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League-leading five former Packers picked up on waivers

Maybe it shows that the Green Bay Packers have one of the deepest rosters in the NFL. Or maybe it’s just a meaningless quirk of the waiver wire.

But the Packers had more players picked up off waivers than any other team.

Greg A. Bedard of the Journal Sentinel points out that of the players the Packers waived to get down to the 53-man roster limit on Saturday, five were claimed by another team: tight end or linebacker (or 60-minute man) Spencer Havner by the Lions, linebacker Cyril Obiozor by the Cardinals, running back Kregg Lumpkin by the Bucs, nose tackle Anthony Toribio by the Chiefs and center Evan Dietrich-Smith by the Seahawks.

No other team had even four players claimed. The Vikings, Bears, Steelers and Cowboys each had three, while the Jets, Giants, Browns and Dolphins each had two.

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52 Responses to “League-leading five former Packers picked up on waivers”
  1. Mini Larry says: Sep 6, 2010 5:46 PM

    not to nitpick, but Dallas had 4, I think. One to Seattle, one to the Jets, one to Houston and one to Baltimore.

  2. Bob Nelson says: Sep 6, 2010 5:54 PM

    Ted Thompson is a genius finding talent and bringing it to the Packers.
    The great coaching staff of Mike McCarthy then trains and develops that talent.
    Is it any wonder that experts are near unanimous in picking the Green Bay Packers to win the Super Bowl??

  3. Gophersnot says: Sep 6, 2010 5:57 PM

    Cue the Cheeseheads……
    Their responses will be “the Packers are so talented that even their cut players are better than other team’s starters.”
    Back to reality.
    Please explain how keeping Harrell and Poppinga strengthen your team? Explain how this helps your depth at RB as Grant runs too upright and upright runners have injury problems? (ie: Robert Smith). How is Hawk (a bust) better that Obiozor? How is the 51 sack club OL better than last season with 2 ancient and injury-proven Tackles with no proven backup? How do the Cheeseheads explain the gaping holes for opposing runners and the inability of the LB’s tackling?

  4. Qoojo says: Sep 6, 2010 6:19 PM

    Queue the TT whines.

  5. Jeremy says: Sep 6, 2010 6:19 PM

    Chris Bryan to TB makes it 6.

  6. Madcity says: Sep 6, 2010 6:21 PM

    Make that 6 with the signing of Chris Bryan, punter, by Tampa.

  7. Tiger Woods Owns You says: Sep 6, 2010 6:24 PM

    too much hype with the packers, lets wait and see how many people are talking about them after the eagles beat them week 1

  8. CaptainMarvel says: Sep 6, 2010 6:30 PM

    It is funny to me how everyone is predicting the Packers to win the Super Bowl. Are they really gonna be able to generate a pass-rush, and can they cover anyone?

  9. BurntOrange says: Sep 6, 2010 6:32 PM

    Apparently you do not know the definition of “reality”
    First off, you are telling me that you can make a better decision on who makes the 53-man roster than the coaching staff that drafted, developed, and worked with these players for months and in some cases years? ha.
    Grant runs too upright? maybe. Is he injury-prone? NO. The guy has missed a game maybe two and has rushed for back-to-back 1200 yard seasons. I guess running upright has its advantages, just ask AP and Dickerson.
    Is Hawk a “bust”? As a top 5 pick? Maybe. As a consistent, low in mistake LB? NO.
    And as far as the OL goes, did you stop watching the Packers the second half of the season? When Tauscher and Clifton came back, Rodgers was one of the leagues LEAST-sacked QBs. Did he get sacked way too much without them? Definitely. Is that unusual since the OL had to plug in rookies and sophomores to replace PROBOWLERS? NO.
    Quit telling half-truths and tell ALL the facts. Maybe you can throw in there that they were #1 D in the league against the run and #2 in total yards. Forgot that one didnt ya? How about their turnover ratio leading the league? Thsts what I though and just so I dont come off as an uneducated poster, like you, I will add in that the team as a whole was below avg in special teams and dreadful in penalties committed.
    That just happened.

