Packers release fullback Aaron Ripkowski as part of final cuts per report


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Cancel Once an understudy to Green Bay Packers’ folk-hero John Kuhn, fullback Aaron Ripkowski had the name and grit to quickly become a fan favorite in his own right. But at least for the time being, Green Bay is cutting ties with the fourth-year player.As has been noted in the past, the role of the fullback has been diminishing across the NFL. The Packers were one of very few teams to utilize the position in a prominent role. However, even last season, there were signs that Green Bay was also beginning to move away from its traditional use of the fullback. Ripkowski was called on for just five carries and seven receptions in 2017, a far cry from his 34 carries in 2016. His offensive snap count also was significantly reduced by over 100 (288-180) in that two-year span. The release of Ripkowski in the final year of his rookie contract paves the way for an extra tight end to make the final roster. At the time of this post, Emanuel Byrd and Robert Tonyan were still safe from the cut down and each could play a role as an H-back player for the Packers in Ripkowski’s absence. Also adding intrigue is that Joe Kerridge currently remains a Packer. The third-year fullback has bounced between the active roster and practice squad over the past two seasons, but also contributes on special teams.It was noted earlier today that Quinten Rollins suffered a hamstring injury and could pose a difficult challenge to the Packers’ front office if they value his versatility in the secondary enough to place him on returnable injured reserve. In that case, Ripkowski could be a strong bet to find his way back on the roster after injury placements sort themselves out. Still, there could be some interest in Ripkowski from teams around the league that still employ the fullback position.In the scenario that Green Bay does not retain Ripkowski, the Packers are in a curious position in terms of their backfield for week one. With Aaron Jones serving a suspension and Devante Mays and Joel Bouagnon released earlier today, it leaves Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery as the only two sure-fire players to be in the backfield. While Kerridge and late pickup LeShun Daniels have not been mentioned in the reported releases as of yet, it would appear the Packers could be on the lookout for another running back casualty in final cuts around the NFL.Stay tuned to our Roster Cuts Tracker to follow along with all of the Packers’ moves this weekend.Packers scratch almost the entire first-team offense against Raiders If you were tuning in for the Green Bay Packers-Oakland Raiders game this evening expecting to see any of the Packers’ starters on offense because it is the third preseason game, think again. All but one of the Packers’ projected offensive starters is sitting out tonight’s game Womens Antonio Morrison Jersey , with only wide receiver Geronimo Allison taking the field tonight.It’s no surprise that Aaron Rodgers is skipping this contest, but Mike McCarthy clearly wants to take no chances with the remainder of his first team this evening. The entire starting offensive line will take a seat, so get ready to hear the names Spriggs, Bell, Murphy, Patrick, and Day for most, if not all, of tonight’s game. In addition, wide receiver Jake Kumerow will sit out after missing all of this week’s practices.That’s ten of eleven starters on offense out, and there are another handful of players who will not dress tonight. 18 Packers in all will be watching from the sidelines, including defensive starters Nick Perry and Mike Daniels.One of the biggest surprises — and most disappointing names — on the list, however, is rookie linebacker Oren Burks. The third-round draft pick and projected starter next to Blake Martinez suffered a shoulder injury during warmups for the game and will be unavailable. Stay tuned to APC for more updates on Burks as we learn of them.Here’s the long list of players who won’t be suiting up in Green and Gold this evening:WR Davante AdamsOT David BakhtiariOT Bryan BulagaILB Oren BurksWR Randall CobbDT Mike DanielsWR Trevor DavisTE Jimmy GrahamCB Davon HouseCB Kevin KingWR Jake KumerowC Corey LinsleyRB Devante MaysG Justin McCrayOLB Nick PerryQB Aaron RodgersG Lane TaylorRB Jamaal Williams
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