On Monday, the Green Bay Packers unveiled their replacement for James Robinson. After barely a few weeks on the team, the Packers opted to break company with Robinson. Robinson has extensive NFL experience. He has made 32 league starts in his career.
Robinson looks to have lost a step, despite having played with three different teams since March. Robinson’s release by the Packers isn’t shocking given that the 25-year-old appeared to have lost a stride this season. Who they choose to replace Robinson, on the other hand, is a surprise.
According to a statement by the Packers, the team signed rookie UDFA Ellis Merriweather to the practice squad:
“Merriweather (6-1, 220), a rookie, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Massachusetts by the New Orleans Saints on May 15, 2023, and had a short stint on the Saints’ practice squad before being released on Aug. 31.
In his final college season (2022), Merriweather played in 10 games, carrying the ball 150 times for 575 yards (3.8 avg.) as the team’s leading rusher and was named to Phil Steele’s College Football All-Independent second-team. He will wear No. 32 for the Packers.”
The Packers have decided to take a chance on a rookie rather than provide seasoned depth on offense. We’ll see if the Packers believe in Merriweather enough to elevate him for a game, like they did before he joined with the New England Patriots.