In their never-ending rotation of defensive linemen on the practice squad, the Green Bay Packers have made yet another swap. On Wednesday, the team announced that it had released defensive tackle Eric Crume from the squad and signed defensive end B.J. McBryde to the unit.
Crume had been signed off the street just eight days earlier, following a tryout with the team.
McBryde, who will wear #77 in Green Bay, was originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2015 NFL Draft as an undrafted free agent. He was waived due to injury in mid-August and placed on injured reserve after clearing waivers. He was waived off injured reserve in late October.
The Packers list McBryde at 6 feet, 5 inches and 303 pounds, making him an ideal physical fit for the five-technique defensive end position. The University of Connecticut product had a decent performance at his Pro Day in March, running the 40-yard dash in 5.05 seconds, putting up 24 reps on the bench press, and posting a vertical jump of 31.5 inches. He joins sixth-round draft pick Christian Ringo as the only defensive linemen on the practice squad, as they work behind the five linemen on the 53-man roster.
McBryde is also the latest in a long line of short-term practice squad players for the Packers along the line. Crume, Justin Hamilton, and Bruce Gaston have all spent time on Green Bay's practice squad at different times this season.
As an added bonus, the Packers now have two players named B.J. on the line, with McBryde joining Raji. That is of course in addition to T.J. Lang and JC Tretter, who also go by two initials.