Packers: 3 bubble players who deserve to make 53-man roster

Green Bay Packers, Henry Black (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Henry Black (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

Henry Black

Henry Black has a huge opportunity ahead of him. Packers backup safety Will Redmond was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, which means his season is done. While Redmond has missed time with injury, there has been competition at the safety position.

One player who has stepped up is Henry Black.

Black was signed by the Packers as an undrafted free agent a year ago. According to Pro Football Reference, he was active for eight regular-season games, playing on just over a quarter of the team’s special-teams snaps. His ability to play on special teams will help his chances of making the initial 53-man roster.

Black has played a lot of snaps in Green Bay’s opening two preseason games, and he’s been impressive. He has 11 tackles over the two games and led the Packers in tackles in the second preseason game.

Black was particularly impressive in the opener against the Texans. He earned the Packers’ second-highest Pro Football Focus grade on defense, while also receiving Green Bay’s highest special-teams grade. That’s how you make an impact.

With Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, and Vernon Scott roster locks, there is at least one but potentially two spots open at safety. With Redmond going on IR, there is an opportunity for Black. He’s played well enough this summer to deserve a spot on the 53.