UPDATE – Hanson’s inclusion was made official later in the afternoon
By Ray Hamill — With all 32 NFL teams trimming down their squads to 53 players on Tuesday, Sports Illustrated is reporting that it appears likely Jake Hanson will make the Green Bay Packers final roster.
The former Eureka Logger, who was a four-year starting center at Oregon, was not expected to be one of nine offensive linemen the Packers kept on the active roster.
It was reported on Tuesday morning, however, that the team has cut five linemen, not including Hanson.
According to the report, which is being updated regularly, “Those moves have led to what could be the surprise of the day. Center Jake Hanson, a sixth-round pick in 2020 who failed to make the roster as a rookie, has potentially made it as the ninth lineman.
“He played only center in the preseason but took a lot of guard reps during camp.”
The 24-year-old Hanson spent last season on the Packers’ practice squad, before signing a reserves/futures contract with the team in January.
Hanson was drafted by Green Bay in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the 208th overall pick that year.
So far, Sports Illustrated has reported 26 of the 27 cuts the Packers need to make by the Tuesday deadline.
The 2015 Eureka High graduate wasn’t the only former H-DNL player in the news on Tuesday.
Former McKinleyville Panther, Kyle Spalding, has spent training camp with the Los Angeles Chargers but was cut by the team on Tuesday.
Spalding, who enjoyed a very successful collegiate career playing offensive tackle at San Diego State, could be picked up by another team or could be signed to a team’s practice squad.