We talked about what we considered a remote possibility that the Green Bay Packers would claim running back Christine Michael on waivers, on Tuesday night. They actually did just that and were awarded Michael on Wednesday.
Michael, who was the Seahawks leading rushing this season with 469 yards, was released by Seattle on Tuesday.
The move makes all kinds of sense for the Packers. They are now seemingly refusing to give the ball to Ty Montgomery and James Starks has been unproductive, averaging only 2.4 yards per carry this season.
The running game is a mess and the Packers are throwing the ball 71 percent of the time, the second-highest total in the league.
Why didn’t we think the Packers would make a claim? Well, like I said, it makes all kinds of sense.
I can’t recall the last time Ted Thompson claimed a player on waivers during the season. It just hasn’t happened very often, but perhaps that’s a sign of how desperate these Packers are.
Michaels totals with Seattle would be the best on the Packers’ current roster. His six rushing touchdowns are six more rushing touchdowns than any Packers’ running back has.
While his 4.0 yards per carry isn’t great — Eddie Lacy was averaging 5.1 before he went down — Michael was also playing behind a bad offensive line.
When healthy, the Packers’ offensive line is a far superior unit to Seattle’s. Michael just might himself more running room in Green Bay.
That is, if Mike McCarthy even bothers to hand him the football.
In order to sign Michael, the Packers put running back Don Jackson on injured reserve. Is Jackson actually injured?
Not to our knowledge, although he was inactive against Tennessee.
And finally, even if nothing comes out of this at all, at least the Packers took something the Vikings wanted.
As it turns out, Vikings also put in waiver claim for former Seahawks RB Christine Michael, per source, but Packers higher in waiver order.
The Vikings are one of the few teams who average fewer rushing yards per game than the Packers — a league-worst 69.8. They lost the waiver claim because they have a better record than Green Bay.