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Packers cut Christine Michael after drafting 3 running backs

By PFF Analysis Team
May 1, 2017
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GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 8: Christine Michael #32 of the Green Bay Packers runs against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
  • The Green Bay Packers released running back Christine Michael after drafting three potential replacements for the veteran on Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft.
  • BYU’s Jamaal Williams, one of the Packers’ fourth-round picks, was our sixth-highest-graded running back in 2016 and forced a missed tackle every 4.27 rushes, more often than the likes of Christian McCaffrey (5.72) and Leonard Fournette (6.14) this past year.
  • In the fifth round, the Packers added UTEP running back Aaron Jones, who tied for fifth in the nation in breakaway runs of more than 15 yards in 2016. 56.4 percent of his total yards came on these plays, which was good for eighth-best.
  • One of Green Bay’s seventh-round picks, running back Devante Mays from Utah State, played in only 64 snaps this past year and 342 the year before as he’s battled injuries. In one monster game against Weber State Week 1, Mays broke seven tackles in a 208-yard, three-touchdown performance that earned him a 91.1 overall grade.
  • The addition of those three helped the Packers feel comfortable moving on from Michael, who played in only 91 snaps over the nine regular-season and playoff games he spent in Green Bay.

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