The Green Bay Packers sign a preseason fan favorite to the practice squad
Micah Abernathy will be staying with the Green Bay Packers. The move comes just a few days after news came out that the Packers were cutting Abernathy from the 53-man roster. The undrafted safety has bounced around the NFL and USFL before having a productive preseason with the Packers.
Abernathy was signed to the practice squad on Friday as the team released cornerback Rico Gafford. The Tennessee Volunteers product will wear the number 34 for the Packers this season.
Abernathy became a Packer fan favorite during the team’s preseason game against the New Orleans Saints. He recorded an impressive interception and also made some sweet tackles in the team’s win over the Saints.
Watch Micah Abernathy read this screen pass perfectly and then shoot out of a cannon to make the tackle…
Packers might've found themselves a hidden gem. pic.twitter.com/53uK3ftmFU
— Eli Berkovits (@BookOfEli_NFL) August 30, 2022
Abernathy still has a ways to go to get on the field
It’s heartwarming that Abernathy was able to make the Green Bay practice team. He looks incredible coming into the regular season. Gary Gramling of Sports Illustrated did a write-up on Abernathy. Abernathy is excited about his opportunity with the Packers. He wants to make the most of it.
“It’s definitely crazy but it’s what I prayed for,” he said. “I’m happy for the opportunity that the Packers have given me. I’m happy for the opportunity to play in the USFL. I don’t know. I’m just grateful. I’ve just got to thank God for it…
I feel like I showed that I could play fast and I feel like I have a lot left in me,” he said. “I just got off a season. I feel like I’m in shape. I feel like I can play. I just wanted to go out there and prove that. I felt like I did, hopefully.”
The Packers have quite a few safeties in front of Abernathy on the depth chart. Abernathy will probably not be promoted to the team’s 53-man roster and get playing time this season unless the Packers sustain many injuries. Those odds probably won’t deter a determined athlete like Abernathy. A work ethic like he showed this preseason is how he’s been able to make it back to the NFL in Green Bay.