We were wondering why injured center J.C. Tretter had been taking up a roster spot all this time. Tretter played in the Green Bay Packers’ first seven games this year before suffering a knee injury. He’s been sidelined since and just this week had surgery on the knee.
The Packers finally decided to end his season. They put Tretter on injured reserver on Saturday.
Taking Tretter’s roster spot is rookie receiver Max McCaffrey, who was elevated from the practice squad.
You will recall that Max is the son of former Giants and Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey and the brother of Stanford running back Christian. You also may recall that a bunch of idiots made a big deal when the Packers signed Max to the practice squad back in December because of those connections. Naturally, we skewered those idiots.
That aside, this obviously says something about the Packers’ tenuous receiving depth.
Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison are all questionable going into the NFC Championship game. If they play, they won’t be at 100 percent. The Packers’ healthy receivers are Randall Cobb, rookie Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis. Davis was in the doghouse and a regular game-day inactive toward the end of the season and Janis is just sitting around collecting dust.
It’s possible that McCaffrey has been impressive enough to warrant a roster spot, but considering he’s been in Green Bay just a shade over a month, we find that to be a stretch.
Regardless, the Packers obviously felt they had to do something with the position. Even if all three of the injured players play (which we still doubt will happen), one bad shot and they’re right back to the sideline.