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Giants, Packers waive Woodson, Brohm

Cutdown day was cruel for quarterbacks from Kentucky.

Just two years after Andre Woodson of Kentucky and Brian Brohm of Louisville were dueling for state bragging rights as the top signal caller, both were released by their NFL teams on Saturday.

Also among players cut Saturday was Hunter Cantwell, who replaced Brohm at Louisville last season and was trying to make the Carolina Panthers roster as a rookie free agent.

Woodson was among 17 players waived by the New York Giants, as teams met the deadline for trimming their rosters to 53 men in preparation for this week's start of the regular season.

Woodson, drafted by the Giants in the sixth round last year after a record-setting career at Kentucky, spent all but one game on the team's practice squad last season.

Woodson played in three of New York's four pre-season games this summer, completing 18 of 46 passes for 238 yards, with two interceptions and no touchdowns.

Giants Coach Tom Coughlin decided to keep only two quarterbacks, starter Eli Manning and backup David Carr. He said cutting Woodson was difficult because of "how far he has come as a player and as a young man in terms of the way he's grown up and the way he has matured in his development and the quality of player that he is."

The coach said three quarterbacks was a luxury he did not think the team could afford.

"I think you have to make a very difficult call when you decide to go with two," he said. "That roster spot can be utilized by a worthy player, a player that deserves to be on your team. We've found, as we go forward with 32 teams, that it's very difficult later on to find a quality player, a guy that can come in and help if you need one. So you are much better off to try to protect those that you have that are currently on your squad that can play the game at a high level. You're more inclined to try to do whatever you can to take care of your roster and keep as many good players as you can."

Brohm was one of 18 players let go by the Packers on Saturday, a surprising move to some considering Green Bay spent a second-round draft pick on the former Louisville star last year.

Brohm, Green Bay's third-string quarterback last season behind starter Aaron Rodgers and backup Matt Flynn, never played in a regular-season game as a Packer.

Brohm finished this pre-season 39-of-62 passing for 300 yards, with three interceptions and no touchdowns.

Brohm, the 2003 Kentucky Mr. Football at Trinity High School in Louisville, seemed confident after the Packers' final pre-season game at Tennessee on Thursday night, a 27-13 loss in which he completed 20 of 28 passes.

"(My confidence level) is very good right now," Brohm told the Bowling Green Daily News. "I feel like I've been very confident in my abilities since camp started. I admitted last year during the preseason that maybe I had a little doubt of confidence. That has not happened this year — even with three interceptions. I feel like I've bounced back from every one of those in a positive way."

Cantwell, a Paducah native, played in two of Carolina's four pre-season games, completing nine of 16 passes for 110 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions.