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.
Wide Receiver (1 or 2): I picked the Packers to keep six wide receivers, not because I really thought they would, but rather because I just did not want to lose Tori Gurley. The Packers move to keep five makes good sense, especially knowing that they should be able to retain at least one, if not 2 of the three wide receivers they cut today (Gurley/West/Taylor) for the practice squad. I sure wish Gurley had developed an “injury” to be put on IR for the year.
Tight End (0): I think the Packers have this position covered just fine, thank you…