The Green Bay Packers had a busy day on Monday, as the coaching and front office staffs met to discuss the events of the weekend's rookie minicamp. They apparently had plenty to talk about, as they announced this afternoon that they have signed a handful of players who attended rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and released a few players to make room for them.
The Packers entered the day with 88 players on the 90-man roster (including unsigned draft picks) and leave the day with 88, signing five and releasing five more.
One player whom the Packers signed was running back Brandon Burks from Troy. This undrafted free agent was originally reported as one of the team's expected signees, but his agent indicated that he was graduating from college this weekend and was not able to attend minicamp. He now will be able to participate fully in OTAs and minicamp.
The other four players added to the roster were attending minicamp on a tryout basis. Tight end Casey Pierce, a Kent State product, is the only player who is a year removed from college football, spending the 2015 season with the Detroit Lions on their practice squad. The other players are defensive tackle Demetris Anderson (Central Florida), offensive guard Cory Tucker (Slippery Rock), and fullback Alstevis Squirewell (Newberry College).
Anderson stands 6'2" and weighs in at 312 pounds. He recorded 4.5 sacks in his career at UCF, one as a sophomore and 3.5 as a junior, before missing the 2015 season due to injury.
Tucker is listed at 6'4" and 314 pounds. He played in 48 career games for the Rock as a four-year starter.
The 6-foot, 265-pound Squirewell is a fascinating player, as he moves to the offense after earning all-conference awards multiple times as a defensive lineman for Newberry. That school, which plays in Division II, is also the college that produced former Packers tight end Brandon Bostick. Squirewell ran his 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds at his Pro Day, posted 23 reps on the bench press, and recorded a vertical jump of 34 inches.
In order to make room for these players, the Packers released two recently-signed undrafted free agents, a pair of players who spent time with the team last season, and a 2013 draft pick, Josh Boyd. For more on Boyd's release, click here. They also announced the signing of second-round pick Jason Spriggs, which we covered earlier today.
Tight end David Grinnage (North Carolina State) and wide receiver Dennis Parks (Rice) were let go, presumably after not impressing in rookie minicamp. Also departing are defensive tackle William Campbell, who was signed to a futures contract in January, and offensive tackle Jeremy Vujnovich, who has been with the organization since January of 2014. Vujnovich spent the entirety of the last two seasons on Green Bay's practice squad.