Packers release Hunter Bradley long snapper
According to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, the Green Bay Packers released Hunter Bradley, who is the team’s first long snapper since 2018. Bradley, a seventh-round draft pick in 2018, was in the final season of his four-year rookie contract.
Schneidman also noted that the team will give Steven Wirtel the starting position. Wirtel signed with the Packers training squad after the final cups, while he did not make the The Los Angeles Rams‘ listing. He has yet to receive regular season NFL action, but began his professional career with the Detroit Lions in 2020 and signed a futures contract with the Rams in early 2021. In the Rams’ camp, Wirtel trained with now Packers punter Corey Bojorquez, who was traded in late August.
So far, each week of the season, three of the Packers’ four “protected” training teams have been quarterback Kurt Benkert, Wirtel and kicker JJ Molson, presumably as “emergency” cover in the NFL’s still ongoing COVID era. The fourth player has been a rotating group of characters who are commonly referred to as game day, but the Packers’ training squad’s protection plan may change in the future now that the squad has more clarity in the game. long-term position. It should also be mentioned that Benkert said on Twitter that he has COVID after missing Monday’s training, which means two of the Packers’ usual protected training squadrons may not be viable options to protect in Week 9.
Beyond Molson, three other players on the practice squad should be kept in mind for protection: wide receiver Juwann Winfree, offensive lineman Ben Braden and running back Patrick Taylor. Both Winfree and Braden have been protected and bred at different times this season, mostly through injury. Taylor, meanwhile, is one of only three running backs in the Packers’ training following the season-ending ACL injury to Kylin Hill. Taylor also returns kicks, which was Hill’s most important role with the team.
For now, the Packers roster has 49 players, with the additions of receiver Davante Adams (reserve / COVID), tackle David Bakhtiari (physically unable to play) and receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (injured reserve) looming. . If Green Bay took Bradley off the practice squad before game day, that alone could bring the squad back to a roster of 53 players.