Undrafted rookie beat the odds and stuck on the 53-man roster all season
The Green Bay Packers began the season with 10 rookies on the 53-man roster. That’s a pretty high number – especially for a team than won 15 games the previous year. But GM Ted Thompson didn’t hang on to all those rookies to save money or to make himself look good. He kept them because they could play. In fact, seven have played significant roles in the team’s march to its second straight NFC North title.
I’ll be ranking the rookies – from least productive to most productive – over the next couple of weeks. Here’s #8:
Story of 2012: While second-year players Diondre Borel and Tori Gurley entered training camp fighting for the final roster spot at wide receiver, it was Jarrett Boykin who came out of nowhere to grab it. The undrafted free agent from Virginia Tech, who was released by the woeful Jaguars in May, doesn’t run well (4.69 at Combine), but he plays a bit faster. That said, it’s fair to wonder whether he’ll