Packers cut Ryan and Hodge; Flynn No. 2
The Green Bay Packers cut punter Jon Ryan Monday because Packers' General manager Ted Thompson said Ryan was not as consistent as his competitor for the job, former Washington punter Derrick Frost.
"Like at any position, I think at the end of the day we felt like it helps the team get better," said Thompson.
Ryan had punts of 14 and 15 yards in the exhibition opener against Cincinnati, but he got better after that.
Ryan, who spent two years in Green Bay, averaged 37 net yards in that time. Frost is a fifth-year pro whom the Redskins cut this summer. He averaged 36.4 net yards for the 'Skins last season.
Also yesterday, the Packers announced the selection of Brett Goode as the team's long snapper. That was after front-running rookie J.J. Jansen had a season-ending knee injury in last week's pre-season loss to Tennessee.
Goode was on Jacksonville's roster the past two seasons. He was pouring concrete over the weekend when the Packers invited him to a try-out.
Goode beat out Tim Bugg and Ryan Senser in that try-out.
Linebacker Abdul Hodge was cut to make room on the roster. Hodge had a good preseason after spending last season on the injured reserve with tendonitis in both knees.
Frost will hold on place-kicks, giving kicker Mason Crosby both a new holder and a new long-snapper this season. Goode replaces the retired Rob Davis.
Flynn No. 2
Rookie Matt Flynn will be the Packers' No. 2 quarterback when they open their regular season against Minnesota at home next Monday night.
Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy announced the choice Monday.
He said Flynn, a seventh-round draft choice from LSU, was more productive than rookie Brian Brohm in the pre-season, but the coach says Brohm will have the chance to win the job back.
"Matt has to hold the spot, and Brian will have an opportunity to get the spot back. Competition is healthy. They're both young. I've said it all along, they just need to play, they need reps," said McCarthy.
Flynn beat out Brohm in the exhibition season, with a 100-plus passer rating to Brohm's 45.2.
Meanwhile, defensive linemen Ryan Pickett and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila returned to practice Monday, after sitting out much of the pre-season with lingering injuries.
Pickett, who had a hamstring injury, came off the physically unable to perform list on Saturday. KGB says he's day-to-day with his sore knee.