Packers Didn’t Screw Up By Letting Travis Fulgham Walk in August
Travis Fulgham had the game of his life on Sunday. Even though the Philadelphia Eagles lost again to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 38-29, Fulgham performed better than anyone could have expected. He caught 10 catches for 152 yards with two touchdowns. Philadelpia picked this guy up from the Packers’ practice squad. The immediate thought is ‘How could Green Bay let this guy slip through the cracks?!’ And if you add on their lack of receiver depth, it makes your head hurt a little more than usual. There is one big takeaway here that Green Bay knows how to scout receivers which is good and the practice squad is ultimately very hard to control considering other injuries.
The takeaway from Fulgham should be that they have the scouting talent to seek out great receivers with unlocked potential. Who knows if Malik Taylor will turn out to be good. Or if Dominque Dafney who they just added will become a player, but with the success of Fulgham, it is hard not to think highly of those guys. Green Bay has a good eye for receivers. In this case, they couldn’t keep him for a week or two with the practice squad to show his talents off. If Fulgham remained on the practice squad, it is almost a given he would have been up against Atlanta last week. Who knows what might have happened there?
Practice squad guys are a tough thing to deal with as fans. A practice squad player can be signed to any team if they’re added to the active 53-man roster. They can be added to another practice squad if released. Packers did that with Fulgham back in August. This is where not having preseason can lead to ‘mistakes’ with the additional guys on the roster. If Fulgham got a chance in a preseason game, maybe Green Bay would have protected him. This stuff happens from time to time when you miss out on a guy’s potential due to having too many options or an unwillingness to add him above the practice squad. Joe Thomas, the starting Dallas Cowboys linebacker, is another example of this for the Packers.
Fulgham was obviously a dimoand in the rough that the Packers found, it’s too bad he couldn’t do it with Green Bay.