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Special Teams Will Play Factor In Rookies' Fate

Discussion in 'Official Packers.com News' started by News Bot, May 7, 2009.

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    It's a common refrain heard around the National Football League, that the last few roster spots at the time of the final cutdown almost inevitably come down to special teams, and to which players can contribute on the field other than as a backup at their stated positions.

    With that in mind, talk of contributing on special teams could be heard all over the Packers' locker room during rookie orientation this past weekend. Even with roster cuts months away, young players are always keenly aware that the early fate of their professional football lives could rest on whether they can make an impact on special teams.

    In the case of the Packers' last two 2009 draft picks, that part shouldn't be a problem. Sixth-round selection Brandon Underwood of Cincinnati and seventh-rounder Brad Jones of Colorado both come to Green Bay as accomplished special-teams players, increasing their chances of making the final roster despite being drafted so late.

    After three rather un..

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