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Packers waive TE Michael Roberts following failed physical

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Packers waive TE Michael Roberts following failed physical

-- The Michael Roberts era is over.

The tight end acquired off of waivers by the Green Bay Packers on Monday failed a physical, according to ESPN's Field Yates. It's his second failed physical in less than a week, first drawing concerns from the New England Patriots' medical staff.

Roberts, a fourth-round pick in 2017 by the Detroit Lions, was shopped to the Patriots in exchange for a 2020 conditional seventh-round pick. However, the trade was voided two days later due to the failed physical. Subsequently, the Lions released Roberts, leading to his opportunity in Green Bay.

It's unclear what specifically caused Roberts to fail both physicals, but for now, he reverts back to the waiver wire.

The Packers, meanwhile, have shown continued interest in stocking up the tight end position on their roster.

After the retirement of undrafted rookie Davis Koppenhaver, the Packers claimed Pharoah McKever off of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars at the start of their minicamp slate. That transaction -- clearly to fil the roster void left behind by Koppenhaver's retirement -- coupled with general manager Brian Gutekunst's interest in Roberts shows that the Packers have some noteworthy plans for the position.

Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis are the two primary options at tight end for the Packers currently, with third-round pick Jace Sternberger expected to be a major part of their plans moving forward. Robert Tonyan, Evan Baylis and McKever fill out the bottom of the team's depth chart. 


Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Samson's picture

That was quick.... Reminds me of what my last girlfriend said to me once... (Hey, only once)

dblbogey's picture

You failed your girlfriend's physical?

I bleed green more's picture

Only once.

Gort's picture

Little blue pill?

Somedumbname's picture

brown eyed girl ;)

Point Packer's picture

"at point guard, #11 Jake Owens. At shooting guard #23 Jason Lepak. At small forward....."

dobber's picture

I went to HS with a Jason Lepak.

TheVOR's picture

Oh Thank God, the culling happened even before we wasted a roster spot in camp. Praise God!

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kevgk's picture

You know, Gute might not be targeting TEs specifically to fill out camp body spots. He could have just taken waivers on two best available positions that happened to be TEs

hobowilly's picture

Kev, fine point from afar (we all are from "afar"); Look everyone, seemed odd, right?! Is Gutey trying??! Please, please have faith: i certainly do. Again, in the whole, or, as the Rock says: "to the good of the whole", let's say Gutey has done an admirable job of what he inherited. A once playoff team that's been on hiatus for a couple years, doesn't get back to the playoffs overnight. MM is gone, thank-you lord (from about 98% of the fan base) yet we thank him for his efforts and overall job..he just became complacent and IHMO, lost control of his charges. Gutey has re-tooled in fine fashion, and that includes coaches....a lot is on MLF shoulders and still quite a bit on AR, I'll take my chances with both! 10-6 minimum coming right up!

Tundraboy's picture

It was fun while it lasted.

dblbogey's picture

This pretty well ends our SuperBowl dreams.

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Since '61's picture

I hope that he enjoyed his cup of coffee before he moved on. Thanks, Since ‘61

Nononsense's picture

I'm glad Gute is leaving no stone unturned but Roberts was a little too much like Richard Rodgers for me. Big and slow and not a great blocker, decent hands though.

Point Packer's picture

Third and 4. 1.5 yard out to R. Rodgers.

murphy's picture

1.5 yards with forward progress, after his 6' 4", 257 pound frame is immediately driven backwards by a 180# CB.

Point Packer's picture

Lol. So true. My friends surely grew weary of me yelling at the TV every time that was the outcome of a GB offensive play. Which was often.

jannes bjornson's picture

" We worked on that look all week."

D Ernie's picture

OK so the guy you acquire flunked a physical and was let go by a previous team. One week later, you give said guy a physical and he flunks it.
Idiocy is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result each time.
Sometimes I just have to shutter at the brain trust at packerland!

dobber's picture

"Sometimes I just have to shutter at the brain trust at packerland!"


porupack's picture

Checking is better than not checking. Investigating is better than assuming. Now they now, instead of now they wonder if. " leave no stone unturned" is a pretty good trend to start in starting a new era.

dobber's picture

I was just poking at someone raving about idiocy, but then using the word shutter.

LeotisHarris's picture

dobber, didn't you shutter a little when you thought of Roberts joining the receiving core? He should of made it so that then in OTA's and training camp countless articles could of been wrote about the irresistible force and immovable object meating on the gridiron as field generals moved they're men to paydirt. Makes me shutter.

Lare's picture

Pe4rsonally, I'm not a big fan of shutters.

sam1's picture

Sounds like Washington administration right now led by the one and only Apprentice Trump!

chaka's picture

Favre flunked his physical with the packers. Wolf didn’t care.

Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

Wish you guys would just shud up.

4thand1's picture

did he get off of the plane?

mnklitzke's picture

Crisis averted on carrying 5 TEs LOL

flackcatcher's picture

Oh Lord........ It was clear he was not ready, Packers just wanted to know why. Question, (to be serious for the moment) is his shoulder repaired, did the lions or what doctor he use let him know how bad the damage is. Will be out for the year, or is he done playing football. Better to know now, so the young man can get on with the rest of his life.

Coldworld's picture

Perhaps the point was to get their own medical assessment. This guy might be on the in season board in the event of injury. Gute has done a good job of using in season pick ups.

IceBowl's picture

This is status quo for all teams. The extent to which they explore available players may have a little bit to do with their depth, but all teams bring in players based on their player lists.

I hope the Pack bring in 100. Maybe 200. Keep that list current. We will need someone (I hope not, but history says) at some point we will/have to.

chaka's picture

Packers should try to resign Colt Lyerla. He would be the best TE on the roster.

Somedumbname's picture

If cocaine was helium, Colt would float away.

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