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2019 Packers 90-man roster ranking, 75-71: Sam Ficken provides competition for Mason Crosby

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Acme Packing Company continues its countdown of the Packers’ 90-man roster with players 75-71.

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With veteran free agency essentially concluded and the 2019 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, Acme Packing Company will once again rank and break down the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster.

These rankings represent a composite of the individual selections from several APC contributors. Today’s article features several skill position players and one veteran battling Mason Crosby to become the team’s field goal specialist.


75: Malcolm Johnson, H-Back

A third-year pro, the Mississippi State product Johnson was originally drafted in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns in 2015 and has bounced around Seattle and San Francisco since. With 19 appearances and six starts for the Browns, Johnson did carry some NFL experience to Green Bay after being signed on New Year’s Eve of 2018.

At 6-foot-1 and 231 pounds, Johnson is listed as a running back on the Packers’ website, but seems better suited for the H-back role in Green Bay. Johnson was a college tight end who could be flexed out of the backfield with his receiving ability. With only one full-time fullback on the roster, Johnson could battle that player, returning contributor Danny Vitale, in training camp for a potential final roster spot. But the numbers at the tight end position will have a lot of influence.

74: Jawill Davis, WR

Undrafted in 2018 out of Bethune-Cookman, Davis was a September call-up to the New York Giants’ active roster last season after beginning the year on the practice squad. After appearing in seven games as a rookie, the second-year player was claimed by Green Bay just over a week ago and became one of a plethora of young receivers on the roster.

While Davis is a long-shot to make the Packers’ 53-man roster, he may carry some special teams value. Davis averaged 7.4 yards on 12 punt returns and 24.4 yards on seven kickoffs for the Giants last season before landing on injured reserve. Jawill will try to compete with another Davis (Trevor) for return duties in camp.

73: Sam Ficken, K

A three-year starter at Penn State, Ficken has been a journeyman since joining the league in 2016. Claimed as an undrafted free agent, Ficken was a training camp casualty in Jacksonville in 2016 before suffering the same fate in 2017 with Kansas City. However, Ficken did gain regular season experience later in the year with the Los Angeles Rams, a team coordinated on offense by new Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur. Ficken also appeared in two games for the Rams last season.

It is doubtful that Ficken will be able to outlast established veteran Mason Crosby as the Packers’ full-time kicker in 2019, but the team has been promoting competition at the position. The LaFleur connection may have helped Ficken get a shot to prove himself in a much less kicker-friendly climate.

72: Greg Roberts, LB

A 23-year old rookie from Baylor, Roberts earned 26 starts as a collegian, registering eight tackles for a loss and three sacks as a senior. With NFL bloodlines (father), Roberts enters Green Bay fresh off a Big 12 Honorable Mention last season.

Playing on the edge as both a stand-up rusher and one with his hand in the dirt, Roberts brings some versatile experience to the predominant 3-4 defensive scheme of Green Bay. The Packers stocked up on edge rushers via free agency and the first round of the NFL Draft, but there is still an opportunity for an undrafted free agent to emerge and contend with returners Reggie Gilbert and Kendall Donnerson, among others. At 6-foot-5, Roberts brings good size to the position, but will need to impress.

71: Evan Baylis, TE

The Packers continue to search for developmental tight ends and drafted one in Jace Sternberger this April. But there will be plenty of chances for newcomers to battle second-year player Robert Tonyan for a fourth tight end spot and Baylis figures to be one of them.

Originally undrafted out of Oregon, Baylis appeared in one regular season game for the Houston Texans, but spent time on the practice squads of Houston, Indianapolis, and Carolina throughout his first season. Signed to the Green Bay practice squad in late December as well, Baylis will be given a second look this summer. While he did not have many receptions at Oregon during his four seasons, Baylis flashed some catch-and-run skill to go along with a built 6-foot-5 and 250-pound frame. Still, Baylis’ ability to run block in the new offense will be the key to his roster chances.