2. The call on the No. 3 running back was clear-cut.
Rookie seventh-round pick Kylin Hill won the job in convincing fashion, as the Packers chose not to keep a fourth running back on the roster, with Patrick Taylor and Dexter Williams both being released.
How much playing time Hill will get behind Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon remains uncertain, but the team’s last draft pick in 2021 will now be the first one to step in if either of the top two backs goes down.
Hill finished the preseason with 104 yards from scrimmage (64 rushing, 40 receiving) and two touchdowns (one each).
3. Never count out late arrivals to training camp, nor assume competitions are over.
Kelly was signed during the first week of camp, Rivers was claimed off waivers right before Family Night, and Yiadom arrived via trade after the first preseason game.
Also, the punter competition obviously did not end when Ryan Winslow was released in mid-August. Any players at anytime, particularly specialists, can be competing with others around the league who play their position, which turned out to be the case as the Packers moved on from punter JK Scott.
4. Underdog stories are alive and well in Green Bay.
Even though only one undrafted rookie – defensive lineman Jack Heflin – survived final cuts, there are a total of 12 undrafted players on the initial roster. That’s more than 20% of the team.
The undrafted dozen are: receivers Allen Lazard and Malik Taylor, tight ends Robert Tonyan and Dominique Dafney, offensive linemen Lucas Patrick and Yosh Nijman, defensive linemen Tyler Lancaster and Heflin, linebackers Krys Barnes and Rivers, and defensive backs Chandon Sullivan and Henry Black.
5. The roster could change as soon as tomorrow.
One spot remains open, and it will be filled at some point with a punter. Also, waiver claims are going on league-wide, and if the Packers claim any players, room will have to be made for them by making corresponding roster moves. That could include releasing additional players or placing players on injured reserve, which would make them eligible to return later in the season because they were on the initial 53.
After the waiver claim period, teams can begin signing players to their practice squads, which have a limit of 16 for 2021. The Packers plan to have their practice-squad players practice with the team on Wednesday.
The Packers will need a third quarterback in the building, so if Kurt Benkert doesn’t clear waivers and can’t be brought back on the practice squad, it’ll be someone new in the QB room.