The Green Bay Packers needed help at linebacker and had an open spot on their 53-man roster. So it was no surprise to see them sign linebacker Jordan Tripp Tuesday.
Tripp, who was a fifth-round pick by Miami out of the University of Montana back in 2014, will make the Packers his fourth NFL team. He also played for Jacksonville and most recently in Seattle, where he started against Tampa Bay just three weeks ago.
The move was reported by Adam Caplan of ESPN and confirmed later by Tripp on twitter.
God is Good Always! #GoPackGo
— Jordan Tripp (@jtripp37) December 14, 2016
At 6-3, 234-pounds, Tripp is an athletic, versatile linebacker, who can help the Packers right away. With Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez struggling with injury, much of the playing at inside linebacker has gone to Joe Thomas and safety Morgan Burnett.
Clay Matthews has even played inside recently. But his shoulder injury and the Packers thin depth at outside linebacker, makes his presence required outside.
With the addition of Tripp, the Packers have depth again inside. The former Grizzly has eight career tackles and has played most of his snaps on special teams, where he is likely to play in Green Bay.
But if injuries continue to hamper the depth inside, Tripp could find himself seeing snaps, especially in the base defense (3-4).
While Thomas and Burnett can handle the third-down duties, they struggle to hold up against the run. Last Sunday, even in a 38-10 defeat, the Seahawks racked up more than five yards per carry with mostly Burnett and Thomas inside.
Green Bay plays in Chicago Sunday and I’d be surprised if Tripp isn’t on the field. I would expect him to see time right away on special teams and maybe, before the season’s over, even a few snaps from scrimmage.