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Packers Practice Squad Signings: Green Bay swaps running backs, adds WR Hatcher

Tra Carson is the team’s newest practice squad running back, taking the place of Joel Bouaganon.

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Over the weekend, the Green Bay Packers quietly made a roster transaction, promoting defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster to the active roster from the practice squad. Lancaster took the place of running back Darius Jackson, whom the Packers released, and his promotion opened up a spot on the practice squad.

The Packers elected to fill that empty spot on Tuesday, but they also made a swap at another position on the squad. The first new name is wide receiver Keon Hatcher, who played his college football at the University of Arkansas. The 6-foot-1 Hatcher was invited to the NFL Combine in 2017 but injured his hamstring at the event and did not complete his drills.

Hatcher spent five years at Arkansas and finished his career with 19 touchdowns and just shy of 1,900 receiving yards. He also added 21 rushes for 259 yards and a touchdown and pitched in a few kickoff returns early in his career. Hatcher spent the entire 2017 season on the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad.

The other new face on the practice squad is running back Tra Carson. A dual-threat running back, Carson ran for 1,165 yards as a senior in 2015, adding 29 receptions for 183 yards and scoring a total of eight touchdowns. He projects as a physical runner, measuring in at 5-foot-11 and 227 pounds. His Pro Day numbers include a 40-yard dash time of 4.64 seconds and a vertical jump of 37 inches. Carson suited up for two games with the Cincinnati Bengals this year after spending all of last season on the active roster but failing to make the 46-man active gameday roster even once. He was released with an injury settlement on October 1st.

In order to open up a second spot on the practice squad to make room for these two players, the Packers released running back Joel Bouagnon from the practice squad. Bouagnon was the Packers’ leading rusher in the preseason, but he did so with just a 2.8 yards-per-carry average.