Green Bay Packers Sign Trio of Tryout Players

Adam BayerContributor IIMay 5, 2010

The draft is well in the rear-view mirror and the rookie orientation camp just wrapped up this past weekend.

The Packers went into camp with a spot open for two tryout players.

They released Jeremy Thompson after consulting with doctors and realizing his career was over. Then, after the re-signing of SS Charlie Peprah, the Packers released tight end Devin Frischknecht.

That left three spots available for tryout players and 28 players tried out.

Here is some information about those three recent signees.

SS Anthony Levine (Tennessee State)

5'11'', 195 lbs.

4.5 forty

He played in 40 games for coach Rod Reed and the Tennessee State Tigers and finished with 129 tackles, five interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. He has a long road ahead of him if he plans to beat out Charlie Peprah, Morgan Burnett, Derrick Martin, Atari Bigby, and Nick Collins.

DT Aleric Mullins (North Carolina)

6'1'', 320 lbs.

4.95 forty

Mullins went undrafted due to a heart condition that scared some teams. Apparently, Ted Thompson and the medical staff cleared Mullins and signed him to a contract. He was also overshadowed by starter Cam Thomas.

He could be a diamond in the rough but he has a long way to go. He has the strength to be a good nose tackle, as he did 35 reps at his pro day.

WR Shawn Gore (Bishop's University, Canada)

6'1'', 200 lbs.

4.5 forty

Gore was signed to his Packers contract, literally, as he was selected 10th overall by the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Gore had 37 catches for 610 yards and five touchdowns in nine games with Bishop's. He was also a key player on special teams, which is a pretty good reason for Thompson to sign him.

He is also said to have a 40-inch vertical jump. He could push the other signees for a roster spot. Brett Swain's job may be in jeopardy.

The Packers will have to cut some players if, and when, the draft picks and restricted free agents sign their contracts. The roster needs to be down to 80 by training camp. The Packers currently have rights to 88 players.

Random Note

Sean Payton wanted the Packers coaching job in 2006. Just thought that was interesting.


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