They will be the longest of long shots come summertime. Five players invited to the Green Bay Packers rookie orientation camp last weekend on a tryout basis, have been extended contracts to join the team for training camp. They are Shea Allard, a 6-5, 305 pound offensive tackle from Delaware who was a three year starter at left tackle for the Blue Hens. Guard Grant Cook of Arkansas (6-4, 318) who started all 13 games as a senior for the Razorbacks last season. Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (6-2, 218) is Virginia Tech's all time leader in catches (184) and receiving yards (2884). Curenski Gilleylen (5-11, 213) is another wide receiver from Nebraska who played in 30 games for the Cornhuskers. The final player is defensive back Otis Merrill of Illinois State (5-11, 188) who was named second team all Missouri Valley Conference. Merrill started his college career at Wisconsin before transferring. One player not offered a contract was defensive linemen Drew Vanderlin of Michigan Tech who played his high school ball at Green Bay Southwest. Offensive tackle Chris Campbell, a member of the practice squad for parts of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, was waived. The moves puts the roster at 90 players, the maximum allowed for training camp.
The Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health, will take place on Friday night, August 3. Proceeds from the team practice and scrimmage inside Lambeau Field will benefit the Wendy's Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program. Family Night is now in it's 12th year. Stadium activities begin at 5:30 PM with on field drills starting at 6:30 with the scrimmage taking place at 7:30 PM. Tickets, $10.00 each, will go on sale June 25. The night will end with up to 20 player's jerseys given away to fans and a fireworks show.