Packers Sign Safety Jermaine Whitehead

The former Auburn strong safety spent time with the 49ers and Ravens in 2015.

Ted Thompson isn't quite done assembling his 2016 squad. 

According to the league's transaction wire, the Green Bay Packers have signed strong safety Jermaine Whitehead. 

Whitehead spent most of his rookie season on the 49ers practice squad before being signed to the Ravens' 53 man roster last December. 

An undrafted free agent out of Auburn, Whitehead is the 89th player on the Packers' 2016 offseason roster, one short of the 90 man limit. Presumably, that last spot is being held for the Packers first round pick, Kenny Clark, the only unsigned draft pick remaining from the Packers' 2016 draft class. 

Here's a quick write up on Whitehead from my buddy Lance Zierlein over at NFL.com:

Undersized safety prospect with a knack for making plays on the ball when he gets to where he is supposed to go. He can be fooled by combo routes, play­action and head fakes and loses his positioning and he's not a forceful or consistent tackler. His speed, quickness and explosiveness numbers were all solid at the NFL Scouting Combine, but the altercation he had with his position coach is a lingering issue.

The Packers begin OTAs next Monday, May 23rd. 

 

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tm_inter's picture

May 18, 2016 at 04:45 pm

His Combine numbers:

Height: 5110
Weight: 197
40 Yrd Dash: 4.59
20 Yrd Dash: 2.70
10 Yrd Dash: 1.64
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 15
Vertical Jump: 37
Broad Jump: 10'08"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.11
3-Cone Drill: 6.95

Pro Day Results:

40 Yrd Dash: 4.50 (twice)
20 Yrd Dash: 2.65
10 Yrd Dash: 1.65

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The TKstinator's picture

May 18, 2016 at 05:40 pm

This ought to quiet all the "go all in" hullabaloo around here.

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Tarynfor12's picture

May 18, 2016 at 05:42 pm

Camp body that is all since his write up says he can fake himself out in essence but opponents need no help.

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al bundy's picture

May 18, 2016 at 07:23 pm

Ya just what we need another 5'10 guy with limited experience and so so tackling skills. Got a whole team of them now and let some others just like that go to free agency.
Note to Ted, teams now favor the 6'1 200 pound dbacks to cover those 6'5 tight ends and receivers.

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The TKstinator's picture

May 18, 2016 at 09:24 pm

Truly visionary remarks.
I bet you could school TT on the difference between right handed and left handed footballs.

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dobber's picture

May 19, 2016 at 08:17 am

Just because they signed him doesn't mean he's automatically been given a starting job. Look at the Pastor of Disaster: this kid might not even make it to June 1...

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WKUPackFan's picture

May 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm

I'm guessing Cristina Applegate ain't walking through your door anytime soon.

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keeley2's picture

May 18, 2016 at 08:42 pm

What's with all the negativity? Another healthy body for training camp. Only up-side from here as far as I'm concerned. Give him a shot. . .

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holmesmd's picture

May 19, 2016 at 07:03 am

Blasphemy! You know that some Packer fans are incapable of any positivity in the offseason unless the Lombardi Trophy from last year is on display at Lambeau!;) Lol. Eye roll

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Big Moe's picture

May 21, 2016 at 06:26 am

LOL, oh so true!

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Big Moe's picture

May 21, 2016 at 06:26 am

LOL, oh so true!

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dobber's picture

May 19, 2016 at 08:16 am

The guy showed enough that the 9ers put him on the PS and the Ravens signed him to the 53. His scouting report points to significant flaws, but I agree: give him a chance. He must have some positives going for him...

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Tarynfor12's picture

May 19, 2016 at 11:08 am

The Ravens signed him to the 53 because that's the rule but dumped after offering nothing apparently. He is a camp body with a chance to do something in GB but keep expectations low so anything that may come will be a surprise and possibly a benefit like if all others suffer injury you have a phone number.

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phillythedane's picture

May 19, 2016 at 08:31 am

When you dis the 89th or 90th guy, you are suggesting the personnel staff - after a week or more since the last UDFA signing - has not looked under every sofa, behind every rock, down every rabbit hole, through every waiver wire to get the guy in their opinion can best contribute. You are suggesting the scouts don't do their job.

I don't get it. The Packers signed a guy. They will invest resources in him, pay him, feed him. You have a better guy on your list? Do you dis these guys simply to be snarky?

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packfan44's picture

May 19, 2016 at 11:09 am

I'm just about at the point of saying goodbye to reading this crap. This is about the PACKERS not about posters who try their dambest to be critical, negative or scarcastic about either TT, MM or our scouting dept.

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Tarynfor12's picture

May 19, 2016 at 01:47 pm

It's our responsibility to be critical as it would be a boring paradise if criticism was non existent...free speech and all that which mandates opposing views regardless of the level of homer - ism some expect or aspire to themselves or of others. : )

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Point-Packer's picture

May 19, 2016 at 01:05 pm

Clark has not yet signed? What is that soon to be forgetful first round pick waiting for?

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dobber's picture

May 19, 2016 at 01:23 pm

Something like 13 of the first-round picks (a little under half) are still unsigned, and several of those picked around Clark are unsigned. Agents trying to milk the most of the draft position and the little wiggle-room they have. Domino effect: they'll all fall as the others around them sign.

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4thand1's picture

May 19, 2016 at 03:49 pm

forget you

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DrealynWilliams's picture

May 19, 2016 at 10:13 pm

I don't like this 4thand1. Lol, you're holding back.

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The TKstinator's picture

May 19, 2016 at 09:48 pm

How do YOU know what his memory is like?

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