This would be a massive disappointment for undrafted free agent Malik Heath, but it’s a growing reality given the Packers’ focus on special teams.
Heath began turning heads in Organized Team Activities and minicamp, and has carried his impressive performances over into training camp and preseason. He doesn’t have elite athleticism, but he understands how to run routes to create separation from defenders. He notched three receptions for 36 yards in their first preseason game and had a great downfield block on a run play.
However, if he made the team, he would be the Packers’ fifth or sixth wide receiver behind Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure and Jayden Reed. Similar to running back, how much do they expect or want that player to have an impact on offense?
It could come down to special teams where Heath loses his advantage. He only played one special teams snap against the Cincinnati Bengals, while Bo Melton played 12 in several different phases. That could be the difference for players fighting at the bottom of the depth chart. It’s also important to keep your eyes on Grant DuBose now that he’s returned from injury.