Packers: 3 potentially surprising cuts at Tuesday’s deadline

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - OCTOBER 05: Todd Gurley II #21 of the Atlanta Falcons carries the ball as Josh Jackson #37 of the Green Bay Packers attempts to make the tackle during the second half at Lambeau Field on October 05, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - OCTOBER 05: Todd Gurley II #21 of the Atlanta Falcons carries the ball as Josh Jackson #37 of the Green Bay Packers attempts to make the tackle during the second half at Lambeau Field on October 05, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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The Green Bay Packers have little time to make roster decisions following their preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Saturday night.

For the last few years, teams were able to keep 90 players on their roster before making one sweeping roster cut to get down to the mandated 53. However, the NFL made a change this year, implementing three separate cut-down dates. On August 17th, teams must go from 90 to 85, then drop down to 80 players on August 24th, before getting to the final 53 on August 31st.

With August 17th nearly upon us, don’t be surprised if these three players get cut in the first wave.

With the NFL staggering their roster cuts this year, these three Green Bay Packers could be unexpectedly let go at Tuesday’s deadline.

3. Dexter Williams, running back

A sixth-round draft pick in 2019, Dexter Williams has never been able to find solid footing with the Packers. He’s spent most of his time on the practice squad and hasn’t been able to earn a spot on the roster consistently. With the addition of seventh-round pick Kylin Hill and the improvement of Patrick Taylor, his time in Green Bay could be coming to an end.

With Aaron Jones not suiting up against the Texans and AJ Dillon coming out of the game early, it was clear that Taylor and Hill are ahead of Williams on the depth chart. The former two took all the snaps with the primary offense and Williams was left for mop-up duty. The only thing that could save him this round is the Packers would only have four running backs if they let Williams go.