Running back Joe McKnight, formerly of the New York Jets, announced via Twitter that he is headed to Green Bay.
(UPDATE: According to ProFootballTalk, citing multiple sources, McKnight is only in Green Bay for a tryout.)
McKnight, 25, was cut during the 75-man reduction last week, which makes the timing of the signing a little odd. McKnight has been the backup running back and primary kick returner for the Jets since 2010 after being drafted in the 4th round by New York. Overall, he’s returned nine punts with a 9.9 yard average (long of 25 yards) and 76 kick off returns with a 29.0 yard average (long of 107 yards).
One possible explanation for the Jets decision to cut McKnight have been a lingering concussion injury that McKnight suffered this offseason and a bizarre off-the-field incident involving twitter and the media.
As no corresponding moves or cuts have been made by the Packers as they work to get to the 53 man roster limit, it will be surprising to see how the Packers work McKnight unto their roster. Perhaps most in danger of losing their spots are back up running backs James Starks, Alex Green and kick returner/wide receiver Jeremy Ross.
Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin might also be in danger of being cut, but that’s less likely considering his 4th-round draft status during the last draft. Either way it’s a telling piece of information; the Packers are likely not happy with either their running back and/or their returner situation and are looking at other options.
This might be Thompson is just keeping his emergency list up to date or might be an indication that he’s not all that happy at running back and/or returner.——————
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.