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Boston College's Rettig leads class of undrafted rookies

May 11, 2014 -- 11:19pm
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Chase Rettig was a four-year starter at Boston College, where staff upheaval derailed his career.

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers have their No. 4 quarterback – and someone to throw the ball during next weekend’s rookie orientation camp: Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig.

Rettig and the Packers agreed to terms after the NFL Draft ended on Saturday. Unlike last year, when ex-practice squad quarterback B.J. Coleman was eligible for the rookie camp, none of the Packers’ current quarterbacks is eligible to participate.

Rettig went 20-30 as a four-year starter, completing 55.2 percent of his passes for 8,263 yards with 52 touchdowns and 39 interceptions. He ran a 4.97-second 40-yard dash at his on-campus pro day.

Meanwhile, Memphis quarterback Jacob Karam posted on his Twitter account Sunday that he's been invited to participate in the Packers' rookie camp on a tryout basis. The 6-foot, 205-pound Karam was a starter in 2012, when he passed for 1,895 yards and 14 touchdowns with just three interceptions, but he lost his starting job last season.

The Packers are among the teams most likely to have undrafted free agents make their 53-man roster coming out of training camp. Last year, three undrafted rookie free agents (safety Chris Banjo, outside linebacker Andy Mulumba and guard Lane Taylor) made the roster coming out of camp, and two more (tight end Jake Stoneburner and wide receiver Myles White) were promoted to the 53-man roster after the season began.

In 2012, outside linebacker Dezman Moses, safety Sean Richardson and right tackle Don Barclay were kept at the final cutdown, as was wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, who initially signed with Jacksonville after going undrafted, then was cut by the Jaguars, came to the Packers’ rookie camp on a tryout basis and then was signed after the camp. Later in the season, center/guard Greg Van Roten, who was cut on the final roster reduction, was called up from the practice squad.

In 2011; safety M.D. Jennings, inside linebacker Jamari Lattimore and outside linebacker Vic So’oto survived the final cuts to make the team coming out of camp. In 2010, outside linebacker Frank Zombo, cornerback Sam Shields and offensive lineman Nick McDonald were the keepers to start the season.

Other notable undrafted rookies to survive the final roster reduction were offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith of Idaho State in 2009; running back Kregg Lumpkin of Georgia in 2008; defensive tackle Daniel Muir from Kent State in 2007; and linebacker Roy Manning of Michigan and offensive lineman Chris White of Southern Mississippi in 2005.

Here is a list of the undrafted free agents who’ve agreed to terms with the Packers, based on news reports, social media posts and league sources. (The Packers generally don’t announce their undrafted free-agent signees until the day of the first practice.)

Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig
Tennessee running back Rajion Neal
Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins
Kansas running back James Sims
Maine tight end Justin Perillo
Washington State offensive lineman John Fullington
Central Florida offensive lineman Jordan McCray
Colorado State defensive lineman Mike Pennel
Mississippi State defensive end/outside linebacker Denico Autry
North Carolina State defensive lineman Carlos Gray
Utah State linebacker Jake Doughty
Toledo outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott
South Carolina State linebacker Joe Thomas
Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard
Auburn cornerback Ryan White
Iowa safety Tanner Miller

The Packers also will have a host of players in on a tryout basis, some of whom – like current 53-man roster members Boykin and Brandon Bostick – will receive contract offers after the camp ends.

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