Category Archives: Practice Squad

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October

Packers News: WR Tyrone Walker signed to practice squad

Packers WR Tyrone Walker had a strong preseason, and now he's back for another run with the team.

Packers WR Tyrone Walker had a strong preseason, and now he’s back for another run with the team.

According to the team’s official website, the Green Bay Packers have brought back Tyrone Walker to the practice squad.

The move was announced Wednesday by Packers general manager Ted Thompson.

Walker, 5’10″ 191 pounds, spent training camp with the Packers before being released as part of the team’s final cuts. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks and remained on their practice squad for one game before he was let go.

Walker joins recently re-signed receiver Reggie Dunn, giving the team two wideouts on the eight-man practice squad.

Before signing with the Packers as an undrafted free agent, Walker left Illinois State as the school’s career leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Walker will, again, wear No. 83 with the team.

In the preseason, Walker led the Packers with 11 catches; Walker’s 86 receiving yards ranked third on the team behind Myles White and Jermichael Finley.

While certainly not the biggest or fastest receiver on the roster, Walker proved to have reliable hands throughout training camp and the preseason. Given his stature and lack of top-end speed, Walker faces long odds to make a significant impact, but the receiver-needy Packers could be his best opportunity to catch on (pun intended) with a NFL team.

Including the injured James Jones, the Packers currently have four wide receivers on the roster to go along with five tight ends. Jones’ status for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns is still up in the air, although earlier this week, head coach Mike McCarthy said Jones “might be able to play.”

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15

October

Packers News: Team signs TE Stoneburner to active roster

The Packers have promoted tight end Jake Stoneburner to the active roster.

The Packers have promoted tight end Jake Stoneburner to the active roster.

According to Jason La Canfora’s official Twitter account, the Green Bay Packers have signed tight end Jake Stoneburner to the active roster following their recent rash of injuries.

Last week against the Baltimore Ravens, the Packers lost wide receiver Randall Cobb for six-to-eight weeks with a fractured fibula. Fellow wide receiver James Jones suffered a sprained MCL and appears questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

Stoneburner’s promotion to the 53-man roster gives the Packers five tight ends and three wide receivers, including Jones.

An athletic rookie tight end from Ohio State, Stoneburner was often split out wide in Urban Meyer’s offense. He clocked a 4.53 forty-yard dash at Ohio State’s Pro Day Mar. 8, which would suggest an ability to stretch the field; however, Stoneburner only caught 53 passes in his four-year collegiate career.

In his junior season in 2011, seven of Stoneburner’s were for touchdowns.

Without Cobb in the slot, starting tight end Jermichael Finley will likely be split out more often than usual with Andrew Quarless filling Finley’s shoes as an in-line blocker. Finley, at 6’5″ 250 pounds, isn’t capable of taking on all of Cobb’s responsibilities in the Packers’ offense, but at this point, he may be the team’s best option to stretch the field from the slot.

Last week, the Browns signed wide receiver Charles Johnson off the Packers’ practice squad, leaving Myles White and the recently re-signed Reggie Dunn as the team’s two wide receivers on the practice squad.

As of right now, the Packers have not announced the necessary roster move to promote Stoneburner, but one would figure that Cobb is a logical candidate for the I.R./Designated to Return list.

The Packers reportedly tried to sign wide receiver Tavarres King off the Denver Broncos’ practice squad, but King has since been promoted to Denver’s active roster. More moves could be on the horizon for the Packers, but for now, it looks like they’ll go heavy at tight end and light at wide receiver for the near future.

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September

This year’s Packers Practice Squad Unusual for Ted Thompson

Ted Thompson looked outside of his own cuts to assemble this year's practice squad.

Ted Thompson looked outside of his own cuts to assemble this year’s practice squad.

Ted Thompson, almost to a fault, likes to keep “his guys” around for as long as possible. And this year’s practice squad looks very different than those of years past.

