The Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster is currently at full capacity, and training camp is now just days away as veterans are to report to camp on July 27th, and the first practice will take place the following day, on July 28th. However, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Green Bay is still looking for ways to upgrade this roster.
As Tom reported on Thursday afternoon, this coming Monday, the Green Bay Packers will have Tommy Stevens in for a workout as a tight end, and joining him are defensive back Rashard Robinson and nose tackle Sterling Johnson. Although close to training camp, bringing in players to try out at this stage of the offseason is a fairly routine practice in the NFL.
Here is a closer look at each of those players, and remember, since the Green Bay Packers roster is at 90 players, any new addition also means that a cut will have to follow.
Tommy Stevens – TE
Tommy Stevens was a seventh-round pick by the New Orleans Saints in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State, and he actually played quarterback in college. He spent his first four seasons at Penn State before transferring to Mississippi State as a fifth-year grad transfer.
Over his college career, Stevens would complete 60 percent of his 202 passes for 1,459 yards at 7.2 yards per catch with 15 touchdowns to six interceptions. He would also rush for 887 career yards and 12 touchdowns on 5.6 yards per carry.
Stevens was unable to stick with New Orleans and wound up in Carolina, where he saw minimal action in Week 17, rushing the ball four times for 24 yards. At 6’5″ – 235 pounds, Stevens has good size, but a position change is never easy, especially to tight end, which is a position that comes with a steep learning curve in the NFL.
Other TEs on the roster: Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis, Jace Sternberger, Josiah Deguara, Dominique Dafney, Isaac Nauta, Bronson Kaufusi
Rashard Robinson – CB
Rashard Robinson was a fourth-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Niners, New York Jets, and most recently, the Dallas Cowboys. Standing 6’2″ and weighing 177 pounds, Robinson is primarily a boundary cornerback with decent NFL experience.
Over his career, he has taken 1,312 regular-season snaps and has allowed a completion rate of 56.5 percent on 108 targets, coming away with two interceptions and 11 pass breakups. Robinson has 82 career tackles and a passer rating when thrown at of 105.1, along with 17 penalties.
During this past season with Dallas, he would appear in only four games and gave up 10 completions on 13 targets at 9.1 yards per catch with no pass breakups, but Robinson did record both of his career interceptions. He also brings some special teams experience with 303 career snaps.
Other CBs on the roster: Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Eric Stokes, Chandon Sullivan, Shemar Jean-Charles, Josh Jackson, Ka’dar Hollman, Kabion Ento, Stanford Samuels
Sterling Johnson – IDL
I recently wrote that the Green Bay Packers should look to add to their interior defensive line room; not that I had Sterling Johnson in mind, but he would add some depth this summer. Johnson was an undrafted rookie in 2020 out of Coastal Carolina after transferring from Clemson. He spent last summer with the Jets but was eventually cut.
During his collegiate career, which spanned five seasons and a bulk of his playing time came over those final two years with the Chanticleers, Johnson saw nearly 1,100 snaps and recorded 75 tackles, 17 of which were for a loss, along with 49 pressures, eight sacks, and 45 stops–or plays that result in a loss for the offense. He spent most of his time lined up in the A or B gaps, according to PFF ($$).
Since this is only Johnson’s second NFL season, here is a look at the scouting report on him from Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network:
“Analysis: Johnson possesses the size, athleticism and explosion to play at the next level, but he never lived up to expectations. He possesses great upside, but he must pull the pieces together sooner rather than later or he’ll be on the outside looking in.”
Other IDLs on the roster: Kenny Clark, Kingsley Keke, Dean Lowry, Tyler Lancaster, TJ Slaton, Willington Previlon, Jack Heflin