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Report: Packers claim running back John Lovett from Chiefs

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The Green Bay Packers have claimed running back John Lovett off of waivers after the Kansas City Chiefs released him on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

This past season with the Chiefs, Lovett looked impressive as a hybrid player trying to play a fullback/H-back role. However, due to a shoulder injury last season, Lovett was placed on injury reserved, therefore missing the entire season.

During his college days at Princeton, Lovett played quarterback and running back. Lovett passed for 1,833 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final season with Princeton. As a running back, he rushed for 894 yards and 13 touchdowns in his final season. Furthermore, during his time at Princeton, he was a two-time Ivy League player of the year in 2016 and 2018. He was also named an FCS first-team All-American in both of those seasons as well.

The Packers held a pre-draft vising for Lovett in 2019; however, he ended up signing with Chiefs. During the 2019 draft, several NFL analysts have compared Lovett as a Taysom Hill-type player because he can play multiple positions, so that’ll be very beneficial for the Packers this season.

Nevertheless, with that being said, the Packers will now have four fullbacks on the roster in Elijah Wellman, Jordan Jones, Josiah Deguara, and Lovett. Additionally, now that the Packers have claimed Lovett, their 90-man roster is all filled up. However, on August 16th, the Packers must cut their roster to 80 before the start of full practices.

The Packers’ first regular season game is scheduled to be on September 13th against the Minnesota Vikings.