The Green Bay Packers will apparently have a new punter in 2017.
The team announced Thursday morning they had released Jacob Schum after just one season. Green Bay signed Schum last August after releasing long-time punter Tim Masthay and rookie Peter Mortell. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported Schum was waived with an injury designation as he’s been dealing with a back injury.
His departure leaves them with rookie Justin Vogel from Miami (Fla.) as the lone punter on the roster.
Green Bay also announced the signing of fourth-round pick Jamaal Williams. The rookie from BYU was the first of three running backs the team took in April’s NFL draft. He ran for 3,901 yards and 35 touchdowns in his career.
KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Chiefs topped the Green Bay Packers 17-7 in Thursday night’s preseason finale at Arrowhead Stadium.
Darrin Reaves and Knile Davis each had a rushing touchdown to lead Kansas City in scoring, while Green Bay’s biggest contributor was quarterback Joe Callahan, who racked up 143 yards and a touchdown on 13 of 24 passing. Callahan was one of a handful of first and second-year players to get extended reps in the final preseason game.
“We knew coming in the majority of our young players were going to play a lot of football,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “That was the design of it. I felt, overall, it’ll be great tape to watch as we plow through the process of trying to make our 53-man roster.”
Those decisions will be made in the coming hours leading up to Saturday’s 3 p.m. CT deadline.
Some of the Packers’ shortcomings in the loss lie with the offense. Running back Brandon Burks, who saw his chances of making the roster increase with the injury to John Crockett, had a late fumble which was recovered by the Chiefs. Callahan was also sacked four times as the offense only gathered 172 yards and one rushing first down.
The other two phases of the game were mainly positive for Green Bay, with the secondary recording two interceptions and Ty Montgomery blocking a punt. Newly-acquired punter Jacob Schum also had a memorable performance, punting the ball eight times for an average of 45.5 yards. He pinned the ball inside the opponent’s 20-yard line three times and had a long of 57 yards.
McCarthy stressed that Schum did “a lot of good things for being with us for two days.” McCarthy wanted to see Schum place the ball outside the numbers near the sidelines — a task he felt Schum accomplished.
The Packers will open the regular season in Jacksonville on Sept. 11.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers kept neither Peter Mortell nor Tim Masthay, and instead claimed Jacob Schum off waivers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the team’s punter.
Masthay performed better than Mortell this preseason, with his punts in practice averaging a hang time of 4.43 seconds, compared with Mortell’s 4.04. In preseason games, those hang times still favored Masthay at 4.37 seconds to Mortell’s 4.08.
Masthay set a franchise record in 2015 with a net punting yardage mark of 40.2 (broke previous record of 39.2 set in 1963). Schum brings a lower 2015 net average at 38.0 yards, but his overall average distance was 41.9 yards. He placed 15 inside the 20-yard line.
Schum was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns in 2013. He will wear No. 10 for the Packers.