Second-year offensive tackle Derek Sherrod is still on the active roster
The Packers have yet to place Derek Sherrod on the physically unable on perform list, and while it could still happen by the end of the week, it’s beginning to look as if the second-year tackle will start the season on the 53-man roster. And he should. Having the former Mississippi State star available to play – even if not until late September – is more beneficial than carrying an extra body at another position.
There are two reasons why. The first is that there’s no depth behind starters Marshall Newhouse and Bryan Bulaga. Newly signed Reggie Wells is currently the No. 3, but he has about as much chance of lining up at tackle in the regular season as I have of winning America’s Got Talent (I’ve got none). The second is that the Packers aren’t quite as deep as we all thought. I don’t see the necessity to carry a third quarterback, a sixth receiver, a ninth offensive lineman, a seventh defensive lineman, a fourth safety, etc.
The possibility of getting Sherrod back before the seventh game is more important than hanging on to someone like B.J. Coleman or Tori Gurley or Andrew Datko or Phillip Merling or Sean Richardson, etc. After watching the Packers all summer, final cuts aren’t going to be all that difficult. That bodes well for Sherrod’s chances of making the final 53, if of course, he’s going to be healthy enough to play before October.