Here at Acme Packing Company, we're inspired by many different things, but one thing which gets us going is feedback from readers. So when one person told us on Twitter that he'd like to see the Green Bay Packers' roster ranked in order from 90 to 1, we thought "Why not?" So that's exactly what we did, and today we continue the third day of that countdown with the players ranked 70th through 61st.
Once again, we tried to rank players based on their playing ability projected in the 2014 season only, not projected ability or positional value. Here are the next ten guys on our list.
70. Aaron Adams - Offensive Tackle
Adams spent the offseason with the Browns last year, but was released during the final cut-down to 53 players. The Packers immediately scooped him up for their practice squad, where he spent the entirety of the regular season. Listed at 6'5", 303, Adams needs to add more bulk to his frame to be effective in the run game, but he should know the Packers' offense very well by now and could help out at either tackle spot.
69. Andrew Tiller - Guard
A former sixth-round pick of the Saints in 2012, Tiller spent the 2012 season on injured reserve and the first part of the 2013 season on the Chargers' practice squad before being released and picked up by the Packers in November. He'll need to blow away the competition in camp to have a shot at the 53-man roster, though, but a second season on the practice squad is possible.
68. Chase Rettig - Quarterback
A four-year starter at Boston College, Rettig was an undrafted free agent signing this spring and will likely be competing for a practice squad spot. Rettig's arm strength is solid, but he needs some work on his mechanics. He did have a nice day last week in minicamp when the veterans were off, so there are some signs that he may be able to push for a spot with this team on some level this season.
67. Mike Pennel - Nose Tackle
A mountain of a man at 6'4" and 332 pounds, Pennel comes to the Packers from Colorado State-Pueblo after transferring from Arizona State following disciplinary action. He was a top Junior College recruit in 2012, however, and could provide some pass-rushing ability to the nose tackle position.
66. John Fullington - Offensive Tackle
Fullington was a four-year starter at Washington State, and he played all over the line in college. He seems likely to project at tackle in the NFL, but his chances of making the roster are slim with the team's starters entrenched and more established players like Derek Sherrod and Don Barclay manning the backup tackle spots. Still, Fullington may end up on the practice squad for a year to help him develop physically and compete again next season.
65. Jumal Rolle - Cornerback
As a rookie out of tiny Catawba College, Rolle spent stints in training camp with the Bills and Saints a year ago before being signed onto New Orleans' practice squad and being released a month later. The Packers snagged him shortly thereafter and then added him to the active roster just before the Week 17 game against the Bears (though he was inactive for both that game and the playoff game against San Francisco). He'll have a tough road to make the team, though, as he's behind several veteran cornerbacks and will have to fight off a challenge from a sixth-round pick in Demetri Goodson as well.
64. Lane Taylor, Guard
Taylor was the undrafted rookie offensive lineman who made the roster in 2013, following in the footsteps of Don Barclay. He spent 10 games on the active gameday roster as an emergency interior lineman, but only saw the field in three of them. He possesses ideal size for a Packers' guard at 6'3" and 324 pounds, but he appears to have an uphill climb to make the team for a second time.
T-62. Jayrone Elliott - Outside Linebacker
A rookie pass-rusher from Toledo, Elliott has ideal size (6'3", 255) and production (9 sacks in 2013) to step in and compete. The Packers have taken undrafted rookie linebackers onto the season each of the past few years (think Andy Mulumba, Dezman Moses, Vic So'oto, and Frank Zombo), so Elliott will have a chance to push for a roster spot. Still, he has to prove that his college production can translate to useful contributions in the pros, and he'll have to make a significant impact on special teams as well.
T-62. Jake Stoneburner - Tight End
Another wide receiver/tight end hybrid in his college days, Stoneburner was a priority undrafted free agent signing last season and earned a practice squad spot out of training camp. In October following Randall Cobb's leg injury, Stoneburner was promoted to the active roster, and he spent the rest of the season on special teams while contributing on a snap or two in each game on offense. He'll need to impress this year in camp to make the team if he wants to beat out other talented receivers and tight ends for a roster spot.
61. Chris Banjo - Safety
Banjo was one of the biggest surprises of training camp last year, earning one of the final roster spots as an undrafted free agent who was signed just after the opening of camp. Banjo played extensively on special teams and even made it onto the field for nearly 200 snaps on defense, as he helped out when Morgan Burnett was sidelined early in the season, Sean Richardson was still recovering from his neck injury, and Jerron McMillian was struggling mightily. Banjo's size (5'10", 207) limits him somewhat, but his speed (4.50) and athleticism (39.5" vertical) will keep him in the running for a roster spot.