The Green Bay Packers have released former Laguna Creek and Cal wide receiver Jeremy Ross. The transaction was announced Monday by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.
Ross played in eight regular-season games over the past two seasons for the Packers. He averaged 17.9 yards on nine kickoff returns, 20.5 yards on six punt returns and made one catch for 8 yards.
|Too many turnovers resulted in Jeremy Ross
being released Monday by Green Bay
“We’ll put someone out there that can function and do the job the right way,” Packers' Special Teams coach Steve Slocum said.
What led, unfortunately, to the release were Ross’ ball-security issues. In his eight games with the team, dating back to Week 15 of last season, Ross mishandled the ball three times – trying to catch a backwards pass from Cobb on a trick play at Chicago, fielding a punt in San Francisco in the playoffs, and running up to catch a short kickoff on Sunday in Cincinnati.
All three miscues led to pivotal scores for the opposition.
“What happened to him yesterday was unfortunate, but we’ve got to be better than that,” said Slocum, who absolved the other return-unit members of any responsibility for catching the shorter kick, saying it was Ross’ play all the way. “I thought he made a delayed decision to go play the ball, and he missed the catch.”