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countdown of the Packers’ 90-man roster with players 75-71."With veteran free agency essentially concluded and the 2019 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror Ray Nitschke Jersey White , 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-BackA 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, WRUndrafted 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 Aaron Rodgers Jersey White , 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, KA 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, LBA 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 Womens Ray Nitschke Jersey , 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, TEThe 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. During last year’s 8-7-1 season Womens Aaron Rodgers Jersey , the Vikings lost prime-time games against the Rams, the Saints, the Bears, and the Seahawks. This year, the Vikings have five more night games on the schedule.So why do they suddenly struggle under the lights?“I think it’s just because when you play in prime time everything’s magnified,” tight end Kyle Rudolph recently explained, in a visit to the #PFTPM podcast. “Unless you’re going out there and winning every game in prime time, which is difficult because if you’re playing in prime time you’re probably playing against somebody that’s pretty good. For us under Coach Zimmer we’ve been pretty good in prime time games over the course of the last five years. You do so much to try to keep your routine and whatnot but at the end of the day it’s just football. We’re going out whether we’re playing at noon or 7:30 at night. You go out there and play football and try to be better than that team that night.”Rudolph has a point about the quality of the competition; the Vikings four prime-time losses in 2018 came against playoff teams, including the two NFC finalists.This year, the Vikings have some time to get their footing before playing football at night. The first prime-time game happens on a Thursday night against Washington, after seven regular-season games have been played.Then comes a Week 10 visit to Dallas, followed by a Week 13 trip to Seattle Antonio Morrison Jersey White , a Week 16 trip to L.A. to face the Chargers (subject to flexing), and a Week 16 Monday night game against the Packers.By the time the Vikings hit that stretch, the team will have developed its identity. And that’s another point Rudolph made: In 2017, the Vikings had a clear identity. In 2018, they didn’t. This year, they won’t have to worry about playing in prime time while they establish one, or while they don’t.
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