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Packers keep 3 quarterbacks

Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Green Bay Packers are going to keep three quarterbacks.

The Packers announced their 53-man roster Saturday, and they are keeping Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien to back up starter Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers knew that if they cut Tolzien, he would be claimed on waivers. But obviously they wanted Flynn’s experience as well. This way they do not have to roll the dice on finding a backup if something happens with Rodgers again.

There’s no word on who is the No. 2 QB.

The cuts included some interesting names, but none were completely surprising. Among those of note were safety Chris Banjo, cornerback Jumal Rolle and wide receivers Alex Gillett and Myles White.

The Packers also put four players on injured reserve: tight end Jake Stoneburner, linebacker Nate Palmer, offensive tackle Aaron Adams and defensive tackle Khyri Thornton.

Of general manager Ted Thompson’s nine-man draft class, seven made the roster: safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, wide receivers Davante Adams and Jeff Janis, tight end Richard Rodgers, linebacker Carl Bradford, center Corey Linsley and cornerback Demetri Goodson.

A couple of the decisions were surprising.

Bradford had not panned out as an outside linebacker and was moved inside last week. He played there exclusively in Thursday night’s preseason finale against Kansas City and apparently showed enough to win a roster spot. This will undoubtedly be a development year for him, and it’s unlikely he’ll see the field much at inside linebacker.

The other surprise was Goodson. He was clearly outplayed by Jumal Rolle and was held out of the last preseason game because of a concussion. The Packers decided the former Gonzaga basketball player was worth keeping around to train.

The Packers decided to retain four safeties, with Sean Richardson ahead of Banjo. The other three are Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde and Clinton-Dix.

The Packers also decided to keep just four running backs, including a fullback. They are Eddie Lacy, James Starks, DuJuan Harris and John Kuhn.

At wide receiver, the Packers kept seventh-round pick Jeff Janis instead of White, Gillett and Kevin Dorsey. Janis is No. 5 behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin and Adams.