  10. tatum32 says: Sep 6, 2010 6:36 PM

    # Bob Nelson says: September 6, 2010 5:54 PM
    Ted Thompson is a genius finding talent and bringing it to the Packers.
    The great coaching staff of Mike McCarthy then trains and develops that talent.
    Is it any wonder that experts are near unanimous in picking the Green Bay Packers to win the Super Bowl??
    =============================
    right as you said that, Karlos Dansby stripped your keyboard and is heading for the endzone at this moment…LMAO!!!!!!!!!!
    you just worry about getting past the Viking and the new and improved Lions with Nadamukong Suh and Louis Delmas…..settle down Packer fan.

  11. BurntOrange says: Sep 6, 2010 6:39 PM

    Hey Gophersnot,
    Cue the dumbass who doesnt know the definition on the word “reality.”
    Packers gave up the least amount of sacks when their PROBOWL veterans came back the 2nd half of the season. Did the rookies give up too many in the 1st half? yeah, but again, they are rookies…
    Does RG run upright? maybe, but you know what else he does? post 1200+ yard seasons, behind what YOU think is an inferior OL. How many games has he missed since becoming a Packer? ONE. There goes your injury theory……..
    BTW, while you are mentioning all these BS negative takes on the Pack, why dont you be a little more OBJECTIVE and throw in a few positive ones. Like, i dont know, maybe that they were #1 D IN THE LEAGUE against the run and #2 OVERALL.
    How about the Pack having the LEAGUE’S BEST turnover ratio? That might be significant, dont you think?
    dumbass.

  12. cowboys0701 says: Sep 6, 2010 6:40 PM

    Dallas had 4. Jamar Wall (Houston), Marcus Dixon (Jets), Bryan McCann (Baltimore), and Junior Savaii (Seattle).

  13. darth_vincent says: Sep 6, 2010 6:42 PM

    riiiiiiiiiiiiight!!!! ‘cuz if the Packers had waived Hawk, Poppinga, Bush, & Harrell they wouldn’t have been picked up by another team????? Please, please send some of that fine smoke that’s swirling around you my way.
    The Pack cut some scrubs who couldn’t beat out the scrubs who were already on the team. Big deal. The one thing TT is actually good at is filling the bottom of the roster…

  14. dcfan says: Sep 6, 2010 7:03 PM

    With Curtis Johnson signing with the RAMS today, the Cowboys now have 6 players from their cut list signed with other teams.

  15. Charles Wood says: Sep 6, 2010 7:08 PM

    The Packers are STACKED on offense- including the o-line. Sure- there may be a few question marks on D, but by midseason, those will be taken care of. With the return of Bigby and Harris after week 6… worst case scenerio is J. Bush and some other pine rider (who could start for the Queens) will be cut. Maybe Atari and Al don’t ever start a game- but they’ll prove great depth. Lets not forget GB’s 2nd ranked D is in it’s 2nd year of install. The players know what the hell they are doing this year- and Dom Capers is no dummy.
    Tossing my bias aside, as well as my hatred for the Bears, the Packers have the most talent in the NFC North. The Vikes are a thing of the past with All Day Fumblenutz and Ol’ man Brent.

  16. jimmySee says: Sep 6, 2010 7:28 PM

    Really, based on past history, I was shocked that all of those Packers waiver claims were not made by the Vikings.
    They’re always so eager to sign ex-Packers.
    Actually, OT Brenno Giacommino was heavily romanced by the Vikings before he came back to the Packers’ practice squad.

  17. Murgen says: Sep 6, 2010 7:37 PM

    Packers have some talented players, but it is the NFL (all teams do). Anything can happen and why we watch the freaking games. If you wanna crown em, Crown em! Impossible to predict who will be the SB winner this year.
    Still, I’m excited this season. Rodgers seems to have moved to the next level from good to excellent.
    As far as the Packer’s secondary. Morgan Burnett and Sam Shields will be playmakers even as rookies. As long as the Packers can keep Bush and Williams off the field their secondary should be good with Collins and Woodson healthy.
    Biggest concerns. Pass Rush, Special Teams and Penalties. I’m thinking special teams is going to kill us this year.
    Go Pack Go

  18. melonhead21 says: Sep 6, 2010 7:38 PM

    Nice research MD Smith. Dallas had 5 cut players picked up as well.
    Jamar Wall to Texans
    Junior Saavii to Seahawks
    Curtis Johnson to Rams
    Marcus Dixon to Jets
    Bryan McCann to Ravens
    Now, throw in the fact that the Cowboys also were able to trade two players (McQuistan and Crayton) for future draft picks….and I think one could argue that the Cowboys have the deepest roster.

