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-- The Green Bay Packers have reportedly come to terms with at least 14 undrafted free agents since the draft ended on Saturday night.
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have reportedly come to terms with at least 14 undrafted free agents since the draft ended on Saturday night.
The Green Bay-Press Gazette’s list includes a college basketball player, Dale Moss of South Dakota State. He averaged almost eight points and four-and-a-half rebounds his final year of basketball – and he caught 61 passes for 949 yards in his senior year on the football team. Moss also scored six touchdowns, and he was invited to the East-West Shrine Game.
Others reportedly getting free-agent deals from Green Bay were running backs Duane Bennett of Minnesota, Nicholas Cooper of Winston-Salem State, and Marc Tyler of USC – receiver Darius Reynolds of Iowa State – tight ends Cameron Ford of Wake Forest and Eric Lair of Minnesota – tackles Don Barclay of West Virginia and Tommie Draheim of San Diego State – guard-center Jaymes Brooks of Virginia Tech – outside linebackers Jaymar Latchison of New Mexico and Dezman Moses of Tulane, defensive end Drew Vanderlin of Michigan Tech, and safety Sean Richardson of Vanderbilt. They’re all expected to be at the Packers’ rookie camp May 11th-through-13th.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy says one of the Green Bay Packers’ biggest goals for the 2012 season is to improve their tackling. According to Pro Football Focus.com, the Packers had the sixth-highest number of missed tackles last season. The Web site counted 109. Tampa Bay had the most with 169 missed tackles, followed by Detroit with 129. McCarthy said all six of the Packers’ draft picks on defense graded highly when it comes to tackling. Green Bay’s top draft choice, outside linebacker Nick Perry, said he realized the situation – and he hopes to improve it. Starting safeties Morgan Burnett and Charlie Peprah had 190 combined tackles last season. Perry says that when safeties are tackling that much, quote, “You’re probably not a very good defense – and that was evident last year.”