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Packers News: Recent Green Bay Roster Moves

Coming off a gimme win against the Giants, the Packers are looking to make a few more roster moves to improve their trajectory going into the playoffs — which, with Minnesota’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, is looking better than ever.

Former Jacksonville Jaguars RB Tyler Ervin Claimed Off Waivers

It’s likely that he will be taking the place of Tremon Smith — who, as mentioned below, has been released.

Kick Returner Tremon Smith

Nov 3, 2019; Carson, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Tremon Smith (27) is stopped by Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins (not seen) during the second quarter on a kick return at Dignity Health Sports Park. Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Kick Returner Tremon Smith Has Been Released

Tremon took over for Darrius Shepherd who also was not producing up to that point. Another sad chapter in the story that is the 2019 Packers Special Teams.

Total punt return yards for Tremon: 0 (Zero) — That’s the same amount of punt return yards as the regulars in our comments section have.

Former Packers WR Trevor Davis waived by the Raiders

Not directly Packers related, but another failed kick returner for the Packers that had went to the Raiders has now been waived.


We didn’t put up a post about it last week, but here are the moves made last week by Green Bay prior to the Giants game:

11/29 – T Jared Veldheer claimed off waivers from New England Patriots

11/26 – T Yosh Nijman signed to active roster from practice squad; T Cody Conway signed to practice squad

11/23 – G Cole Madison placed on injured reserve

The first two are to help bolster the o-line while the Madison move has expected given the recent announcement of his knee injury.

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  1. Howard December 3, 2019

    A year ago yesterday MM was fired. Jason’s one year anniversary as owner of Total Packers must be soon?

    1. Jason Parker December 3, 2019

      It will be a year on December 14th — came at the ass end of the season

  2. Kato December 3, 2019

    Of interest to me, and maybe other people, Ron Rivera got fired. Now, there may or may not be an opening next year at defensive coordinator, just sayin

    1. PF4L December 3, 2019

      Call me crazy….but remember Newton’s fumble in the Super Bowl. the one he refused to go after. The one he stepped back from when they were still in the game. The one, when asked about it, told reporters he didn’t want to get injured. A running QB, who is worried about getting injured going for a football 4 feet away in the Super Bowl.
      Not only wouldn’t i want Newton, i don’t want the person who is coaching him. He should be teaching (should have taught) his players that the NFL is hard, you have to fight for what you want. No excuse for not going after your fumble. It’s not a good look, for anyone on that team.
      No sir.

      1. PF4L December 3, 2019

        I’ll go one farther, it makes my skin crawl when anyone calls Newton……a leader.

      2. Kato December 3, 2019

        I don’t think Newton being a pussy is a reflection of Rivera necessarily. Especially since Rivera didn’t coach him directly. However his defenses we’re almost always physical, and toward the top of the league. He prioritized running the ball much like LaFleur does, and when the talent was there, they were forcing a ton of turnovers and stuffing the run. Man, I don’t see how he can be any softer than Pettine is with this defense. I am sick of seeing soft coverages and playing scared. This defense is best served to attack. They have speed and athletes all over the place. There is no nastiness to this defense. I am just sick of hearing about “communication” and “conceding the run to not give up big plays” bullshit. I want to see someone rallying these guys on the sideline, getting in people’s faces when they screw up. Pettine isn’t doing it for me.

    2. Howard December 3, 2019

      If there was a Packer defensive coordinator job opening (not likely), I would hope that the Chargers fire their staff and the Packers go after Gus Bradley. I said a day or two after Capers was fired that MM should be fired immediately if he was not sitting in front of Bradley’s house the second Bradley was not re-signed or extended by the Chargers. I don’t know if Bradley ever hit the open market that year, but Bradley would be the guy, if available. Even this year with a bad Charger overall record Bradley’s defense is in the top 5 or close, to it.
      The Packers would have to change to a 4-3, and I would be more than happy with that.

      1. Kato December 3, 2019

        I don’t know how well they would translate to a 4-3. I think Zadarius Smith would be alright lining up with his hand in the dirt (he does so anyways sometimes). I think we would be talking about another rebuild though. It would be nice if Fangio came to Green Bay if he is fired, but I have always heard Fangio wants to be out west.

