Green Bay Packers 2021 UDFA Signing Tracker

Michigan's Josh Uche rushes against Wisconsin lineman Jon Dietzen during the second half Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.Josh Uche
Michigan's Josh Uche rushes against Wisconsin lineman Jon Dietzen during the second half Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.Josh Uche /

Several undrafted rookies (UDFA) have ended up playing major roles for the Green Bay Packers over the years. The most recent example of this is linebacker Krys Barnes, who by Week 15 was a starter and wearing the green dot.

But this year, in terms of the amount of UDFAs signed, we aren’t going to see the same number of players brought in—or at least not by the Green Bay Packers.

During his pre-draft press conference with reporters, GM Brian Gutekunst mentioned that this would be the case and is why the Green Bay Packers roster already had so many players on it. Between shortened seasons, opt-outs, and an additional year of eligibility in college, the player pool to pick from is simply smaller. But from a team’s perspective, there is also less information on these players than what there typically is due to everything mentioned above, along with COVID restrictions over the last year.

So we won’t see the same number of players brought in as usual, but post-draft signings will be made. Here is a quick look at who the Green Bay Packers have added so far.

Jon Dietzen, OL, Wisconsin

Dietzen was the Badgers’ starting guard during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, allowing two sacks and 16 pressures. He then played left tackle for the 2018 season, giving up no sacks and five pressures. Dietzen would sit out the 2019 season to get healthy and was back at guard in 2020.

Jacob Capra, OL, San Diego State

Another versatile offensive lineman added to the mix. Capra has taken 204 snaps at left tackle, 552 at left guard, another 330 at right guard, and 339 at right tackle. During the 2020 season at left guard, he didn’t give up a sack and allowed just two pressures, according to PFF ($$).

Bailey Gaither, WR, San Jose State

Gaither was primarily a boundary receiver but did take over 20 percent of his snaps from the slot–most of which came during his first three seasons (2016-2018). He was a big-play threat, averaging over 16 yards per catch and tallied 18 touchdowns.

Carlo Kemp, IDL, Michigan

Kemp is a three-year starter, measuring in at 6’3″ – 286 pounds. Over his career, Kemp totaled 49 pressures, seven sacks, and 10.5 TFLs. He is a versatile defender, lining up in multiple gaps during his time at Michigan–including out on the edge.

Jack Heflin, IDL, Iowa

Standing 6’4″ and weighing 312 pounds, Heflin was a four-year starter at Iowa. During that span, he tallied 78 pressures, 10 sacks, and 21 TFLs. A majority of his snaps came lined up in the B Gap.

Christian Uphoff, S, Illinois State

A one-year starter who displayed his versatility during the 2019 season. Uphoff took 238 snaps from the box, another 234 from the slot, and 460 at free safety. He also added eight pressures, three sacks, and 10 pass breakups.

Coy Cronk, OL, Iowa

Cronk was a five-year starter — four with Indiana and one with Iowa — but missed most of 2019 with an ankle injury, and the 2020 season was shortened. With nearly 3,000 career snaps and over 1,700 pass-blocking reps, Cronk allowed 16 sacks — nine of which came in 2016 — and gave up an average of 31 pressures per year from 2016 to 2018.

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Be sure to check back in throughout the day to see if any other UDFA signings were made.