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Five tryout players make the grade

May 13, 2013 -- 5:19pm
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Washington's Jonathan Amosa joins John Kuhn at fullback.

GREEN BAY – Five tryout players earned their way onto the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster with their performances during the rookie orientation camp over the weekend.

The Packers announced that they had signed Washington fullback Jonathan Amosa, New Mexico State linebacker Donte Savage, Arizona State cornerback Brandon Smith, Illinois State wide receiver Tyrone Walker and Prairie View A&M linebacker Jarvis Wilson, all of whom tried out during the camp.

The Packers also released outside linebacker Micah Johnson, who was signed in the offseason after being on the practice squad, and fullback Ryan Roberson, an undrafted free agent from Texas whom the Packers had signed immediately after the draft.

Amosa, 22, played in 24 games over his final two seasons with the Huskies after joining the program as a walk-on linebacker in 2008. As a senior in 2012, he appeared in all 13 contests and caught two passes for 19 yards (9.5 avg.). Amosa played in 11 games as a junior and caught a 7-yard TD pass.

Savage, 24, played in all 12 games at defensive end for the Aggies in 2012 and led the defensive line with 45 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, three sacks, four QB hurries, two blocked kicks, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed. As a sophomore in 2009, he registered 53 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two passes defensed and a blocked punt.

Smith, 26, entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent wide receiver with Carolina in July 2011 and spent time with the Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks that preseason. He played in 19 games with three starts during his career at Arizona State and caught 10 passes for 196 yards (19.6 avg.) and two TDs.

Walker, 22, finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (250), receiving yards (3,565), receiving touchdowns (32) and 100-yard receiving games (16). He earned first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors in 2012 after leading the conference in receptions (90), receiving yards (1,319) and TD catches (nine).

Wilson, 22, appeared in all 11 games as a senior in 2012 and registered 63 tackles, including eight tackles for loss, a half-sack, a forced fumble, four QB hurries and two passes defensed. As a junior in ’11, Wilson posted 59 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, seven sacks, a forced fumble, three QB hurries and two passes defensed.

Last year, tackle Shea Allard, wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, guard Grant Cook, wide receiver/running back Curenski Gilleylen and cornerback Otis Merrill were all signed to the active roster after the camp ended, and tight end Brandon Bostick was added later that month. Boykin, who’d been released by Jacksonville a week earlier after taking part in the Jaguars’ rookie camp, ended up making the 53-man roster coming out of camp. Bostick spent the entire year on the practice squad and was taking part in this year’s camp, too.

There was no rookie orientation camp in 2011 due to the lockout, but in 2010, the Packers brought back wide receiver Shawn Gore, safety Anthony Levine and nose tackle Aleric Mullins. Levine ended up on the practice squad and saw time on the 53-man roster.

In 2009, cornerback Trevor Ford, offensive tackle Dane Randolph, defensive lineman Dean Muhtadi and punter Adam Graessle were signed. In 2008, cornerback Condrew Allen, cornerback Kyle Ward Lafayette and offensive tackle Ryan Considine were brought back. And in 2007, defensive end DeVon Hicks, offensive lineman Pete Bier and fullback Corey White were signed.

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