Packers XLV

Who Will Be This Year's Shields or Zombo?

Posted July 26th, 2011 @ 02:07pm

Update: Nick Barnett, via Twitter, says the Packers are moving on without him. The team will try to trade him, otherwise he'll be released. No surprise here: new long-term deals for Bishop and Hawk sealed his fate, along with his ill-timed whining about not being included originally in team picture during Super Bowl week.

The first wave of signings in this new NFL season is the undrafted free agents, where Ted Thompson scored big time last year. Sam Shields and Frank Zombo showed that even teams with Super Bowl aspirations can find room for diamonds in the rough--especially when 15 core players land on IR.

This list will change throughout the day, but for now, here are your newest Packers. Chances are, these are the only free agents the Packers will bring in--at least in the next couple of weeks. If Thompson elects to peruse the list of free agents, he'll wait until the dust settles and then look for bargains to fill some holes.

Shaky Smithson, WR/PR Utah: A marginal wide receiver with the Utes, Shaky led the nation in punt returns with a 19 yard average and was a first team All-American as a punt returner. He also returned kicks. Randall Cobb figures to get the first shot at this job, but Smithson could be valuable insurance if Cobb gets hurt. He'll also get a chance to wow us during preseason games.

Tori Gurley, WR South Carolina: Big at 6'4" with exceptionally long arms, Gurley will be in the mix along with Smithson to take Brett Swain's spot.

Anthony Bratton, S Delaware

Brandon Saine, RB Ohio State

Sampson Genus, C South Florida

Jamari Lattimore, ILB Middle Tennessee St.: His 11.5 sacks last season tied for the school record, held by the Pack's Eric Walden: a guy Lattimore will now be competing against.

Vic So-Oto, DE BYU

Kerry Taylor, WR Arizona St.

Diondre Borel, QB Utah St.: Expected to be shifted to WR

Theo Sherman, OL James Madison

MD Jennings, S Arkansas St.

Ray Dominguez, OL Arkansas

Jon Hoese, FB Minnesota

Eli & Elijah "Peanut" Joseph, DT & ILB Temple: The Pack brings in twin brothers. Eli was a first team All-Mac guy, while brother Peanut was a second teamer at linebacker.

Brandian Ross, CB Youngstown St.

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Comments (6):

Kris, very good, but I pick Ryan Taylor over Quinn Johnson as maybe they can use him as a battering ram. And I think MAYBE Gurley over West. Gurley is 6 4 with an 86 wiasgpnn, and you can't teach that! You didn't pick a P.S., but I think it will be easier to keep some of your cuts there than some of the other potential' rosters I've seen. Dominguez and Schlauderaff should clear waivers, as will Guy, and hopefully Ross, Gordy and maybe Shaky. Also, I see you're saying goodbye to Brad Jones, and I wouldn't bet on Underwood. Good Job!

on August 1st, 2012 at 12:51pm

Starks has easily been the most imviessrpe running back at camp, showing burst and vision for making effective inside runs. If the guy can stay healthy and he runs as strongly as he did in the playoffs, he should comfortably get the most playing time.I don't believe all of this silly talk about Grant's job being in jeopardy this year, but at the same time I believe it is Starks' job to lose.

on August 3rd, 2012 at 04:20am

I had a hard time keeping 10 DBs. I waetnd to keep nine, but I get the feeling that Capers wants as many coverage type guys as possible. Williams was a tough cut, perhaps they keep him and let a WR go.Crabtree stays. He's solid at what he does and the Packers will keep him over Williams.Jones was also a tough cut. Perhaps he stays over Francious?

on August 3rd, 2012 at 07:29am

Davy....Do you have any info if Pack is pursuing any veteran free agents that have played for other NFL teams ?

on July 26th, 2011 at 10:55pm

Great stuff Davey. Where did you get this information? I did not see this list anywhere on Packers.com or SI.com. It was neat to hear your voice on Dan Barreiro's show, I will have to listen to Fan on Demand for more. Thank you for all the great information. Go Pack!

on July 28th, 2011 at 12:49pm

I too take Gurley over West for the same reason, you can't teach 6'4 and an 86 wiasgpnn! But, I see them counting Ryan Taylor as a Fullback to justify the move and keeping D.J. Williams. I think D.J. has been better than his numbers due to poor throws sent his way. This means 1 of the DB's must go, and that move is anybody's guess. I could see TT keeping young potential' over Underwood or Lee. Wow, this is going to be tough, as usual TT and Co. do such a good job selecting guys that all the other teams must now be waiting and drooling for the Packer's cuts. We'll see in a few days.

on July 31st, 2012 at 08:59pm

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