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Packers announce pair of roster moves at running back

-- The Green Bay Packers announced a pair of roster moves in their backfield on Saturday, swapping one out for another.

The team's official release informed that they had placed running back Akeem Judd on the reserve/retired list and presumably consequently signed LeShun Daniels to replace him.

Sunday would've marked two weeks since Judd signed with the Packers, and it was an underwhelming stint that featured two limited looks into his abilities against the Tennesee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers. In two preseason games, Judd carried the ball 11 times for 22 yards.

Daniels, meanwhile, has been somewhat of a journeyman since entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa in2017. He bounced around between three practices squads -- New England Patriots, Los Angeles Chargers and Washington Redskins -- before finally seeing regular-season action towards the end of last season. 

Daniels' rookie year ended on the Redskins' injured reserve list due to a hand injury, however, and he was officially waived by the team in March.

Daniels offers the Packers another option at running back while Aaron Jones continues to rehab his hamstring injury -- and has yet to play in the preseason -- and Jamaal Williams nurses a sprained ankle.

Second-year running back Devante Mays is also dealing with a hamstring injury. Outside of the aforementioned three, the only healthy names in the Packers' tailback stable are Ty Montgomery, Joel Bouagnon and Daniels, who will wear No. 46.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Demon's picture

At long last we have a back!

Bure9620's picture

I was a Devante Mays fan, but his roster spot is now in Joepardy

dobber's picture

Is that hosted by Alex Terbek?

nubby15's picture

"Your answer must be in the form of a question" --Art Fleming

Packer Dave's picture

Bouagnon has a chance to stick. I don't know much about his pass pro but he offers some power and falls forward. He's not going to break off huge runs, but much like Williams he'd be good for ground and pound. Just not impressed with Ripkowski...

Ligaya Barlow's picture

Ripkowski hasn't had a chance to carry much. Coupla years ago he averaged over four yards a carry. We need him

Ligaya Barlow's picture

Ripkowski hasn't had a chance to carry much. Coupla years ago he averaged over four yards a carry. We need him

PatrickGB's picture

I agree PackerDave, and maybe Rip’s days are about over. He still does well on ST’s and maybe does well in practice but the Frenchman has some pop to his runs.

stockholder's picture

I wonder if Moore can be a rb? Bet MM has him run a play before camp ends.

I bleed green more's picture

They may keep another TE and cut Rip I can see it.

Chuck Farley's picture

Mm will have at least one full back on the team so he can show the world how tough his team is.

Chuck Farley's picture

Mm will have at least one full back on the team so he can show the world how tough his team is.

Coldworld's picture

Rip never seemed the same after his playoff fumble. Before that he was looking like a long time contributor. Since then, well underwhelming on offense would be kind.

Lare's picture

Might just as well, I think even Jimmy Graham blocks better that Ripkowski these days.

Chuck Farley's picture

The vikes have a nice stable of running backs and they aren't hurt. A couple may be available when team has to start making cuts. Some decent corners will be available too, so maybe the pack can get whole picking up vikes players?

Jersey Al's picture

bite your tongue.

Oppy's picture

So now we now which flavor of troll you are.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

APC wrote an article suggesting that Gute might be watching to see which RBs Pittsburgh releases. I am not as familiar with MN, but I am not against a waiver claim if they cut a quality RB.

Demon's picture

The packers dont take the vikings garbage. They take ours.

Samson's picture

Actually, the Vikes have quite a bit of talent that may have to be released by the end of preseason. --- I would jump at improving the 53 no matter where the talent comes from. ---- I sure Gute believes exactly the same.

Jonathan Spader's picture

Packers took Odom from Atlanta last year and he had 0 impact on 2017 and hasn't shown anything in 2018. Getting a player another team released can be a steal longterm but more often than not there's a reason they were released.

TheBigCheeze's picture

....could you please quit calling them the "vikes"??....that's what their obnoxious fans call them....or are you trying to tell us something??

Minniman's picture

As contrarian (there's that word again) as your comment sounds chuck, mike zimmer is a darn good defensively minded coach (I'm jumping through the fact that he and rick spielman would be in lockstep..... as opposed to what has happened at GB recently - apologies if this offends, but the logician in me still can't fathom how Ted, Mike and Dom got so disconnected without someone pulling on the reigns) . As such I'd agree with taking a peek at any discards from their RB or DB rooms. I also think that checking out any Pittsburgh draft off-casts too (at deep positions) as i think that they do a a "hullava job" constructing their roster.

Side thought - MM needs to get on the same page as Nick Saban if GB intends to continue drafting Alabama players. 'Bama undoubtedly get the cream of the HS crop and do great things with them. MM needs to tap into some of that - HHCD is a better player than what we are seeing, and between he and Eddie Lacy I'm starting to see the shoots of a trend occurring where successful bama products hit the pros, do some good things then fade.... is the CBA freedom affecting these guys (who may need persistent driving to remain successful)??

