The Green Bay Packers’ 53-man roster as of Saturday contains a number of strange numbers, at least compared to how the team has constructed its roster in the past. For example, there are just two running backs on the team, eight wide receivers, and four outside linebackers on the 53, all of which are highly unusual.
However, one of the early methods of changing that breakdown bore no fruit for general manager Brian Gutekunst. The waiver deadline after final cuts was noon Eastern Time on Sunday, but according to Michael Cohen of The Athletic, the team did not receive any players on waivers.
This does not mean that the Packers chose not to put in claims for any players; they may have submitted claims only to see their desired players go to teams that had a higher waiver priority. The top two teams in priority, the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants, put in five and six waiver claims respectively, so it is possible that the Packers tried to claim one of the individuals that went to those teams.
Thus, the Packers’ 53 will be the same — at least for the time being — as it was when the final cuts came down. However, there may be changes coming now that all players released by other teams are free agents.
In addition, Cohen’s reporting says that none of the players whom the Packers released were claimed by other teams.
Moving beyond the active roster, NFL teams can begin putting together their practice squads as of 1:00 Eastern on Sunday. Stay tuned for updates on the Packers’ signings throughout the afternoon.