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Packers sign fourth-rounder Jamaal Williams, cut Jacob Schum

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The Packers are making a change at punter.

Jacob Schum was in that spot in 2016, but the team announced on Thursday that he has been released. Schum, who punted for the Buccaneers in 2015, had a net average of 39.1 yards per kick while appearing in every game for Green Bay last season.

Undrafted free agent addition Justin Vogel is now the only punter on the 90-man roster, but there’s ample time for the team to consider other options before the regular season rolls around.

The Packers also announced that they have signed fourth-round pick Jamaal Williams. Williams was one of three running backs that the Packers selected in the draft, joining fifth-rounder Aaron Jones and seventh-rounder Devante Mays as new additions to Ty Montgomery in the backfield.

Williams played at BYU in college and will have a familiar face with him at practice as the Packers have also signed undrafted rookie wide receiver Colby Pearson from the Utah school.

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39 Responses to “Packers sign fourth-rounder Jamaal Williams, cut Jacob Schum”
  1. Bluestree says: Jun 1, 2017 12:14 PM

    A little bit of a surprise.

  2. truthbetold109 says: Jun 1, 2017 12:18 PM

    Could be a draft shocker. Tons of potential. Lets see how he pans out.

  3. holyfrickinwah says: Jun 1, 2017 12:27 PM

    I miss the days of more reliable punters like Hentrich and Ryan…

  4. cribbage12 says: Jun 1, 2017 12:27 PM

    And the rich get richer.

  5. billtetley53 says: Jun 1, 2017 12:39 PM

    Super Bowl here,we come!

  6. allight59 says: Jun 1, 2017 12:40 PM

    Congrats, Mr. Schum, on leaving Green Bay….

  7. canadapackers says: Jun 1, 2017 12:45 PM

    Not surprised – actually hoping for an upgrade. If TT can be criticized it dates all the way back to his cutting of Ryan. He relied too much on his special teams coaches- who were later let go, All because Ryan wouldnt punt it the way they wanted him to punt it. He just boomed the ball and was very good at directional kicking and getting it inside the 20 ( as has been proven by his results in Seattle). What more can you want?? But he didnt do it the way that Stock and Slocum wanted it done. Too bad – he has been a great punter for the Seahawks and was a good friend of the place kicker.

  8. r8rsfan says: Jun 1, 2017 1:02 PM

    Jamaal Williams is a complete back and is a great story. Very effective runner for the Cougs, and can catch too. Played in pro style offense – nice add for the Pack.

  9. gb15class says: Jun 1, 2017 1:03 PM

    Punter?!

    We don’t need no stinkin’ punter.

    Bennett at TE will negate the need to punt.

  10. h0metownzero says: Jun 1, 2017 1:13 PM

    With our offense the punter is much like the Maytag repair man.

  11. alshonbrandontandem says: Jun 1, 2017 1:24 PM

    Yea but can he play CB? Or play LB? Or rush the QB?…..

  12. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 1, 2017 1:29 PM

    Don’t laugh. This Williams guy is going to be the Packers’ starting running back this season.

  13. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 1, 2017 1:30 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Jun 1, 2017 1:13 PM

    With our offense the punter is much like the Maytag repair man.
    _______

    Because the Maytag repair man isn’t going to the Super Bowl either?

  14. minnesota1970 says: Jun 1, 2017 1:39 PM

    gb running game is “iffy” at best, TT is going to rely on Aarons arm another season to keep his job.

  15. btv77 says: Jun 1, 2017 1:41 PM

    A user name like “The Phantom Stranger” is the equivalent to a fan sitting in the stands wearing a brown paper bag over their head with a face drawn on it. Must be a Viking fan.

  16. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says: Jun 1, 2017 1:44 PM

    He was inconsistent. He could make a 55 yard punt and come back with a 35 yd kick next time. Where he failed most was putting kicks inside the 20. Too many touchbacks.
    He had good hangtime though.

  17. lionsandvikingsandbearsohmy says: Jun 1, 2017 1:48 PM

    There could be worse things than TT “relying on Aaron’s arm another season”. Like not having a 1st round pick for the next 5 years and still searching for a franchise qb for the last 45 years.

  18. tjacks7 says: Jun 1, 2017 2:07 PM

    Hmm this is the easiest punting job in the NFL. The offense rarely punts because the defense never stops anyone.

  19. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jun 1, 2017 2:07 PM

    Packers are going to need a good punter this year

  20. teal379 says: Jun 1, 2017 2:08 PM

    GB has an iffy running game and has for some time but no matter what or whom they put back there – it’s outperformed that team to the west who had a HOF back but couldn’t match the production of “Joe the grocery bagger” that the Packers used over the last couple of years.

  21. usedjock says: Jun 1, 2017 2:22 PM

    alshonbrandontandem says:
    Jun 1, 2017 1:24 PM

    Yea but can he play CB? Or play LB? Or rush the QB?…..

    As a Packers fan I always say the same thing when I hear them make moves like this.

  22. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jun 1, 2017 2:24 PM

    These purples are becoming more delusional by the day. I guess that’s what happens when fans of the least successful franchise in NFL history try and deal with the fact that they are absolutely owned by the most successful franchise in NFL history.

    They’ll probably burn down their 1.2 BILLION dollar tax burden (aka McStadium) if the Packers win the Super Bowl in it… because yeah, that’d show us!

  23. hrmlss says: Jun 1, 2017 2:35 PM

    And the new Viking Punter is available.

