Discussing his 53-man roster at a Sunday news conference, general manager Ted Thompson said he didn't make any waiver claims in an attempt to bolster his roster because he liked his players better than some other team's castoffs.
"I think our core group is progressed far enough that, barring some injuries, we felt pretty good about being able to pick and choose from our group," Thompson said. "It wasn't that there weren't some people we'd be interested in. It's that, you're interested in them, but if you claim them, you have to cut somebody else, and we weren't very eager to do that."
Thompson didn't rule out signing a veteran backup quarterback at some point, but for now, the Packers appear headed into the regular season with rookies Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn behind Aaron Rodgers.
"I think (coach) Mike (McCarthy) and I both are (committed to the rookies)," said Thompson, noting it's McCarthy decision who would be the No. 2 quarterback. "We wish we had a little more seasoned, but we don't."
Thompson called releasing veteran running backs Vernand Morency and Noah Herron "extremely difficult" decisions, but said they were made necessary by his desire to keep two fullbacks as well as undrafted rookie running back Kregg Lumpkin.
"Obviously, Noah and Vernand have done an outstanding job here," Thompson said. "They're unbelievable professional football players. They're skilled at what they do, they know what they're doing at all times and you can put them in different roles."
Wynn part of practice squad
Neither Thompson nor McCarthy had a bad thing to say after releasing running back DeShawn Wynn last week.
Maybe this is why.
Wynn was added to the Packers' eight-player practice squad on Sunday afternoon. He's joined by seven players who were released in Saturday's final cuts: receivers Brett Swain and Jake Allen, tight end Joey Haynos, center Brennen Carvalho, linebacker Danny Lansanah, cornerback Joe Porter and defensive tackle Alfred Malone.
"I know DeShawn gets a lot of guff, and we're all disappointed he's been injured some, but he helped us win some games last year," Thompson said. "He's a talented back. We're going to put him back out there and let him compete some more."
Thompson on other topics:
- On his defensive tackles: "We have some versatility there. We've been doing that all training camp. We've moved Jason Hunter inside some, Mike Montgomery inside and obviously Cullen Jenkins has some history in there. So, that's where we are. At all positions, you wish you could have more."
- On keeping seven linebackers: "That's a good group of linebackers, so we've got seven."
- On rookie long snapper J.J. Jansen, who was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury: "I thought J.J. had a very good string in training camp. He was good in preseason. Yeah, I was happy with him. He had made our team."
- On whether this year's roster is better than last year's: "We think we have a lot of good players. The team last year was 13-3 in the regular season, so we have some doing to get to that. … It's like two children: Which do you like the most? You like them both."
- On Brett Favre, who criticized Thompson in an interview on Saturday: "We wish Brett the best."