ProFootballZone has already brought up the idea that Starks risked release or trade at some point before the season started. The veteran was the hero of Green Bay’s Super Bowl win, but has not done too much else since then. Starks’ career has been inconsistent, rushing for 578 yards in 2011, but only 255 yards last season while battling injuries. His fall from grace has been steep this season, sitting at the bottom of the depth chart. Alex Green could also see his future cut short.
Green Bay Packers Release RB Alex Green
Packers general manager Ted Thompson drafted 10 players in April of that year. Only three of them receiver Randall Cobb (second round), cornerback Davon House (fourth round) and tight end Ryan Taylor (seventh round) remain on the roster. Tackle Derek Sherrod (first round) will start the season on the physically unable to perform list. He still has not returned from the broken leg he sustained on Dec. 18, 2011. Green was a third-round pick, while Williams was taken in the fifth round. Final Roster Cuts Stick with ESPN.com as our 32 team site reporters break down all of the final roster moves heading into the regular season. Blog Whats next: Like all teams, the Packers will scour the waiver wire and free-agent lists. Their focus likely will be on the quarterbacks.
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The veteran vying for a backup job went on Twitter Saturday to thank Green Bay for giving him an opportunity and wished the team well this season. Young’s departure would leave just B.J. Coleman on the roster to back up Aaron Rodgers. The Packers planned to officially release their roster moves later Saturday, when teams are required to trim rosters to 53 players. “Thanks to (Packers) for the opportunity … Wonderful fans. Good luck this season,” Young posted. Young’s publicist, Denise White, confirmed in an email that the quarterback had been released. Young struggled Thursday in the final preseason game against the Chiefs going 14 of 30 for 144 yards with two fumbles.
Joe McKnight to work out for Green Bay Packers
Love y’all #faith Broad Daylight (@AGreen_20) August 31, 2013 Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin had previously reported that the team had decided to part ways with the 2011 third-round selection: According to an #NFL source, the #Packers have cut RB Alex Green. Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) August 31, 2013 Green appeared in 16 games over two seasons with the Packers. He rushed for 475 yards and added 131 more as a receiver out of the backfield while serving mostly in a backup role. Green’slack of explosiveness didn’t fit the high-powered Green Bay offense well.He did lead the team in rushing during the preseason, but even so, he averaged just over three yards per carry and didn’t do enough to show the team he deserved a spot on the final 53-man roster. As is often the case, it was a numbers game.
Backup QB Vince Young out at Green Bay
The running back was released Monday by the New York Jets after three seasons. McKnight’s preseason was marred by a failed conditioning test, anxiety issues, concussion-like symptoms and a collapse that led to him being carted off the practice field. In other words, a change of scenery probably could do McKnight some good. The Packers are in the market for a running back and returner after DuJuan Harris was lost for the season to a knee injury. The Packers didn’t make any cuts Friday, but they must get to the 53-man limit by Saturday at 6 p.m.
Green Bay Packers work out former Detroit Lions kicker Havard Rugland
After making a surprise cameo appearance of just one possession in Friday’s nationally televised third preseason game, which typically has been when McCarthy keeps his starters on the field into the second half, Rodgers feels his condensed workload this August has been sufficient prep work for the season ahead. “I’ve played a lot of football,” said Rodgers, a ninth-year veteran going into his sixth season as a starter. “I’ll make sure my conditioning is where it needs to be for the first game (Sept. 8 at San Francisco), and we’ll be fine.” The Packers’ downsized first-string offense has been without new left tackle Bryan Bulaga and receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb in the preseason games. While Bulaga is likely headed to season-ending injured reserve because of a torn ACL, Nelson and Cobb have been sidelined because of knee and biceps injuries, respectively. The two playmakers, however, practiced on a limited basis Sunday. McCarthy, in turn, subsequently gave both players a chance to suit up and play Thursday. That’s especially encouraging news for Nelson, who was originally thought to be out for the rest of the preseason after he underwent surgery Aug. 5 to repair recurring nerve damage in a knee. “Jordy and Aaron got an opportunity to work and get some time in individually (Sunday),” McCarthy said.
Midafternoon Packers cuts update
But they also have cut a couple of players who saw significant playing time last season in running back Alex Green and tight end D.J. Williams . Green was their leading rusher last season with 464 yards, and Williams played in 14 of 18 games last season (including playoffs). With a few hours left before teams have to trim their rosters to 53 players, heres the latest list of the players who have been released. Note: This list is a compilation of our own reporting here at ESPN plus reports from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Packer Report, ESPNMilwaukee.com and players with verified Twitter accounts.
Havard Rugland had his first workout with an NFL team since being released by the Detroit Lions. On Friday, the Norwegian kicker tweeted , “Had a great workout with Green Bay this morning. Thankful for the opportunity.” The Packers remain unsettled at the position. Mason Crosby, who has served as the team’s kicker for the past six years, is coming off his worst professional season. He converted on just 63.6 percent of his field goal attempts in 2012, missing seven of nine from 50 yards and beyond. Crosby agreed to significant pay cut this week, reducing his base salary from $2.4 million to $800,000. He has a chance to make up the difference by sticking on Green Bay’s roster through Week 10 and making 85 percent of his field goals. Rugland, the YouTube sensation, became a national story when he signed a three-year deal with the Lions in April. He was released by the organization on Tuesday and passed through waivers unclaimed. Despite having never worn a football helmet or pads before signing with Detroit, Rugland impressed with his leg strength and accuracy. He converted all three of his preseason attempts, including one from 50 yards. In the end, he was unable to beat out veteran David Akers for the Lions’ job.