Today, general manager Ted Thompson announced that the Green Bay Packers have signed two players to the team’s practice squad, wide receiver Jeremy Ross and defensive end Drew Vanderlin.
Ross is a second year player from the University of California who spent last season on the practice squad for the Indianapolis Colts. He is six-feet 215 lbs. and was an excellent punt returner in college. He finished his college career second on the all-time punt return list for California averaging 15.2 yards per return. As a receiver, he finished his career with 57 catches for 76 yards, and was a undrafted free agent in 2011.
As for Vanderlin, he is a rookie from Michigan Tech and if his name sounds familiar, it’s because he participated in the Packers’ rookie orientation camp in May. Now the 288 lb. defensive end has a second shot with the team and will wear No. 97. Vanderlin is second all-time in sacks at Michigan Tech and was twice named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team.
For now it looks as if both of these players will not see any playing time, but with more injuries occurring, especially on defense, don’t be surprised to see Vanderlin get called up to the roster in the future.
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