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Bears could force the Packers’ hand when it comes to final roster decisions

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The Green Bay Packers wrapped up the preseason after Thursday night’s 17-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. While finishing 1-2 in the preseason isn’t fun, it’s certainly better than what’s coming next for Matt LaFleur and Brian Gutekunst.

And that’s final cuts.

The Packers have to trim their roster from its current state of 80 players to the league-mandated 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 30. This is one of the hardest times of the year for both coaches and players. Tough decisions will be made and players will be released even if staffs want to keep them.

It’s purely a numbers game when it’s all said and done.

One of these tough decisions will be what to do with Samori Toure, one of the receivers the Packers drafted in the 2022 NFL Draft. Toure has had a solid preseason, but he really stood out against the Chiefs, hauling in six passes for 83 yards on eight targets.

Unfortunately, the Packers’ receiver room appears to be pretty crowded. Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Amari Rodgers appear to have the top-6 spots locked up.

The Packers have never carried more than six receivers under LaFleur, but that may have to change in 2022.

Not only because Toure has been solid, but it’s because there’s a good chance he’d get scooped up on the waiver wire if he’s waived during final cuts.

And the team that would pick him up? Well, it’d be none other than the Chicago Bears.

The Bears could very well force the Packers to keep Toure on the 53-man roster because Luke Getsy, the Packers former quarterbacks coach, is now the offensive coordinator in Chicago. He’s running an offense that will be very similar to what the Packers like to do and it’ll require a lot of the same personnel the Packers offense requires.

As we all know, Toure fits the system. And he is familiar with the offense. The Bears wouldn’t have to worry about whether or not Toure is the right type of player and he wouldn’t be coming into an unfamiliar system. Toure would likely pick up the playbook quickly and would be able to contribute a lot quicker than most players that are picked up after final cuts.

And, of course, we all know the Bears need help at wide receiver.

You never want outside forces to influence a decision that pertains solely to your team, but sometimes, that happens in the NFL. Especially this time of year.

And it could very well happen to the Packers over the course of the next few days.

Featured image via Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.

Evan Winter
Managing Editor of AtoZSports.com. I have covered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2018 through outlets such as SB Nation and Sports Illustrated and I also covered the Tennessee Volunteers from 2017-2021 through SB Nation. Football is my life and I'm more than honored to be covering the NFL for AtoZSports.com. Any tips, content ideas, or requests can be sent to [email protected]

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