For at least the past three or four seasons, we have seen a player come seemingly out of nowhere and forge their way onto the Green Bay Packers roster. In 2010, the team’s Super Bowl championship season, it was cornerback Sam Shields. In 2011 it was linebacker Vic So’oto. Last season, it was linebacker Dezman Moses. This year, it’s the offensive side of the ball’s turn as wide receiver Tyrone Walker seems to be “that guy” in this year’s training camp.
Just before camp broke last month, our very own Thomas Hobbes penned a profile on Walker and compared him to former Packers receiver Greg Jennings. The comparison was that Walker is not the fastest or biggest guy on the field, but he runs fluid routes, gets open, and he can hang onto the ball.
Coming from a small school in that of Illinois State, Walker’s road to the NFL was not only hampered by a lack of spotlight, but Thomas notes that some of his teammates (LB Nate Palmer, QB Matt Brown) were bigger priorities for the Packers. Brown has already been cut and Palmer is buried behind a bevy of guys competing at linebacker. Meanwhile, Walker has established himself as a player that the coaching staff needs to keep a close eye on.