  24. pkrlvr says: Jun 1, 2017 2:45 PM

    Because the Maytag repair man isn’t going to the Super Bowl either?
    ——-
    Do you understand the meaning of the word irony? Here’s an example: when a fan of a team that has never had any kind of success throws shade on one of the most successful teams in the league. That’s irony. Win something. Anything. Just one playoff game….then talk.

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 1, 2017 2:47 PM

    ‘These purples are becoming more delusional by the day.”

    Whenever I hear Vikings I get this image of a stadium full of drunken buffoons in Barney suits all falling all over each other.

    Lolz

  26. pkrlvr says: Jun 1, 2017 2:48 PM

    Hmm this is the easiest punting job in the NFL. The offense rarely punts because the defense never stops anyone.
    ——–
    And yet we just destroyed your team the last time we played. But who cares about that right? Or the fact you finished 3rd in the division. Let nothing get in the way of a good troll.

  27. pkrlvr says: Jun 1, 2017 2:50 PM

    There could be worse things than TT “relying on Aaron’s arm another season”. Like not having a 1st round pick for the next 5 years and still searching for a franchise qb for the last 45 years.
    ———
    By god that’s a good post…..

  28. stellarperformance says: Jun 1, 2017 2:57 PM

    It’s not necessary to feel compelled to respond to haters with varying witticisms when everyone knows the Packers remain to be the team to beat in the North Division.

    Without a doubt. Everyone knows it.

  29. contra74 says: Jun 1, 2017 3:33 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Jun 1, 2017 2:45 PM
    Because the Maytag repair man isn’t going to the Super Bowl either?
    ——-
    Do you understand the meaning of the word irony? Here’s an example: when a fan of a team that has never had any kind of success throws shade on one of the most successful teams in the league. That’s irony. Win something. Anything. Just one playoff game….then talk.
    —–
    Ok, lets pretend a Patriots fan made the comment. Does it change whether or not that comment is true or false?

    Answer – no matter who says it, the comment is still true.

  30. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 1, 2017 3:47 PM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jun 1, 2017 2:24 PM

    These purples are becoming more delusional by the day. I guess that’s what happens when fans of the least successful franchise in NFL history try and deal with the fact that they are absolutely owned by the most successful franchise in NFL history.
    ________

    What could possibly be more delusional than believing the Vikings are the least successful franchise in NFL history and the Packers are the most successful franchise in NFL history?

  31. The Phantom Stranger says: Jun 1, 2017 3:49 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Jun 1, 2017 2:50 PM
    There could be worse things than TT “relying on Aaron’s arm another season”. Like not having a 1st round pick for the next 5 years and still searching for a franchise qb for the last 45 years.
    ———
    By god that’s a good post…..
    ____

    Please explain why because I don’t get it. To what team could he possibly have been referring?

  32. atthemurph says: Jun 1, 2017 4:42 PM

    TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says:
    Jun 1, 2017 1:44 PM
    He was inconsistent. He could make a 55 yard punt and come back with a 35 yd kick next time. Where he failed most was putting kicks inside the 20. Too many touchbacks.
    —————————–

    He was actually decent at putting kicks inside the 20 and inside the 10 and not having touch backs. 4 touch backs doesn’t seem like an extraordinary amount over a 16 game season.

    And putting about 35% of his punts inside the 20 is not bad either.

    He just doesn’t have the best leg.

    I also heard he was hurt.

  33. GenXJ says: Jun 1, 2017 4:54 PM

    Whoa. Because of the article pick I thought that they cut aaron rodgers (same height).

  34. mnrasslinggovjesse says: Jun 1, 2017 4:57 PM

    GB finally has two TEs who can actually block, which has to help the running game, along with Montgomery having a full year of experience.
    As for CB, LB and rushing the passer, see 2017 draft, rounds 1-4.
    As usual, all the Packers need is an average defense to have an excellent chance of winning it all.

  35. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jun 1, 2017 7:13 PM

    People forget that in 2015 the Packers were the 6th best passing defense in the league with two rookie corners. Last year those two guys were injured and missed significant time while CB1 (Shields) missed the entire season. Sadly, Shields’ career is over but Randall and Rollins are healthy, House is back and they’ve added Kevin King and Josh Jones; the secondary is hardly cause for concern.

  36. beerbratscheese says: Jun 1, 2017 8:21 PM

    If there is one position in the NFL where a player can make an impact it’s at RB. Each of the three RBs the Packers drafted have their own skill set that could translate into a successful NFL career. There is zero reasons to think one of these guys won’t step up and make an impact.

    In limited play last year, Ty Montgomery had also shown signs of being fully capable of being an impact in the backfield.

    Will the Packers have an all-pro back there? Probably not. But I’m not too concerned about the players that will be running the ball this season.

  37. icebowler says: Jun 1, 2017 9:34 PM

    Schum was a lot better than Masthay. I hope we bring in some more competition at punter. It scares me to just give the job to Vogel before we even see him play against another teams punt rush.

  38. siuleno says: Jun 2, 2017 7:11 PM

    all this purple, but none of you are Prince. maybe shut up until yous win a super bowl, dere aye? lolol. you guys are like the player that celebrates a touchdown when he’s losing the game.

  39. igocommando says: Jun 4, 2017 9:27 AM

    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jun 1, 2017 2:24 PM

    They’ll probably burn down their 1.2 BILLION dollar tax burden ……

    ……………

    Figures that packers fans first thought is to burn something down. It’s in their history. Remember when they burned down their practice facility at Rockwood for the insurance money to avoid bankruptcy.

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