Packers Promote a New Starter in a Specialist Location.


Packers Promote a New Starter in a Specialist Location.

The Green Bay Packers didn’t make any moves before the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday, but they did mix up their specialty room for the second time in as many months.

On November 1, Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst cut fourth-year long snapper Hunter Bradley from the 53-man roster and promoted Steven Wirtel from the practice squad to start in his place.

Despite periods of volatility over his three and a half years with the Packers, Bradley had been the team’s regular long snapper for 60 consecutive games. He was also the second of two specialists selected by Gutekunst in his first NFL draft as general manager of the Packers in 2018, as one of Green Bay’s three seventh-round picks. Now, Bradley is the second member of that group to be released in 2021, following fifth-round punter JK Scott’s departure during final roster cuts.

Meanwhile, since the start of the 2021 season, Wirtel has been quietly growing on the Packers’ practice squad. He spent most of training camp with the Los Angeles Rams, who also traded the Packers’ new punter, Corey Bojorquez, to the Packers. He was released before the final preseason game in favor of Matthew Orzech, and spent approximately a week as a free agent until joining the Packers on September 2.

Prior to the start of the season, Gutekunst gave Bradley a vote of confidence, but that was before the team signed Wirtel. They’ve also given Wirtel one of their four practice-squad protections in each of the first eight weeks of the season, implying that they’re allowing him time to show he can improve at the position.

The #Packers had reservations about LS Hunter Bradley, but they stayed with him until Steven Wirtel proved to be a better fit. Wirtel has had protected P-squad status for the last eight weeks, which means no team may sign him after Tuesday of that week. That was the extent of their admiration for him.

November 2, 2021 — Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein)

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