Davis, Smith among first to be cut

Quarterback Akili Smith and veteran tight end Tyrone Davis were among the first wave of cuts as the Packers reduce their roster to the NFL mandatory limit of 65 players today. Green Bay is expecteded to announce seven additional player moves before the 3 p.m. (CDT) deadline.<p>

Smith was not very effective in the playing time that he received during preseason games and in practice for the Packers. His passes were often inaccurate and he rarely moved the offense. He finished with a passer rating of 47.5, completing 15 of 29 passes for 136 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.

Davis, who struggled to maintain an ideal playing weight in recent years, entered training camp overweight and injured his left knee during the first exhibition game against Kansas City. He has not played nor participated in practice since then. Davis, 31, caught 71 passes for 780 yards and 13 touchdowns during six Packers seasons, including 18 for 250 yards and a career-high 7 touchdowns in 1998, his best overall season.

The Packers also waived one of their nine draft selections – wide receiver/return specialist DeAndrew Rubin of South Florida. Rubin was one of four seventh round picks but was hampered by a pulled hamstring since the June minicamp. He returned to practice in recent weeks but did not get much playing time. He finished his preseason with one catch for 13 yards.

Tight ends Luther Broughton and Cory Geason The Green Bay Packers have waived eight players, including veteran tight end Tyrone Davis and quarterback Akili Smith , in beginning to reduce the team's roster to the NFL-mandated limit of 65 prior to Tuesday's 3 p.m. CDT deadline, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced. Seven additional player moves will need to be made in advance of the deadline.

The Packers also waived tight ends Luther Broughton and Cory Geason; running back/defensive back Keith Burnell of Delaware; fullback Tommy Collins of Connecticut; and offensive guard/tackle David Porter of Iowa.

Wide receiver Rob Johnson was waived/injured on Monday to make room on the roster for safety Scott McGarrahan, acquired in a trade with the Miami Dolphins.

The final roster reduction, down to the 53-man regular-season roster, must be made by August 31.

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