On occasion at this time of the year, the Green Bay Packers have been known to turn over a player or two on the back end of their 90-man roster. They did so on Monday, signing offensive tackle Robert Leff and releasing center Jacob Flores.
Apparently the team is carrying out another roster move on Tuesday, as news comes to us from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Michael Cohen of a new signing:
#Packers are signing CB Daquan Holmes from American International, according to a league source. Holmes was at rookie tryouts in May.— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) June 7, 2017
The Packers were already at the 90-man maximum, so they will have to release someone to make room for Holmes. Keep an eye out for the league’s transaction report later this afternoon to find out what the corresponding move is.
Holmes is a smaller corner, standing about 5’10” and weighing in around 187 pounds when working out at Harvard’s Pro Day (source). He also ran the 40-yard dash in a reported 4.45 seconds, posted a 36.5” vertical jump, and put up a time of 7.09 seconds in the 3-cone drill.
Here’s a thorough look at Holmes from SB Nation 49ers blog Niners Nation, who reported on him after San Francisco brought him in for a pre-draft visit this spring.
In his senior year of eligibility in 2016, Holmes tied for AIC’s team lead in interceptions with five while also making 69 total tackles (3.5 for loss) and adding five pass breakups. However, Holmes also brings some kick and punt return ability; he only returned four kickoffs in 2016, but took one of them back for an 88-yard touchdown.
Stay tuned for news on the Packers’ matching roster move.
UPDATE: The Packers announced the Holmes signing on Tuesday, just after 4 PM Central time. The announcement reveals that cornerback David Rivers, an undrafted rookie from Youngstown State, has been released to make room for Holmes. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Rivers had not been participating in OTA practices.