Wednesday general manager Ted Thompson announced that the Green Packers had come to terms on a deal with fullback Quinn Johnson. The first of two fifth round draft choices for the Packers, Johnson started 15 times for Louisiana State while racking up 34 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and 54 yards receiving on five catches.
As the lead blocker for the Tigers, Johnson was known as a brusier that acted almost as another offensive lineman. Johnson was rated as the second best fullback in last year’s draft behind Syracuse’s Tony Fiammetta and will have a chance to earn a roster spot and playing time for the Packers next season.
Last year, the Packers kept two fullbacks on their roster in Korey Hall and John Kuhn. Their play was less than stellar as the Packers ranked 17th in rushing and 24th in rushing touchdowns.
While it is unlikely Hall, Kuhn, and Johnson all make the squad this year, the competition is good for all three and should make for an exciting training camp.
With the signing of Johnson, six of the Packers’ eight picks have now been signed. The only two remaining unsigned picks are both first rounders, B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews III. Training camp starts next Friday, August 1st.