Return specialist Trevor Davis, after spending two weeks with the Packers in 2019, was with the Raiders from Weeks 4-13, and finished the year with the Dolphins. For the three teams, he returned 22 punts for 145 yards, and 23 kickoffs for 506 yards. His longest kick return was 52 yards, and his longest punt return was 32 yards, both for Oakland. He also caught seven passes for Oakland, one for Green Bay, and none for Miami.
Receiver J’Mon Moore spent most of 2019 on the Browns’ practice squad. He was signed to their reserve/futures list on December 30.
In 2019, Randall Cobb played in 15 games for the Cowboys, but only started in six of them. Still, he had a fine year, catching 55 passes for 828 yards (a 15.1 yard average), and 3 touchdowns. In his three previous years with the Packers, his top numbers were 66 catches (2017), 653 yards (2017), a 10.2 average (2016), and 4 TDs (2017)
Tight end Lance Kendricks, now 31 years old, played sparingly for Green Bay in 2017 and 2018, though he did manage 37 catches for 373 yards and 2 TDs in that time. After a brief period with New England in 2019, he was signed by the Chargers in mid-September. Playing in 12 games, he caught 3 passes for 50 yards.
Fan favorite Taysom Hill, playing variously as a quarterback, running back, and receiver for New Orleans, rushed 27 times for 156 yards (5.8 average), had 19 catches for 234 yards and 6 TDs (!), and completed 3 of 6 passes for 55 yards.
Quarterback Brett Hundley, who had no NFL stats in 2018, came in late in 2019 for the Cardinals and completed 4 of 9 passes, for 49 yards – and rushed six times for 35 yards – aiding in am important (for Green Bay) 27-13 victory over the Seahawks.
Ty Montgomery, after being released in 2018 by the Packers, played both running back and receiver for the Jets in 2019. Though he started in no games, he rushed 30 times for 103 yards, and caught 13 passes for 90 yards.
J.C. Tretter left Green Bay for Cleveland prior to the 2017 season. In 2019, he was the starting center all year long for the Browns, and he handled about 70 percent of the offensive snaps on the season. Initially he signed a 3-year deal for $16.25 million, but midway through 2019 he signed a generous 3-year $32.5 million extension, keeping him with the Browns through the 2022 season.
From 2014 through 2017, tight end Richard Rodgers hauled in 120 passes for the Pack. His best year was 2015 when, as one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets, he had 58 catches for 510 yards and 8 touchdowns. His final two years, however, were not productive, and he then landed with the Eagles. In his two years there, he’s had but one catch for seven yards to show for it. On August 30, he was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury, and only resigned with the team on December 24.
In September, quarterback DeShone Kizer – Green Bay’s backup qb in 2018 – was claimed off waivers by the Raiders. I don’t believe he recorded any stats on the year, however. He’s still young – celebrated his 24th birthday on January 3.
Backup QB Joe Callahan, who was waived in April of 2018 by the Packers, has since had brief stays with the Eagles, Bucs, Ravens, and Lions (signed there in November 2019). He was also selected by the Seattle Dragons in the XFL 2020 draft. I believe his only NFL action occurred when he completed five of seven passes for 11 yards for Green Bay on the last day of 2017.
In 2016, his one year in Green Bay, tight end Jared Cook, hampered by injuries, had but 30 catches for 377 yards and 1 TD in the regular season; in three playoff games, however, he had 18 catches for 229 yards and 2 TDs. He then followed the money to Oakland for two years, with his best year being 2018, when he caught 68 passes for 896 yards and 6 TDs. With the Saints in 2019, he started 7 games, and caught 34 passes for 523 yards (15.4 average) and 6 TDs. Cook is about to enter the second year of a 2-year $15.5 million contract.
After being released by the Lions in March, guard T.J. Lang retired. Lang was with the Packers from 2009-16. In his final year here, he was selected to play in the Pro Bowl.
