1. Darrius Shepherd
In such a competitive positional battle, wide receiver Darrius Shepherd has been one of the biggest surprises for the Packers. And with two games to go, Shepherd has at least a good chance of making the roster.
In two games, Shepherd has made four catches for 25 yards and two touchdowns. He has also returned two kicks for 51 yards, and three punts for 19 yards.
It’s hard to believe that Shepherd went undrafted this past spring, but he now has a realistic chance of making the roster ahead of former draft picks Trevor Davis and J’Mon Moore. And Shepherd wouldn’t be the only undrafted wide receiver to make the roster. Geronimo Allison wasn’t selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, but is now a starter in the Packers offense.
Shepherd’s impressive work on special teams could be the key factor when the Packers have to choose which receivers to keep on the roster. While Davis was out with an injury, Shepherd was given the opportunity, and he made the most of it.
If Shepherd can continue his excellent work into the final two preseason games against the Raiders and Chiefs, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst might not have much choice but to keep him on the final 53.