The team’s 2013 practice squad features four players from outside the Packers’ final cuts, along with wide receiver Charles Johnson, cornerback James Nixon, tight end Jake Stoneburner and wide receiver Myles White. Perhaps Thompson wanted some of his cuts to return to the practice squad before they were ultimately claimed by other teams.

Last year, seven members of the team’s practice squad spent training camp in Green Bay. Offensive lineman Chris Scott, signed from the Pittsburgh Steelers, was the lone member of the practice squad who didn’t spend the summer in Green Bay.

By the numbers, the eight-man practice squad tilts heavily towards the offense. Seven of the eight practice-squad spots are held by offensive players, leaving Nixon as the lone defender. On the other hand, the defense holds 28 of the 53 active roster spots.

Half of the practice squad spent the summer (or longer) with the Packers. Here they are:

WR Charles Johnson #17

A seventh-round draft pick from Grand Valley State, Johnson struggled to stay on the field throughout the summer. Hampered by injuries, the 6-foot-2 215-pound receiver showed flashes of his potential but didn’t show enough to merit a spot on the 53-man roster. It will be interesting to see whether or not Johnson or undrafted rookie Myles White is called upon if the injury bug bites the receiving corps.

CB James Nixon #25

Nixon was signed to the practice squad Sept. 20, 2012. A college running back and wide receiver, Nixon certainly has enough athleticism to make it at the professional level. He began his college career at Temple before transferring to the University of California in Pennsylvania for his senior season. After Mason Crosby, Nixon was the story of this year’s Family Night Scrimmage, thanks to an interception and a 66-yard return for a touchdown.

TE Jake Stoneburner #45

The former Ohio State tight end found himself buried on the training-camp depth chart behind veterans Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor. Stoneburner is not as athletic as Finley or second-year prospect Brandon Bostick, but he had a steady camp, which played a role in the team letting Williams walk. Thanks to his name, there’s a perception that Stoneburner is a throwback, in-your-face-type player, but he clocked a 4.53 in the forty-yard dash at Ohio State’s Pro Day.

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September

Where They’ve Landed: Cut Packers Signed by Other Teams

Former Packers making a safe landing

Former Packers making a safe landing

This isn’t an easy weekend for anyone, not the players nor team personnel (See Andrew Brandt’s story on that).

Some players get to ride the roller coaster of emotions by being cut one day and then signed by another team the next. To these Ex-Packers, we simply say, Good Luck (unless you’re playing the Packers).

Here are the guys who have come in for a safe landing (at least for now):

Graham Harrell: NY Jets (signed after the Packers’ cut to 75 and still on the Jets roster)

Gilbert Pena: New England Patriots (signed after the Packers’ cut to 75 and just cut by the Patriots)

Alex Green: NY Jets

D.J. Williams: Jacksonville Jaguars

Patrick Lewis: Cleveland Browns

Terrell Manning: San Diego Chargers

Dezman Moses: Kansas City Chiefs

Matthew Mulligan: New England Patriots

Tyrone Walker: Seattle Practice Squad

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September

New Life: Packers Practice Squad Signings – 2013

Reserved for the Packers Practice Squad

Reserved for the Packers Practice Squad

Eight players will escape the grip of the Turk as the Packers form their 2013 Practice Squad.

The following players have been signed so far according to various reports and sources.  Any reported signings will not be listed here, however, if not reported by a verified member of the media.

2013 Packers Practice Squad:

QB Scott Tolzien: As reported last night by Bill Huber of PackerReport.com, the Packers have added the former Univ of Wisconsin QB to their practice squad. Recently cut by the 49ers, one has to wonder if he’s here for a “brain-drain” on the Packers’ first opponent.

CB James Nixon: Pete Dougherty of the GB Press-Gazette reports Nixon is in the fold.

WR Charles Johnson: per Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, Johnson cleared waivers and was added to the Packers’ practice squad.

WR Myles White: Wes Hodkiewicz of the GB Press-Gazette says the Packers have added the speedy white to the PS.

