It was a mostly predictable affair, minus one guy. The Green Bay Packers’ 2017 practice squad, that is.
The Packers brought back two of the draft picks they released and one of the quarterbacks.
The draft picks who were brought back to the practice squad were sixth-round pick Kofi Amichia, a guard, and receiver DeAngelo Yancey, a fifth-round pick.
The surprise — at least to me — is that seventh-round pick Malachi Dupre — yes, another receiver — wasn’t brought back.
After quarterback Taysom Hill was claimed by the Saints, the Packers brought their other quarterback, Joe Callahan, back to the practice squad. It was probably good for Callahan that Hill got claimed. Otherwise, we would have expected Hill to get that spot.
In terms of guys who may have a future, we like a lot about cornerback Donatello Brown, receiver Michael Clark and linebacker Reggie Gilbert, all of whom were brought back on the practice squad.
Brown made some nice plays in the Packers’ final preseason game. Clark, a former basketball player, has been flashing throughout camp. Gilbert was my toughest cut in my projected roster.
If — or I should probably say when — injuries start to hit, I’d expect Gilbert to be the first guy up.
Of the remainder of the squad, safety Jermaine Whitehead is the most recognizable name. He had a cup of coffee on the active roster in 2016.
The other guys who were re-signed are defensive tackle Izaah Lunsford, linebacker Derrick Mathews and offensive lineman Adam Pankey.