NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted out the full waiver claims that NFL teams made on Wednesday, following the league-wide cutdowns from 90 players to 53-man rosters. The Green Bay Packers were awarded two players, tight end Ben Sims and defensive back Zayne Anderson, and none of the players that the Packers released yesterday were picked up by another squad.
The Packers are now two roster spots over the 53-man roster, without even currently rostering a long snapper — though, it’s expected that Matthew Orzech re-signs with the squad when they open up a roster spot. At minimum, Green Bay will need to make three more roster transactions before Week 1 against the Chicago Bears.
Zayne Anderson is a FS prospect in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 8.24 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 137 out of 772 FS from 1987 to 2021. https://t.co/TwuaOajG8s #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/DxQm020K5k— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 16, 2021
Anderson is a safety, who most recently was a member of the Buffalo Bills. He’s been in the league since 2021 when he was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent signing. Over the last two seasons, with the Chiefs, he played all 110 of his regular season snaps on special teams. Despite being small for the role, he’s considered a hybrid linebacker type. That could hint at Anderson replacing Tariq Carpenter, who currently fills that role on the team.
Ben Sims is a TE prospect in the 2023 draft class. He scored a 8.32 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 181 out of 1073 TE from 1987 to 2023. https://t.co/pxEshGA77P #RAS pic.twitter.com/nVIVHOfn6m— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 30, 2023
Sims is an interesting prospect, as the Packers brought him on a pre-draft visit in 2023. The team couldn’t land him as an undrafted free agent, but they now have room for another tight end body since Tyler Davis went out with a season-ending ACL injury.
The Baylor product was known much more for his run blocking than his pass-catching ability with the Bears, but he posted great workout numbers during the pre-draft process. Sims should be available to the Rich Bisaccia for special teams help, where he can fill out a role as he continues to develop on the offensive side of the ball.
Interesting note on Packers waiver pick up TE Ben Sims: The Vikings gave him $110,000 guaranteed as part of his undrafted rookie contract this spring.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 30, 2023
The most the Packers guaranteed any of their UDFA's was $9,000 in the form of a signing bonus.
Expect the corresponding roster moves to come out later on Wednesday, as the roster will need to go back down to 53 players. If you want to check out who made the Packers’ initial 53-man roster, you can find that HERE.