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Jermaine Whitehead Also Added to Roster

Well, this was pretty simple for the Green Bay Packers, it appears. They sent two guys from two of their most overcrowded positions to injured reserve and they promoted two guys who play those same positions from the practice squad to the active roster. Following receiver Geronimo Allison was safety Jermaine Whitehead.

Whitehead was an undrafted free agent from Auburn in 2015. He spent most of that season on the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad. He was also on Baltimore’s active roster for two games before being released in the offseason and getting signed by the Packers. Whitehead was in camp with the Packers this year and played decently. We noted the big hits he delivered on several occasions, but the Packers kept six safeties on the active roster to open the season.

Whitehead would have been seven and six was already an absurd enough number.

That’s why the moves today were a little curious. The Packers are clearly lacking depth at cornerback with injuries to Sam Shields, Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins. Did they really need to get back to six safeties and seven receivers instead of signing another corner?

No, they did not, but they did anyway.

Finally, here’s a fun fact. Three of the Packers’ six safeties are undrafted free agents. Kentrell Brice and Marwin Evans also fall into that category. That number jumps to four if you want to count Chris Banjo, who was just put on IR.

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Joseph Bonham

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7 Comments

  1. Howard October 24, 2016

    I think there going to use him as a corner. Jermaine had cornerback type numbers in drills at the NFL combine, except the 40 time was a little high. If fact Jermaine was right behind or ahead of Randall in several combine drills for Safeties in 2015.

  2. PF4L October 24, 2016

    That …and i think he played some High School round ball.

  3. Mike October 25, 2016

    More banner moves by Walking Dead GM were stuck with. Shuffle practice squad, INCOMPETENT Teds call to glory

  4. Savage57 October 25, 2016

    Holy sheeat. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, this.

    I try, I really do, but Christ sometimes it’s hard.

  5. MMTTDCSUCK October 25, 2016

    The “Call of the Mild” . . . Fucking Buffoon and TT “The Frugal GM” You can’t make this shit up. Every week it is a new chapter in dull . . . Great time to just actually “RELAX” and do something other than fret about how these fucking fucks are going to shit the bed differently this week . . . It will happen. I bet they are jacking each other off as they tell each other how smart they are.

  6. MJ October 25, 2016

    Maybe they are already thinking about a potential Superbowl matchup with NE and their 2TE set, which requires safeties, not CBs nor LBs. Meh, who am I fooling…

  7. Mike October 25, 2016

    Wow. Somehow it does not surprise me one bit. It’s really sad but I’ve come to expect this kind of shit. Coulda tried for forte, or even a guy like spiller once the season started. Shit, isn’t McFadden getting close to returning? He’s behind Elliot, Morris and Dunbar. I’d rather see what he’s got than Davis. But what do we know. I’m guessing they coulda had him for what they have up to get Davis. I see Joe Haden is wearing out his welcome in Cleveland, not worth the risk to throw them a 4 or 5 and get CB help?

    Never mind, any option that requires tt to spend money or late round draft picks on guys he’s gonna stash on the practice squad and call up, means it’ll never happen.

    The constant roster building with udfa and late round draft picks is beyond frustrating. Add in all the first round picks that may show potential but don’t live up to their pick and this is what you get. Rodgers isn’t at his best right now and therefore isn’t able to cover the mess tt created and isn’t able to cover up the horrible coaching of buffoon.