GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Unofficially, the Green Bay Packers added tight end Sean Beyer to fill out a 16-man practice squad on Thursday.
Bayer was an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State in 2021, spending training camp and all of his rookie season with the Denver Broncos practice team. , was fired in the Vikings’ 80-man reduction on Aug. 22.
With the Packers, he does the dirty work on the practice field behind Robert Toyan, Marcedes Ruiz, Josiah Deguara and Tyler Davis.
Officially with Beyer, the Packers have 15 spots filled on their practice squad. The 16th goes to safe Micah Abernathy, who the Packers released Wednesday to sign veteran Rudy Ford.
Beyer, who missed most of the 2018 season with a knee injury, caught 18 passes in 35 career games for 275 yards (15.3 yards average) and one touchdown. As a senior in 2020, Bayer achieved 158 yards on his 11 passes and his only career score, he achieved 16 yards against Illinois.
He didn’t get many passes, but he was a reliable blocker. It comes from his high school wrestling background.
told Stampede Blue before the 2021 draft. “There’s something to be gained from wrestling just by knowing how to move your opponent and control your body. Being able to translate that to a football field… means you’re blocking someone.” I’m trying to control and move players with blocking, so it definitely helps.”
On the Hawkeyes pro day before the 2021 draft, Beyer measured 6-foot-4-7/8 and 250 pounds. He ran his 4.81 seconds in his 40s and on the 225-pound bench press he had 22 repetitions.
At the Hawkeyes, Bayer bid his time behind the likes of George Kittle, Noah Fant and TJ Hockenson.
“I know a lot of people compare me to Noah for size, speed, etc.,” Beyer told Hawk Central in 2019. But I really like TJ’s way of playing and attacking. I really want to be a mix of both. ”
At Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he was an all-state receiver. He moved to tight end during his 2016 redshirt season.
With Beyer and Abernathy, the Packers’ practice team is full. Sources on Wednesday said he plans to sign kicker Ramiz Ahmed. “The plan is to get Ramiz back,” general manager Brian Gutkunst said Thursday as insurance for veteran Mason Crosby returning from offseason knee surgery. One player needs to be released to sign Abernathy and Ahmed.
Abernathy was a great story. He didn’t play football until he got his first job with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. The Packers signed him after a safety squad was injured.In addition to helping the team get through a rough patch, he easily made a 53-man roster with an interception against the Saints and nearly another against the Chiefs. Did.
“Tell me about a man who took advantage of an opportunity,” Gutkunst said. “It shows that he had a few chances early in his career that didn’t pan out and all he did was prepare himself for the USFL and the various leagues he played. Coming here, running and hitting the ground, he made sure to take advantage of every opportunity he got.”
Packers Practice Squad Set
This is a 16-man practice team that includes receiver Juwan Winfrey and cornerback Benji Franklin.
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quarterback Danny Etling
Running back Tyler Goodson
Running back Patrick Taylor
Receiver Travis Fulgham
Recipient Juwan Winfrey
tight end Sean Beyer
offensive tackle caleb jones
Defensive tackle Jack Heflin
defensive tackle chris slayton
Outside Linebacker Kobe Jones
Outside Linebacker Radarius Hamilton
Inside Linebacker Ray Willborn
Cornerback Rico Gafford
Cornerback Kiondle Thomas
Cornerback Benji Franklin
Safety Mika Abernathy