Monday, May 5, 2008
Packers Rookie Camp Kicked Off over the weekend
Here's the official list of 19 players trying out for the Packers:
CB Kyle Ward (Louisiana-Lafayette)
CB Condrew Allen (Portland State)
RB Justin Beaver (UW-Whitewater)
S Matthew Harper (Oregon)
RB Lance Ball (Maryland)
CB Michael Medina (Wyoming)
S Brandent Englemon (Michigan)
FB Louie Runnels (Stephen F. Austin)
CB Tierre Green (Nebraska)
LB Durell Mapp (North Carolina)
S Marlon Fair (Hampton '07)
LB Josh Ferguson (Purdue)
C Adam Hill (Louisiana-Monroe)
DT Tui Alailefaleula (Washington '06)
T Ryan Considine (Louisiana Tech)
DT Fred Bledsoe (Arkansas)
DT Ola Dagunduro (Nebraska '07)
DT Chris Walker (Western Kentucky)
DE Marque Fountain (Oklahoma State)
If the Packers want to, they have room to sign four tryout players to contracts. Whether they'll offer contracts to any or a couple of players is up in the air.
How it works is this: The roster limit is 80 players. They currently have 86 players on the team, but ten of them don't count until they sign contracts. That includes the nine draft choices and running back Ryan Grant who is currently unsigned.
So the Packers have a little bit of wiggle room until the rookies start signing, but they're going to have to start cutting players to make space for the rookies anyway.
The best guess is that they might sign a tryout player or two. Whitewater running back Justin Beaver might be a good bet if he can provide value as a third down back and return specialist.
Michigan safety Brandon Englemon also helped his chances during the orientation camp too. According to Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, "Practice ended on the defensive play of the day: an interception by tryout S Brandent Englemon (Michigan), who broke underneath WR Taj Smith (Syracuse) on a deep post and picked off Flynn."