The Packers signed ex-Jets running back Joe McKnight Friday, one day before the final 53 man roster must be set. Although McKnight will likely be the 3rd string running back behind Eddie Lacy and DuJuan Harris, he will have a prominent role in their special teams.
This is good news for McKnight, but bad news for 4th round draft pick Jonathan Franklin and four-year veteran James Starks. Franklin and Starks will likely be offered practice squad positions or released outright.
Although McKnight has not rushed for more than 200 yards in a season, he’s an extremely valuable special teams threat. In 3 seasons with the New York Jets, he’s had 10 kick returns for more than 40 yards with 2 touchdowns. The Packers have struggled in their special teams last season and signing McKnight is a step in the right direction.