PAPackerbacker's picture

Lets hope those injuries to the RB's will not keep them from the regular season. Bouganon looks like a power back and always moving forward. But Judd and 11 carries for 22 yards just isn't getting the job done. I sure hope Leshun Daniels can be productive in Green Bay. Maybe the Packers can find a gem when teams start making their cuts. If Monty goes down to injury the Packers are in serious trouble at RB. Time for Williams, Jones, and Mays to get healthy and stay healthy.

Demon's picture

Let me correct you PA. not if Monty goes down. When Monty goes down.

Samson's picture

You said it before I could.
Monty is a WR parading as a RB. --- MM, once again, shows his lack of NFL HC credentials. --- No matter, season 2018 may be the end of the line in GB for MM.

PAPackerbacker's picture

I would not be surprised. Been saying that for the last couple of years. But I doubt MM goes anywhere soon.

PAPackerbacker's picture

I stand corrected.

Minniman's picture

Croat made a point a couple of articles ago and I tend to agree with him - in broad brush terms, a RB is only as good as the o-line that gives him the running lanes (and I'll add the QB that sells the pass option to hold off secondary rushers).

If he's getting stuffed at the line of scrimmage by 250lb LB's or 300+ lb D-lineman then his injury probability is going to be greatly increased.

Granted that Le'veon Bell makes some great things out of nothing, but his running style is unique - but case in point Adrian Peterson, who didn't dominate the packers (primarily because they knew he was getting the ball instead of the QB passing it).

carlos's picture

It’s getting to a point where if you can’t play get rid of them. It’s getting ridiculous. Lombardi wouldn’t stand for this. Every year there’s positions that are a mess. It gets real old. If they aren’t hurt they violated some rule. Time to put on the big boy pants. This is the NFL. We all know what that stands for.

Jonathan Spader's picture

Not
For
Lombardi

Oppy's picture

Two of the biggest factors that people ignore when they talk about how Lombardi would make today's players play through injury or hit the road:

1) The overall level of competition is vastly superior today than it was then. That is not to say there were not great players back then- there absolutely were- but today, there are MORE top athletes competing across the league, and the margin that separates success and failure in the one-on-one match ups is far more narrow. Modern football players are world class athletes today, and the difference in the fraction of a second lost from playing on a tight hamstring or sprained ankle when the guy across from you is also a world class athlete is the difference between success and failure more so now than back in the day.

2) The players today, for better or for worse, are now MASSIVE financial investments, and more often than not, it is the trainers and coaches who shut down a player because they are looking at the investment. Also, again, regardless if player "a" wants to play through the injury, if player "b" will be more competitive at 100% than player "a" at 80%, they are going to sit that player.

dobber's picture

People forget that in Lombardi's era, players were commonly construction workers and factory workers in the off-season...

carlos's picture

You’re right Oppy. Just tired of guys who are always unavailable.

croatpackfan's picture

How large was roster and what was amount of Salary Cap in Lombardi era?

I would like to know...

dobber's picture

No salary caps until the 90s.

Since '61's picture

Croat - No salary cap in the Lombardi era. Like Dobber correctly posted, no salary cap until 1993. Roster sizes were 33 players until 1960 when the league expanded and the number of games went from 12 to 14.
At that time the rosters were increased to 40 players but I think only 33 or maybe 35 were dressed.

Back then you had less teams and players, playing less games. The athletes back then did not have the conditioning facilities or nutritional understanding that we have today. They were not as big or as fast, although there were many players like Bob Hayes, Jim Brown, Gale Sayers, Herb Adderly, Dave Robinson, John Unitas, Joe Namath and plenty of others who could have played and succeeded in this or any other era.

Most players needed to work at other jobs during the off seasons to make ends meets. The Lombardi Packers played for their championship bonuses (average $1500) because it made the difference between making it through the year financially or not.

In spite of all of that the Lombardi era players were better fundamentally than today's players even though today's players are better athlete's. The games were better, the officiating was better and because the game was slower and played on natural grass there were much fewer injuries.
Thanks, Since '61

Ligaya Barlow's picture

Totally agree. The Packers are too distracted by side shows, theme parks, toiletmaker lodges and pr bs. Either you back up Rodgers with the players he needs and stop using him as a cash cow or let him go where he's genuinely appreciated. In Wisconsin, simple gratitude is a kind of sign of weakness and peasant reluctance to follow orders is a kind of strength.
Enough already. Either live up to the tradition or go back to Sheboygan, Guutkoont

dobber's picture

The side shows and theme parks are pretty much the norm in the modern NFL. It's how teams generate extra cash flow. The teams that don't have them are working to get them.

I doubt they distract the players very much.

Oppy's picture

Small market teams like the Green Bay Packers have only been financially feasible in the modern era due to the league wide revenue sharing policies of the NFL.

