Dorsey Rewarded with Promotion

The Packers promoted Kevin Dorsey based on merit rather than an injury elsewhere on the roster. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Because of his value on special teams, receiver Kevin Dorsey was one of the last cuts as the Green Bay Packers got down to 53 players at the end of training camp.

Now, Dorsey’s time has come. The Packers promoted him from the practice squad to the active roster on Monday. Usually, practice-squad promotions come because of an injury creating an opening on the roster. Dorsey’s case, however, was different. The Packers released four-year veteran Ryan Taylor to create a spot for Dorsey.

“Kevin Dorsey has earned this opportunity,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday. “He was clearly a player coming out of training camp that I felt had put together a good body of work to make our 53, which we had a number of guys in that situation.”

Dorsey’s value is on special teams. He spent most of training camp as a No. 1 on the kickoff, punt and punt return units, and he was in the mix as a kickoff returner.

“Kevin Dorsey was probably one of our best special teams players during the preseason based on the way I saw it,” McCarthy said. “He improved throughout the preseason as a receiver, made some big-time catches. Just to get the consistency of the receiver position is something that he’ll continue to work on. Tough. Tough guy, tough-minded individual. He’s definitely somebody who’s earned this opportunity and I look for him to contribute Sunday.”

Dorsey was a seventh-round pick last year who was stashed on injured reserve with a toe injury. While he couldn’t hold off Jeff Janis to be the fifth receiver in training camp this summer, he’ll land an immediate role on special teams with the opening created by the release of Taylor.

“Happy for Kevin,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “Kevin is a guy who works really hard, he does a great job on special teams. I think that’s the direct route to the active roster for young players. He does such a good job of selling out on those teams and making a lot of plays. He’s a talented route-runner; he just hasn’t had a lot of opportunities. He was not healthy last year, but they kept him around because they saw some potential. He had a good training camp. That was a deep group; now he’s got an opportunity and he’s got to make the most of it.”

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