Whether or not the Packers decide to add Ahmad Brooks to the team or not, a full 90 man roster is no longer on this list of barriers. According to the NFL waiver wire, the Packers have released long snapper Derek Hart, running back William Stanback, and wide receiver Colby Pearson.
Hart was undrafted out of James Madison in 2015. The Packers added him to the roster earlier this year after releasing long time special teamer Brett Goode. After a terrifying Packers family night in which Crosby made 5 out of 11 field goal attempts, the Packers brought back Goode.
The competition went from bad to worse for Hart after he was sidelined with an injury, during which time Goode continued to play in the flawless manner the Packers had become accustomed to over the last 9 years.
In truth, Stanback never really had an opportunity to win a roster spot. With a new stud in Ty Montgomery and 3 draft picks, the odds of any undrafted player making the roster was slim to none.
Prior to his release, Stanback was 1 of 2 free agents on a team that struggled to get snaps to their running backs. Add in his injury that kept him off the field and this was just a matter of time. For old times sake, let’s all take a moment and remember Mr. Stanback by taking one final look at his highlight reel (aka the Stanback smash).
Possibly the most upsetting cut of the group, Colby Pearson was the talk of training camp through the first couple weeks. He was the Max McCaffrey before Max took his place.
Unfortunately, being sidelined with an injury on a team that is busting at the seams with wide receiver talent isn’t the best way to make a 53 man roster. For Colby’s sake, let’s hope he is able to showcase his talent somewhere in the NFL this season.