The Green Bay Packers' first official roster did not feature a long snapper, a necessarily cog in the machine unless the team never plans to punt or kick a field goal. However, that void appears to be filled by a familiar face. According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, the team worked out their old long-snapper Brett Goode and plan to sign him Sunday.
Goode became the Packers' long-snapper in 2008, replacing Rob Davis who retired to join the team's director of player development. Goode remained in that role until last December, when he suffered a torn ACL in a game against the Oakland Raiders. The injury landed Goode on season-ending injured reserve, leading to the signing of Rick Lovato as his replacement.
The Packers continued with Lovato through the remainder of the season and brought him into training camp. However, Lovato never quite secured the job in the eyes of team brass. They brought in free agent Jesse Schmitt as camp competition, though he lasted only a few reps before breaking his hand. Lovato continued snapping for the team during the preseason but received his release on the final cutdown Saturday.
On the same day as Lovato's exit, Goode worked out for the Packers and underwent a physical. In order to sign him, the team must first make a move to free up a spot on the 53-man roster.
In his eight-year NFL career, Goode has missed just two regular-season games, both last season after his knee injury. He has made six total tackles and one fumble recovery over that span.