It comes at no surprise, but it’s a bummer, nonetheless. On Tuesday afternoon, the Packers made the decision to waive offensive tackle Jason Spriggs, ending his three-year tenure in Title Town. In his second-to-last draft as Packers GM, Ted Thompson saw enough in Spriggs to trade up in the second round to grab the Indiana grad, but he never emerged as the heir to Bryan Bulaga’s throne, as everyone had hoped. He never made much of an impact in the limited opportunities he earned. All 9 of his career starts were due to injuries to starters at tackle or guard, and he never inspired coaches to give him further opportunities.
His departure not only saves $1.1 million against this year’s cap, but it paves the way for the likes of Billy Turner, Cole Madison, and Elgton Jenkins to move up the depth chart and get more reps in training camp and the upcoming preseason games. Even with his departure, this could be the deepest offensive line the Packers have had in recent memory.
This move also made room for the Packers to claim another running back, a position they’ve been hoarding recently. The running backs will be used very differently in Matt LaFleuer’s offense than they were under Mike McCarthy, so Brian Gutekunst has been providing plenty of options to the first-year head coach. The player claimed was Keith Ford. Ford spent his first year in Buffalo. He played in two games, starting one, and amassed 21 carries for 79 yards, along with 3 receptions for 21 yards.
Ford was never a true standout in college, but he did rush for 12 touchdowns in his senior year at Texas A&M, and he does have a bit of experience returning kicks. That, in addition to a solid 7.85 RAS score, is enough of a reason to give him some reps in the next month to see if he can take the next step.