Packers now have one less former Vikings player on their 2024 roster

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For the last few weeks, the Green Bay Packers have been holding a kicking competition between Anders Carlson and two former members of the Minnesota Vikings, Greg Joseph and Jack Podlesny.

On Wednesday, the Packers eliminated one of the former Vikings from the position battle, and they will now head into training camp this summer with Carlson and Joseph as the only two kickers on their roster.

Green Bay Packers release former Minnesota Vikings kicker Jack Podlesny

Some Minnesota fans might be wondering who Podlesny is since he actually never appeared in a regular season game during his tenure with the franchise.

But his time in Minnesota began when he signed with the team as an undrafted free agent shortly after the conclusion of the 2023 NFL Draft. Podlesny was, oddly enough, brought in by the Vikings to compete with Joseph for the team's placekicker job.

Joseph ended up winning the role in Minnesota last year, and the same outcome has now happened in their latest position battle in Green Bay.

Despite Podlesny failing to win the kicking jobs in Minnesota and Green Bay during his time in the NFL so far, he's still only 24-years-old, so there's a good chance that another team will bring him in to potentially be their kicker for the 2024 season.

With the departure of Podlesny on Wednesday, the group of former Vikings on the current Packers roster has been reduced to just three players. Joseph, tight end Ben Sims, and linebacker Eric Wilson are now the only members of Green Bay's roster who have also had a stint with Minnesota during their NFL careers.

Will all three former Vikings end up making the Packers' final roster for the 2024 regular season, or will Green Bay distance itself from anyone who was previously associated with the purple and gold?

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