Packers finalize their 53-man roster

As they have most years, the Green Bay Packers will reportedly carry just two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network was the first to report the team had parted ways with Joe Callahan and rookie Taysom Hill as they made moves to get down to the roster limit.

The move is a bit of a risk, especially with Hill. An undrafted free agent from BYU, Hill had a great preseason. He went 14 of 20 for 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while also running for 71 yards and another score. Green Bay hopes to get Hill on its practice squad, but he’ll have to clear waivers first.

The team has also reportedly parted ways with a pair of its 2017 draft picks, with the Green Bay Press Gazette’s Ryan Wood reporting that wide receivers Malachi Dupre (seventh round) and DeAngelo Yancey (fifth round) had been cut.

Here’s the roster and moves made by the team via Packers.com.

QB (2): 12 A. Rodgers, 7 B. Hundley
Released: 6 J. Callahan, 8. T. Hill

RB (4): 88 T. Montgomery, 30 J. Williams, 33 A. Jones, 32 D. Mays
Released: 34 K. Phillips

FB (1): 22 A. Ripkowski
Injured reserve: 40 J. Kerridge

WR (5): 87 J. Nelson, 17 D. Adams, 18 R. Cobb, 83 J. Janis, 11 T. Davis
Reserve/suspended: 81 G. Allison
Released: 89 M. Clark, 13 M. McCaffrey, 19 M. Dupre, 16 D. Yancey, 9 M. Crockett

TE (3): 80 M. Bennett, 84 L. Kendricks, 82 R. Rodgers
Released: 86 A. Peck, 49 E. Byrd

OL (10): 63 C. Linsley, 65 L. Taylor, 73 J. Evans, 69 D. Bakhtiari, 75 B. Bulaga, 67 D. Barclay, 68 K. Murphy, 78 J. Spriggs, 62 L. Patrick, 64 J. McCray
Released: 60 T. Evans, 74 G. Gray, 77 A. Pankey, 79 K. Amichia, 70 R. Leff

DL (6): 76 M. Daniels, 94 D. Lowry, 97 K. Clark, 95 R. Jean Francois, 99 C. Ringo, 90 M. Adams
Released: 96 B. Price, 71 I. Lunsford, 72 C. Heurtelou

LB (7): 52 C. Matthews, 53 N. Perry, 47 J. Ryan, 50 B. Martinez, 48 J. Thomas, 51 K. Fackrell, 91 J. Elliott
Physically unable to perform: 45 V. Biegel
Injured reserve: 57 D. Talley

Released: 56 J. Calvin, 55 C. Heiman, 49 D. Mathews, 93 R. Gilbert, 58 J. Tripp, 59 J. Letuligasenoa

CB (7): 31 D. House, 23 D. Randall, 24 Q. Rollins, 20 K. King, 28 J. Hawkins, 36 L. Gunter, 41 L. Pipkins
Physically unable to perform: 39 D. Goodson
Released: 38 D. Holmes, 46 R. Pringle, 44 D. Brown

S (5): 21 H. Clinton-Dix, 42 M. Burnett, 27 J. Jones, 29 K. Brice, 25 M. Evans
Released: 37 A. Taylor, 35 J. Whitehead

Spec (3): 2 M. Crosby, 5 J. Vogel, 61 B. Goode

Packers end preseason with 17-7 loss

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Chiefs topped the Green Bay Packers 17-7 in Thursday night’s preseason finale at Arrowhead Stadium.

Darrin Reaves and Knile Davis each had a rushing touchdown to lead Kansas City in scoring, while Green Bay’s biggest contributor was quarterback Joe Callahan, who racked up 143 yards and a touchdown on 13 of 24 passing. Callahan was one of a handful of first and second-year players to get extended reps in the final preseason game.

“We knew coming in the majority of our young players were going to play a lot of football,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “That was the design of it. I felt, overall, it’ll be great tape to watch as we plow through the process of trying to make our 53-man roster.”

Those decisions will be made in the coming hours leading up to Saturday’s 3 p.m. CT deadline.

Some of the Packers’ shortcomings in the loss lie with the offense. Running back Brandon Burks, who saw his chances of making the roster increase with the injury to John Crockett, had a late fumble which was recovered by the Chiefs. Callahan was also sacked four times as the offense only gathered 172 yards and one rushing first down.

The other two phases of the game were mainly positive for Green Bay, with the secondary recording two interceptions and Ty Montgomery blocking a punt. Newly-acquired punter Jacob Schum also had a memorable performance, punting the ball eight times for an average of 45.5 yards. He pinned the ball inside the opponent’s 20-yard line three times and had a long of 57 yards.

McCarthy stressed that Schum did “a lot of good things for being with us for two days.” McCarthy wanted to see Schum place the ball outside the numbers near the sidelines — a task he felt Schum accomplished.

The Packers will open the regular season in Jacksonville on Sept. 11.