The Packers have claimed WR Travis Fulgham off of waivers.
The Green Bay Packers didn’t make the moves many expected at the wide receiver position this offseason, but GM Brian Gutekunst is continuing to add talent at the position.
According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the Packers have claimed wide receiver Travis Fulgham off of waivers. He was waived by the Detroit Lions.
The team has been interested in adding a wide receiver to the roster, which was clear following Demovsky’s report that the Packers had visited with free-agent receiver Malik Turner last week. They could still sign Turner to the 80-man roster this week.
Fulgham was a sixth-round pick by the Lions last year. He played three games with the Lions, featuring on six percent of the team’s offensive snaps, according to Pro Football Reference. But he didn’t have a catch.
In his final year at Old Dominion, Fulgham caught 63 passes for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns.
And he shouldn’t be written off. Allen Lazard spent his rookie season on the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad. The Packers signed Lazard from the Jaguars’ practice squad, and the rest is history.
Davante Adams, Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling could be the top four wide receivers on the depth chart this season, but Green Bay now has plenty of competition for the remaining roster spots.
Fulgham now has an opportunity to compete for a roster spot along with Jake Kumerow, CFL star Reggie Begelton, and rookie Darrell Stewart.
Green Bay might not have used a draft pick at wide receiver or spent big in free agency, and the team won’t have Devin Funchess on the field in 2020, but there is competition for the fifth and sixth spots on the roster. Lazard has shown that it’s possible to go from a long-shot to make the roster, get cut, come back and make a big impact.
The Packers will be hoping Fulgham can do the same.