UPDATE (9/5): As it turns out, this report was premature. The Packers announced their practice squad on Monday morning and Cajuste was not on it. At this time, the big receiver remains unsigned.
UPDATE (9/7): This whole situation is finally wrapped up. Cajuste signed with the Packers’ practice squad on Wednesday and the team released Beniquez Brown to make room for him. Cajuste is formally listed as a tight end on the Packers’ roster.
The Green Bay Packers are filling up their ten-man practice squad on Sunday, a unit that they typically fill almost entirely with players who spent training camp with the team. We are tracking all of the reported practice squad signings here, but one of the latest reports deserved a post of its own.
This latest report is that the Packers have signed WR/TE Devon Cajuste to the practice squad. Cajuste, who stands 6’4” and weighs 234 pounds, spent training camp with the San Francisco 49ers after signing with them as an undrafted free agent this spring.
Cajuste was a teammate of Ty Montgomery’s at Stanford, where he played from 2012 to 2015, and he joins Blake Martinez and Kyle Murphy as fellow rookie Packers who played last season for the Cardinal. He posted 90 career receptions for 1589 yards (17.7 average) and 14 touchdowns. However, his athletic skills leap off the page - at the Combine, he ran his 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds (a solid number for a player his size), then posted one of the best 3-cone times of any player in Indianapolis with a 6.49-second run. He also has an impressive 36” vertical and 10’3” broad jump.
Here are a few comments from David Fucillo of Niners Nation on Cajuste:
He's listed as a wide receiver, but there is thought that he would be better suited in more of an h-back role, or even a tight end. He's a big guy for a receiver, and has gotten some comparisons to Devin Funchess. His catching skills are a work in progress. He had one catch for 40 yards in the preseason, but just never really got chances outside of the third string.
The Packers appear to be favoring players with extremely impressive athleticism this season; Dean Lowry, Josh Hawkins, and Marwin Evans all posted some of the best workouts of any players at their positions and all three made the 53-man roster.