Apparently, the Green Bay Packers have identified the culprit for Jordan Todman’s game-opening 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on Sunday. They’ve fingered safety Jermaine Whitehead, who they subsequently released on Monday.
They filled Whitehead’s roster spot with practice squad fullback Joe Kerridge, an undrafted free agent from Michigan, who was first signed by Washington. The Packers added him to the practice squad on September 3.
Now, this raises a couple issues.
First, the Packers just elevated Whitehead to the active roster on October 24. They made that move when they placed safety and special teams ace Chris Banjo on injured reserve. We quickly found out that was just a temporary move and the Packers would ultimately release Banjo, who likely would have been able to play this coming week.
Taking all of that into account — the Packers ridding themselves of a great special teams player for one who obviously couldn’t cut it — and this series of transactions looks terribly stupid.
Second, the Packers were reportedly going to sign running back Joique Bell on Monday. So what happened with that?
Apparently, someone got some faulty intel.
As for Kerridge, hopefully he’s a special teams ace in the making.