GREEN BAY – All that’s left now is to wait.
That’s about the only thing a few dozen players on the Packers’ roster bubble can do as Tuesday’s 3 p.m. CT deadline for cuts approaches.
All NFL teams must be down to the league-mandated 53-player limit by that time and then, after a waiver period that carries into Wednesday morning, players can start being re-signed to practice squads.
It’s an anxious and uncomfortable time for all involved, but even as Head Coach Matt LaFleur acknowledged how “emotional” it can be, it’s also “the nature of the beast.”
“It’s very difficult, because everybody wants to be here,” undrafted rookie running back Tyler Goodson said after Monday’s practice, the last before the roster decisions. “Everybody wants a chance just to be in the locker room with the guys, be on the field, and just wanting to play in general.
“It’s definitely difficult just to think about maybe you could be here, maybe not. You just gotta hope for the best, let the tape talk for itself and let your play talk for itself.”
Goodson feels he did that, as the Iowa alum led the Packers over three preseason games with 29 carries for 107 yards, including a nifty 24-yard TD run last Thursday in Kansas City.
He’s been in a tight battle all through training camp with last year’s No. 3 running back, Patrick Taylor, for that backup spot behind Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. However it shakes out, Goodson has no regrets with the effort he put forth.
“I gave it my all each and every play, 100%,” he said. “I’m going to do whatever it takes to secure a spot, and that’s really all I could give, especially knowing the one and two spots at running back are going to be filled.”
Seventh-round draft pick Samori Toure took the same approach at receiver, and no matter what happens, he made a positive impression. Toure, who’s gone from FCS Montana to the Big Ten’s Nebraska to the NFL’s Packers over the past two years, led Green Bay’s crowded receiving competition with nine catches for 125 yards in the preseason.
“I just wanted to be the best player I can be, play with good effort, good intensity,” he said. “I feel like I’ve done that and I’ve improved with every week and every practice. I feel like I can look myself in the mirror and say I did everything. That’s really the most important part.
“I think I showed them that I’m a talented receiver and I showed that I can play in this league and I’ll be someone who’s willing to contribute in any way that I can.”
Passing the time Tuesday until getting…