There is an opening on the 53-man roster after the Green Bay Packers cut wide receiver Jeremy Ross. The move did not come as a surprise after Ross fumbled during a kick return in the team’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday. There are several options the Packers can pursue, but one in particular the organization should definitely consider is bringing back undrafted rookie wide receiver Tyrone Walker.
Walker definitely caught the attention of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy during his time in camp. In fact, he hauled in five catches for 41 yards against the Arizona Cardinals in the preseason.
“Tyrone reminds me of Antonio Chatman, who not many people know I actually played with,” Rodgers said during the preseason, according to ESPNMilwaukee.com. “But Deuce had very similar size and agility but he was a good route runner, very good in and out of his breaks. And I see that with Walker. I think he has very good hands, he’s a good route runner and I think he has a chance to be a good player in this league.”
There is no doubt in my mind that Walker would have been on the team if the Packers kept six wide receivers opposed to five. Unfortunately, the five wide receivers were set in stone prior to the start of camp, or at least that is what everyone thought.
The release of Ross has opened up the doors for all sorts of possibilities. Regardless of what Green Bay decides to do, they need to find someone who is capable of making plays on offense and can be an asset in the return game. At this point, Green Bay does not necessarily need someone who can be effective when it comes to returning as much as they need someone who can simply play the position smart.
Walker is someone that can step up on offense if need be, while he also can be used in return situations. Obviously, it would be nice if the Packers took a chance on a well-known return specialist, such as Josh Cribbs, but Walker is someone that proved he could handle Green Bay’s offense.