Maybe the Green Bay Packers’ running back situation isn’t quite as clear as it originally seemed. Or maybe the Packers saw an opportunity to upgrade their return game.
Either way, a move that could shake up the 53-man roster ahead of Saturday’s cutdown might be in the works.
According to his unverified Twitter account, former New York Jets running back Joe McKnight is headed to Green Bay Saturday for what he calls a “fresh start.”
Headed to GREEN BAY TOMORROW #freshstart
— JOE MCKNIGHT (@Joejetlife) August 30, 2013
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports later sorted out the situation, reporting that McKnight is heading to Green Bay for a workout. Nothing more.
Btw FA RB Joe McKnight has not signed with the Packers. Merely heading there for a workout at this point.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 30, 2013
McKnight, 25, was released by the Jets on Monday. He spent three years in New York, mostly as a special teams player and reserve running back.
Since 2010, McKnight has carried 112 times for 502 yards, good for a 4.5-yard average. His biggest impact came on kickoffs, where he returned 76 times for 2,205 yards and two touchdowns, including one in each of the last two seasons.
Following DuJuan Harris’ season-ending injury, the Packers appeared to have a solidified quartet of running backs in Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Alex Green and Johnathan Franklin. Green Bay has also used Green and receiver Jeremy Ross on kickoffs.
The workout could still be nothing more than Packers general manager Ted Thompson updating his information on McKnight, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft. But it might also be an indication of Thompson’s displeasure with the running back or return situations. Stay tuned.
Zach Kruse is a 25-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covered prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.