Monday, September 06, 2010

Packers practice squad almost set

According to reports floating on various media sites, the Green Bay Packers have their practice squad set, almost. The seven names that have been reported as having been signed are: QB Graham Harrell, T Breno Giacomini (yes, that one), WR Chastin West, LB Robert Francois, T Chris Campbell, LB Maurice Simpkins and S Anthony Levine. There is one slot remaining and we're waiting for the official release of the entire list by the Packers, which GM Ted Thompson said would come "first thing" this morning.

Graham Harrell had been quoted over the weekend as saying he really wanted to stay in Green Bay to learn under coach Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers. Some folks speculate that the Packers will trade current back up QB and third-year player Matt Flynn -- who apparently several NFL personnel guys are hot on already -- next season and then move Harrell into the back up slot. Both of those moves are a long way season. We haven't even gotten this one underway yet. Relax.

One of the surprising signings for some was the retention of Giacomini who by all accounts has been an underperformer during his time with the Pack. After he was cut on Saturday, however, the ViQueens reportedly tried to sign him. Then again, what ex-Packer haven't the 'Queens signed? Instead of allowing that to happen, though, Thompson somehow was able to work a deal to keep Gaicomini with the Packers despite the 'Queens reportedly offering more money. Go figure.

For fans looking for depth via the practice squad for the defensive line, running back and defensive back positions, not really much has been done. Nor was there much done in the way of waiver claims to give a boost to the return game; Thompson said during his press conference yesterday that no claims were made on any players. Just for the record, five players released by the Packers were claimed by other teams. The only one going to a team within our division, however, was TE/LB Spencer Havner who regrettably found a home in Detroit.

We'll get back to you later once the official list is announced by the Packers and we find out who that eighth player is.