Friday, May 05, 2006

A Few More Undrafted Signings as Minicamp Begins

The Packers have signed four additional undrafted free agents to the roster (in addition to those mentioned in an earlier post), making a total of 12. The new additions include:
Calvin Russell, WR, Tuskegee
Zac Alcorn, TE, Black Hills State
Byron Santiago, LB, Louisiana Tech
Jason Hunter, DE, Appalachian State

Players signed earlier in the week included:
Chris Francies, WR, Texas-El Paso
Arliss Beach, RB, Kentucky
Tra Boger, S, Tulane
Josh Bourke, T, Grand Valley State
Shermar Bracey, RB, Arkansas State
A.J. Cooper, TE, North Dakota State
Tim Goodwell, LB, Memphis
Montez Murphy, DE, Baylor

These players joined the rest of the Packers at today's first official minicamp practice. New Head Coach Mike McCarthy addressed the entire team beforehand to lay out his expectations and plan. During his just completed press conference (carried live via streaming video on he said he told the rookies that he wanted to see competitiveness from them. He said he was pleased with the overall pace and feel of the first practice, and felt that players had gotten his message. Especially encouraging was that Brett Favre was on hnad, practicing and learning a new language for the offense. In video of the practice, and as mentioned by a reporter during the press conference, Favre looked like he was having fun and enjoying himself. Appears as if Brett is glad to be back...and fans are glad he is. Minicamp continues through the weekend.