Wednesday, March 24, 2004

So Eric Crouch is back in camp, and there was much rejoicing. At 6'1" 200 lbs., Crouch is taller than Bhawoh Jue but lighter than Antuan Edwards. Edwards is unlikely to resign with the Packers, so Crouch would find himself fighting for the 4th safety spot with Corey Fuller. Since Crouch has no experience with playing either safety position, it seems likely the best Crouch could expect this season is a roster spot as the 5th safety only if he is a demon on special teams. If Crouch is average or worse on special teams, then the best he could expect is the practice squad. I can't think of one successful offense to defense conversion in the NFL in the last 25 years, so this signing has to be viewed as a long shot.

Travis news alert: the Packers signed punter Travis Hale to compete with Travis Dorsch, and released wide receiver Travis Williams. Hale averaged an unremarkable 40.6 yards per punt in college and had surgery on his right knee in late 2002. Hale must have cost nothing, so it is no risk situation. Williams was hanging on in the NFL by the skin of his teeth before he was cut, because the Packers had him on their "reserve-non-football injury NFL Europe list." I had no idea such a list even existed.

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