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.