TE Jake Stoneburner: This one comes from Stoneburner himself, who tweeted, “The dream continues. Still a packer. #gopackgo

G Bryan Collins: Per Rob Demovsky of ESPN, via Twitter.  Collins was an undrafted rookie recently released by the Houston Texans.  With Patrick Lewis off to Cleveland, the Packers wanted to add another developmental body at O-line.

OT Aaron Adams: Packers.com reports the 2013 UDFA cut by Cleveland has been added to the squad.

RB Michael Hill: Packers.com says the Packers have filled out their practice squad by adding Missouri Western’s all-time rushing leader to their practice squad.

Check back here for more signings as they are reported…

 

While we’re waiting, several sources have confirmed that Green bay have brought  RB Joe McKnight, WR Sam McGuffie & guards Bryan Collins & Chandler Burden in for workouts.

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31

August

Meet Your 2013 Green Bay Packers

The Packers have confirmed their final roster cuts, as we’ve been tracking all day.

So, here they are, your 2013 Green Bay Packers (for now):

Offense (23)

QB (2): Rodgers, Coleman
RB (3): Lacy, Franklin, Starks
FB (1): Kuhn (6)
TE (4): Finley, Bostick, Quarless, Taylor
WR (5): Cobb, Nelson, Jones, Boykins, Ross
OT (3): Bakhtiari, Barclay, Newhouse
OG (3): Sitton, Lang, Taylor
OC (2): Dietrich-Smith, Van Roten

Defense (27)

NT (3): Raji, Pickett, Jolly
DE (4): Wilson, Daniels, Jones, Boyd
OLB (5): Matthews, Perry, Neal, Mulumba, Palmer
ILB (5): Jones, Hawk, Francois, Lattimore, Barrington
CB (6): Williams, Shields, Hayward, Hyde, House, Bush
S (4): Burnett, McMillian, Jennings, Banjo

Specialists (3):

Crosby, Masthay, Goode

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31

August

Time for the Turk: A Running List of Green Bay Packers Roster Cuts

The Turk pays the Packers a Visit

The Turk pays the Packers a Visit

The Green Bay Packers have started making moves to cut down their roster to the 53 man mark to open the regular season.

The following players have been released so far according to various reports and sources.  Any reported cuts will not show up here, however, if not reported by a verified member of the media following the Green Bay Packers:

QB Vince Young - Per his Twitter account, Young confirms that he has been released by the Packers. Who’s going to be the Packers backup QB? B.J. Coleman? Trent Edwards? Tim Tebow? Brett Favre? (LOL on the last two…I think.)

CB Loyce Means – Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports he has been released, but told he has a good chance of returning to the practice squad.

FB Jonathan Amosa – Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports a league source confirms Amosa has been cut. Also a PS candidate.

T Kevin Hughes – Via Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette, Hughes has been cut.

S Chaz Powell - Silverstein reports that Powell has been cut. Does this mean the Packers are keeping the Banjo as a backup safety?

C/G Garth Garhart - Hodkiewicz chimes in again and says Garhart is gone.

S David Fulton - Silverstein reports that Fulton is gone. Things are looking even better for the Banjo.

WR Charles Johnson - Bill Huber of Packer Report tweets.  Silverstein reports team will try to sign him to their practice squad if he clears waivers.

WR Tyrone Walker - Bill Huber reported.  Silverstein reports Packers will attempt to sign Walker to their practice squad if he clears waivers.

OLB Donte Savage - Silverstein reports that a team source has confirmed.

T Andrew Datko - Rob Demovsky at ESPN says Datko is gone. Does he come back for a second year on the practice squad? We shall see.

 OL Patrick Lewis – Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports he has been released.

WR Myles White – Silverstein reports White is gone, tweeting: “That leaves them with Jones, Cobb, Nelson, Boykin and Ross at WR.”

TE D.J. Williams - Per Williams’ Twitter account, he is not longer a Packer.

TE Jake Stoneburner - Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports he has been released, but told he has a good chance of returning to the practice squad.