Let me just say this straight off — REAL GOOD MOVE CUTTING LADARIUS GUNTER, Big Ted!
The Green Bay Packers rolled into Minnesota with three of their starting defensive backs sidelined — safety Morgan Burnett and cornerbacks Kevin King and Davon House. So what we got were starters Damarious Randall and Josh Hawkins on the outside and Quinten Rollins in the slot.
Except then — of course! — Rollins went down with an ankle injury. And as I predicted, the Packers were relying on undrafted rookie Lenzy Pipkins all of a sudden.
Personally, I didn’t think Pipkins was bad, but wouldn’t we all rather have had the veteran presence of Gunter, who was cut on September 13?
The point here is, Rollins was placed on injured reserve on Monday in order for the Packers to bring quarterback Joe Callahan up from the practice squad. From a performance standpoint, good riddance.
Rollins has been terrible this season. His play won’t be a loss.
From a practical standpoint, the Packers are awfully short on cornerbacks again. Much like they were last year.
House obviously can’t stay healthy. He’s missed time with two separate injuries this year. Randall has been healthy this year, but he hasn’t played well. Hawkins has shown flashes, but was bad against the Vikings. King should return soon, but is still in concussion protocol.
The Packers can activate Demetri Goodson off the physically unable to perform list this week. Remember him? Yup, still somehow hanging around.
I doubt the Packers will actually activate Goodson, but they might start to work him back into practice. He tore an ACL last December, which would be a fairly quick return from such an injury.
Ultimately, there’s now very little depth at a position where there was supposed to be plenty of depth when the season started.
And if you’re wondering why the Packers don’t just re-sign Gunter, it’s because the Carolina Panthers claimed him as soon as he was released.
Wouldn’t it be funny if Ted had to trade for a guy he released?