The Green Bay Packers continue to make roster moves today. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsy, the Packers placed wide receiver Randall Cobb on injured reserve-designated to return, placed offensive lineman Greg Van Roten on season-ending injured reserve and signed receiver Myles White from their practice squad.
With Cobb slated to be out until at least week 15, many questions have surfaced as to what the Packers would do to fill the void on offense. While replacing a dynamic receiver like Cobb is difficult by itself, the team will also miss his play-making abilities all around. In addition to his duties as a receiver, Cobb has also carried the ball out of the backfield and returned kicks this season.
The Packers appear content to look to some of their current players and options. It has been speculated that tight end Jermichael Finley will see extensive time split out at receiver. This was already a given but was further fueled by the news that the Packers signed another of their practice squad players in that of tight end Jake Stoneburner.
White was signed for depth purposes as without Cobb, the Packers were down to just three receivers on their roster in that of James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin.
With Van Roten’s placement on IR comes some speculation as to how well offensive linemen Derek Sherrod and J.C. Tretter are progressing in their rehab from injury. Both are on the physically unable to perform list and are now officially eligible to begin practicing with the team. The Packers have up to three weeks to allow each to begin practicing and up to another three weeks from their first practice to either activate them, put them on season-ending injured reserve, or release them outright.
Sherrod hasn’t seen any football action since December of 2011 while Tretter was injured early in training camp during a non-contact drill. With Van Roten now out of the mix, the Packers have only rookie Lane Taylor and Marshall Newhouse behind the five offensive line starters. If Sherrod or Tretter are unable to return this season, the Packers will likely look to add another lineman for added depth.
What the Packers do with Sherrod, Tretter and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, who is also on PUP, will lead to more roster moves in the coming weeks.
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21 thoughts on “Myles White Promoted From Practice Squad, Van Roten Placed on Injured Reserve”
Myles White is very fast. Pro day 4.42 but he said he has run 4.30
For some reason the Pack has kept him over other free agents and draft choices. I assume there is a good reason.
Another nelson added to the wr .
He looked pretty good in preseason games, although against back-up defensive players. I would guess that his performance, speed and knowledge of the packers system make him the best choice for immediate help. Might be an interesting change to the offense for a while, putting an emphasis on more short passes to tight ends and backs & coupled with runs. A good time to do the unexpected. Someone earlier had suggested putting Sam Shields at WR for a few plays. I kind of like that idea.
Shields played WR at The U thru his Jr season. He got switched to CB cuz his hands were really inconsistent. Shields should not see snaps at WR.
Don’t know about Shields at WR but I do wonder about Franklin out in the slot. He just seems to be a different player when he’s out in space. Don’t recall hearing anything about what kind of hands he has but the shiftiness is there, seems to me.
You should always keep your eyes on the hands of those shifty types
As much as I dismay at the untimely injury to key players, I hold great hope for these guys coming off the practice squad. Myles White brings a little more speed, we need that. Is he tough enough – we’ll see. Either way, both White and Stoneburner could be effective additions to this offense. With Aaron Rodgers throwing at you, anything is possible.
I agree with you Razer, seeing which of these unknowns becomes the next star, at least for the game keeps you on the edge of the seat. Years ago I was at a game against the powerful Steelers hoping that Don Majikowski would be ready to go after an ankle injury. The Holmgren-Wolf era had just begun, and the Packers didn’t look like much. Majik was a no-go, and Brett Favre started his first game. They won, and Majik nor anyone else started a game at QB for well more than a decade. Will that happen this week? probably not. But like last week, I think some of these guys will pull through. And who knows, maybe we’ll see the beginning of some career we’ll follow for a while. They start somewhere.
Stroh and Bobalou – you’re right. After thinking about it, shields at WR doesn’t make sense. Shields would add speed, but White gives them that, plus White has better receiver skills (I would think). I guess Shields would make sense only in extreme emergency.
Stoneburner played WR in College, maybe why they brought him up.
If MM and Clements get creative with our TEs we could turn this offense on its ear. We have like five TEs who could contribute in mix and match sets.
To my thinking, MM has largely under-utilized the TE on this team. We could force defenses to totally change their approach to the Packers.
We are very fortunate that with 2 WR starters out for a time, we have finally found a running game. Our line can now drive block and not backpedal for 60 minutes. Makes defenses guess. It makes the line far more effective and puts less pressure on Rodgers.
Under-utilizing which TE’s? Finley is the only playmaker among them. Quarless can’t seem to get open or do anything resembling making a play. Stoneburner is a rookie who was lucky to be on the PS and is now lucky to be on the roster, due only to injuries. Bostic has some talent but hasn’t even earned any playing time yet.
If they had distinguished themselves in training camp, preseason or practice they would have earned some playing time. They havn’t…
I’m optimistic about White, but I’d be much more excited if it was Charles Johnson they were adding. Too bad the Browns had to snatch him up for a career of misery in Cleveland.
Johnson failed his physical (torn ACL, I think). He isn’t playing this year.
If he failed his physical the roster move would have been voided. All Cleveland would have had to do was fail him and he goes back to the GB PS. His still being in Cleveland indicates the injury happened in Cleveland not GB!
Hi Jason – do you, Al, or Adam or anyone for that matter have any updates on the status of Heyward or Starks? They would be quality reinforcements on their respective sides of the ball that the Packers could really use now. Lacy and Starks in the same backfield could create some problems for an opposing defense with the way we’re running the ball lately. Heyward gets us back a quality person in the secondary. Thanks, Since ’61
From what I have heard so far, Hayward is practicing today, which is a step forward. He has only practiced on Thursday the past 2 weeks. Still may not be ready to go this week but should be very close. With the current CB’s playing well, there is no urgency to rush him back.
Starks, I have not had any update on since his injury and my guess is that he’s a few weeks still. Did not practice today. For now, it’s Lacy and Franklin at RB with some Kuhn mixed in, perhaps.
Kuhn…solid blocker…not much else…special teams…Running: no moves, no speed, no power…Getting Starks back from injury will be a plus…
Here’s hoping White and Stoneburner are prepared to contribute immediately…
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