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Packers claim RB Jhurell Pressley on waivers from Vikings

Green Bay might have a new third tailback after all.

Minnesota Vikings v Seattle Seahawks Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Waivers have officially cleared in the NFL, and the Green Bay Packers have actually put in a claim on a player released by another NFL team this weekend. That player is running back Jhurell Pressley, who was cut by the Minnesota Vikings over the weekend.

Pressley is an undrafted rookie from New Mexico who possesses excellent speed - he ran a 4.40-second 40-yard dash at his college Pro Day in March, according to NFL Draft Scout. Pressley was listed at 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 206 pounds.

Pressley had excellent averages during his college career with the Lobos, averaging almost 7.0 yards per carry. He eclipsed 1,000 yards once, in his junior year, when he carried the ball 114 times for 1083 yards (9.5 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns. For his career, he put up 394 rushes for 2725 yards (6.9 average) and 35 touchdowns, while catching 18 passes for 220 yards (12.2 average) and one score.

It was widely expected that Pressley would be signed to the Vikings’ practice squad if he had cleared waivers. With this claim, it appears likely that the Packers will release fellow rookie Brandon Burks to make room for Pressley.

(UPDATE: Beat writer Michael Cohen has confirmed that Burks was indeed waived to make room for Pressley.)

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.

Of all of the Packers’ cuts, only linebacker Sam Barrington was claimed, as he was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs. That means that the Packers’ cuts who they hope to bring back on the practice squad should all be available.