Green Bay Packers Undrafted Free Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee

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Green Bay Packers Undrafted Free Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee
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Consistently one of the youngest teams in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers almost exclusively build through the draft. After three days, over a dozen spots on the 90-man camp roster are still open. To fill these spots, the Packers will turn to undrafted free agency.

General manager Ted Thompson believes competition is the key to building a team. If one spot needs to be filled, bring in two guys—that will ensure you get each of them working to keep his job. In camp, that theory is on at all times.

The Packers will give rookie free agents a better shot at making a roster by giving them a legitimate shot in competition with veterans. In reputation, the Packers are known as one of the most active teams with undrafted free agency, which then also leads to better rookie signings due to getting a better shot to stick with Green Bay than other teams.

For example, both of Green Bay's starting cornerbacks, Sam Shields and Tramon Williams, were undrafted free agents coming out of college. Now they're NFL starters. Not every team gives players the shots that Green Bay does, which works for Green Bay.

Who will be this year's Shields? Will it be an inside linebacker to replace Brad Jones or A.J. Hawk in the future? A surprise camp star at tight end who takes over the role for the team? Nothing is certain, but there's a high chance that the Packers will hit on a signing. It's likely that one will make the roster, at least, after being deemed not worthy of a draft pick by every other team in the NFL.

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