The Green Bay Packers appear to like the number 87, as they have kept their roster steady at that number over the last few days. They reached that number of players under contract (or, in Datone Jones' and Eddie Lacy's cases awaiting a contract) by signing three tryout players from rookie minicamp. After cutting linebacker Micah Johnson to drop down to 86, they signed Donte Savage to replace him and reach 87 again.
With another pair of roster moves, the Packers are staying steady with three open spots. They have chosen to release undrafted rookie fullback Ryan Roberson from Texas, and they have signed a fifth tryout player, linebacker Jarvis Wilson from Prairie View A&M.
Roberson apparently did not impress coaches in the minicamp over the weekend. His release leaves John Kuhn and Jonathan Amosa, another tryout player, as the only fullbacks on the roster.
Wilson's best season for the Prairie View A&M Panthers (an FCS school) came in his junior year of 2011, when he put up seven sacks, eleven tackles for loss and a forced fumble. He added a half-sack, eight TFLs, and another fumble forced in 2012. Wilson's straight-line speed is impressive, as his Pro Day results show:
6'1", 237 pounds
40 time: 4.64 seconds
Bench Press: 24 reps at 225 pounds
His signing adds another body to the thin outside linebacker position, which now consists of Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Dezman Moses, Nate Palmer, Andy Mulumba, Donte Savage, and Wilson.
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