If revenue sharing is ever re-worked or eliminated, it would be become extremely difficult (or unthinkable, impossible) for the Packers to field a competitive team in the future. The title town district is a buffer and layer of financial protection should the current league revenue sharing significantly change or evaporate. It's those investments the Packers are making now to keep football in Green Bay for the future.

As to it being a distraction- NO. The football people deal strictly with football. The financial guys deal with financials. No distraction whatsoever.

jww061356's picture

I always liked Jackson. I saw him against Wisconsin last year. He had what I'll call "sticky" coverage." His pedestrian foot speed never scared me much, cause he is a hardworking kid that hones his craft every day. I think we have a chance to have one or two elite defenders on our back end before the year is out.

4thand1's picture

Remember Samkon Gado, nice pick up. There will be a ton of RB's after final cuts. I always wondered why no one made a play for Smith in Dallas behind Elliot. I would like to see him in the backfield he can still play, no too old, and hasn't had to many carries in Dallas.

Coldworld's picture

To your point, easiest position for transition traditionally. Also one where you need bodies to run practices let alone for PS games to limit impact on those heading for the roster.

At this point, therefore, most teams have several beyond number required in season, so pickings are few. Hopefully Mays and Jones get back for game 4 at least. Until then,definitely need depth with Williams dinged.

TheBigCheeze's picture

.......in "Gado' we trust.....

DD's picture

Nice comments on the running backs. Without William's and two game suspension loser Jones, the Pack running backs are not very good or scare anyone. Hard to believe the Pack is still searching and has such a difficult time hitting a winner. Our scout team needs new a new vocation!! Then again, I guess MM just wants a blocker in pass protection, as he will fail to use the run or the backs again this year. Mark it!! Hope I'm proved wrong, but doubt it.

DD's picture

Two more preseason games left and we are still searching for running backs!! Houston, we have a problem!! Truth be told.

Oppy's picture

You make it sound like the Packers main purpose for signing backs the last two days is because they aren't happy with what they have.

Do you even follow the packers? They're signing camp bodies right now because the RB's are all nursing injuries, and it's better to have those guys get healthy than force them to take reps in practice.. someone HAS to play RB in practice.

When jones and Williams get healty, thise camp bodies get released. I'm tempted to say the same thing about Mays, but he hasn't been in camp at all, so who knows.

Demon's picture

Js online has an article titled McCarthy sticks up for Spriggs and Murphy. He goes on to say " I have a lot of confidence in those guys". Im waiting for him to say "our tackle room is right where it needs to be,"that statement should come after the next preseason game.

Does anyone need some manure for their garden? If so, go see MM. He seems to be shoveling quite a bit of it again.

WKUPackFan's picture

So you think that MM should publicly say "These guys stink" just so you'll believe that your opinion is validated?

You're the guy who berates his child when the child brings a 3.6 GPA home, screaming that it should have been a 4.0.

Demon's picture

No I dont think I'd say those guys stink. I'd probably be a little more diplomatic than that. I would say something like:
we've got a lot of work to do! I'm a little disappointed in the development of our back up linemen. That doesn't mean we can't get there. But we aren't close to where we need to be yet!

To stand up there and tell a boldface lie that no one will believe is silly.

As for you wku you seem to like to berate me personally every chance you get. It is not me that comes on here with the attitude of a 350 pound woman who just found out her box of bon bons was empty. Thats ok, thats your perogative. Go ahead and spew your venom. I could care less.

Qoojo's picture

What he says in the locker room vs what he says in public should be two different things. On average, fans are idiots and there is no reason to publicly air performance reviews or even be moderately truthful on his real opinion of the situation.

Oppy's picture

Qoojo, I completely agree.

DraftHobbyist's picture

Pretty typical. They knew they weren't going to keep Judd on the roster, so they are just trying to see more players. If they need a guy off the street, hopefully one of these guys will be there that they have some relationship with.

DraftHobbyist's picture

Pretty typical. They knew they weren't going to keep Judd on the roster, so they are just trying to see more players. If they need a guy off the street, hopefully one of these guys will be there that they have some relationship with.

Samson's picture

Unfortunately, the same 'ol, same 'ol.
Draft 3 RBs one year and a year later the Pack is already searching for a 'real one'. --- Three 2nd string RBs on your 53 does very little for the "O".

One of the two 1st rounders in 2019 will be a 1st string RB wearing G&G, finally. --- Gute will figure this out by the end of season 2018.

Rebecca's picture

Next man up.

Demon's picture

In todays NFL, a back has to be pretty special to be drafted in the 1st round. I know there was one drafted high this year but that's not the norm anymore. If theres one available that deserves to go that high, by all means do. I'd rather see one taken in round 2 or 3. This team needs pass rushers and offensive tackles much worse!

I bleed green more's picture

Must be more going on than we know. Pack signed RB Hill today hope 2 or 3 will play opening day.

Demon's picture

At least Gute is trying. Ted would have been on the toilet reading the funny page.

LambeauPlain's picture

Poor Mays. Guy can't catch a break.

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