Green Bay Packers rookie free agent running back Angelo Pease has his work cut out for him. Despite signing with the Packers, who do not intimidate anyone with their run game, Pease is looking up at a stacked roster of running backs.
Fortunately, running back is one of the better NFL positions for a rookie to make an impact. If Pease can impress the Packers coaches with his ability to tote the rock, he can earn a spot on the Packers roster. That’s a big “if”, but Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson has demonstrated a willingness to keep rookie free agents on the team, a la M.D. Jennings, Jamari Lattimore and Vic So’oto in 2011.
To make the Packers opening day roster, Pease will have to surpass at least two (if not all three) of Green Bay’s remaining veteran running backs: Alex Green, James Starks and DuJuan Harris. Rookie running back draft choices Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin are virtual roster locks, barring injury.
Angelo Pease fast facts:
Size: 5′ 10″, 211 lbs.
College: Kansas State
Bio: Pease played in 21 games during the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Kansas State. He rushed for 477 yards and two touchdowns on 96 carries for a 5.0 average. He delivered 333 rushing yards on 60 carries (5.6 avg.) in his final collegiate season. Before joining the Kansas State Wildcats, Pease played two seasons at Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College in 2009-10. He rushed for 834 yards and nine touchdowns on 155 carries (5.4 avg.) in his final year at Hutchinson.
Chances of making the Packers roster: Not good — too many more qualified running backs are ahead of him. Has a realistic shot at the practice squad.
Practice squad eligible: Yes.