There's no turning back now for GB93. The slogan for the 2013 Green Bay Packers touches on the history of the franchise, now embarking on it's 93rd season of football. The regular season roster of 53 worked together for the first time today and there were still a couple of introductions neccessary. The purging of the quarterback pool behind Aaron Rodgers continued even after the final roster cuts on Saturday as General Manager cut B.J. Coleman on Sunday in favor of former Wisconsin Badger and 49er backup Scott Tolzien. Then, the Pack signed 11 year veteran Seneca Wallace to be Aaron's priimary backup. Matter of fact, in the locker room after practice, it was Wallace who handled the introduction himself.
Tolzien echoed his San Francisco camp teammate by saying the Packers were a good fit for him, mentioning Mike McCarthy's prowess for developing young quarterbacks, Harrell and Coleman notwithstanding. Harrell was released Sunday after spending a couple of days with the Jets who signed Brady Quinn instead. The rest the practice squad was finalized today, joining Tolzien are Green Bay camp players Charles Johnson, Myles White, James Nixon and Jake Stoneburner. New to the team are guard Bryan Collins who was with the Houston Texans this month. He was undrafted free agent from SMU where he started 20 games during his career. Offensive tackle Aaron Adams arrives after a college career at Eastern Kentucky and playing for the Cleveland Browns this summer. The final practice squad player is running back Michael Hill from Missouri Western, the school's all time leading rusher who went undrafted but signed with the San Diego Chargers and played in all four pre-season games.
The most notable player not practicing today was Casey Hayward who skipped the Kansas City game with a pulled hamstring. Other's with the same injury, Morgan Burnett and Brad Jones, were able to go. McCarthy withheld Hayward's chances for Sunday until the first official injury report comes out after Wenesday's practice.
Had a chance to talk with a couple of long shots who earned jobs on the team. Johnny Jolly said it was an anxious Saturday but feels blessed to have his three year hiatus culminate with a job and his next goal is to work hard every day to keep it. Andy Mulumba sweated out the turk too and safety Chris Banjo celebrated his place on the team by diving into a big bowl of Cookies and Cream ice cream at a spot near Lambeau Field.
Now that the team is in place, the game plan for San Francisco will be finalized by the coaches on Tuesday's player day off and presented to the squad Wednesday morning. Are you ready for some football?