The Packers signed Michael on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. After the departure of Eddie Lacy (ankle), the Packers don't have a legitimate three-down option out of the backfield, but Michael will nonetheless serve as a depth option to wide receiver-turned-running back Ty Montgomery (ribs). Of course, the front office may address the position during April's NFL Draft, which could relegate Michael to third on the depth chart. In any case, he's averaged 4.3 YPC and made eight end-zone visits during his four-year career, so he can produce when called upon.
Michael visited the Packers on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. For a 26-year-old, Michael is well-traveled, spending time with the Seahawks, Cowboys, and Packers. In 2016, he notched 469 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns with the Seahawks before he was waived in favor of C.J. Prosise (shoulder) and Thomas Rawls. Quickly snatched up by the Packers, Michael managed 47 carries for 172 yards and one TD across the rest of the way as a late-game alternative to Ty Montgomery. If Michael returns to Green Bay, he'll likely hold down a similar role with Eddie Lacy (ankle) officially out of the picture, depending on how the Packers proceed with the backfield as the offseason unfolds.
Michael featured in 15 games for the Seahawks and Packers this season, finishing with a combined 583 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 148 attempts and 22 catches (on 29 targets) for 107 yards and another score. Michael scored seven times through nine appearances prior to being released by the Seahawks in mid-November. After that production, and with the Packers dealing with injuries to their backfield, Michael quickly landed in Green Bay. However, given the emergence of Ty Montgomery at running back, Michael was only handed more than four carries twice in six regular season outings for the Packers. Although he provided nice depth for a team in need, it's unclear whether Michael fits into Green Bay's plans for the future, so his impending unrestricted free agency will have to pan out before expectations of him can be formed ahead of the 2017 campaign.
Michael (back) is listed as active for Sunday's NFC championship game in Atlanta. Michael arrived on the injury report Saturday with a back issue, which was only a momentary worry for the Packers' backfield depth. At the very least, he'll act as a complementary piece to Ty Montgomery. Having said that, injury woes at wideout could result in Montgomery handling more work as a receiver, elevating Michael in the ground game.
Michael (back) was downgraded to questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game in Atlanta. After avoiding the injury report all week, Michael has suddenly acquired a back concern, thereby placing his odds to play Sunday up in the air. If he's able to suit up, he could again play third fiddle to Ty Montgomery and Aaron Ripkowski in the rushing attack. However, injuries at wideout could force Montgomery to line up along the line of scrimmage, which would bode well for Michael's touch count, assuming he's active.
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