Prior to Tuesday’s training camp practice, the Green Bay Packers made a slew of roster moves, including two additions and two releases. Here is a closer look at each move and what you need to know.
The first move that was reported was Green Bay brining in a familiar face, in center Cole Schneider, who was a 2022 undrafted rookie initially signed by the Packers. He was eventually released in August after dealing with an ankle injury. Schneider then spent time this Spring playing in the USFL.
Schneider was an experienced player coming out of Central Florida with almost 2,800 snaps, most of which came at left guard, although he played center with the Packers. He was credited with giving up only five sacks in his career and never more than 12 pressures in a season. With Jake Hanson not participating in Tuesday’s practice, Schneider was likely brought in to provide additional depth at that position.
The other signing made by the Packers was for wide receiver/tight end Andre Miller, a 2022 undrafted rookie from Maine. Miller, who stands 6’3” and weighs 234 pounds, tested incredibly well during the pre-draft process, recording a Relative Athletic Score of 9.6.
He played receiver in college, playing both on the boundary and from the slot, while totaling 104 receptions at 17.7 yards per catch with 14 touchdowns. For what it’s worth, he graded out very well as a blocker by PFF’s metrics, which we all know is an important aspect of playing receiver in the Matt LaFleur offense.
Miller spent the previous portion of the offseason with the New York Giants where he was moved to tight end. At practice on Tuesday, he was working out with the Packers receivers. Grant DuBose is still on the non-football injury list while Dontayvion Wicks has missed time with a concussion.
Since two additions were made, that also meant two players had to be released for the Packers to stay at maximum 90 player capacity. Tight end Camren McDonald and guard Chuck Filiaga were the two players released. Both were signed following this year’s draft as undrafted rookies.
McDonald was an experienced run-blocker and special teams player coming out of Florida State. In the passing game he caught 74 passes in his career at 11.7 yards per catch with five touchdowns and had slot experience. Throughout offseason programs and into training camp, McDonald was the clear sixth option in the Packers’ tight end room.
Filiaga played both guard positions in college and gave up two sacks and 14 pressures in 2022 with Minnesota. He ranked 27th in run-blocking grade out of 200 eligible guards. The offensive line room is quite crowded in Green Bay, and with the Packers signing Schneider, that is the second interior offensive line addition they’ve made in the last few days, including James Empey.