Jclombardi reviews roster move, camp reports, & headlines.
Guest senior writer jclombardi @ http://lombardiave.com
Roster Moves: Packers place Starks, Harris & Bigby on PUP, Porter to IR. Harris, Bigby on PUP to Packers Reach 75 Limit. Packers CB Harris to start season on PUP list, miss first 6 games. In no surprise moves to get to the required 75 roster players, the Packers put S Bigby, CB Harris, and RB Starks on the PUP reserve list meaning they will miss at least the first six weeks of regular season. Meanwhile, they put RB Porter on injured reserve. The final season roster must be cut to 53 by 5 p.m. Saturday. Analysis: ”The Packers’ decision to not add either a free agent or a draft pick in the offseason at cornerback looks downright puzzling right now. Packers may make some sort of deal for CB and/or S, like they did with Martin. Rookie CB Shields was a lock to make the roster meaning the cuts make it so that RB Lumpkin and CB/S Bush have just about locked up spots.”
Camp Headlines & Highlights: Tuesday’s practice: The Roundup. Packers relatively healthy aside from a few notable injuries. No. 1 offense and defense will play one series of Thursday night’s game at the Chiefs. Highlights from today’s practice included a finger tip grab in the endzone by TE Quarless and a S Martin tipped interception off of QB Harrell. Looking back at camp–34 players missed at least one practice in camp because of injuries. The offensive side had few injuries except for OT Clifton. The defensive side of the ball has some injuries, especially to the linebackers. However, LBs Matthews and Jones will be ready for the season opener. CB Harris and S Bigby missed the entire preseason. KR/PR/S Blackmon struggled to come back from a severe surgery. DE Jenkins is still recovering from an injury. Positives: with injuries, rookies S Burnett, CB Shields, LB Zombo, DE Neal, OT Bulaga, & WR/KR/PR Chery got preseason game experiences to hopefully help them make immediate impacts when the real season begins; the punting will be vastly improved with probable pick P Masthay; the offense looked super especially Rodgers & Finley. Finale: TT had an outstanding draft knowing his current veteran players, but OLB and CB depth are still issues. Injury report–Out: P Bryan (birth of child), S Bigby (ankle), S Blackmon (knee), CB Harris (knee), CB Underwood (shoulder), RB Porter (knee), RB Starks (hamstring), LB Matthews (hamstring), LB Bishop (hamstring), OT Clifton (knee), DE Jenkins (calf), OL Barbre (back). LB Jones returned to practice today. Horror-of-it-all: Yes, fans, it looks like DE Harrell will be given another year try along with CB/S Bush.
More Super bowl hype–QB Rodgers is on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The NFL Preview issue set to be released shows #12 behind C Wells. The magazine features an article by Peter King that predicts the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Packers in Super Bowl XLV.