Rookie defensive tackle signs

The Green Bay Packers Friday signed defensive tackle Johnny Jolly, the team's first of two selections in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft (183rd overall). The 6-foot-3, 317-pound Jolly is the second Packers draft pick to sign, joining defensive end Dave Tollefson, who signed June 23.

Jolly practiced some with the first-team defense during the team's recent Organized Activities practices in June. He likely will be battling for playing time against Corey Williams and Kenny Peterson behind starter Cullen Jenkins along the line this season.

Jolly started the last 35 games of his career at Texas A&M, playing in 47 games as a collegian. He earned all-Big 12 honors last season.

The Houston native accumulated 230 tackles (111 solo), including 6 1/2 sacks and 28 tackles for loss. Jolly also notched 15 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two blocked kicks.

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