The Green Bay Packers have a new long snapper, and he’s their old long snapper.
As expected after working out for the team on Friday, the Packers signed veteran snapper Brett Goode, who held the job from 2008 through his torn ACL at Oakland on Dec. 20. Until the injury, he had played in all 126 regular-season games and all 11 postseason games.
“It’s great to have Brett back,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Monday. “Obviously, with his experience and just really coming back off the injuries, was always the focus for him. I think Rick (Lovato) really did a nice job throughout the preseason. His grades and his performance improved each and every week. But our history with Brett is the way we turned in this particular decision. So it’s great to have him back in the building.”
The Packers also claimed running back Jhurell Pressley, an undrafted rookie from New Mexico, off waivers from Minnesota. Pressley (5-10, 206) is an undrafted rookie from New Mexico, where he rushed for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior and 1,083 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, when he led the nation with 9.5 yards per carry.
To make room for Goode and Pressley, the Packers released running back Brandon Burks and placed cornerback Makinton Dorleant on injured reserve. Dorleant played in only one game due to hamstring injuries.
Showing how cruel the business of the NFL is, Burks didn’t even stick around on the practice squad. Signed to the practice squad were nine players who had been with the team: receivers Geronimo Allison and Herb Waters, inside linebackers Carl Bradford and Beniquez Brown, outside linebacker Reggie Gilbert, running back Don Jackson, guard Lucas Patrick, defensive tackle Brian Price, and safety Jermaine Whitehead.
The 10th and final member of the practice squad is guard Blake Muir. Muir (6-5, 315) signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Baylor and was released last week. He spent two seasons at Hawaii and his final two season at Baylor, where he started 25 games. He was all-Big 12 first team as a senior.