Jamon Meredith’s second tour of duty in Green Bay was even shorter than his first. The offensive lineman was released by the Packers on Saturday and rookie tight end Justin Perillo was promoted from the practice squad.
Meredith, a fifth-round pick by Big Ted in 2009, didn’t make the Packers’ roster that season. He’s bounced around the NFL since, most recently getting cut by Indianapolis before signing with the Packers last week.
That signing was made because of the uncertainty surrounding guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang, both of whom were questionable entering last week’s game. Both guys are now clearly going to play, regardless of whether they practice during the week, which made Meredith expendable.
Perillo was an undrafted free agent signee from Maine who had his moments during training camp.
The Packers were going to be playing with only two tight ends this week. Brandon Bostick was ruled out on Friday and appears to have a somewhat serious injury.
Perillo’s elevation to the active roster could signal the end of Bostick. Earlier this week, coach Mike McCarthy said Bostick would be out for a number of weeks. With Perillo’s promotion, the Packers now have the flexibility to put Bostick on injured reserve, which would end his season.
We’re not jumping to that conclusion, but the Packers certainly don’t need four tight ends on the active roster. They barely use the three they have. Really, the only need for Perillo is if Bostick isn’t going to be back for a long while.
I’m sure Ryan Taylor would be preferred if he wasn’t a Cleveland Brown. And Stoneburner was another possibility who is still with the Pack, however, they must think Perillo the better blocker so he gets the nod.
Melvin Gordon for Heisman!
Scratch that… Stoneburner wasn’t an option…he’s now a Phin for Philbin.
Perillo is probably the best option for special teams wit Bostick and Elliott out.
don’t know how well Perillo blocks, but he appeared to have very good hands, and was rather quick for a TE, during training camp practices. Obviously, regular season is a whole lot different!
Please invest a reasonably high pick on an awesome TE prospect, as well as at least two quality picks on ILBs. Then focus on a NT, DEs and OLBs, and maybe another interior lineman. Great job with the Linsley pick, by the way.
Your pal, BZ.
also for consideration is using Julius Peppers again as a super-TE in special situations like we did in NO, and Houston did yesterday with j.j. Watt’s brilliant TD catch. also i saw that the Colts used a lineman as a big TE on a TD scoring play last night on SNF. he even did a block/bump on NE DE Wilfork before taking his TE short pass route into the end zone for the colts only TD in the 2nd half of their losing effort against our future visitors, the Pats.
Jamon Meridith is still around, huh? He was drafted very closely to T.J. Lang