Every season, several undrafted free agents make an impact on the Green Bay Packers roster. Brian Gutekunst will be looking for the next Tramon Williams or Sam Shields, while players like Lenzy Pipkins and Reggie Gilbert try to find places on the active roster.
Here are the signees (assist to Cheesehead TV for gathering the info):
QB Tim Boyle, Eastern Kentucky
Boyle has the athleticism and size the Packers look for in QBs. His production at UConn for three years and Eastern Kentucky for his final season look underwhelming, but the coaching staff may see the raw tools as something to work with. The Practice Squad is a possibility if Boyle plays well in the offseason, but he may struggle to find reps behind Kizer and Hundley.
TE Kevin Radar, Youngstown State
Radar is a blocking Tight End who can contribute on Special Teams. He also has nice hands, but lacks the ability to separate from coverage. He’ll have a chance to compete for the 3rd TE spot, but likely spends a year on the Practice Squad.
TE Damon Gibson, Minnesota State Moorehead
Gibson is a big, physical pass catcher. He played WR in college, and combined with the transition to the NFL, likely means a year on the Practice Squad. He could be a nice Red Zone threat with some development.
C Austin Davis, Duke
Davis plays with technique and athleticism. He’s good at getting to the second level and making blocks. His lack of strength and nastiness doesn’t allow him to dominate defenders and finish off his blocks. Because of the lack of depth in the interior line, Davis will have a shot at a backup position, but is likely a Practice Squad candidate.
OG Jacob Alsadek, Arizona
Alsadek is a behemoth (6’7” 325 lbs) and has some decent movement skills. His technique needs some work, and he doesn’t always play with the type of attitude you want to see from a guy who can dominate physically. He has an outside chance to make the roster with some rapid improvement, but he’s the kind of player you want to develop on the Practice Squad.
OT Alex Light, Richmond
Light has NFL size and plays with a mean streak. If he gets his hands on a defender, he knows how to finish the block. He lacks knee bend and agility, so he can struggle with speed rushers and can lose leverage. He will fight for a spot on the Practice Squad.
DL Tyler Lancaster, Northwestern
Lancaster combines toughness and smarts (with a big frame) to be a space eater. He occupies blockers, so Linebackers can have an opportunity to make plays. If he proves he can take on double-teams, he’ll have a chance to compete for a backup spot on the d-line.
LB Parris Bennett, Syracuse
Bennett was a tackling machine in college. He’s small and will struggle in coverage, but he could be a future Special Teams ace which would be his avenue to the active roster.
CB Chris Seisay, Portland State
Seisay provides really good size (6’1” 197 pounds) with good athleticism. He also showed excellent ball skills. The Oregon transfer will need to show better consistency in his coverage to stick in the pros. He faces an immense uphill challenge in what should be an incredibly competitive Cornerback position, but should be a consideration for the Practice Squad.
Other verified UDFA signings:
DT Filipo Mokofisi, Utah
OLB Marcus Porter, Fairmount State
LB C.J. Johnson, East Texas Baptist
OLB Naashon Hughes, Texas
FS Raven Greene, James Madison
Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig