Updated: Packers Practice Squad Includes QB Graham Harrell and 3 WRs
The Green Bay Packers signed eight players to their practice squad on Sunday, including QB Graham Harrell and three WRs.
Signed to the practice squad were WR Diondre Borel, T/G Ray Dominguez, C Sampson Genus, WR Tori Gurley, QB Graham Harrell, CB Brandian Ross, RB Brandon Saine and WR Chastin West.
All eight signees to the practice squad were with the Packers during training camp.
Harrell: In 18 series during the preseason, Harrell generated two touchdowns and three field goals and a passer rating of 75.7. Packers coach Mike McCarthy appeared to be high on Harrell early in the preseason, but the former Texas Tech standout never caught fire to solidify a permanent roster spot. Perhaps Harrell was doomed to be cut anyway. No. 2 QB Matt Flynn had a firm hold on the backup slot and McCarthy said he wasn’t going touse a spot on the active gameday roster for a third QB.
Gurley: I thought Gurley’s size and success on special teams would earn him a roster spot as a sixth WR, especially since Donald Driver has continued to show signs of aging. The Packers only kept five WRs, however, like they usually do. I didn’t think the Packers would be able to retain Gurley, but I’m sure glad they did. Even though the Packers seem to favor smaller WRs, I think it will be nice to have a bigger WR to bring up if Driver or someone else goes down.
West: He had five catches for 134 yards against the Cardinals, but only managed three catches for 18 yards in the other three preseason games. West flashed some potential at times during camp, but never stood out. In other words, he’s perfect for the practice squad.
Borel: Hey look, another WR on the practice squad! When you throw as much as McCarthy does and rely on receivers to make plays after the catch, I guess you can never hoard enough of them. Borel is very athletic and very raw. I’m guessing Gurley and West will be called up before Borel should an active WR get hurt.
Dominguez: The Packer only kept eight offensive linemen and Dominguez was one of the big guys left out. The Packers converted him from T to G and Dominguez played well enough to merit serious consideration for the active roster. He’ll benefit from the development time on the practice squad.
Genus: You don’t see many guys named Sampson on NFL rosters. Genus was barely 6-feet and 315 pounds. He just wasn’t big enough to stick with the active roster.
Ross: Ross was the odd-man out with Davon House assured of a roster spot and Pat Lee and Josh Gordy battling for another spot in the defensive backfield. I like Ross’s size. He could get a shot if House doesn’t pan out or the oft-injured Lee goes down.
Saine: This 22 year old from Ohio State has some talent and I’m glad the Packers were able to keep him. He’s a good receiver out of the backfield and an excellent playmaker.——————