The Green Bay Packers don’t normally make a lot of moves on the waiver wire. Usually it’s their players getting picked up. But, when the Packers really like a player, they go for it, which says something about what they think of Jhurell Pressley.
In the end, the Packers liked Pressley enough to put a waiver claim on him after he was let go by Minnesota and thankfully for them, they were awarded his services.
Pressley, who was in training camp with the Vikings, after going undrafted out of New Mexico, is a drastically different back from Eddie Lacy and James Starks. He’s 5-10, 206 and ran 4.39 in the 40-yard dash.
During his college career, Pressley rushed for 2,725 on 394 carries, which gave him a yards-per-carry-average of an impressive 6.9. He also scored a total of 36 touchdowns and had two seasons, where he averaged greater than nine yards per carry.
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With his speed and production, Pressley was expected by many to be drafted and was projected to go as early as the fifth round.
During the preseason, Pressley struggled running the football and was getting just 2.9 yards per attempt. Yet, he also flashed his potential, returning a kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown and also catching a screen pass and turning it into a 28-yard touchdown.
The rookie had a total of five receptions for 57 yards for Minnesota, which could be another element he can add to the Green Bay offense. He also just offers a little more shiftiness than Lacy or Starks, which could be a good element to add.
And with kick returner still unsettled, it’s not a bad thing to have another option there either.
In years past, it’s been the Vikings picking up old Packers’ players, this time, it went the other way around. We will see if Green Bay finds something in Pressley and if the Vikings eventually regret letting him go.