Posted by Josh Katzowitz
A weird bit of rosterology here. After all their cuts – many of whom were claimed off waivers by other teams – the Packers retained only two running backs (Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson) on their roster heading into Week 1. That includes the 53-man roster and the eight-man practice squad roster.
RB Kregg Lumpkin was claimed off waivers by the Buccaneers, leaving only Grant and Jackson behind, though James Starks, placed on the PUP list, could be back after Week 6.
The Packers, however, do have plenty of fullbacks – Korey Hall, John Kuhn and Quinn Johnson. That means Green Bay has more blockers for running backs than actual running backs.
But as Rapid Reporter Greg A. Bedard writes, Kuhn’s ability to double as a RB also led the Packers to make that decision.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines why in an article that discusses Green Bay’s roster as a whole.
In the case of each player who was claimed, Thompson decided to keep a player who is green as grass but arguably has more potential.
Even if Thompson dismissed that line of thinking Sunday.
"Potential is overrated," he said. "We want to win. We want to win now. (Potential) doesn't factor in as much as you might think."
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