  19. backdapack10 says: Sep 6, 2010 7:39 PM

    the Queens would give their left nut for the Packers secondary and they know it…Woodson (Defensive Player of the Year), Collins (Pro-Bowler that has more INT’s than any other Safety the past 3 seasons), T. Williams (solid db with 4 INT’s & 46 tackles in ’09) and two very talented rookies in Burnett and Shields.
    GO PACK!!!!!!

  20. Ambrose says: Sep 6, 2010 7:43 PM

    Why would so many other teams covet the players cut by the Packers? Because TT knows talent and he brings in a lot of it…too much to keep. The have the youngest squad, they are picked by the experts to do very well, and their cast-offs will make the rosters of other teams. Yeah…TT doesn’t know how to do his job very well, does he. l

  21. PackAttackBackMan says: Sep 6, 2010 7:43 PM

    # jimmySee says: September 6, 2010 7:28 PM
    Really, based on past history, I was shocked that all of those Packers waiver claims were not made by the Vikings.
    They’re always so eager to sign ex-Packers.
    Actually, OT Brenno Giacommino was heavily romanced by the Vikings before he came back to the Packers’ practice squad.
    ——————————————————
    It’s pretty funny that Giacommino gave up the chance for a roster spot on the Vikings (big pay raise too) to be on the Packers practice squad. Kind of tells you what NFL players think of the Vikings organization has a whole….

  22. jimmySee says: Sep 6, 2010 7:56 PM

    PackAttackBackMan — Actually, the Vikes wanted him on their practice squad — as it is, if the Vikes want Brenno (or any other practice squad player anywhere in the league) for their active roster, they can claim him.
    That’s how Brohm ended up in Buffalo.

  23. jimmySee says: Sep 6, 2010 8:00 PM

    PackAttackBackMan — Actually, the Vikes wanted him on their practice squad — as it is, if the Vikes want Brenno (or any other practice squad player anywhere in the league) for their active roster, they can claim him.
    That’s how Brohm ended up in Buffalo.

  24. Stealthhawk says: Sep 6, 2010 8:00 PM

    Ravens vs. Packers in SB

  25. saintsfan66 says: Sep 6, 2010 8:31 PM

    Bob Nelson says:
    September 6, 2010 5:54 PM
    Ted Thompson is a genius finding talent and bringing it to the Packers.
    The great coaching staff of Mike McCarthy then trains and develops that talent.
    Is it any wonder that experts are near unanimous in picking the Green Bay Packers to win the Super Bowl??
    _________________
    I believe they’ve been crowning the Packers for the past two preseasons.. How’d that work out for ya?

  26. MACK DADDY says: Sep 6, 2010 8:33 PM

    The Packers are loaded.

  27. 1mge says: Sep 6, 2010 8:55 PM

    Vikings & there fans suck!

  28. Majik Bullet says: Sep 6, 2010 9:03 PM

    burntorange
    So how did that fully intact line, “Pro Bowlers” and all, perform against Arizona’s 20th ranked defense in last year’s WC game? They gave up 5 sacks and one fumble-punt.
    By the way, Clifton went to one Pro Bowl in ’07, which he only got to as an injury replacement, and Tauscher has never been to one. So who were these “PROBOWLERS” you’re referring to that had to be replaced by rookies when trying to make excuses?
    That just happened.

