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Christine Michael And Don Jackson Are Out

Even when the Green Bay Packers re-signed running back Christine Michael this offseason, we figured he’d have a hard time making the roster come training camp. Neither he nor Don Jackson will be given that chance.

After the Packers drafted three running backs, they decided to release both Michael and Jackson.

Michael rushed for 114 yards on 31 carries for the Packers in 2016 after coming over via a waiver claim from the Seattle Seahawks during the middle of the season. His mediocre 3.7 yards per carry average was buoyed by a 42-yard run against the Chicago Bears.

Jackson, a 2016 undrafted free agent pickup, rushed 10 times for 32 yards.

It’s interesting that the Packers are parting ways with both players now. Typically, the team brings five or so backs to camp and let’s them battle it out for roster spots. Since they didn’t sign any running backs as undrafted free agents, they’ll go into camp with four backs as of now — Ty Montgomery and the three draftees — Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Devante Mays.

That presents another interesting scenario. The Packers have traditionally kept two or three running backs on their final roster. Will they go with four this year?

The team rarely cuts draft picks in their first year. Thus, we suspect the Packers will go into the regular season with a four-running back roster, barring injury.

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  1. KILLER May 1, 2017

    Yep. Yep.

    Replace that guy waived by two teams and that undrafted guy with those late round RBs drafted. You know, that 7th rounder taken in the 4th and that non-draftable drafted in the 5th and that total project (but worthwhile project) drafted in the 7th.

    The grand plan is coming together. Instead of some previous roster bubble wouldn’t make most teams players it will be brand new roster bubble wouldn’t make most teams players. They are bound to get carries by default! It will make the organization look so smart! Not to mention more carries for the wide receiver. Who the heck would draft a WR in the second round and make him into a RB? The Packers! Because they are soooooo smart!

  2. Howard May 1, 2017

    Montgomery was a 3rd round pick, but don’t let the facts get in your way. Because you are so smart Killer.

    1. KILLER May 1, 2017

      My error. Deepest apologies.

      So… does that make TT/MM even smarter or not as smart?

      1. O'Really? May 2, 2017

        The 7th round guy was injured his senior year but is an athletic beast with production on tape. TT doesn’t really even need to be that smart for you to sound like a moron second guessing him. How can you say with authority you know how the packers will use any of them?

        1. KILLER May 3, 2017

          Hmmm, never said “with authority you know how the packers will use any of them”. I only said: “They are bound to get carries by default!” I think that is true. They are the only other running backs besides Montgomery, who is not even a running back. Do you really think Montgomery will get every single carry this year, all 16 games? Really? O’Really?

          Besides not having said “with authority” as to how the Packers will use them I will actually say I certainly do not. I mean, seriously, they made a great safety into an NFL-worst CB. They made a back up Wide Receiver into a starting-by-default RB. MM may do anything with these guys. Probably move Williams to Safety and Mays in inside Linebacker and Jones to Punter. I mean, who knows, right?

          So you talk about second-guessing. OK, let’s second guess. The trade down from RD 1 to top of RD 2. Obtained a 4th (Biegel). Supposedly drafted the same player they ever would have. So… a win? I am not so sure. Now that player is a total free agent after 4 years. If he’s been drafted in RD 1 he could be kept for 5 years. The point is moot if the player is a flop. But, if it is a good pick… then it was a real bad deal. PF4L had a point that the wisdom of the trade will be decided by the value of the results from the 4th round pick. Anyone can find an average LB on the free agent market for cheap. Biegel needs to be above average. Heck, WELL above average for this to have been a good trade.

          OK, that second guess #1. Here comes another. Guess who the Packers almost took at 33rd overall? In the draft room they debated over Kevin King aaaaaaaand… Dalvin Cook! They could have gotten a Top 10 player at a position of great need or a mid-1st value at a position also of great need. They went with the second option. Had they taken Cook they could have gotten CB Cordrea Tankersley in the 3rd — and he had a value equal to King’s. Yep, that is right, Packers could have had their cake and also had even more cake yet again. Every time you see Cook break a long one or score a TD just think how he could have been / should have been the Packers RB of the present and future. And how if the CB problem had been properly addressed in prior drafts or free agency then the team would have certainly selected him instead of being stuck in a debate torn between weaknesses, a debate they lost..

          Second guess #3. When the Packers took Adams there were several better value DTs available. Carlos Watkins. Jaleel Johnson. And others.

          So, there is the second guessing you wanted. By the way, I do this every year and if I’d been running the Packers drafts the last eight years the team would have 7 more pro bowlers (but minus Clinton-Dix as I would not have taken him)! I have a system and it works.

      2. Kato May 2, 2017

        Go kill yourself

        1. KILLER May 3, 2017

          O’Really shows immaturity but having him kill himself is far too extreme. Poor guy. Take it back!

  3. GLB May 1, 2017

    Packers probably won’t go with 4 RBs, one or two will go to practice squad.