The Packers made arguably their least surprising roster move of the day today in advance of their week six game against the San Diego Chargers.
The team announced this afternoon that they have signed tight end Mitchell Henry to the practice squad.
Henry, an undrafted free agent, was signed by the Packers immediately following the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent the entire offeseason and training camp in Green Bay and he was one of the final cuts in training camp. The Packers reportedly made it clear to Henry that they were planning to put him on the practice squad, but instead the Denver Broncos put in a surprise waiver claim for Henry and added him to their active roster.
The Packers' re-signing of Henry comes two days after he was waived by the Denver Broncos to make way for tight end Richard Gordon, a journeyman tight end and special teams player. Henry was active for just two of the Broncos' first five games this season.
Of course, the Packers' tight end group has been hit by significant injury this season, as Andrew Quarless was placed on Injured Reserve/Designated for Return with a sprained MCL. Factoring in the team's need at the position, Henry's time with the Packers, and the team's desire to keep him after final cuts, this seems to be an obvious move. An added bonus is that Henry should be able to provide some insights into the Broncos' schemes, since they will be the Packers' next opponent in week eight.
Currently, the Packers have three tight ends on the active roster: Richard Rodgers, rookie Kennard Backman, and second-year pro Justin Perillo.
The Packers released tight end Blake Annen from the practice squad to make room for Henry.