Packers release DI Ricky Jean-Francois
- ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Green Bay Packers have released veteran defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois. The roster move likely makes way for wide receiver Geronimo Allison, who will be returning from suspension this week.
- Francois spent the 2016 season with the Washington Redskins, and finished the year ranked 43rd of 126 qualifying defensive tackles with a PFF overall grade of 77.2. He was especially effective against the run, and produced a run stop percentage of 7.2 percent that ranked 19th of 44 defensive ends with at least 115 snaps.
- After his release from Washington this offseason, the Packers signed him to a one-year, $3M deal to add depth to the defensive line. He played a total of 85 snaps this preseason, and continued his performance against the run, ending up 13th among 63 qualifying defensive ends with a run stop percentage of 11.1 percent.
- However, Francois managed just six snaps in Green Bay’s opening game against the Seattle Seahawks, and with rookie defensive lineman Montravius Adams set to return from a foot injury, Francois’ snap count was only likely to decrease in the following weeks. Adams was impressive against the run in his senior season at Auburn, producing the third most run stops (23) among SEC interior defensive linemen.