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Packers signed third-round WR Ty Montgomery to a four-year contract.

Montgomery is a bit of a 'tweener in the sense he can line up in multiple spots. Some have suggested he turn to running back. Either way, don't expect much year-one production barring injury. Montgomery will have to earn his keep on special teams as a rookie and could win the returner job out of training camp.
May 20 - 11:16 AM

The Packers view fourth-rounder Jake Ryan as an every-down inside linebacker.

"He can get through traffic, he can make plays on the outside, he can penetrate and make plays on the inside run," said director of player personnel Eliot Wolf. "Pretty good in coverage, kind of an all-around guy." Ryan will get the first crack at the starting job next to ILB Sam Barrington as the Packers try to solidify the weak link of their defense. Clay Matthews will move back outside.
May 20 - 7:48 AM

Packers UDFA RB John Crockett said he had offers from at least 20 teams.

The Packers currently have a hole at the No. 3 running back spot and No. 2 man James Starks is entering a contract year. Combine that with the fact that Green Bay has given the most regular-season snaps in the NFL to UDFAs since 2005 and it was an easy decision for Crockett. We'd give the FCS beast a very reasonable shot at sticking on the final roster.
May 18 - 8:34 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said fourth-round ILB Jake Ryan looks "natural" in DC Dom Capers' scheme.

"He's picked it up clean, making the calls out there," McCarthy said. "He's very assertive, so I think he's off to a good start." The Packers view Ryan as a potential Week 1 starter. Ryan could get early-down snaps opposite Sam Barrington if Clay Matthews moves back outside.
May 13 - 7:19 PM

Packers signed second-round CB Quinten Rollins to a four-year contract.

Arguably their biggest need entering the draft, the Packers addressed their secondary in rounds one and two, selecting Damarious Randall and Rollins. Both will have a chance to play significant snaps in year one. Rollins has the size, feet, and quickness to play outside and could even man the slot.
May 11 - 6:18 PM

Packers first-round DB Damarious Randall missed the opening day of rookie minicamp with a "minor" ankle injury.

"Just being smart with him," coach Mike McCarthy said. "It's something temporary, minor. I'm not going to get into medical situations of any of the guys here today, but he'll be ready to go probably next week." Randall should be ready to participate in OTAs in late May.
May 9 - 11:20 AM

Packers third-round pick Ty Montgomery has dropped his weight to 212 after weighing 221 at the NFL Combine.

Some draftniks suggested Montgomery's best NFL position would be running back, but the Packers view him as an inside receiver with return value. Shedding weight confirms the Packers don't see him as a running back. Micah Hyde should keep Green Bay's primary punt return job, but Montgomery could be a factor on kickoffs. He returned three kicks for touchdowns at Stanford.
May 8 - 9:22 PM

Packers signed seventh-round TE Kennard Backman to a four-year contract.

A three-year starter at UAB, Backman ran 4.66 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump at his Pro Day. He's a developmental project behind Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless.
May 8 - 7:30 PM

Packers signed No. 210 overall pick DE Christian Ringo to a four-year contract.

The Packers have now signed three of their eight draft picks. A three-technique pass rusher, Ringo will begin his career competing for a roster spot behind Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, Josh Boyd, and Khyri Thornton.
May 7 - 10:24 PM

Packers signed No. 206 overall pick FB Aaron Ripkowski to a four-year contract.

Selected as John Kuhn's potential successor, Ripkowski is a pure lead blocker. It's doubtful he takes Kuhn's roster spot, as Kuhn is coming off an All-Pro year, and making just $870,000. Ripkowski will have to earn his keep on special teams.
May 7 - 3:34 PM

Packers signed No. 147 overall pick QB Brett Hundley to a four-year contract.

Hundley will battle Scott Tolzien for No. 2 duties. The Pack don't consider Hundley "completely developmental," but there's a reason he went in the fifth round. Hundley has a really poor feel for the pocket. The Pack are banking on Hundley learning a thing or five from Aaron Rodgers over the next 3-4 seasons.
May 7 - 1:50 PM

Packers signed No. 129 overall pick ILB Jake Ryan to a four-year contract.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes Ryan could start as a rookie, though that would be contingent on Clay Matthews kicking back outside. Behind Matthews, the Packers' depth chart at inside 'backer is pretty bare. Standing 6'2/240, Ryan is a plus athlete with 4.65 wheels and a 34.5-inch vertical.
May 7 - 1:42 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel considers Jeff Janis the Packers' No. 4 receiver.

Janis' breakout potential took a hit when the Packers re-signed Randall Cobb, relegating Davante Adams to third-receiver duties and Janis to No. 4. Still, the paper slots him ahead of Jared Abbrederis and third-round pick Ty Montgomery. With Jordy Nelson coming off hip surgery, we wouldn't totally rule out Janis making some 2015 noise if he keeps the fourth-receiver job into Week 1.
May 5 - 11:01 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel considers B.J. Raji the Packers' starting nose tackle.

He's listed ahead of Letroy Guion, who manned the nose for Green Bay last season while Raji was on I.R. with a torn right bicep. Both Raji and Guion were brought back on one-year deals. Raji hasn't put any good play on film since early in his career. The middle of the Packers' defense remains its weakness.
May 5 - 9:57 PM

The Packers don't consider fifth-round QB Brett Hundley "completely developmental."

"He's played at a big-time program," Packers director of player personnel Eliot Wolf said. "(UCLA's) offense is obviously different from ours, but you can see all the big-time throws that he can make." Wolf also called Hundley a "football nerd," while coach Mike McCarthy praised his escapability. Hundley should get the benefit of the doubt when battling Scott Tolzien for No. 2 duties.
May 3 - 2:56 PM

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