Following Aaron Jones’ injury, the Packers worked out a former Bears RB.
A former Chicago Bears draft pick could soon be on the opposite side of the NFC North divide.
The Green Bay Packers hosted former Bears seventh-round running back Kerrith Whyte Jr. for a workout on November 15, according to the NFL transaction wire, as they begin to re-evaluate their backfield options in light of Aaron Jones’ recent knee injury.
Whyte was the second of the Bears’ two running backs selected in the 2019 NFL draft, behind David Montgomery in the third round, but he has had few opportunities to show off his skills since joining the team.
Whyte’s young career peaked in November of his rookie season, when the Pittsburgh Steelers signed him off the Bears’ practice squad while he was recovering from injuries, and he gained 122 yards on 24 carries in six games.
He was also a kickoff returner.
The Packers also worked out undrafted rookie inside linebacker Christian Elliss (Idaho) and third-year tight end Caleb Wilson (UCLA), who was named Mr.
When the Arizona Cardinals made him the final pick in the 2019 draft, he was irrelevant.
Wilson played a significant amount of special teams snaps for Philadelphia over the course of five games in 2020, while Elliss has spent time on three different practice squads this season.
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Could Whyte Help the Packers in a Variety of Positions?
After learning of Jones’ diagnosis, the Packers have a good reason to look into what running back depth is available.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Packers’ leading back suffered a “mild MCL sprain” against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10 and will miss at least the next game, putting the team in the unenviable position of having to replace one of their better offensive weapons.
In terms of a straight-up replacement, AJ Dillon should be more than capable of taking over Jones’ role as Green Bay’s leading rusher.
They have the No. 1 spot as well.
Second-year Patrick Taylor, who was signed to the active roster on November 4 after rookie Kylin Hill suffered a season-ending ACL injury, is filling the No. 2 role.
Nonetheless, the Packers have had three backfield options for nearly the entire 2021 season…
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