Packers add a rookie receiver from minicamp tryout

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The Packers have added a pair of players, including one who made enough of an impression at rookie minicamp to end up with a job.

Receiver Darrius Shepherd, from North Dakota State, parlayed a tryout into a roster spot.

Shepherd appeared in 57 games at North Dakota State, catching 188 passes for 2,841 yards and 20 touchdowns. In 2018, he became an FCS third-team All-American as a punt returner.

The Packers also have signed cornerback Chandin Sullivan, an undrafted free agent in 2018 who signed with the Eagles. Sullivan appeared in five games with one start last year in Philadelphia.

9 responses to “Packers add a rookie receiver from minicamp tryout

  1. Before all the sarcastic comments come rolling in, remember, the Packers typically have at least one if not two or three undrafted free agents make the final 53 so it is an attractive place for those who didn’t get a phone call on draft weekend.

    That being said, there is a new Sherriff in town and he went out of his way to sign Free agents so the roster will be tighter this year.

  2. The Packers had 88 players on the roster before last weekends mini-camp and adding 2 players was expected to fill out the 90 man offseason roster.

    Shepherd has a lot of experience returning kicks and that would be his best path to competing for a spot on the final 53 this summer.

    PFF had Shepherd as the second-highest graded WR in college football last season, trailing only Andy Isabella.

  3. This is exactly the kind of signing our Packers need to do more of. Aaron needs more guys to throw to. And to throw under the bus, too. Ya see, that way Aaron can keep everyone thinking it’s not him. That it’s always the other guy. Congratulations, young rookie receiver man.

  4. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 6, 2019 at 11:47 am

    PFF had Shepherd as the second-highest graded WR in college football last season, trailing only Andy Isabella.
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    Just saying stuff on message boards does not make it true —
    Before the draft he was not even on PFF’s top 15 WR

  5. You’d think that fans of a team that found a great WR as an undrafted free agent would be a little more… measured in their comments.
    But these are Minnesota Vikings fans.

  6. “Before the draft he was not even on PFF’s Top 15 WR”

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    What does that have to do with PFF having Shepherd as the second-highest graded WR in college football last season? Andy Isabella was the highest graded WR by PFF for 2018. It has zero to do with the draft.

  7. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 6, 2019 at 6:58 pm
    “Before the draft he was not even on PFF’s Top 15 WR”

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    What does that have to do with PFF having Shepherd as the second-highest graded WR in college football last season? Andy Isabella was the highest graded WR by PFF for 2018. It has zero to do with the draft.
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    Your inference is that the second highest grade is being a good player. Its stats only – not his worth. Might be a kick returner if he makes special teams

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