The Green Bay Packers didn’t have to look far to find the 10 players for their practice squad to open the season—all of them were in camp with the Pack and were signed to the practice squad Sunday after clearing waivers.
The player with the most experience of the bunch is safety Chris Banjo, who played in all 16 regular-season games for Green Bay last season, as well as the Wild Card Playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers in January.
Banjo was an undrafted free agent out of SMU in 2012 who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in April 2013. He signed with the Packers in July 2013 and made the 53-man roster. He had 19 tackles and two pass breakups a season ago.
Besides Banjo, the rest of the practice squad includes:
- WR Kevin Dorsey
- C Garth Gerhart
- WR Alex Gillett
- RB Michael Hill
- LB Adrian Hubbard
- TE Justin Perillo
- DE Luther Robinson
- T Jeremy Vujnovich
- WR Myles White
Hill played in six games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season after he was signed off the Packers’ practice squad. He had been active for two games with Green Bay but never played.
An undrafted free agent out of Missouri Western State in 2013, Hill was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers and was one of their final cuts. The Packers signed him to the practice squad at that time before putting him on the active roster on Sept. 30. He was re-signed to the practice squad in October after he was waived.
With the Pack, he returned one kickoff for 19 yards.
The Bucs signed him in November and he had 23 yards on nine carries and caught two passes for 23 yards.
White was in seven games last season for the Pack, catching nine passes for 66 yards. He signed as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech in 2013.
None of the rest of the players has appeared in a regular season game, though Dorsey (2013 Packers) and Gerhart (2012 Browns, 2013 Panthers and Packers) have spent time on active rosters.
The rest of the practice squad were signed as undrafted free agents by the Packers this year. Gillett is a converted quarterback from Eastern Michigan, Hubbard is from Alabama, Perillo played at Maine, Robinson came from Miami and Vujnovich is from Louisiana College.