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Packers Sign Rookie Linebacker Donte Savage

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The Packers wasted no time in replacing their most recent cut.

As will likely be the case all season, Donte Savage (right) works out in Datone Jones' shadow.
As will likely be the case all season, Donte Savage (right) works out in Datone Jones' shadow.
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Following the team's release of outside linebacker Micah Johnson, the Green Bay Packers have apparently turned right around and filled his roster spot with another player at the same position who came to Green Bay on a tryout basis during this weekend's rookie minicamp. He has an awesome name, too:

Wes Hodkiewicz of the Press-Gazette confirmed this report, so that brings the total number of players on the roster back up to 87.

Here are some of Savage's numbers from New Mexico State's Pro Day in late March:

6'1, 247 pounds
40 time: 4.80
Bench press: 20 reps at 225 pounds
Vertical: 32.5"
Broad Jump: 9'6"

Savage played in all 12 of the Aggies' games in 2012, posting three sacks, seven tackles for loss, and two blocked kicks while playing defensive end. He sat out the 2011 season on a medical redshirt but in his junior year of 2010 he posted another three sacks to go along with two forced fumbles. His sophomore year of 2009 was actually his most impressive statistically, as he put up six sacks, two forced fumbles, and a blocked punt.

Apparently a solid weekend in Green Bay has earned Savage a spot on the Packers' 90-man roster for the time being, and he will have the chance to show his skills again next Monday when OTAs begin.

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