  29. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 6, 2010 9:05 PM

    LMAO…you Pack fags are in for a major let down this season. Can’t wait to watch Favre fillet your sorry asses 2x…I know it hurts you so…

  30. Majik Bullet says: Sep 6, 2010 9:12 PM

    PackAttackBackMan says:
    It’s pretty funny that Giacommino gave up the chance for a roster spot on the Vikings (big pay raise too) to be on the Packers practice squad. Kind of tells you what NFL players think of the Vikings organization has a whole….
    ____________________
    First, let’s see some sort of proof of this so called “romancing.” Second, you can throw your imbecile opinion of how NFL players don’t want to play for Minny, but the FACT is that Green Bay was voted 3rd worst team to play for in the entire NFL, in a Harris poll of over 300 current players.

  31. Majik Bullet says: Sep 6, 2010 9:14 PM

    1mge says:
    September 6, 2010 8:55 PM
    Vikings & there fans suck!
    _______________
    So does your use of the English language.

  32. NDsucks says: Sep 6, 2010 9:19 PM

    @ 1mge:
    Go back to English class ass hat.

  33. durno99 says: Sep 6, 2010 9:20 PM

    Hey Boob Nelson! Thompson is soo genious that Matt Flynn backs up Rodgers when there were a number of experienced back ups to be had. Everyone talks about Favre getting hurt and having to have Jackson backup but if Rodgers goes down Green bay is screwed! Take your Super Bowl pick and stick it! Did Green Bay beat Minnesota once? NOPE…………Your name should be PIPEDREAM NELSON.

  34. durno99 says: Sep 6, 2010 9:25 PM

    Hey 1mge…………………………When you say there fans it really is THEIR fans you tard. Stay in Wisconsin (Land of the sharp ones……..)

  35. I_H8_Waffles says: Sep 6, 2010 9:46 PM

    Sad pathetic Viking fans. Nothing better to do than troll Packer related blogs. I think deep down you Queen fans know your season is over before it begins. Thin @ WR, RB, and that secondary, what crap. Aaron and the O are gonna tear that mess up. And they may even run Ryan Grant at ya for few laughs, or just to show AP how not to fumble. Sorry bout not getting OT Brenno Giacommino, but to pay the man that much to sit on a practice squad? I don’t buy it. The stinging stench of that cheap cologne that Chilly wears, desperation I believe it’s called, is getting stronger. Is that french or something?
    Go Pack!!!

  36. cusoman says: Sep 6, 2010 9:48 PM

    Bob Nelson says: September 6, 2010 5:54 PM
    Ted Thompson is a genius finding talent and bringing it to the Packers.
    ————
    And then losing it a year later because of the Packers’ Value Meal Deal budget. You can’t build a championship team without consistency.

  37. cusoman says: Sep 6, 2010 9:51 PM

    # 1mge says: September 6, 2010 8:55 PM
    Vikings & there fans suck!
    ————
    That may be true (I can suck down a mean jamocha shake), but at least we know the proper usage of their/there/they’re.

  38. SanDiegoPackerFan says: Sep 6, 2010 10:46 PM

    Majik Bullet says:
    September 6, 2010 9:12 PM
    PackAttackBackMan says:
    First, let’s see some sort of proof of this so called “romancing.” Second, you can throw your imbecile opinion of how NFL players don’t want to play for Minny, but the FACT is that Green Bay was voted 3rd worst team to play for in the entire NFL, in a Harris poll of over 300 current players.
    Gotta link? Minnesota has got to be the worst to play for then

  39. PerryMason says: Sep 6, 2010 11:33 PM

    “Vikings & there fans suck!”
    Another Gay Rod fan trolling for sex. Try the 49er fans you’ll have better luck.

  40. sand0 says: Sep 7, 2010 12:07 AM

    Packers have had preseason hype for 3 straight seasons because their offense looks unstoppable in preseason for some reason. But it is important to keep in mind that this is a mediocre team with a terrible defense.

  41. saynepsycho says: Sep 7, 2010 12:13 AM

    we all know why you aren’t a “real” reporter, your bias is show loud and clear.
    Cowboys had 5 plus 2 more traded. those 2 were cut but we were able to still receive something for them. can GB say that.
    traded:
    McQuistin
    Crayton
    picked up by another team:
    C.Johnston
    J.Siavii
    J.Wall
    B.McCann
    M.Dixon
    I expect a few others will be signed before the week is out.

