The day after the preseason finale is often the worst day for NFL players. Some players are guaranteed a roster spot, while others are nervously waiting, hoping they don’t receive a phone call to come into the coach’s office. That phone call often means their services are no longer needed for the team. Throughout the course of training camp, players make friendships with each other and push each other in order to make the team. Then, when one gets cut and the other makes the team, the moment becomes bittersweet.
After wrapping up the preseason last Thursday night, the Green Bay Packers had the difficult decision of who to keep, and who to let go. The biggest shock for me was the decision to release quarterbacks Vince Young and B.J. Coleman. Both Young and Coleman were vying to be Aaron Rodgers’ backup quarterback, and I thought Young had separated himself from the field, especially after his great performance against the Seattle Seahawks. But, after going 14 for 30 and only passing for 144 yards, the Packers staff thought that Young was not the right fit for the Packers’ offensive system.
Coleman showed some signs of potential, but had poor efforts the final two preseason games, which led to him also being released. With Aaron Rodgers as the only quarterback on the roster, the Packers went out and signed veteran Seneca Wallace, who has spent most of his career as a backup quarterback. Wallace was originally drafted by the Seahawks, by current Packers general manager Ted Thompson.
Aside from Coleman and Young, the Packers notably released running back Alex Green and tight end D.J. Williams. Green was a third round pick for the Packers in 2011, and got a majority of the starts at running back last season. Green was competing with rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, as well as James Starks and DuJuan Harris, for the starting job this season. Williams was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by the Packers, but never saw significant playing time because of Jermichael Finley.
Cut day is the most nerve racking day in the NFL. Players know at any time their phone can ring and they can be in the unemployment line. But, for those who were fighting for a final roster spot and made the cut, their dream of playing in the NFL just came true.