Myles White has experienced plenty of final cut weekends, but rarely like this year.
After Jordy Nelson’s season-ending ACL injury opened up an extra spot on the Packers’ receiver depth chart, White had almost no need to be nervous. He took care of business on the field, just to be sure.
White caught 16 passes for 157 yards and a pair of fourth-and-goal touchdowns in Thursday’s finale against the Saints. It was one of the most productive preseasons any Packers receiver has had in recent years. In the locker room Thursday, White said he felt more confident going into this weekend than he has his past two years.
“I would hope so,” White said. “I don’t know what they’re going to do upstairs. It’s not my job to make that cut. But I think I did my part, and we’ll see what happens.”
Finally, White made the cut. He was among five receivers the Packers kept on their 53-man roster, joining Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery and Jeff Janis.
The active depth chart does not include Jared Abbrederis, who was released after missing almost the entire preseason with a concussion. Abbrederis, a star receiver at Wisconsin, finally made it back to the practice field Tuesday. He caught one pass for 6 yards against the Saints and averaged 11.7 yards on three punt returns.
Abbrederis will wait another day to see if he cleared waivers, which would allow him to join the Packers’ practice squad. For White, the wait is finally over.
- The Packers kept three quarterbacks on their active roster for the second straight year. Rookie Brett Hundley, a fifth-round pick, played his way onto the roster with seven touchdowns and only one interception in four preseason games.
- Another position battle was for the third tight end job. Rookie Kennard Backman, a sixth-round pick, earned the spot over Justin Perillo and Mitchell Henry. Backman had seven catches for 64 yards and a touchdown.
- Before Saturday, the Packers had every draft pick of the past two years on roster. That changed when Thompson cut defensive tackle Khyri Thornton (third round, 2014), inside linebacker Carl Bradford (fourth, 2014), Abbrederis (fifth, 2014) and defensive tackle Christian Ringo (sixth, 2015). Interestingly, the Packers have added four undrafted players to their roster in the past two years: outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott and defensive tackle Mike Pennel in 2014, and Harris and cornerback LaDarius Gunter this year.
- The Packers went a little heavier than usual on the offensive line. Tackle/guard Don Barclay, tackle/guard Josh Walker, center/guard J.C. Tretter and guard Lane Taylor are backups that will add depth and versatility behind the Packers’ starting offensive line.
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