Over the next few weeks, we will break down each position on the Green Bay Packers' 2015 roster in detail, discussing each player and making our predictions for the final 53-man roster.
We continue our look at the Green Bay Packers' roster by examining the new additions to the interior of the team's offensive line. The Packers added a pair of undrafted rookies this offseason, but signed them at different positions and at different times, while they bring very different skill sets to the unit.
With the Packers frequent success with undrafted rookies earning backup roles on the offensive line, however, these two should at least have an opportunity to earn their way on the team with impressive training camps.
Matt Rotheram, G
H/W: 6'5", 325 pounds
Contract Details: signed through 2017 with $5,000 signing bonus; 2015 cap hit of $436,666
Rotheram would have fit in nicely in the Wisconsin Badgers' power running game, as he is a big, mauling blocker in the ground game and showed those tendencies while playing for new Badgers coach Paul Chryst at Pitt. However, he will need to show good pass-blocking technique and an ability to keep Aaron Rodgers upright if he is to earn a backup spot on this team. He did earn one of the top undrafted rookie signing bonuses of the Packers' class this year, a sign that the team will give him a good shot to make the squad.
Furthermore, the Packers have traditionally kept an undrafted rookie on the 53-man roster most years under Mike McCarthy, with 2014 being one of the few exceptions as Garth Gerhart and Lane Taylor didn't qualify as rookies.
Andy Phillips, C/G
H/W: 6'2", 303 pounds
College: Central Michigan
Contract Details: signed through 2017; 2015 cap hit of $435,000
Phillips was primarily a guard in college, but played a few games at center as well, and he projects best to that position at the professional level. His size alone dictates that, at least based on the Packers' preferences. He impressed the coaching staff during the Packers' rookie minicamp in May, as he was the only player that the Packers signed following that camp. However, with an excellent starter in Corey Linsley and an established backup in JC Tretter ahead of him, Phillips seems to be a long shot to make the 53-man roster barring an injury.