The NFL preseason is halfway over which only means one thing, coaches will have to trim rosters down. Here are ten players that deserve a roster spot given on their preseason:
1. Brandian Ross, CB-
Brandian Ross is a rookie out of Youngstown State. Ross has had a great preseason. Ross started things off with an interception of Aaron Rodgers at Family Night. Then, last Friday, late in fourth quarter picked off a pass in the endzone to ensure the Packers first preseason win.
Ross didn’t have the offseason to show why he deserves a roster spot, but is doing it rightly for so in the preseason.
2. M.D. Jennings, S-
M.D. Jennings is a rookie out of Arkansas State. Jennings led the Packers in tackles last Friday night with seven total, six were solo. Jennings had three total, two solo against Cleveland as well. Jennings also had an interception.
Jennings is working hard, and earning his way onto the roster.
3. Tori Gurley, WR-
Tori Gurley is a rookie out of Maryland. Gurley has been a nice target for Graham Harrell. In practice, Gurley caught a 50 yard bomb from Harrell, and caught passes in double coverage early in training camp. (Packer Report.com) Gurley caught the ball three times for 31 yards against Arizona while being targeted three times. Gurley caught it twice for 21 yards against Cleveland.
While the Packers have a lot of receivers, consideration should be mentioned. The practice squad would even be nice for Gurley.
4. Josh Gordy, CB-
Josh Gordy isn’t a rookie, and is impressing Packers coaches. Gordy had an interception against Cleveland to go along with a sack. Also, hit the quarterback and knocked down a pass. Last Friday, Gordy had had just one tackle.
With the same situation with receivers, the Packers have a lot of cornerbacks. Just maybe Gordy can squeeze out a roster spot.
5. Shaky Smithson, WR-
Shaky Smithson is a rookie out of Utah. Smithson lived a hard life, and football helped him be successful. To make the team would mean everything to him and his family.
Smithson can catch balls, and return kicks and punts. The ladder is what may help him make the team. Early in training camp, Smithson was catching passes for touchdowns, and going low to grab passes. (Packer Report.com) In preseason action, hasn’t really got the chance to catch passes, but made the most out of special teams against Cleveland, returning three kicks for 71 yards.
With a name like Shaky, you got to keep this kid on the roster. He will shake defenders all day.
6. Brett Swain, WR-
Brett Swain was a special teams hero for the Packers in last year’s Super Bowl win over the Steelers making huge tackles, and blocks. Swain never has really gotten a chance to catch passes, but when he has, he doesn’t drop them.
Every team needs a solid special team contributor, and Swain is just that.
7. Tom Crabtree, TE-
Tom Crabtree is in a tough position. The Packers have a lot of tight ends, and now especially with drafting D.J. Williams, and Ryan Taylor.
Crabtree has had a quiet preseason, catching just one pass for five yards in the two preseason games. However, last year when Jermichael Finley went down, Crabtree was huge part of the offense. Crabtree didn’t necessarily make big catches, but was a big time blocker for Aaron Rodgers and the running game.
8. Graham Harrell, QB-
Whether or not the Packer keep three quarterbacks, Harrell definitely deserves a spot on this team. Harrell has looked sharp all preseason, and looked more comfortable in the pocket.
Against Cleveland, Harrell went 11 for 22 for 100 yards, and against Arizona, went 7 for 9 for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Harrell should at least be given a spot on the practice squad.
9. Pat Lee, CB-
Lee has grown since he came in the league four seasons ago. Lee had a decent season last season, and contributed with a tackle in the Super Bowl.
This preseason, Lee has made his case to stay on the team. Lee had four tackles against Cleveland, and only one against Arizona.
10. Chastin West, WR-
With a ton of wide receivers, the Packers cannot keep many. West has certainly proved that he remains on this team. West caught a impressive 97 yard touchdown from Matt Flynn against Arizona. On that touchdown, West showed off his breakaway speed from defenders. West had five receptions for 134 yards against Arizona.
These next two preseason games are huge for these ten player as they try to show the Packers coaching staff why they deserve a spot on the team.