The Packers announced they have claimed Jacob Schum and released Tim Masthay.
Big move in Green Bay today, as the Packers have made a change at the all-important punter position. After six seasons, Masthay has been let go in favor of Schum, who was waived by the Buccaneers.
The move is a little curious in that Schum doesn’t represent a clear upgrade, if he is one at all. Statistically, Masthay is better, with a longer average distance (43.9 to 41.9) and more punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line (25 to 15) in 2015.
For that reason, it remains to be seen whether the Packers are done making moves at the position. Schum may be merely auditioning for the job during the preseason finale on Thursday.
Clearly the Packers were unhappy with Masthay. It appeared his spot might be safe after the club released Peter Mortell, who was competing for the job in training camp. Obviously, that wasn’t the case, as Green Bay scooped up the first decent punter that became available.