Breaking Down 'Rookie' Roster

The Packers' rookie camp opened on Friday, with 57 players on the roster between draft picks, undrafted free agents and the 29 rookies here on a tryout basis. Noteworthy performances were turned in by running back James Starks, among others.

Packer Report publisher Bill Huber watched the fire drill that was Day 1 of the Packers' three-day rookie orientation camp. A total of 57 players are on the rookie roster, a list that includes seven draft picks, 11 undrafted rookies and 10 players who either ended last season on the practice squad or were signed after the season.


6: Noah Shepard, South Dakota; 13: Chris Pizzotti, Harvard.

Noteworthy: It's patently unfair to judge the quarterbacks in a situation like this, but Shepard, one of the undrafted rookie signings, looked horrible. Maybe he was thinking too much after barely getting a look at the playbook. The 6-foot-5 Pizzotti, who was signed to the practice squad late last season, looked much more polished (not surprisingly) and threw a couple of pretty deep balls. He's got a chance to stick as the third quarterback.

Running backs

23: Anthony Harding, Fresno State; 40: Quinn Porter, Stillman; 43: Tory Harrison, Southern Mississippi; 44: James Starks, Buffalo.

Noteworthy: Director of college scouting John Dorsey told Packer Report that sixth-round pick Starks runs too tall at 6-foot-2, but he's confident that running backs coach Edgar Bennett will make the fixes. Starks looks like an explosive north-and-south runner (wearing shorts, mind you) and caught everything thrown his way. He stood out more than anyone at any position — a surprise considering he didn't play last season because of a shoulder injury. Porter (6-0), who was signed as an undrafted free agent, averaged almost 40 yards per kickoff return as a senior. He's got some get-up-and-go.


48: Mike Rinfrette, Wake Forest; 49: Bobby Rome, North Carolina.

Noteworthy: Both of these players are here on a tryout basis. Considering the trio of Korey Hall, John Kuhn and Quinn Johnson, they're a long shot to last past this weekend.

Wide receivers

7: Glen Fox, South Dakota State; 8: D.J. Hord, Northern Iowa; 9: Edward Morton-Green, Morgan State; 11: Chastin West, Fresno State; 17: Charles Dillon, Washington State; 19: Will Scott, North Carolina Central; 82: Jeff Moturi, UTEP; 84: Shawn Gore, Bishops (Canada).

Noteworthy: Dillon (6-0) was signed in March. He spent part of the 2008 training camp with the Colts and starred for Spokane in arenafootball2 last year. He made a nice diving catch. The undrafteds who signed were West and Moturi. West (6-0) had three career scores on kick returns and caught 30 passes as a senior. Moturi looks smaller than his listed 5-11. He's among the school's career leaders in receptions (170), receiving yards (2,527) and touchdown catches (26). Two tryout players to remember are Morton-Green and Scott. Morton-Green is 6-4 and ran the 40 in 4.47 at his pro day. Scott (6-2) has intriguing height and athletic ability as an All-American in the triple jump.

Tight ends

81: Andrew Quarless, Penn State; 83: Tim Crabtree, Miami (Ohio).

Noteworthy: Quarless (6-4) was the first of the Packers' fifth-round picks. He had a tough first day on the job, with one pass ricocheting off his helmet. He's not as smooth as I imagined. Dorsey, however, loves Quarless' potential to catch and block. Crabtree (6-4) was signed to the practice squad in December.

Offensive tackles

69: Chris Campbell, Eastern Illinois; 75; Bryan Bulaga, Iowa.

Noteworthy: Bulaga, of course, is the first-round pick and lined up as the starting left tackle. In a no-contact practice setting, it's tough to say much about the 6-foot-5, 314-pounder. He's in such good shape, though, that he looks closer to 280 pounds than 314. Bulaga was pulled from the lineup after a false start during the 11-on-11 team run period. Campbell (6-5, 328) was signed after the draft after earning second-team all-conference honors as a senior. He's got pretty good feet for his size and is an intriguing developmental prospect.


58: Joe Thomas, Pittsburgh; 60: Mike Aguayo, UTEP; 64: Stanley Daniels, Washington; 67: Nick McDonald, Grand Valley State; 74: Marshall Newhouse, TCU.

Noteworthy: Newhouse (6-4, 319) was the second of the Packers' fifth-round picks. A three-year starter at left tackle, Newhouse opened the rookie camp as the starting left guard, though he said he expects to get a look at every position on the line, including center. McDonald (6-4, 316), who was signed after the draft, was a Division II All-American at left tackle in helping the Lakers reach the national championship game. Daniels is a practice-squad holdover. He lined up as the starting right guard.


