With a slew of veteran wide receivers filling up the injury report this week, the Green Bay Packers made a minor roster move to get another body at practice. On Thursday, the team announced that they have signed wide receiver DeAngelo Yancey to the practice squad.
Yancey was a fifth-round draft pick by the Packers in 2017 after playing his college football at Purdue. He spent the entire 2017 season on the practice squad and remained with the team through training camp this summer, but was released at final cuts. Yancey was one of the team’s leaders in snaps by wide receivers in the 2018 preseason, but he caught just three of his nine pass targets for 11 yards.
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Yancey was a big-play receiver for the Boilermakers, particularly in his senior season. That year he caught 49 passes for 951 yards — a 19.4 average — and ten touchdowns.
In order to open up a spot for Yancey, the Packers released inside linebacker Greer Martini from the practice squad. Martini impressed in training camp, earning some first-team reps during the preseason. However, the acquisition of Antonio Morrison relegated him to a practice squad spot, where he has been since clearing waivers after final cuts.
The Packers’ three starting receivers — Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Geronimo Allison — all are expected to miss practice on Thursday with various maladies. That leaves the team with just three healthy wideouts on the 53-man roster, all of whom are rookie draft picks.