Packers promote John Lovett, Darrius Shepherd to 53-man roster

Green Bay Packers, Darrius Shepherd (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Darrius Shepherd (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

The Packers have signed John Lovett and Darrius Shepherd to the 53-man roster.

Ahead of Sunday’s game, the Green Bay Packers have made a few roster moves.

The team announced on Saturday that it has signed tight end John Lovett and wide receiver Darrius Shepherd to the 53-man roster, while also adding defensive tackle Billy Winn to the gameday roster.

These moves are unsurprising given the Packers’ current injuries.

With Davante Adams unlikely to suit up in this game due to a hamstring injury, it makes sense to add some more depth to the wide receiver corps. Had they not made a roster move, the only three wide receivers available on Sunday would’ve been Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, and Malik Taylor if Adams is out. Equanimeous St. Brown is on injured reserve.

Signing Shepherd to the 53-man roster is perhaps another sign that the coaching staff are expecting to be without Adams tomorrow night. They will wait until Sunday to see if there’s a chance he could play, but all signs point to Adams being out in Week 3.

With tight end Josiah Deguara also doubtful to play against the New Orleans Saints, signing Lovett to the roster also makes sense. Lovett played 11 snaps on offense and seven snaps on special teams last week against the Detroit Lions, according to Pro Football Reference. If Deguara is out, Lovett could get more opportunities on Sunday night versus the Saints.

Winn could provide some cover along the defensive line if Kenny Clark is unable to play. Clark is questionable for tomorrow’s game due to a groin injury. He is hoping to make his return after missing last week’s win against the Lions.

On the flip side, these moves might not mean too much. The Packers had a couple of spots open on the 53-man roster after placing Lane Taylor and St. Brown on injured reserve earlier this week.