With an empty spot on the practice squad and just three tailbacks in the organization at this point, the Green Bay Packers were sure to make a move sooner rather than later. The situation arose after the team released rookie Alonzo Harris, who missed curfew before the Packers-Lions game last week, which resulted in Ted Thompson calling up John Crockett from the practice squad.
Now, after working out former Badger and Bronco back Montee Ball on Friday, it appears that the Packers have settled on their new fourth-string running back. Nothing is official yet, but here's our first report:
Packers signing running back Ross Scheuerman to practice squad according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 8, 2015
The report was confirmed a few minutes later by Scheuerman's agent, Brian McLaughlin.
Who the heck is Ross Scheuerman, you ask? Well, we're glad you did.
Scheuerman played his college football at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Not to be confused with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (where Harris played), Lafayette College is in the FCS, and is a member of the Patriot League. A four-time All-conference running back, Scheuerman racked up over 3,500 rushing yards as a Leopard and landed an invite to this year's NFL Scouting Combine. In Indianapolis, he measured in at 5 feet, 11-7/8 inches, weighed 204 pounds, and ran a 4.62-second forty-yard dash. He added a 10'1" broad jump as well.
After the draft, Scheuerman signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent, but was injured early on in training camp and was given his release.
Before the 2015 NFL Draft, Scheuerman was viewed by some, including NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, as a potential candidate for a move to wide receiver. Check out Zierlein's scouting report on Scheuerman here.