GREEN BAY – It appears the Green Bay Packers are more concerned about their running back situation than their wide receiver situation.
After releasing No. 5 wide receiver and kick returner Jeremy Ross before the bye week, the Packers opted to promote running back Michael Hill – and not wide receivers Myles White or Charles Johnson – from the practice squad Monday to take Ross’ place on the 53-man roster.
Hill, who joined the Packers’ practice squad on Sept. 2 after spending training camp with the San Diego Chargers, carried 21 times for 60 yards in preseason play with the Chargers before being released on the final cutdown.
A 5-foot-10, 210-pound rookie out of Missouri Western, Hill finished his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,969 yards and 35 touchdowns on 828 carries (6.0-yard average).
That leaves Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin as the only four wide receivers on the Packers’ 53-man roster. Cobb (195 snaps), Nelson (213) and Jones (215) have all played more than 90 percent of the Packers’ 218 offense snaps this season.
Asked if the Packers were comfortable with only having four wide receivers on the roster, coach Mike McCarthy said they were.
”If we didn’t, we wouldn’t have made the change that we made,” McCarthy said. “It’s a group that can use as many opportunities as they can possibly get.”
Taking Hill’s spot on the practice squad is wide receiver/returner Reggie Dunn, a 5-foot-9, 178-pound rookie out of the University of Utah.
Dunn signed with Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent and played in all four preseason contests for the Steelers before being released. He had two catches for 19 yards and returned seven punts for a 9.9-yard average. As a senior at Utah in 2012, Dunn returned 10 kickoffs for 513 yards (51.3 avg.) and a school-record four touchdowns on his way to earning first-team All-Pacific-12 honors as a kick returner.
Dunn came to Green Bay on Monday, worked out for the team in the morning, then waited to see if the Packers wanted to sign him. When they did, he practiced Monday afternoon.
“I didn’t talk to them during the draft or anything. These past couple weeks, they said they wanted to bring me up,” Dunn said. “It’s crazy because you’re doing a tryout, (then) you’re waiting to see if they’re going to (sign) you or not. I was just sitting there and then they brought me up. I signed. It was just a blessing to have a chance to play in the NFL and for a great organization like the Packers.”
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