Following the successful 2017 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers are looking to make a move due to the draft.
With the addition of three running backs thru the NFL draft, the Packers are looking to make a move to loosen the depth of the position. Green Bay brought in BYU RB Jamaal Williams in the fourth-round, UTEP RB Aaron Jones in the fifth-round, and Utah State RB Devante Mays in the final round of the 2017 draft. It might be over doing it, but the Packers did feel that the RB position was a weak spot on the team and wanted to address the need through the draft, that they did in the form of the above three backs.
Per Bleacher Report, the Packers have released one running back and plan on releasing a second one in the coming days or weeks. On Monday, Green Bay released Don Jackson and have plans to cut Christine Michael.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 1, 2017
GB releases Christine Michael. Montgomery in driver's seat for starting gig. Believe Aaron Jones, not Jamaal Williams, Ty's biggest threat.
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) May 1, 2017
Jackson had been a Packer since last year when he was signed to the team as an undrafted free agent (UDFA). He finished the 2016 season with 10 carries for 32 yards. Michael came over from the Seattle Seahawks and finished his short time in Green Bay with 114 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The news of Michael comes somewhat of a surprise as the team brought him in late last year and was hoping he would solidify the ground game with Ty Montgomery. However, with the recent draft picks, the Packers have to cut someone and it appears that they will go with the youth program, at least to start with.
I don’t see all three rookies making the team, but I think Williams has a really good chance of having an impact during the 2017 season. Jones is another player that could have an immediate impact as a change of pace back for the Packers with his 5-foot-9 frame.
Is the addition of the three backs change the thought of Montgomery as the lead back, or is this just the Packers adding depth to a postion they felt worthy of doing so?