The Green Bay Packers completed their practice squad by signing offensive lineman Chris Scott. The former Tennessee star was selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. He played in only two games for the Steelers – battling injuries, weight and inconsistency. He was released over the weekend.
At his post-practice press conference on Monday, Coach Mike McCarthy said that Scott played his best game of the preseason last week. So I decided to take a look. The 25-year-old played right guard in the second half against the Panthers. What I saw was a huge man who lumbered in space. He also wasn’t very physical and he didn’t finish blocks like someone his size should. He was more impressive in pass protection, but he was also going up against deep reserves – many of whom are no longer in the league.
One half of one game isn’t much of a sample, but Scott didn’t strike me as a player with a long-term future in Green Bay. In fact, I was much more impressed with Ray Dominguez, who was waived by the team a few days ago after reaching an injury settlement. The fact that Scott was let go by the Steelers is also a bright red flag. That organization simply doesn’t make a lot of mistakes when it comes to personnel.
Here’s a look at the seven familiar faces who make up the rest of this season’s “B” team:
DIONDRE BOREL – The young wide receiver had bigger aspirations than spending another season on the practice squad when training camp started, but he got injured, dropped too many passes and was ultimately outplayed by undrafted rookie Jarrett Boykin. The converted quarterback from Utah State is still learning how to play the position, and the Packers still think there’s something worth developing. I agree.
BRANDON BOSTICK – He was the only tight end to stay healthy this summer, and he took advantage of his unexpectedly high number of snaps. The former college wide receiver will need to get stronger if he’s going to be able to block adequately at this level, but his athleticism and hands are already NFL caliber.
B.J. COLEMAN – The young quarterback has good size, plenty of confidence and a strong arm, but his accuracy will need to improve if he’s going to make it in the NFL. That could come with improved technique – something the coaches will undoubtedly be working on for the next 12 months. It would be a surprise if he’s not a much better player next summer – perhaps improved enough to win the backup job.
ANDREW DATKO – He was starting to show some improvement prior to suffering a concussion that ended his camp. He’ll now have plenty of time to work on his technique and to strengthen his shoulder. I’m not sure if he’s athletic enough to start in the NFL, but he certainly has the skills to be an effective swing tackle.
LAWRENCE GUY – The sixth spot on the D-line was his for the taking, but he didn’t play well enough to beat out Phillip Merling. He has talent, but there just seems to be something missing. It doesn’t hurt to keep him around for another year, but I’d be surprised if next summer ends any differently than this summer.
MARC TYLER – The young running back talked about losing weight and increasing his speed while on the practice squad. That makes sense because it’s very hard to have a future at this position when you’re slower than most linebackers. Another option would be to put on some pounds and become a fullback.
GREG VAN ROTEN – Not many players go from the Ivy League to the National Football League, but that’s exactly what he did. Size will be his biggest problem at this level. At 303, he’s about 15 pounds lighter than most guards. That’s why I could see him moving to center at some point in the future. The Packers need to develop a player behind Jeff Saturday, and GVR’s measurables are more suited to that position.