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Packers start assembling practice squad

Sep. 1, 2013
 
Jake Stoneburner.
Jake Stoneburner.

The Green Bay Packersí attempt at sneaking undrafted rookie Patrick Lewis onto the practice squad fell short Sunday morning when the Cleveland Browns claimed the 6-foot-1, 311-pound center off waivers, NFL sources confirmed.

The battle between Lewis and second-year pro Greg Van Roten for the backup center job behind Evan Dietrich-Smith came down to the wire, but the Packers opted to stick with familiarity at the spot and try to pocket Lewis on their scout team.

A four-year starter at Texas A&M, Lewis signed for $4,000 following Aprilís draft and came to Green Bay after starting all 13 games at center as a senior for an Aggie offense that ranked third nationally in total offense and scoring.

Here are the five practice-squad signings Press-Gazette Media has confirmed this morning:

Charles Johnson, WR (Grand Valley State): A seventh-round pick in April's draft, Johnson missed most of the Packersí offseason program and training camp with injuries. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver showed some definite upside when healthy, but the limited workload did him no favors in beating out return man Jeremy Ross for the final receiver spot.

James Nixon, CB (California, Pa.): Considered the fastest player on the team this summer, Nixon signed onto the Packersí practice squad last September and openly admits heís still away from completing his conversion from a running back and receiver during college to cornerback, a position he first began playing his senior year after transferring from Temple to California (Pa.).

Jake Stoneburner, TE (Ohio State): Like Lewis, Stoneburner has a college background that seems to mesh well with the Packersí offensive scheme. During his senior year at Ohio State, he was flanked outside as a receiver in Urban Meyerís spread offense. The 6-foot-3, 249-pound tight end caught 53 passes for 714 yards and 13 touchdowns in 48 college games with 23 starts.

Scott Tolzien, QB (Wisconsin): The former Badgers quarterback spent portions of the past two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, splitting time between the active roster and practice squad. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound quarterback, who led the Badgers to a Rose Bowl in 2011, has never played in a regular-season game, but completed 18-of-34 passes (team-low 52.9 percentage) for 188 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in two preseason appearances.

Myles White, WR (Louisiana Tech): White signed for $4,500 after going undrafted in April. He played in 22 contests during his two seasons at Louisiana Tech and earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a senior after catching 56 passes for 718 yards (12.8 avg.) and six TDs. White caught 30 passes for 414 yards (13.8 avg.) and three TDs as a junior in 2011.

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