General Manager Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers’ attempt to salvage the 2016 season continued on Wednesday when they claimed running back Christine Michael off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks. The latest move to acquire 4th year player out of Texas A&M makes sense for Green Bay, who have struggled to find consistent production at the running back spot since Eddie Lacy was placed on injured reserve.
The trade with Kansas City for Knile Davis proved to be a failure, Ty Montgomery has shown promise, but there is a learning curve when switching positions mid-season. The only other move they tried was promoting Don Jackson from the practice squad, but he provided little spark before joining Lacy on the IR.
Christine Michael has proved to be a reliable option at times, starting 7 of 9 games this season for the Seahawks (Released 11/14/16). Michael , this season, has rushed for 469 yards and 6 touchdowns in his 117 rush attempts. He also has some ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, with 20 receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown.
While Michael’s overall stat line will not put him among the top backs in the league, it is important to remember that he was running behind an offensive line that has been suspect at best over the course of the season. Micheal has also been splitting time with other talented backs at throughout the season.
One significant note to point out is that the Vikings also placed a waiver claim on Michael, but the Packers, having the lower record, had waiver priority. So Ted blocked our neighbors to the west from acquiring a back to help their running game, while simultaneously improving the Packers running game.
Is Michael the answer? Will he provide the boost in the running game this team so desperately needs? No one knows for sure, but it cant hurt. Its the age old saying that “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. That’s exactly what Ted and company are doing, and you have to give the ol’ wizard credit for that. Even if its his fault they are in this predicament in the first place.