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Quick Look at the Packers' Initial 2012 Practice Squad

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Quick Look at the Packers' Initial 2012 Practice Squad

The Green Bay Packers officially announced the signings of eight players to their initial 2012 practice squad Monday morning.

The eight-man team includes seven offensive players and just one defensive player.

Here's a quick look at the squad:

WR Diondre Borel

The idea of getting Borel back onto the practice squad would have seemed ludicrous at the start of camp. But Borel simply never seized the opportunity he was given once the lights came on, fumbling away a kickoff in San Diego and dropping a couple of third-down passes later on. Still, getting him back on the roster was a score for Ted Thompson. Borel provides an upside player who knows the system in case any of the top six receivers go down.

TE Brandon Bostick

The Packers couldn't seem to keep the tight end position healthy during camp, which worked in favor of Bostick in two ways. Thompson probably didn't feel comfortable not having a backup plan and Bostick also received a bunch of reps with the first two offenses. The coaches got a long look at what he can and can't do. Bostick caught three passes for 28 yards in four games.

QB B.J. Coleman

Coleman showed flashes in practice and during his limited preseason work, but the game always seemed to be moving too fast for him. The arm is there, but he needs time working with the Green Bay staff to fine tune the intricacies of playing the quarterback position. A year on the practice squad should give him a chance to challenge Graham Harrell for the No. 2 job in 2013.

T Andrew Datko

I still think there is an NFL-caliber offensive tackle somewhere in Datko, but he hasn't found it yet. Injuries have obviously played a big factor in that equation, making a healthy season on the practice squad exactly what the doctor ordered. It will be interesting to see what kind of player Datko shows up as in the 2013 camp, provided he's still in Green Bay.

DE Lawrence Guy

You get the feeling that the Packers see something in this kid. His size is obviously very appealing at 6-4 and 305 pounds, but injuries have been an on-going problem. Maybe he can push for a spot on the 53-man roster next summer.

OL Chris Scott

Scott, a former fifth round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, is the only member of the Packers initial practice squad that didn't spend camp in Green Bay. He saw action with Pittsburgh in two games  in 2010 and stayed on with the practice squad last season. He's a big man (6-5, 332 pounds), and the Packers needed more depth at offensive line after cutting most of their second unit Friday.

RB Marc Tyler

Tyler has little upside as an NFL running back, but he picked up the Packers system quickly and looked capable in pass protection. Considering the injury problems James Starks and Brandon Saine have dealt with in camp, and Alex Green being less than a year removed from ACL surgery, the Packers needed to keep another body at the position.

G Greg Van Roten

Van Roten is awfully raw, but there were flashes of a capable player here. He was particularly good in the 1-on-1 portion of practices. A year on the practice squad will do him good.

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