8

June

Players on the Packers Roster You May Not Know – Part 2

Today we bring you part 2 of our series on the least-known Green bay Packers currently on the 2011 roster.

Antonio Robinson, WR 6;1″, 195lbs., Nicholls State. From Miami Florida, Robinson went the Community College route before transferring to Nicholls State, which is known for their triple-option running game. Robinson was the team’s leading receiver two years in a row with 20 and 27 catches, which gives you an idea how little they throw the ball. Robinson ran a 4.50 40 yd dash at his pro day with a 36″ vertical leap. He was the 49th ranked WR out of 276 by NFLDraftScout.com

Robinson was signed as an UDFA by the Bears and released with an injury settlement in training camp. He landed on the Seattle practice squad for two weeks in November before being signed to the Packers’ practice squad a few weeks before the Super Bowl and then to a reserve/future contract in February.

 

 

Jay Ross, DT, 6’3″, 302lbs., East Carolina.  C.J. Wilson’s teammate at East Carolina, Jay Ross is a “character” guy with a Capital “C.”  Wilson called him the hardest working guy on the team and his college coach called him the most respected player on the team. He was a three-year starter at East Carolina and earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors three times. Ross was invited to the NFL Combine, where he ran a 5.10 40 yd dash, a 1.68 10 yd dash and recorded 30 reps on the bench press. Ross was ranked 24th out of 151 DTs by NFLDraftScout.com.

Ross was not selected in the 2010 draft, but was signed by New Orleans as an UDFA  and was with them during the preseason before being released in the final roster cutdown. In October, with the injuries mounting on the Packers defensive line, Ross was signed to the practice squad, where he remained for the entire year before being signed to a reserve/future contract in February.

 

Curtis Young, LB/DE, 6’1″, 270lbs, Cincinnati. Young made the switch from DE to OLB his senior season for the Bearcats, finishing with 50 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 2 sacks despite missing four games with a knee injury. Young was ranked 61st out of 132 DEs by NFLDraftScout.com. At his Pro Day, Young ran a 5.09 40 yd dash, a 1.69 10 yd dash and recorded 31 reps on the bench press.

19

April

2011 Draft Prep: Green Bay Packers Needs by Position – Defensive Line

In this next installment of our 2011 Draft Prep series looking at the Green Bay Packers’ needs by position, we are going to analyze how the defensive line currently stands. Strengths, weaknesses, depth, and uncertainties will all be examined to determine the urgency of need in regards to next season.

This series is meant to help us figure out the needs of the team and how the draft could be used to improve the weaker areas. While Ted Thompson largely uses the “best player available” (BPA) approach, his decision to trade up or down the board is affected by what position players he would prefer to have. Additionally, the picking up of players in the later rounds and in undrafted free agency is often based on need, since the talent is less defined.

CURRENT PLAYERS:

#90 B.J. Raji [NT]
24 yrs. old / 2 yrs. exp.
Signed through 2013

#79 Ryan Pickett [DE/NT]
31 yrs. old / 10 yrs. exp.
Signed through 2013

#95 Howard Green [DE]
32 yrs. old / 6 yrs. exp.
Signed through 2011

#91 Justin Harrell [DE]
27 yrs. old / 4 yrs. exp.
Signed through 2012

#94 Jarius Wynn [DE]
24 yrs. old / 2 yrs. exp.
Signed through 2012

#96 Mike Neal [DE]
23 yrs. old / 1 yrs. exp.
Signed through 2013

#98 C.J. Wilson [DE]
24 yrs. old / 1 yrs. exp.
Signed through 2013

#68 Jay Ross [NT]
23 yrs. old / 1 yrs. exp.
Signed to reserve/future contract

#60 Curtis Young [LB/DE]
24 yrs. old / 1 yrs. exp.
Signed to reserve/future contract

#77 Cullen Jenkins [DE]
30 yrs. old / 7 yrs. exp.
Free Agent

#97 Johnny Jolly [DE]
28 yrs. old / 4 yrs. exp.
(Currently suspended from the NFL)

* Contract information acquired from RotoWorld.com

POSITION STRENGTHS:

If there is one player I would have to call the foundation of the Green Bay Packers defense, it would undoubtedly be B.J. “The Freezer” Raji.

Throughout the season, Raji was a constant force to be reckoned with. He excelled in his role as the anchor of the defensive line, eating up blockers and pushing the pocket when needed. Plus, it’s hard not to be impressed with a nose tackle that amassed 34 solo tackles, 7.5 sacks, and a pick-six all in one year. To top it off, he played over 85% of the snaps during the season. I don’t think it’s too much to expect more of the same in 2011 from such a young, motivated player.