53: Garrett Anderson, South Carolina; 57: Robb Houser, Pittsburgh.

Noteworthy: Houser is from Chico, Calif. — the hometown of Aaron Rodgers — and got the starting nod. Anderson was snapping on a pair of botched center-quarterback exchanges.

Defensive ends

64: Drew Berube, Hillsdale; 95: Ronald Talley, Delaware; 96: Mike Neal, Purdue; 98: C.J. Wilson, East Carolina.

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Noteworthy: Neal (second round) and Wilson (seventh) are draft choices and Talley showed enough promise as an undrafted rookie that he spent the season on the practice squad. Neal and Wilson have a chance to help as situational pass rushers, at the least, Dorsey said. Talley had arthroscopic knee surgery after the season and isn't participating in these practices.

Nose tackles

60: Aleric Mullins, North Carolina; 67: Mundrae Clifton, Nevada; 69: Daniel Calvin, Kansas State; 93: Anthony Toribio, Carson-Newman.

Noteworthy: It only seems like Toribio has been with the team for 10 years. Yet, he's somehow allowed to take part in these practices. Clifton made back-to-back nice plays on a bootleg and running play.

Outside linebackers

46: Andy Mattingly, Washington State; 47: Frank Zombo, Central Michigan; 49: Robert Francois, Boston College; 53: Tim Knicky, Stephen F. Austin; 58: John Russell, Wake Forest; 62: Bryan Wilson, Morgan State.

Noteworthy: Because they didn't draft an outside linebacker, the Packers signed Zombo, Knicky and Russell to go with Francois, who was signed to the practice squad in December. Knicky, who led FCS in sacks as a senior, has a lot to learn about coverage. He was toasted a couple of times by the tight ends. His talent is evident, though, which is why he was paired with Francois with the starters. After Zombo put himself in the right spot in coverage on one play, position coach Kevin Greene bellowed, "Way to go, Zombo!" Wilson, one of the tryout guys, didn't seem to care that Bulaga was the No. 1 pick. He showed some impressive quickness. Interesting sidenote among all these rookies is that Wilson's senior season was 2007. He didn't make it with Washington in 2008.

Inside linebackers

40: Osayi Osunde, Villanova; 48: Alex Joseph, Temple; 61: Jonathan Jones, Wake Forest; 99: Antwyne Zanders, Louisiana-Lafayette.

Noteworthy: Joseph (6-2, 238), the only one in this quartet who signed after the draft, got great depth on his drop to intercept Pizzotti.


11: Jerell Norton, Arkansas; 17: Kent Richardson, West Virginia; 19: Jeff Lemon, Southwestern Oklahoma State; 37: Sam Shields, Miami; 43: D.J. Clark, Idaho State.

Noteworthy: Clark (6-1) was signed to the practice squad in December after being a four-year starter at Idaho State. Of the true rookies, Shields (5-11) is the only one in this group given a contract. He's clearly the fastest player at this camp and appears to have natural kick-returning skills. He didn't return kicks for the Hurricanes, though he did take a reverse on the opening kickoff back 84 yards for a touchdown in the bowl game against Wisconsin. A receiver-turned-cornerback in college, he's a project on defense but his special-teams skills give him a chance to win a roster spot.


13: Robert Vaughn, Connecticut; 23: Khalil Jones, Miami; 28: Anthony Levine, Tennessee State; 42: Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech.

Noteworthy: This is a promising group. Burnett is the Packers' third-round pick and has at least a decent chance of unseating starter Atari Bigby. Jones, a receiver at Miami who was signed to the practice squad in December, has been shifted to safety, where the Packers think his strength and height will make him a factor. Vaughn and Levine are here on a tryout basis. Vaughn (5-11) picked off 14 passes for the Huskies. A source told Packer Report that director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie was impressed by Levine's pro day workout, where his performances in several drills would have topped the safeties at the Scouting Combine. Levine (6-0) picked off two passes as a senior and is considered a good run defender.


8: Tim Masthay, Kentucky; 9: Chris Bryan, Australia.

Noteworthy: Shockingly, considering the Packers' recent punting history, there might be an NFL punter in this duo. They took turns booming kicks off the roof of the Hutson Center on Friday. Bryan's left-footed kicking motion looks effortless, and he has some good knuckleball action on his pooch punts. The Australian import isn't nearly consistent enough, but there's time until training camp. Masthay, who spent a week in training camp with the Colts last summer, consistently had better hang time.

Long snapper

46: Carter Brunelle, Baylor.

Noteworthy: Incumbent Brett Goode has no reasons to worry.


There isn't one, surprisingly.

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