        I am pretty much over Pettine at this point. I gave him a pass last year because the poor OLB play and the amount of injuries, but I can’t take another year of being ranked in the 20s in basically every statistical category

  3. MJ December 4, 2019

    Do we still have Raji on speed dial?

  4. Kato December 4, 2019

    “We are going to concede the run and play the pass and limit big plays.”
    The Packers are tied with the Giants for giving up the most pass plays of over 40 yards.
    Aren’t the Packers paying T Willy like $7 million to be a veteran presence on the back end, to be a “coach” on the field for the secondary?
    Dondè esta Adrian Amos?

    1. Howard December 4, 2019

      You need to be careful PFF has T. Williams as the highest graded corner on the Packers at a respectable 75.0. That grade is just above the #2 graded Packer DB Amos, at a respectable 74.8. I’m not ambitious enough to see how those grades relate to the rest of the NFL, but my guess is it puts both fairly high in the NFL rankings for their positions. Just the opinion of PFF.

      1. PF4L December 4, 2019

        Someone at PFF likes T Willy. He was ranked 9th with Arizona, and his stats were mediocre at best. Then we had him the year after Arizona, and we saw what we saw. PFF can keep their score on this one. My eyesight is perfectly fine.
        In 2010..T Willy had 49 solo tackles, 6 interceptions, 94 targets with only 44 receptions one sack, and a forced fumble, 20 passes defended. What i would call..a stellar season. His PFF Grade….78.2
        In the 2017 Arizona season he had 38 solo tackles, 2 interceptions, 63 targets with 31 receptions, 0 sacks, 0 forced fumbles, 12 passes defended. Ho-Hum. PFF Grade…81.5 (really?)
        This 2019 season with 4 games left. T Willy has 21 solo tackles, 2 interceptions, 37 targets with 23 receptions allowed, 0 sacks, 0 forced fumbles, and 5 passes defended. HO-HUM. But….incredibly PFF scores him only slightly lower than 2010 with a PFF Grade….75.0 (Only 3 points lower than his 2010 season, really?)
        But…i’ll say this. T Willy had a nice 4 year run from 2008-2011. One of a few of Teds early UDFA success stories. He made a nice career for himself and earned 63 million, 45 million from the Packers. Not bad for an UDFA. But lets be honest, Gute signed him as a band-aid.

        1. Howard December 5, 2019

          I agree PFF may show some bias good and bad toward certain players. Overall I think PFF tries to make the grading process antiseptic. PFF tries to grade each player no matter the name in the same way for each position. However like everyone certain biases enter the equations because humans are making some judgement calls.
          I like the stats you provided it shows how much a team will attack a young undrafted player in 2010. T Williams had a very good 2010 year.
          The one thing the stats do not show is what happened on the other plays not indicated in the stats provided.
          In 2010 the Packer defense were on the field for 969 plays.
          In 2017 the Cardinals were on the field for 1007 plays.
          In 2019 the Packer defense so far have been on the field for 747 plays.
          T Williams was not on the field for some of those plays, however the stats you provide can only take up a small portion of all the plays T. Williams has been on the field. In fact several of the stats you list could have had more than one the stats listed happen on the same play.
          PFF grades on every play the player is on the field. With defensive backs and for sure safeties unless the pass goes their way a broadcast film may not show that a corner was beat badly and the QB missed it, or a corner was in such tight coverage that the play never went to that corner (never show in stats). However, PFF is grading that play as a plus play or a minus play from their view of the all-22 view.
          I think T. Williams may be graded a little to high. I do think Kato was correct in a previous discussion about this subject, when he said, in part, that Tramon is covering slot receiver and in many cases (but not all) slot receivers are not the most dangerous receivers to cover.

          1. PF4L December 5, 2019

            Howard….Sometimes the eye doesn’t correspond with PFF scores. But i’m smart enough to realize that i don’t know how the grades are formulated by PFF, which is why i still rely on it generally. But every once in awhile, you just have to say…wtf?

          2. PF4L December 5, 2019

            The funny thing is…if my memory serves me right, PFF has scored T Willy below 70, the majority of his career.

  5. Deepsky December 4, 2019

    Dolphins picked up Davis before the Packers had a shot to claim him.