That same month guard Josh Sitton was released by the Dolphins, followed a few weeks later by his retirement announcement. Josh spent his first eight years with the Packers, where he was a 3-time Pro Bowler, and an All-Pro in 2014.
After being released by the Packers prior to the 2018 season, fullback Aaron Ripkowski remains a free agent. I still believe this blocking back has NFL talent.
Since leaving Green Bay in 2016, and after being with the Seahawks for a time in 2017 (179 rushing yards, a 2.6 average), running back Eddie Lacy has not been sought after by any NFL teams.
GM Ted Thompson made tackle Jason Spriggs the Packers’ second round selection of the 2016 draft (48th overall). His 2017 season was marred by a hamstring injury that put him on the injured reserve list. He came back to start 5 games at right tackle, but then was placed back on IR with a knee injury. He saw little action as a reserve O-lineman in 2018. On August of last year he was waived/injured by the Packers; after clearing waivers he was placed on IR the next day. Technically, Jason is still a member of the Green Bay Packers after four years of non-returns.
Did we forget somebody?
Yes, it’s still too soon and too painful. If a guy like Jordy Nelson can be crapped on by the Packers after the 2017 season, and the Raiders after 2018, it can happen to anyone. Jordy was so bewildered, he just walked away – at age 33 – from the game he loved. There’s no better proof that life isn’t always fair.
I’ll concede the Packers aren’t afraid to shit on the face of one of the team’s hero’s and do it with a straight face..
But if we’re insinuating the Packers also shit on Jeff Janis, then lets shit on the other 31 teams that…..didn’t want Janis either.
I said way back when…..that judgement day will come on the Janis obsession, when the Packers let Janis go and we then see what his fate is. Personally…i think maybe he should be thankful the Packers gave him 4 years of employment and 2.39 million, with the Cleveland Browns kicking in a $100,000 as a going away gift.
Scrub Talk 2020…who will be selling tires next?/
Justin McCray is still in the league (I think) after the Packers traded McCray to the Browns on final cutdown day in 2019. I believe the Packers will swap picks with the Browns in the 7th round. The Packers get to move up a few picks in the 7th for trading McCray, rather than cutting McCray.
The JAN MAN
Marshall Newhouse is a favorite whipping boy of Patriots fans.
You have to give him some credit as a fighter, he hung around long enough to pocket over 11 million in his career. Which he needed because after the Packers, he had to move every year except for one with the Giants.
It is pretty incredible he has managed to stick around. I was shocked when I saw him starting at tackle a couple months back.
McCarthy is interviewing with the Cowboys. Is it just me, or would that be a terrible pairing? Seems like two very strong personalities that would butt heads a lot
Interestingly I kind of think McCarthy might be a good fit in Dallas. He co-existed with TT running personnel in GB no problem and they definitely have talent in Dallas.
They are also interviewing Marvin Lewis. He was able to take a third rate organization like Cincinnati, who doesn’t even have full time scouts, and field a highly competitive team year after year. What might he do with a team that is all in on investing in whatever resources and talent they think will help them win?
Or maybe he’s a just good enough to be slightly above average, a la Jason Garrett…
First of all, Bill O’Brien is a goddamned idiot. Going for it on 4th down? Take the points, make the bills have to score a TD. I always thought he was a dumbass, like, worse than McCarthy. Worst coach in the playoff field.
I absolutely hate the blindside block rule. May have cost the Bills the game. It was a clean block, wasn’t even forcible contact. I hope the NFL looks at that penalty after the season
SKOL or something….
Idk. Playing a divisional opponent in the playoffs seems dicey. I actually am not terribly concerned with playing the saints at home. They are a very good ball club, but Brees has not been great outdoors in playoff games in cold weather.
I think the Saints are over-rated and GB can handle them in Lambeau. I’m much more interested in seeing Seattle beat Philly as I think they can then go into San Fran and win, which would be a big boost for GB. Seattle at GB for NFCCG much better prospect than having to go on the road to San Fran.
Missed one. Apparently Dick Rodgers is in Philly. I assumed he was out of the league