GREEN BAY, Wis. – Though it’s subject to change, the Green Bay Packers have their 53-man roster. Among the noteworthy survivors of the roster bubble were receiver Samori Toure and safety Micah Abernathy.
A seventh-round pick and the 258th of 262 picks overall, Toure edged veteran Juwann Winfree for the seventh receiver spot following a strong preseason. He caught six passes in the preseason finale against Kansas City.
“That’s for the coaches and the front office to decide,” Toure said after Monday’s practice. “I feel like I’m at peace with the amount of work that I’ve put in and what I’ve been able to do, but it’s just a waiting game, so we’ll see.”
With the safety depth chart obliterated by injuries, the Packers signed Micah Abernathy, an undrafted free agent in 2019 who was a starter for the USFL’s Houston Gamblers. Abernathy seemed like only a camp body at the time.
“Who knows? Who knows?” he said when asked where he’d be without the USFL. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity. It got me to where I want to be. I’ve just got to take advantage of it.”
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During his first practice, obviously not knowing what he’s doing, secondary coach Jerry Gray stood 15 yards behind him and shouted instructions. Three weeks later, he earned a roster spot.
The Packers started the day with 78 players on the roster, meaning 25 players had to be released. Six players were released with injury designations.
With long snapper Jack Coco making the roster, the Packers have had at least one undrafted rookie make the 53 for 18 consecutive seasons.
Up next, the Packers can form a 16-man practice squad on Wednesday.
We’ll take a deeper look at who made it, but here’s the list of who did not.
Quarterback: Danny Etling (pictured).
Running back: Tyler Goodson (pictured), Patrick Taylor, Dexter Williams.
Receiver: Juwann Winfree (pictured), Travis Fulgham, Ishmael Hyman (injured).
Tight end: Alize Mack (injured), Sal Cannella, Nate Becker (injured).
Offensive line: C/G Michal Menet (pictured), OT Caleb Jones.
Defensive line: Jack Heflin (pictured), Chris Slayton, Akial Byers (injured).
Outside linebacker: La’Darius Hamilton (pictured), Kobe Jones.
Inside Linebacker: Ray Wilborn (pictured)
Cornerback: Rico Gafford, Kiondre Thomas, Kabion Ento (pictured).
Safety: Shawn Davis (injured), Innis Gaines (injured), De’Vante Cross.
Special teams: Ramiz Ahmed.