Back in February, the Packers announced the signing of 9 players to reserve/futures contracts. The news understandably got buried under the still-ongoing Super Bowl championship euphoria. So with the lockout dominating football news now, I thought we’d take a quick look at these players, who are all now officially Green Bay Packers.
Adrian Battles, G, 6’3″, 318lbs, Minnesota State. Battles, who grew up in Milwaukee, was signed by the Vikings as a UDFA before the 2010 Season. He was released during the final roster cuts and was out of football until the Packers signed him to the practice squad in December. Battles told Mankato Daily Free Press reporter Chad Courrier, “When you get released, that’s a lot of adversity,” he said. “But I have a lot of people, my mom and friends, who believed in me and kept my spirits up. It made me work hard; I started working out twice a day instead of once. I wanted to make sure that if I got another opportunity, I would be ready. When the call finally came from the Packers, it was like a dream come true, because they had always been my favorite team growing up. I live 100 miles from this place and it was unbelievable. When I got this call, it was a dream come true and I came here just ready to work.”
Michael Greco, S, 6’3″, 224lbs, Central Florida. Greco was signed an an UDFA by the Giants before the 2010 season. He was cut during preseason and landed on the Packers’ practice squad in October. He was released by the Packers Nov. 9th, spent a few weeks on the Colts practice squad and was then re-signed by the Packers in December. Greco ran a 4.40 40 yard dash at his Pro day and had an amazing vertical jump of 41.5 inches. He was rated 24th out of 75 safeties entering the 2010 draft by NFLDraftScout.com. Greco has possible elite athleticism but his main problem is inexperience – he has only played safety for one year. Up until his senior season in college, Greco had been strictly a quarterback.
Cardia Jackson, ILB, 6’1″, 236lbs, Louisiana-Monroe. Jackson. Jackson was signed by the Rams an an UDFA by the Giants before the 2010 season. He was released during the final roster cuts and was out of football until the Packers signed him to the practice squad in late December. Jackson was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 after leading the league with 117 tackles. He is currently the Conference’s all-time tackles leader. Jackson ran a 4.89 40 yard dash at his Pro day and was rated 50th out of 125 inside linebackers entering the 2010 draft by NFLDraftScout.com.
(The last two photos were taken by Corey Behnke from CheeseheadTV.com)