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Packers sign 19 rookie free agents

Posted May 6, 2016

Four WRs, three CBs, two LBs among additions to roster


The Green Bay Packers signed 19 rookie free agents. The signings were announced Friday by Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations.

Undrafted free agent signings:


No-Pos-Name-Ht-Wt-College-HS Hometown

#81, Geronimo Allison, WR, 6-3, 202, Illinois, Riverview, Fla.
#29, Kentrell Brice, S, 5-11, 200, Louisiana Tech, Ruston, La.
#43, Beniquez Brown, LB, 6-1, 236, Mississippi State, Florence, Ala.
#6, Joe Callahan, QB, 6-1, 216, Wesley, Absecon, N.J.
#20, Makinton Dorleant, CB, 5-11, 182, Northern Iowa, Naples, Fla.
#57, Jacob Flores, C, 6-3, 300, Dartmouth, Arlington, Texas
#46, Reggie Gilbert, LB, 6-3, 261, Arizona, Laveen, Ariz.
#49, David Grinnage, TE, 6-5, 255, North Carolina State, Newark, Del.
#28, Josh Hawkins, CB, 5-10, 189, East Carolina, Kernersville, N.C.
#26, Don Jackson, RB, 5-10, 208, Nevada, Elk Grove, Calif.
#72, Josh James, T, 6-5, 314, Carroll, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
#41, Randall Jette, CB, 5-11, 193, Massachusetts, Oak Bluffs, Mass.
#90, Tyler Kuder, DT, 6-3, 307, Idaho State, Payette, Idaho
#1, Peter Mortell, P, 5-11, 203, Minnesota, Green Bay, Wis.
#5, Dennis Parks, WR, 6-1, 201, Rice, Converse, Texas
#45, Manoa Pikula, LB, 6-1, 234, BYU, South Jordan, Utah
#96, Brian Price, DT, 6-3, 318, Texas San Antonio, Lafayette, Ind.
#13, Devonte Robinson, WR, 6-1, 188, Utah State, Delray Beach, Fla.
#16, Herb Waters, WR, 6-0, 188, Miami, Homestead, Fla.

Allison, 22, played two seasons at Illinois after starting his career at Iowa Western Community College. He started 22 of 24 games played for the Illini, recording 106 receptions for 1,480 yards (14.0 avg.) and eight touchdowns. Allison was named All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches and media as a senior after setting career highs with 65 receptions for 882 yards (13.6 avg.).

Brice, 21, started all 13 games as a senior and registered 60 tackles (46 solo), three tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, a fumble recovery and eight pass breakups. In 2014, he led the team in tackles (86) and forced fumbles (four) while also recording five pass breakups and two interceptions.

Brown, 23, started 25 of 26 games played at outside linebacker over his final two seasons, finishing second on the team in tackles both years. He started 28 of 39 games over his three seasons and ranks 10th in school history with 22½ tackles for loss.

Callahan, 22, started each game over the last three seasons. In 2015, he became the first NCAA Division III quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in a season, earning the Gagliardi Trophy, the highest award in Division III football. Callahan was also named Little All-American by The Associated Press, D3football.com All-American, D3football.com East Region Offensive Player of the Year and AFCA Division III Coaches’ All-American after his senior season.

Dorleant (mack-in-tin door-lee-aunt), 23, played in 40 games with 39 starts over three seasons at Northern Iowa after transferring from the University of Maryland (2011-12), where he appeared in 11 games. As a senior, he earned spots on the STATS and College Sports Madness FCS All-America third teams while being named All-MVFC second-team as a defensive back and honorable mention as a return specialist. Dorleant participated in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl after his senior season.

Flores, 22, started every game over the last three years, spending his sophomore and junior seasons at left tackle and his senior season at center. He was named All-Ivy league first-team and all-New England Team (comprised of FBS and FCS players) as a senior. In 2015, he was a co-recipient of the Alan Hewitt ’34 and Robert Hewitt ’40 Award, presented to the varsity player who best epitomizes athletic performance with academic achievement. Earned Academic All-District first-team as a junior and senior.

