The Green Bay Packers parted with one of their offseason free agent signings on Tuesday, releasing veteran defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois.
Surprising move: Packers releasing Ricky Jean Francois, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2017
Our presumption was the move was made to clear the way for receiver Geronimo Allison to return from his one-game suspension. That isn’t the case.
Although Francois played just six snaps against Seattle in week 1, the move seemingly leaves the Packers thin on the defensive line.
The remainder of the snaps in week 1 broke down like this.
- Mike Daniels: 38
- Kenny Clark: 37
- Dean Lowry: 15
You can see from this that the Packers are playing just two defensive linemen most of the time. That makes sense since they’re in some sort of a subpackage most of the time.
Perhaps this signals the return of rookie Montravius Adams, who has been only a limited participant in practice since having foot surgery.
Been nice knowing you, albeit so briefly, Ricky Jean.