  42. Ruvell100 says: Sep 7, 2010 10:53 AM

    “And then losing it a year later because of the Packers’ Value Meal Deal budget. You can’t build a championship team without consistency.”
    —————
    Name one key player the Packers have lost through free agency other than Aaron Kampman. Name one.

  43. clintcooper says: Sep 7, 2010 1:06 PM

    The Packers’ offense will stomp this year. I’m not really sure about their defense though….

  44. jorge says: Sep 7, 2010 2:54 PM

    # saintsfan66 says:
    “I believe they’ve been crowning the Packers for the past two preseasons.. How’d that work out for ya?”
    What a stupid lame you are. The Cowboys have been the pre-season faves for the past four years! This is the first year that all the pundits aren’t on their jock. Do you watch NFL much?
    idiot..

  45. Majik Bullet says: Sep 7, 2010 3:37 PM

    SanDiegoPackerFan
    No direct link, but here is an article referencing the poll. Notice how Minnesota isn’t in the Not so Fab 5.
    http://www.620wtmj.com/sports/billmichaels/72623737.html

  46. ACS2 says: Sep 7, 2010 6:14 PM

    CaptainMarvel says:
    September 6, 2010 6:30 PM
    It is funny to me how everyone is predicting the Packers to win the Super Bowl. Are they really gonna be able to generate a pass-rush, and can they cover anyone?
    ———-
    They finished #5 in pass defense by yards last seaosn, so I think they found one or two guys they were able to cover last season.

  47. ACS2 says: Sep 7, 2010 6:18 PM

    cusoman says:
    September 6, 2010 9:48 PM
    And then losing it a year later because of the Packers’ Value Meal Deal budget. You can’t build a championship team without consistency.
    ———–
    …said a fan of the Minnesota Vikings, a team that knows everything about building championship teams.

  48. ACS2 says: Sep 7, 2010 6:25 PM

    Majik Bullet says:
    September 7, 2010 3:37 PM
    SanDiegoPackerFan
    No direct link, but here is an article referencing the poll. Notice how Minnesota isn’t in the Not so Fab 5.
    http://www.620wt mj.com/sports/billmi chaels/72623737.html
    ————
    Wow, Majik.. I never figured you for a Ted Thompson supporter, but here you are doing it. I agree, he’s doing an amazing job bringing in the talent he’s bringing in when Green Bay is the third-least desired destination for NFL players.

  49. Majik Bullet says: Sep 7, 2010 7:02 PM

    ACS
    Only you could try to spin something like that into a positive for GB. Nice work.
    Looking at the list of the “top 5,” I don’t think the reason is too much talent on the respective rosters. I think even you know that Thompson is a big part of the reason no one wants to go to GB, and not because he’s been such a success.

  50. ACS2 says: Sep 8, 2010 12:39 PM

    Majik Bullet says:
    September 7, 2010 7:02 PM
    Looking at the list of the “top 5,” I don’t think the reason is too much talent on the respective rosters.
    —————
    And yet, their training camp castoffs seem to be desirable. He’s doing something right, isn’t he?

  51. Majik Bullet says: Sep 8, 2010 1:10 PM

    ACS2 says:
    September 8, 2010 12:39 PM
    Majik Bullet says:
    September 7, 2010 7:02 PM
    Looking at the list of the “top 5,” I don’t think the reason is too much talent on the respective rosters.
    —————
    And yet, their training camp castoffs seem to be desirable. He’s doing something right, isn’t he?
    _____________
    No…

  52. Big Tex says: Sep 8, 2010 7:47 PM

    BTW, nine Cowboy camp participants were picked up by other teams for their regular squads or their practice squads. Additionally, one WR who was signed by Dallas as a UDFA, but released before training camp made a practice squad.
    McCann, Wall, Dixon, Siavii, Barker, Johnson, Brock, Farr, and Donaldson all went to training camp with Dallas. Verran Tucker is the WR.

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