Now that we know about the Packers Roster Cuts and the current composition of the 2011 Packers 53-man Roster, the next order of business is putting together the practice squad. Below are my thoughts on how this might shake out.
Author’s Note: The practice squad has since been formed. You can find the actual Packers Practice Squad here.
This isn’t really a prediction, because there is no way to account for players possibly being claimed outright or signed by other teams after they clear waivers. We are simply taking a look at the positions where the Packers would like to have an emergency player “on-call” and some players the Packers might want to keep.
Quarterback (1): The Packers are crossing their fingers that Graham Harrell’s uneven performances in preseason games will make other teams look elsewhere for practice squad quarterbacks who are a bit more NFL-ready at this time. If Harrell is claimed or signs with another team, the Packers will surely bring in another quarterback for the practice squad.
Running Back (2): The Packers have taken a bit of a risk here by only carrying four running backs in total on the 53-man roster. It’s the first time they’ve done that and also the first time they’ve carried only 1 fullback. We know that Kuhn can fill-in at RB if needed, so that’s not an big need, but I believe the Packers will keep running back Brandon Saine iof he clears waivers. More importantly, the Packers MUST place another fullback on the practice squad. I imagine it shouldn’t be a problem keeping Jon Hoese, but without having seen much of him myself, I can’t say if the Packers think he’s worthy. if not, they will go elsewhere to add a fullback to the practice squad.