Yosh Nijman has signed his exclusive rights free agent tender according to a report from ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
The 6-foot-7, 314-pound Nijman has been a huge bundle of tantalizing potential since he joined the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2019, logging a remarkable remarkable 9.81 Relative Athletic Score thanks to some impressive testing. But even with those physical tools, he has yet to secure any meaningful playing time. He appeared in all 16 games last season after spending the bulk of his rookie year on the practice squad, but only logged 14 snaps on offense. He did get fairly regular work on special teams, recording another 81 snaps there.
However, with question marks at tackle this season, the time for Nijman to shine could be drawing near. Billy Turner presumably has one of the two starting tackle jobs all but locked up, but beyond that, the Packers are in flux. David Bakhtiari’s torn ACL casts significant uncertainty on the start of the season, and rookies Royce Newman and Cole Van Lanen may not be ready to make the leap to starting in the NFL. Depending on what the Packers decide to do with Elgton Jenkins, Nijman may get a crack at some serious playing time this year.