Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver Samori Toure has had a solid training camp.
Toure, a seventh-round selection by the Packers in the 2022 NFL Draft, has turned heads in recent weeks.
The former Nebraska standout looked fantastic at Green Bay’s Family Night Scrimmage earlier this month, wowing the crowd with a long reception.
Despite Toure’s strong training camp, he’s far from a lock to make the Packers’ 53-man roster this fall.
In fact, Sports Illustrated’s Bill Huber doesn’t think Toure will be one of the wide receivers who survive final cuts.
Huber recently made a 53-man roster prediction for the Packers and he doesn’t have Toure making the team.
The Green Bay beat reporter lists Toure as one of the team’s “toughest cuts”.
Huber has Juwann Winfree taking the final wide receiver spot over Toure.
Sammy Watkins, the team’s lone veteran addition, has had a quiet training camp but was one of the 1.2 million inactives for the preseason game at San Francisco. That would seem to signal he’s got his place on the 53-man roster secured. Amari Rodgers had two explosive plays against the 49ers. In the slot, Randall Cobb is the reliable veteran but Rodgers is where there’s upside. Juwann Winfree, who made an incredible catch while perhaps preventing an interception on Friday, has been a No. 1 on punt return and kickoff return. If the Packers keep seven, they’d be a man short somewhere else.
It sounds like this could come down to special teams contributions. And Winfree is a player that is more beneficial on special teams than Toure.
Green Bay has never kept more than five wide receivers under Matt LaFleur and I doubt that changes this season.
That means the Packers will have to hope they can sneak Toure onto their practice squad. That could be tough with numerous teams — including the Chicago Bears — in desperate need of wide receivers.
Unless an injury occurs before the start of the season, it sounds like Toure might be out of luck when it comes to making Green Bay’s 53-man roster.
And because of the talent he’s displayed this summer, he might be scooped up by another team if he’s cut, quickly ending his time with the Packers.
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