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Packers sign WR Ross, DE Vanderlin to practice squad

Oct. 17, 2012
 

Green Bay Southwest alumnus Drew Vanderlin wasn't the only player the Green Bay Packers added to their practice squad on Wednesday.

Along with the 6-foot-3, 288-pound defensive lineman, the Packers signed wide receiver Jeremy Ross to fill out their eight-man practice squad.

A 6-foot, 215-pound first-year player out of the University of California, Ross spent the final 13 games of the 2011 season on the Coltsí practice squad before being released during final cutdowns. He entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent with New England in July 2011.

Ross finished his career at Cal ranked No. 2 on the schoolís all-time punt return list with a 15.2-yard average. He played in 43 games with 14 starts and caught 57 passes for 764 yards (13.4 avg.) and three TDs during his career. Ross will wear No. 10 with the Packers.

Vanderlin, a 6-foot-3, 288-pound rookie out of Michigan Tech, participated in the Packersí rookie orientation camp on a tryout basis in May. He finished his collegiate career ranked No. 2 on Michigan Techís all-time sacks list with 20.

Vanderlin twice earned first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors and was named the teamís defensive lineman of the year as a junior and senior. He will wear No. 97 with the Packers.

The Packers had two spots on their practice squad available after promoting offensive lineman Greg Van Roten to the active roster on Saturday and defensive lineman Lawrence Guy signing onto the Indianapolis Colts' active roster today.

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