With two Sunday afternoon signings, the Green Bay Packers are back to 90 men on their roster.
One spot was available heading into Sunday after Saturday’s release of Darrin Hall and a second was created with the release of safety Josh Jones though the team has yet to officially announce Jones’ release. The Packers wasted little time filling those spots by signing linebacker James Folston and cornerback Jocquez Kalili according to the team.
Folston is rookie out of the University of Pittsburgh who originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent (UDFA) who also spent time with the Tennessee Titans. Folston was a defensive lineman at Pitt where he recorded 47.5 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He’s also the son of former Oakland Raiders and Cardinals linebacker Jamie Folston Sr. who played eight seasons in the NFL.
This will be the anticipated move by the Packers to add depth to a very thin inside linebacker group that got even thinner with an injury to Curtis Bolton that will keep him out for an unknown amount of time. The pending release of Jones also eliminates another option there.
Kalili is also a rookie and comes out of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas who originally signed as an UDFA with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kalili recorded 64 tackles (45 solo) and forced three fumbles in two seasons at UNLV.
Green Bay can’t seem to add enough talent in the secondary and Kalili joins a crowded group of cornerbacks although given the depth problem at inside linebacker, he could be moved to safety and eventually play in the box.
With roughly a week until final cuts, Green Bay now has full roster of 90 players to choose from. The hard part starts after Thursday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs when the roster must be whittled down to 53 for the start of the 2019 regular season.