Gilbert, 23, played in 57 career games, starting 47, and finished with 143 tackles, 27 tackles for a loss, 14 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. As a senior he was one of four senior captains, was named Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention and was voted the team’s Defensive Player of the Week by the coaches four times.

Grinnage (GRINN-idge), 22, played in 38 games with 25 starts in three seasons, recording 67 receptions for 798 yards (11.9 avg.) and nine touchdowns. In 2014, he set career highs with 27 receptions for 358 yards (13.3 avg.) and five touchdowns. Grinnage hauled in a career-high seven receptions for 82 yards and one touchdown vs. Clemson last season.



Hawkins, 23, was a former walk-on who started 28 of 50 games played and registered 139 tackles (88 solo), nine interceptions and 22 pass breakups. In 2014, he was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award after setting career highs in starts (11), tackles (44), solo tackles, interceptions (five) and pass breakups (11).

Jackson, 22, spent one year at Iowa Western Community College before playing three seasons for Nevada. He finished his career ranked 13th in program history with 2,318 rushing yards on 520 carries (4.5 avg.). As a senior, he became the 19th player in program history to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a single season (1,029).

James, 22, started all 44 games during his collegiate career at left tackle. He was a first-team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association in 2015, becoming the 17th Saint to earn the honor. James earned all-conference first-team honors as a junior and senior.

Jette (JET), 23, started all 44 games he played at UMass, recording 210 tackles (114 solo), 44 passes defensed, nine interceptions, six tackles for a loss, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. Jette was named second-team All-MAC in 2014 after setting career highs with 67 tackles (39 solo), four interceptions and 18 passes defensed.

Kuder (coo-der), 23, played three seasons at Idaho State after transferring from Montana Western. He was invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl following his senior season. He also earned the Jared Allen Award, given to the team’s most valuable player on defense, in 2015 after setting career highs with 92 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and 3½ sacks. Kuder was also named first-team all-conference as a senior after earning second-team honors in 2014 and honorable mention in 2013.

Mortell, 23, served as the primary punter for the Gophers over the last three seasons, punting 203 times for 8,758 yards. His career average of 44.0 ranks first in school history. The Green Bay native recorded 57 punts of 50 or more yards and six punts of 60 or more yards. He also placed 76 punts inside the 20-yard line. In 2014, was named the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year and earned Mortell All-Big Ten first-team honors from the coaches and media.

Parks, 21, finished second on the team with 33 receptions for 498 yards (15.1 avg.) and three touchdowns as a senior. He caught 29 passes in both 2013 and 2014 and finished his junior season with five receptions for 109 yards against Fresno State in the Hawai’i Bowl. It was the third 100-yard receiving game in Rice bowl history.
 

Pikula (mah-NOH-ah pee-KOO-lah), 23, played in 49 games as a linebacker and on special teams, recording 144 tackles (81 solo), 12 tackles for a loss, five sacks, five pass breakups and an interception. As a senior, he finished No. 6 on the team in total tackles (55) and was one of eight BYU players to register two or more sacks (two)

Price, 21, played three seasons at UTSA after beginning his career at Hancock (Calif.) Junior College. He started 13 of 31 games played for UTSA, including all 10 he played in as a senior. Price totaled 81 tackles, six tackles for a loss and three sacks in three seasons. He finished his collegiate career with a career-best 33 tackles in 2015.

Robinson, 22, played two seasons at Utah State after beginning his career at West Virginia and Dodge City (Kan.) Community College. He started 13 of 26 games played as a junior and senior, recording 44 receptions for 552 yards (12.5 avg.) and four touchdowns. He also rushed nine times for 54 yards (6.0 avg.) and a score.

Waters, 23, started 20 of 47 games played, including 11 of 13 as a senior. He set career highs with 41 receptions for 624 yards (15.2 avg.) in 2015. His 15.2 yards-per-catch average was the best among Miami receivers last season and his 624 receiving yards ranked third on the team. Waters hauled in a career-best five receiving touchdowns as a sophomore.


 
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