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Packers Take Strength-in-Numbers Approach to Backfield

The Green Bay Packers signed five players who tried out at last weekend's rookie camp, including another running back.

The Green Bay Packers will take five rookie running backs to training camp, with William Stanback being one of five tryout players signed on Monday.

Stanback will join draft picks Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Davante Mays, along with undrafted Kalif Phillips, who was signed immediately after the draft. Those five will vie for perhaps two roster spots behind incumbent starter Ty Montgomery.

The Packers also released long snapper Taybor Pepper and receiver Antwan Goodley to get to the 90-player limit. With the release of Pepper, who was signed on Jan. 27, the Packers have only Derek Hart, who signed on April 1 – though veteran unsigned Brett Goode no doubt is on standby. Green Bay has 11 receivers after releasing Goodley, who was signed to the practice squad late last season. That includes four rookies: draft picks DeAngelo Yancey and Malachi Dupre and undrafted free agents Michael Clark and Montay Crockett.

Here are Monday’s additions:

No.NamePosHtWtCollegeHS Hometown
59 Josh Letuligasenoa LB 6-1 252 Cal Poly Elk Grove, Calif.
46 Raysean Pringle CB 6-0 191 Southern Utah Hayward, Calif.
43 William Stanback RB 6-0 231 Virginia Union Uniondale, N.Y.
57 David Talley LB 6-1 236 Grand Valley State Orchard Lake, Mich.
37 Aaron Taylor S 5-11 206 Ball State Lawrenceville, Ga.

Letuligasenoa, 23, played in 34 games over three seasons, starting the final 24 games of his collegiate career. As a senior, he tied career highs in total tackles (65) and sacks (three) while setting a new career high with 41 solo tackles. He ran his 40 in 4.94 seconds.

Pringle, 23, played running back and wide receiver in college but is moving to corner. In 33 games with nine starts, he rushed for 1,130 yards and 14 touchdowns on 228 carries (4.9 avg.) while catching 36 passes for 329 yards (9.1 avg.) and a TD. Pringle also saw time as a kickoff returner in 2016, averaging 19.7 yards on 15 returns with a TD. He ran his 40 in 4.42 seconds and showed his strength with 24 reps on the bench press.

Stanback, 22, played in 25 games at the University of Central Florida (2013-15), recording 1,157 rushing yards and 16 TDs on 306 carries (3.8 avg.) while hauling in 27 receptions for 244 yards (9.0 avg.) and three TDs. He was an all-conference performer in 2014 but was kicked off the team early in 2015 due to repeated violations of team rules. In 2016, he started six of 10 games played for Virginia Union, earning all-CIAA first-team honors after rushing for 1,299 yards and 15 TDs on 207 carries (6.3 avg.) while also recording 165 yards on 12 receptions (13.8 avg.) with three TDs. Weighing 233 at pro day, he ran his 40 in 4.55 seconds.

Talley, 22, played in 48 games with 34 starts, starting all 27 games over his final two seasons. He totaled 285 tackles (123 solo), 30.5 tackles for a losses, 14 passes defensed, 11 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during his career. He ran a blazing 4.51 40 at Grand Valley’s pro day.

Taylor, 23, played in 48 games with 29 starts over four seasons, registering 208 tackles (110 solo), 18 tackles for a losses, 3.5 sacks, four passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. As a senior, he set career highs in starts (12), tackles (85), solo tackles (49) and tackles for a loss (11.5). He ran his 40 in 4.59 seconds.

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