One preseason game an NFL career does not make, but cornerback Jumal Rolle has done enough through the first couple weeks of the preseason for us to take note.
He was perched ahead of sixth-round pick Demetri Goodson on the Green Bay Packers first depth chart and then there was his play against Tennessee in the first preseason game. Rolle made two plays — sticking Bishop Sankey for no gain and a strip sack late in the game — that made us say who the hell is No. 20?
Rolle has taken a circuitous route to his present position, much like running back DuJuan Harris and safety Chris Banjo before him. In fact, Banjo is a good comparison. He made the Packers as a tryout player last year because he made too many plays in the preseason to ignore.
So far, Rolle looks like this year’s version of Banjo.
This was a guy that went undrafted out of Catawba College in 2013.
So first things first. Where the fuck is Catawba?
Well, it’s a Division II school in Salisbury, North Carolina. Not exactly a football power, but Rolle was dominant in 2012 with 56 tackles, six interceptions, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. That earned him Division II first-team All America honors.
Rolle was signed as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2013 season by the Bills, who cut him in late August. He was claimed by the Saints on waivers and then cut shortly after that and signed to their practice squad.
Rolle was waived by the Saints again in early October. Shortly thereafter, Big Ted swooped in and signed Rolle to the Packers practice squad. He remained there until getting the call to the varsity squad in late December.
Well, if Rolle keeps playing like he did on Saturday night, the Packers are going to have to find a spot on the roster for him. Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done because of the logjam at cornerback.
Micah Hyde’s move to safety potentially frees up a roster spot for another cornerback, but that also means the Packers would have to cut Goodson, a guy they just drafted, or Jarrett Bush, a proven veteran.
If No. 20 keeps making plays, he’s going to make a tough decision even harder.
When the Packers signed Rolle last year. I looked at his available college film. Rolle tracked the ball very well when it was in the air and attacked the pass, unlike all of our safeties last year. Would be interesting to see how he defends the ball in the air in preseason as that is what stood out on film. Of course he was playing against lesser competition ; however he definitely jumped out with his ability to find, go after the ball, and take it out of the air.
Rolle and Bush were the only defenders that did anything last night. As usual, little to no pressure on the QB. I get it that it was the first preseason game in a monsoon but damn you would think that at least someone would beat their guy. St. Louis next week should be a great test for the O-line (for at least a quarter anyway). September can’t get here fast enough.
Disposable: It was clear the outside linebackers main goal was not getting injured or tired. Peppers did not appear interested in contact. The good thing is none were injured ( knock on wood). The D lineman that I thought kept showing up was Pennel. I would like to see him against the Rams ones for some snaps. It would also be interesting to see Barrington against the Rams ones.
We need to remember the two top priorities are evaluating the younger players and not getting anyone injured and not necessarily in that order.
Wow, are you a dick. Do you feel the need to critique everyone’s posts?
Archer: Since you asked. I was not critiquing disposable’s post. All I was doing is adding to the discussion. You know when one person agrees, adds to, or disagrees with another persons comment or statement. All I did was state that the outside linebackers including Peppers did not appear interested in the game. There was nothing I disagreed with or critiqued that disposable stated.
Archer it is called debate or discussion. It may be a unique subject to you but it works better if you do not start out by calling someone a name. By the way what part of J’s statement on a previous post did you disagree with?
Bush had a good game on D. He is our best ST guy, so I think he’s sticking around for another year.
Jarret Bush will continue to make the team on work ethic alone. Supposedly no one even comes close to how hard that guy works. Well…maybe Tolzien now as well.
Depth on defense sounds like nothing but good to me considering how miserable the D has been in the past couple of seasons.
GO PACK GO!
I think Rolle still has practice squad eligibility — doubt he makes this year’s roster.
The Goodson pick was just a flyer — don’t see how the guy makes it out of the month.
The guys that really stand-out to me are as follows:
They stand-out because they don’t stand out.
They’re not getting better; they will never get better; they’re absolutely marginal.
And this is my opinion — you don’t have to agree with it — but I think they should all be sent packing. To me, it sends a bad message to the rest of the roster: if you flash once, then disappear for 5 or 6 plays, that’s cool — stick around for a couple of years.
Matt Flynn — dink & dunker; back-shoulder throws? my ass! he’s got a weak arm.
DuJuan Harris — flashed late one season when some teams were out of the playoff race. Sure, most people would be fresh after not having played the entire season. Give me that bruiser Raijon Neal every time.
Jamari Lattimore — after FOUR years, he’s not close to breaking into the starting lineup? no whiff of interest from other teams. Signs a tender, which is just nickels away from Vet minimum?
If they had some upside, I’d say keep them around.
But these guys have been around multiple seasons: you know what you got, and it’s not much.
Thank them and move on.
Matt Flynn helped us make the Playoffs last year, even if EL Train did most of the work, Flynn saved our asses in Minisoda and Jerryworld. No he doesn’t have a canon of an arm, that may be the only reason he’s not a starter somewhere, but he does have football smarts, understands the O, and takes care of the ball reasonably well (something MM is fanatic about).
Quarless wll never be a stunner, he is a solid, reliable player worthy of a spot on most any roster.
Guion-injured all offseason, that’s all I have to say about that, don’t know anything else about him.
Lattimore-not all that high on, he makes some plays but he also fucks up; he’s a backup for a reason.
Harris-is a smaller, less-powerful, more-explosive Eddie Lacy. It’s not about the comp (lok what he did vs. SF in the Playoffs-did great in the first half then they stopped giving him the ball), watch the way he plays-he is EXPLOSIVE, has great hands, and can find a hole. Not to mention this was his first game in a year, the other one being in which he took 3 snaps in the preseason. Oh yeah, he’s also our third-stringer.
Catawba….besides being a good ??? cheap wine for my fellow wine connoisseurs Catawba College is the home of Bucky Pope, the Catawba Claw, who played for the LA Rams & the Packers back in the day. He currently ranks 2nd all-time in the NFL with 31.44 yards per catch, 1964 (25-786) for yards per catch in a season. This bodes well 4 a Rolle as in Samari, Antrelle & all the other Rolles.
Im an Alumni from catawba college and played football there, 49ers current D-line coach Jim Tomsula is Catawba grad, Jumal Rolle was drafted last year and in 2011 DT/DE Julian Hartsell went undrated to the Tennessee Titans, before that QB Brad Roach went undrafted to the Ravens and this year LJ McCray went undrafted to the 49ers. DT/De Rodell Lochart was another player that played on several NFL teams. We may not have alot of players in the NFL, but we are a college with a good program and good players that scouts from the NFL/CFL/AFL shouldnt pass up.