Green Bay Packers release QB DeShone Kizer, set 53-man roster

DeShone Kizer (Getty Images)

GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers released quarterback DeShone Kizer, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Rob Demvosky reported Saturday, Aug. 31.

Kizer played college football at Notre Dame, and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Kizer was traded to the Packers on March 14, 2018 in exchange for Damarious Randall, and a swap of both fourth and fifth-round picks.

On Sept. 9, 2018, in Week 1, Kizer played in place of an injured Aaron Rodgers in the first and second quarters against the Chicago Bears. He threw for 55 yards and an interception, which was returned for a touchdown. Rodgers returned in the third quarter and led the Packers to a 24–23 victory.

In the season finale against the Detroit Lions, Kizer played in relief of Rodgers, who had suffered a concussion, and threw for 132 yards and an interception as the Packers were shut-out by a score of 31–0.

Other players released by the Packers:

  • G Dejon Allen
  • TE Evan Baylis
  • FB Tommy Bohanon
  • RB Tra Carson
  • G Anthony Coyle
  • T Gerhard de Beer
  • CB Kabion Ento
  • K Sam Ficken
  • LB James Folston
  • RB Keith Ford
  • S Natrell Jamerson
  • LB Markus Jones
  • CB Jocquez Kalili
  • WR Allen Lazard
  • DL James Looney
  • S Tray Matthews
  • TE Pharoah McKever
  • WR J’Mon Moore
  • T Yosh Nijman
  • G/T Adam Pankey
  • CB Jackson Porter
  • LB Randy Ramsey
  • WR Teo Redding
  • CB Nydair Rouse
  • DL Olive Sagapolu
  • LB Brady Sheldon
  • DL Deon Simon
  • WR Malik Taylor
  • QB Manny Wilkins

The team traded LB Reggie Gilbert to the Tennessee Titans for an undisclosed draft choice and traded G Justin McCray to the Cleveland Browns for an undisclosed draft choice. The Packers also placed S Ibraheim Campbell and LB Greg Roberts on reserve/physically unable to perform, placed WR Equanimeous St. Brown on injured reserve, and waived/injured LB Curtis Bolton and FB Malcolm Johnson.

The transactions were announced Saturday by General Manager Brian Gutekunst.­­­

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