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Packers Cut Second-Year Wide Receiver After Poor Performance On Sunday

Packers WR Amari Rodgers

Packers WR Amari Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 31-28 overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, thanks in large part to one of their young wide receivers finally emerging as a playmaker.

Rookie second-round pick Christian Watson caught three touchdowns during the contest, including the game-tying score late in the fourth quarter.

But the game didn't go so well for one of the Packers' other wideouts.

Second-year receiver Amari Rodgers was released by the team Tuesday after he lost a fumble on a punt return against the Cowboys, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

"Amari Rodgers' latest fumble didn't just cost him the punt return job, it cost him his entire job," Demovsky tweeted. "The Packers released him today along with RB Kylin Hill. Rodgers was third-round pick (No. 85 overall) in 2021, and now he's gone."

Rodgers, picked in the third round out of Clemson by the Packers in 2021, has fumbled five times in 10 games this season, losing two of them. The fumble he lost Sunday led to a Cowboy touchdown in the third quarter.

Rodgers had been unable to help the Packers much as a receiver, either, despite the team dealing with a rash of injuries at the position. He caught just four passes for 50 yards on the year.

The Packers also released running back Kylin Hill on Tuesday, another 2021 draft pick.

The release of Rodgers could indicate that veteran receiver Randall Cobb is ready to return from the injured reserve. Cobb, who, like Rodgers, plays primarily in the slot, has missed the Packers' past four games due to a high-ankle sprain.

Green Bay will look to keep its momentum moving in a positive direction this week when it hosts the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football.