With linebacker Krys Barnes’ promotion to the 53-man roster ahead of Sunday’s week one game, the Green Bay Packers had an empty spot on their practice squad. On Wednesday, they filled that spot and made another swap to adjust the squad ahead of their week two matchup with the Detroit Lions.
Gone is defensive tackle Daylon Mack, who signed with the team just a week ago. Mack was not one of the two players elevated to the 53-man roster as the Packers kept just four defensive linemen on the gameday roster. With that move opening up a second free spot on the practice squad, the Packers then filled the two spots by signing defensive tackle Billy Winn and offensive tackle Ryan Pope, both of whom practiced with the team on Wednesday.
Winn, a sixth-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2012, has not played in an NFL game since 2016. He missed the 2017 season with a torn ACL, was out of football in 2018, then landed on injured reserve again in 2019 with a triceps injury. Winn played in 68 games from 2012 to 2016, however, starting 23 contests for the Browns, Colts, and Broncos.
Pope is a second-year linemen out of San Diego State. A 6-foot-7, 315-pound tackle, Pope signed with the Detroit Lions after the 2019 NFL draft but was released at the end of training camp before spending time on the 49ers’ and Jaguars’ practice squads during the season. He remained in Jacksonville for 2020, but spent most of training camp on the reserve/COVID-19 list, at one point being the only player in the entire NFL still on the list. He was activated on August 31st, but was waived at final cuts.
Teams are allowed to elevate two players from the practice squad each week to be eligible for the gameday roster. In week one the team used those spots on linebacker Tipa Galeai and tight end John Lovett, both of whom were on the active 48 for Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings.