It appears that the Green Bay Packers will wait until Saturday to announce their mandated cuts to get down to the 53-man roster, but team officials weren’t sitting idly by today – it was announced that former Jets running back Joe McKnight will pay a visit to Green Bay for a workout Saturday morning, while Havard Rugland, the YouTube kicking sensation who was cut by the Detroit Lions, had what he considered a good workout with the team this morning.
During the preseason with the Lions, Rugland made all three of his field goal attempts, from 49, 50 and 33 yards. Instead, the Packers went with the tried and true, keeping longtime kicker David Akers instead.
Considering that the Packers have narrowed their kicker down to veteran Mason Crosby, they are not about to leave any stone unturned in the event that Crosby implodes like he did last year. It seems the Packers just don’t know what they have with Crosby. Do they bank on the kicker who over the past two weeks missed only one attempt, or are they looking at the man who lost all confidence during the season last year, making only 63 percent of his attempts and in the process leaving the team no choice but to bring in competition?
Crosby appears to be on a short leash – one that’s being held by Ted Thompson while he has his other hand on the red phone hotline. If Crosby pulls another 2012, expect calls to be made promptly. Yes, Green Bay convinced Crosby to take a huge pay cut for this season, but even that might not be enough to keep him in town if he misses some easy kicks.
As for the running back situation and McKnight – he offers an interesting option for the Packers. Not only is he considered an equal to James Starks, but he’s got an added dimension in that he might be an alternative at kick returner. If the Packers like what they see in the morning, might they sign him and dump Starks? After all, Starks has been buried deep on the Packers depth chart the past couple of weeks after starting the preseason as the guy. He’s been rumored to have been on the trading block for months. Maybe it’s time the Packers simply give up on him and let him walk, while bringing in McKnight, a runner with fresher legs and more of an upside.
Twitter has been ablaze today with talk about McKnight and Rugland’s tryout with the Packers.
We won’t know until the morning whether anything will come of either player.
Yes, there will probably be some surprises tomorrow across the league, with some of them coming out of Green Bay, but until that happens it’s all speculation. The Packers have until 5 p.m. CDT tomorrow to make their moves.
Stay tuned …