ole problem.
    Pack will struggle to make payoffs but go Pack!!

  21. By The Delivery Guy on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Not too surprised they only kept 7 o lineman, that’s how many are usually active on game day. They’ll probably pick up a couple on PS to develope and promote in case of injury.

  22. By Bears Year Ahead on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Peckers gonna start 0-2….then we’ll see what they’re made of!

  23. By Garrett on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    I’d like to see Gurly back on the PS but I doubt it, maimis already looked at James Jones in a trade Gurly would be looking at the 4th or 5th WR Spot for them. The Pacekers dont like to waste draft picks so I expect them to sign Datko and Guy.

  24. By theultimatescam on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Merling’s gone when Neal comes off suspension and Manning will be cut when Walden comes back. Then we hope that Manning clears waivers so we can sign him to PS. Dez Bishop is done as a Packer after a season on IR and the play of D J Smith and A J Hawk will be gone after this season. Too many good young LB’s.

  25. By Howard Paley on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Packers begin @ 1-1.Packers had a problem with offensive line last year, and don’t know if they improved or not, but I am worried about Aaron Rodgers getting protection. If he gets injured; they are in real trouble. I am not really convinced that Starks can get the job done. We need a real running back.

  26. By uranus revealed!™ on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    DJ Smith is the father un|verse.

  27. By mark van kessel on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    the pack is back with their new recivers JARRET boykin one corner back BRANDIAN ROSS Safety Sean Richardson are all three made the 53 -man roster

  28. By animal lover on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Who will back up Newhouse?
    I expected Gurley and Levine to make the cut.
    Ross? hmmm?
    My concern is protection for Aaron and giving up too many rushing yards.
    We’ll have to see if Saine can contribute to the run since we haven’t seen him this preseason. Starks? With injuries and inconsistency I don’t know if he’s the answer.

  29. By Monica on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    NFL.com is reporting these additions to the practice squad so far:

    WR Diondre Borel
    TE Brandon Bostick
    OT Andrew Datko
    DL Lawrence Guy
    RB Marc Tyler
    OL Greg Van Roten

    Wonder who the final two will be? Perhaps a few more on the 53 will be downgraded if they sign more depth at OL? They still need a QB on the PS.

  30. By Tony Fagans on Sep 1, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t believe Packers cut FA #41 Dion Turner, one of the Packers top performers on special teams during pre-season, plus one their biggest n most physical CB’s along with having 4.4 speed.

  31. By lucas zamora on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    why didnt they keepo marc tyler. he showed more potential than alex green or duane bennet or anyone other than cedric benson. it bullcrap that they released a couple of people with potential and kept crappy players. like graham harrell. bj coleman showed more potential to be great.

  32. By Voice of Reason on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Listen to all of you nay-sayer, arm-chair GM’s. Ridiculous. TT has proven himself time and time again. How about you all have a little faith in our GM, coaching staff and scouts. I’ll put my money with THEM.

    They are the ones who know NFL talent. Not any of you off-the-cuff hacks.

    For crying out loud… Remember that Super Bowl we won less than two years ago? Or, yeah, right.. that one. Remember the walking infirmary that was the GB Packers team? Any idea how we made it through that, and won the SB? DEPTH! Would any of you like to guess WHY we had that depth? Exactly. Ted Thompson.

    15-1 the following year sure as heck wasn’t all that shabby either.

    TT and Co. have earned EACH and EVERY Packers’ fan trust. Now stop acting like you know who should have been cut and who shouldn’t have.

    Quiet down, have some faith, and cheer on this year’s squad. Cripes people.

    GO Pack GO!

  33. By Monica on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Gurley rumored to be signing with the Vikes practice squad.

    Wonder if the Pack will make a play for Kafka?

  34. By Woody on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    AMEN!!

  35. By Mike on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    Moving forward I hope TT reconsiders trading pic’s for high need positions considering the number of un-drafted free agents are on the active roster,

  36. By Scott on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    No doubt TT is looking at veteran offensive linemen. He’ll put Datko on PS, and sign a veteran to make 8. One of the Steelers’ linemen is a prime candidate. He started 28 games for the Steelers, has played both G and T.

  37. By airpacker12 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    UUMMMM VOICE, THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THIS SITE IS SO FANS CAN EXPRESS THAIR OPIONS ! WEATHER RIGHT OR WRONG …….

  38. By Voice of Reason on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Of course that’s the purpose… But the doom and gloom is ridiculous. Most importantly, unwarranted. Listening to Packers fans complain and call out our GM is just laughable.

    Sure, have an opinion. I obviously do. But to pretend ANY of us here knows anything close to what TT, McC, and the scouting staff knows is preposterous.

    The future is bright people. Have an opinion, great. But complaining about the incredible depth and the ‘in house/homegrown’ talent is for naught.

    And for ONCE.. TT dips into free agency, multiple times. And for ONCE, he doesn’t draft ‘best person available’. He drafts for need.

    Ron Wolfe would be proud!

  39. By Orlando Packer Backer on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    hooray for boykin, i knew he would make it, welcome to the green bay packers, knowing we have lost bishop for a year we have covered that one by siging a moses so our biblical base is covered there, looking forward to the pregame tailgate on sunday already, and vic if you are out there this is for you…the 49ers must go down..and the 49ers must go down hard..go pack…beat the 49ers!

  40. By airpacker12 on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    VOICE, YOUR OPION MIGHT BE CORRECT , WHAT HAPPENS ON THE FIELD PROVES IT ….. THAT SAID, I DONT GET THE PERSONAL ATTACKS BECAUSE YOU DONT AGREE …. I DO UNDERSTAND STATEMENTS LIKE I THINK YOUR WRONG AND HERES WHY , ETC… LIFE IS TOOOOO SHORT TO BE FULL OF HATE ! PS. TT WILL BE THE FIRST TO TELL YOU HE MAKES MISTAKES (HE SAID IF HE WAS SO GOOD OF A DRAFTER, HE WOULD HAVE MOVED UP AND TOOK A -ROD )MM DIDNT EVEN WANT HIM !

  41. By airpacker12 on Sep 5, 2012 | Reply

    MY OPION ABOUT THIS TEAM IS, WITHOUT ROGERS IT STINKS !BULGA,JENNINGS AND CM3 ARE LEGIT !BUT NOT MUCH AFTER THAT..MY SUSPECION IS POOR POSTIONAL COACHES BASED ON THE TALENT TT BROUGHT IN …. AND I ALMOST THREW UP ON THE TV LAST YEAR WATCHING CM3 CRASHING DOWN ON THE D TACKELS AS A DECOY ! I ALSO THINK RAJI IS GOOD BUT HE DISSAPEARS FOR TOO LONG IN EVERY GAME; I WOULD PAY ROGERS, CM3 FIRST, THEN JENNINGS ! WHAT DO YOU THINK ?

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