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Packers claim former third-round cornerback

Green Bay made the decision to add an athletic cornerback with experience in Joe Barry’s system on Monday.

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On Monday, the Green Bay Packers claimed cornerback David Long, who was recently let go by the Carolina Panthers. The team did not need to make a corresponding roster move on their active roster, as they had an open roster spot available.

Long is a former First-Team All-Big Ten cornerback for the Michigan Wolverines who was drafted in the third round by the Los Angeles Rams back in 2019. Notably, Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry was the associate head coach and linebackers coach with the Rams during Long’s first two seasons in the league.

With the Rams, Long played in 52 games and started 10, including five in their Super Bowl season of 2021. In total, Long has played 1,219 defensive snaps in the NFL to go along with 513 special teams reps.

After Long’s rookie contract expired, he signed a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders in March. He stuck on the Raiders’ initial 53-man roster until November. When he was waived, the Carolina Panthers picked him up on waivers. This season, he’s played 190 defensive snaps and 39 special teams looks over both squads.

Currently, the Packers roster six other cornerbacks on their 53-man roster: Jaire Alexander, Carrington Valentine, Corey Ballentine, Keisean Nixon, Robert Rochell and Kyu Blu Kelly. The team also will likely activate cornerback Eric Stokes from the injured reserve in the near future, which — with the addition of Long — will give them eight players at the position.

There has been a lot of churn at the position this year, but you can assume at least one more cut is coming. The name to highlight here is Kelly, who has played just five snaps for the Packers this season. Rochell is another option, but he’s played 59 special teams snaps for the team, which should give him a head-to-head edge over Kelly.