Packers move Rico Gafford from receiver back to cornerback

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Rico Gafford was a receiver learning the Packers’ offensive playbook when the team signed Sammy Watkins and drafted three receivers. Now, he’s a cornerback learning the Packers’ defensive playbook.

“No, I didn’t know I was going to corner,” Gafford told Bill Huber of SI.com. “We showed up for offseason workouts, and I was with the receivers, with the offense. I was learning the playbook, doing routes on air and going over certain plays and all that stuff.”

Gafford was a cornerback at Wyoming, intercepting two passes as a junior in 2016 and four as a senior in 2017. After running a 4.22 in the 40-yard dash, the Titans signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2018 when Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was in his one season as the Titans’ offensive coordinator.

The Raiders moved Gafford to receiver, and he played eight games with them on offense the past three seasons, catching two passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. He signed with the Packers as a receiver in January.

After the addition of Watkins in free agency and Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs and Samori Toure, the Packers had plenty of receivers but a lack of depth at corner.

So, LaFleur approached Gafford about the possibility of moving back to corner.

“After the draft, Coach LaFleur came up to me and was like, ‘It would be in your best interests to go back to corner. You’ll probably have a better chance of making this team,’” Gafford said. “He told me straight up, ‘We love the things that you’re doing right now. You’re showing us a lot and we see that you can play.’”

Gafford, 26, called himself a DB at heart. He showed in the offseason program he was comfortable back on defense, giving him a chance to make the roster.

25 responses to “Packers move Rico Gafford from receiver back to cornerback

  1. Probably the worst set of WRs in the league when it comes to the group in turd nation. Rogers must be fuming.

  2. I have only been on here a short time and noticed one thing… The vikings trolls are worse than their defense.

  3. When you’re a team player and you run a 4.22..the coach will find a position for you.

  4. harianus says:
    July 1, 2022 at 7:34 pm
    Probably the worst set of WRs in the league when it comes to the group in turd nation. Rogers must be fuming.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Earth to hari…….there’s nobody named Rogers on the Packers.

  5. They say a cornerback is a just a receiver that can’t catch. That “stacked” WR room is actually a stacked cornerback room.

  6. Hopefully he can teach Stokes how to play corner. Unlike Pack fans I was under impressed with this guy, he looked clueless at times

  7. Ha ha ha, ‘It would be in your best interests to go back to corner’ or get cut. I guess that’s how you spell subtle in GB. More like rearranging the deck chairs…..

  8. He’s fortunate to have an opportunity to return what he does best, considering the depth at the WR position. If it was a concern, it would be addressed. People forget…. when comparing all the NFCN teams and their expectations for success, the biggest difference remains Aaron Rodgers. He can make anybody a Pro-Bowler. Nothing has changed.

  9. Last time the Packers had a WR turned CB who ran a sub 4.3 40 it was Sam Shields. Pretty sure he has a GB Packers SB ring and a neck Tattoo of the ring to boot.

    That’s 1 more SB ring than entire Vikings franchise, let that sink in a little.

  10. As for the WR room, the mighty Vikings have 2 pro bowl WRs and couldn’t even make the playoffs so I’m not sure how important the position is to winning games.

    They have 2 RBs who topped 1000 total yards each last year so they might have to lean on those 2 a bit more until the young WRs find their groove with Rodgers. Both are very efficient receivers so they will contribute in passing game as well.

  11. Eric Stokes got pushed into the #1 CB role as a rookie after Alexander was injured and PFF ranked him as the second and third-best rookie at the position among first year players in the most important categories. Mini fans showing off their ignorance for all to see. Again.

  12. “No, I didn’t know I was going to corner,”
    ___
    Cue the clown music 🤡

  13. You can tell it’s the offseason. Viking fans are once again full of bravado and hope, for their team has yet to let them down for the 2022 season. They’re tied with the Pack for the division lead (which will of course be long gone by November) and they’ve once again won the draft, otas, and minicamps. This time guys, it’s for real. The Packers have been rearranging chairs on the titanic for years and this is the year they finally sink, I just know it.

  14. It always amuses me how much the purple trolls love to talk crap about the Packers all offseason long.
    It happens every single year, like clockwork.
    First, their team wins free agency, then they clean up in the draft causing the fan base to run victory laps, like giddy idiots, around everyone else.

    Unfortunately, for them, the eventual reality of real tackle football sets in.
    Befuddled and confused they all clam up real quick, well, most of them anyway.
    All of them stuck with that collective, stupid -deer in the headlights- look on their faces, just about the time we’re finishing off Thanksgiving leftovers.
    All of them wondering what in the Hell just happened. Again!

    I have to admit it’s a very delicious and priceless moment.
    And I can’t wait for it to happen once again.
    It just makes me laugh, and laugh…..🤣

  15. which will of course be long gone by November
    ____
    The Packers have already won the super bowl again. No need to play the games. Every other team need not bother to show up and just defer to perennial off-season champions.

  16. Vikings SuperBowl, September 11, 2022, 3:25 PM CDT. Think about it. The closest any Viking fan has felt to winning an actual SuperBowl is beating the Packers in a proud moment. This could be another. Home game, prime time, kickstart the entire season. This is their SuperBowl, don’t kid yourselves.

  17. I tell you what, all of these Viking fans on here drive me crazy. You never see any packer fans on their site. Go green and yellow!

  18. Please don’t pick on our off season title in East Dakota. It’s all we have.

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