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Packers Claim Former Seahawk Michael Off Waivers

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Packers Make Move To Claim Christine Michael

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Packers have claimed former Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael off of waivers. ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed the report.

Michael was drafted to Seattle in 2013 out of Texas A&M, and since has jumped around the league to numerous teams. Originally cut by the Seahawks, he spent a brief amount of time between both the Redskins and Cowboys before finding his way back to Seattle, only to be cut again Tuesday.

Despite his talent, Michael has often found it hard to fit in and make a favorable impression on head coaches.

However, after the retirement of Marshawn Lynch during the offseason, Pete Carroll brought him back almost out of necessity when their would-be starter Thomas Rawls went down via a fibula injury.

During his recent stint, Michael started seven games behind Russell Wilson and racked up a team leading 469 yards on 117 carries (4.0 per carry) while reaching the endzone six times on the ground, seven in total.

After the failed Knile Davis experiment earlier in the season, the addition of Michael comes as a surprise to those familiar with the typical frugal style of General Manager Ted Thompson.

The move does seem obvious when you realize that the Packers currently only have one player with over 200 yards rushing, and only one player with a single rushing touchdown on their active roster. Both Aaron Rodgers (226 & 3).

In the midst of a three game losing streak, Green Bay is in desperate need of a back that can take some pressure off Rodgers and help the defense stay off the field. The Packers have given up 30-plus points in three straight games and have struggled greatly to handle the workload shoved at them.

In recent games, the offense has lived or died by the pass. Whether they stealthily move the ball down the field in the no-huddle or have a speedy three-and-out, the defenses time to regroup has been nearly the same. This is the risk you run with a quick strike offense.

The hope is most likely that Michael can help provide a slightly more conservative rhythm moving forward.

It could be an intriguing three-way dynamic with the trio of James Starks, Ty Montgomery, and Michael splitting and possibly sharing snaps.

For a Packers fan base sick of sticking to the status quo, the move at least signals the organization is open to making moves they normally wouldn’t. Even if those moves are made out of desperation and fear of losing employment, the Green Bay faithful will take them.