On Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers officially announced the signing of running back Kahlil Bell after his Twitter account spurred rumors that he had signed with the team. In order to make room for Bell, the Packers released second-year safety Jerron McMillian.
McMillian appeared in just 28 games for the Packers after being drafted in the fourth round of last year’s draft. M.D. Jennings has taken most of the reps at safety opposite Morgan Burnett this season and McMillian was not able to make his way onto the field. Pass coverage was a weakness of McMillian’s and in a secondary that is already struggling, the Packers decided to cut ties with the young safety.
This could be a sign that the Packers are focused on improving the safety position, something many had expected Green Bay to address in this year’s draft. It is unlikely that any major moves will be made this season, but I would expect the position to be of high importance during this upcoming offseason.
The Packers also signed cornerback Antonio Dennard to the practice squad. Dennard was an undrafted free agent in 2012 and spent part of last season on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad before going on injured reserve. Dennard also spent part of this past offseason with the New York Giants.
Whether Dennard sees the field this season or not will likely depend on the team’s injury situation. He is Packers general manager Ted Thompson’s latest undrafted free agent find. All but three of the team’s defensive backs are former undrafted free agents: Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, M.D. Jennings, Jarrett Bush, James Nixon and Chris Banjo.
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