The Green Bay Packers are feeling a bit short-handed at the tight end position in week three. Veteran starter Jimmy Graham was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday’s injury report (which was full of estimates since the team elected to hold a walkthrough instead of a full practice), but apparently the groin injury that landed him there is somewhat serious.
It is serious enough for the Packers to bring another tight end on to the roster. According to Packersnews.com’s Jim Owczarski, the Packers will promote Evan Baylis from the practice squad to the active roster in time for Sunday’s week three game against the Denver Broncos. Baylis will take the spot that was vacated when the Packers traded wide receiver Trevor Davis to the Oakland Raiders.
Baylis had a nice preseason in 2019, catching three of his five targets for 23 yards and a touchdown. He also had a tremendous block on linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu in the Packers’ preseason finale, stonewalling him one-on-one for several seconds to allow DeShone Kizer to complete a 20-yard pass down the field.
A first-year pro from Oregon, Baylis signed with the Packers to the practice squad late in 2018 after spending two years on various other teams’ practice squads. He recorded 44 receptions for 511 yards and three touchdowns with the Ducks from 2013 to 2016.
Meanwhile, the Packers are reportedly signing wide receiver Keon Hatcher to the practice squad to fill Baylis’ old spot. Hatcher was in Green Bay last year as well, spending about six weeks on the practice squad before the Oakland Raiders signed him to their active roster. He suited up for Oakland in three games, catching one pass for eight yards.