When the Green Bay Packers had to trim down their roster to the maximum 80 players under contract, they had some tough moves to make.
Among them was releasing tight end Michael Peterson, one of six tight ends on the roster. The Packers certainly could get by with five tight ends during training camp, but they had to outbid several teams for Peterson's services and give him a signing bonus, which is gone for good.
But they seem to have found some viable options at the position in the other undrafted rookies they've brought into camp, namely Evan Moore and Joey Haynos.
"Rookie TE Evan Moore had a couple of head-turning plays," reports Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Wednesday's practice. "He beat Abdul Hodge down the seam for a catch during 7-on-7 passing drills, and he made a nifty, one-handed grab in traffic on a low throw from Rodgers during a team period."
The Packers only were able to sign Moore once the New Orleans Saints released him. Makes you wonder why they cut him so early.
Also, Haynos is quietly doing enough in camp for the Packer coaches to give him some chances to prove himself.
"During the last team period, FB Ryan Powdrell and TEs Joey Haynos and Jermichael Finley opened with the starters," wrote Pelissero last night.
Moore and Peterson would likely be the third tight end at best if the Packers decide to keep either one of them. Maybe a more likely option would be on the practice squad. But it might be interesting to watch if they're put on any special teams units if you go to practice. If they're in contention for the third tight end job, they had better add more value by becoming special teams players as well as offensive threats.