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Packers Sign Shaky Smithson, Tori Gurley

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Packers Sign Shaky Smithson, Tori Gurley

According to Adam Schefter, NFL teams were allowed to start signing undrafted rookies on Monday night now that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is official.

The Packers kicked things off by signing a pair of wide receivers, Utah wide receiver Shaky Smithson and South Carolina wide receiver Tori Gurley.

Smithson is known more for being a kick return specialist, however. He led the nation in punt return yardage (572)  and punt return average (19.1) in 2010. Smithson was also a first-team All-American punt returner by Walter Camp.

Smithson will be a slot wide receiver, but if he were to make the team, it would almost assuredly be as a return specialist, at least to begin with. He faces long odds to make the team, especially with second-round draft choice Randall Cobb expected to assume the kick return role. Smithson's best chance of making the team might be if Cobb gets hurt.

At 6-4, 216 pounds Gurley is a decent-sized wide receiver. He had 42 catches for 416 yards in 2010 for the Gamecocks.

Gurley entered the NFL as an underclassmen, perhaps in part because he thought he'd be overshadowed by likely future first-round draft choice Alshon Jeffrey at South Carolina going forward.

ESPN's Joe Schad reportedly called Gurley one of the most sure-handed receivers in the nation with no drops all of last season.

Gurley's best chance of sticking with the Packers would be if James Jones left in free agency. But even if Jones leaves, Gurley would still have to compete with holdovers like Brett Swain and Chastin West, which would be no easy task.

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maxginsberg's picture

I'd prefer a guy named "Speedy" to be our kick returner, but I'll take a "Shaky" competing for the job nonetheless.

PackersRS's picture

With that name, he's got to be good.

Mr. Bacon's picture

Being guys signed by Ted Thompson, should they be released... the Bears or Vikings will pick them up for obvious reasons.

Because we draft winners.

Cole's picture

Definitely hope Shaky beats out Swain. He has so much more upside. As good an all-around player as Cobb is, Smithson looks like a much better returner. The guy is explosive. Hopefully he can be the next Desmond Howard.

Chris's picture

Gotta remember what level the teams Shaky are playing against in that conference. Wyoming, etc. But I love the kids quick-twitch reactions!
And the nick-names my favorite since Marvin "Snoop" Minnis!

Brian Carriveau's picture

He also played against Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, TCU and Iowa State, for what that's worth.

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