August 21, 2014

NFL increases size of practice squads

Tramon Williams started his career on the Packers Practice Squad

Tramon Williams started his career on the Packers Practice Squad

The NFL and the NFLPA announced Tuesday, teams can add two more players to their Practice Squad, going from eight to ten players.

The expansion of the Practice Squads covers the next two seasons and means a total of 64 more jobs will be available around the league in each of the next two years.

The league also announced that each team will be able to sign two players “who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit.”  Otherwise players who have earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for the practice squad unless they spent fewer than nine games on the 46-man gameday roster during those seasons.

Practice Squad players will earn a minimum salary of $6,300 each week, totaling $107,100 whould they hold on for all 17 weeks of the regular season.

With the Green Bay Packers last season, Myles White, Jake Stoneburner and Jumal Rolle all spent time on the Packers Practice Squad before signing onto the active roster last season.

AUDIO: Mike McCarthy is in full support of adding to the Practice Squad :18

 

Packers waive Lyerla

The Green Bay Packers waived undrafted tight end Colt Lyerla with an injury designation but hopes to bring him back on injured reserve once

Nick Collins

Nick Collins

he clears waivers.

Lyerla suffered tears in his MCL and PCL while attempting to hurdle a player during a Packers’ training camp practice earlier this month.

If the Packers want Lyerla back, they could also reach an injury settlement and sign him to their practice squad later this season once he’s recovered from his injuries.

The Packers were happy with Lyerla’s blocking and could experiment with him at fullback when he returns.

Collins retires

Former Packers safety Nick Collins announced his retirement on Tuesday night via Twitter.  He has been out of football since 2011 when he suffered a neck injury in a game against Carolina.

Collins played in seven seasons for the Packers, collecting 21 interceptions.  He added a pick-six against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Packers Super Bowl XLV  victory.

Bostick to miss time with leg injury

Brandon Bostick - UPI/Robert Cornforth

Brandon Bostick – UPI/Robert Cornforth

Brandon Bostic was figuring into the mix at tight end for the Green Bay Packers. He’s potentially the teams best receiving tight end, but Bostick will miss some time with an injury.

Bostick was seen in the Packers locker room on Monday, using a pair of crutches. Coach Mike McCarthy told the media moments before that Bostick would miss a couple of weeks with a lower leg injury.

McCarthy wouldn’t say if the injury was related at all to the broken foot that put Bostick on injured reserve last season. But he said the Packers were encouraged once all the testing was done.

Bostick caught one pass against the Rams, for 9-yards before going down with the injury. The Packers will be hoping Bostick won’t miss any time during the regular season.

Bostick’s injury does open the door for Andrew Quarless, who started 10 games for the Packers last season. Second year pro Jake Stoneburner also figures to be in the mix as well.

Rookie Richard Rodgers has started the first two preseason games. He didn’t have any balls thrown his way in the win over the Rams on Saturday.

Packers may be looking for tackle help

Derek Sherrod fails to protect Scott Tolzien on this play. UPI/Robert Cornforth

Derek Sherrod fails to protect Scott Tolzien on this play. UPI/Robert Cornforth

Derek Sherrod had put himself in front of the pack for the Green Bay Packers swing-tackle job after a solid performance in the preseason opener at Tennessee.  But Sherrod’s lack of speed was exposed in last Saturday’s 21-7 victory over the Rams in St. Louis.  That could leave the Packers looking for help.

Fellow tackle Aaron Adams struggled just as much, leaving the Packers with some concern about who would protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers if something were to happen to starters David Bahktiari or Bryan Bulaga.

The Packers went into training camp with veteran Don Barclay set as the top backup at tackle, but Barclay suffered a season-ending ACL tear.

As teams cut their rosters down over the next two weeks, don’t be surprised if the Packers aren’t keeping a close eye on the waiver wire, looking to strengthen their depth at tackle.

Packers get testy during Wednesday T-C workout

Mike Clemens Photo

Mike Clemens Photo

Wednesday’s Green Bay Packers Training Camp workout was full of fights as well as pushing and shoving matches.  That isn’t strange to an NFL practice.  But the Packers had at least six of them yesterday.

It started early with WR Jeff Janis and CB Antonio Dennard.  When it was all finished, roughly 40 players jumped in.  At least a dozen were on the ground, punching and kicking for 30 seconds or more.

The day even included a shouting match between Green Bay linebackers coach Winston Moss and Packers offensive line coach James Campen.

It’s almost hard to believe that a team that has struggled with injuries the past couple of seasons, came out of this with no injuries to report.

With three preseason games coming up, including a game at St. Louis on Saturday, Mike McCarthy said it’s likely the most physical they’ll be for the rest of camp.

After practice, Jordy Nelson made it clear that challenges were presented to the players by the coaches during early morning team meetings, to fight for your teammates.  The coaches were looking to see some emotion in this camp and that’s exactly what they got.

So were the fights staged.  You could say that the mission was accomplished.

AUDIO: Winston Moss asked how it all got started with James Campen :19

AUDIO: Jordy Nelson says the coaches challenged the players to protect their teammates :14