The Packers’ workout Monday included a cornerback
The Green Bay Packers have been working through several injuries in their secondary the past several weeks. Cornerback Eric Stokes has been placed on injured reserve since November. Safety Darnell Savage was injured against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12. He was ruled against the Chicago Bears before the Packers’ bye week. The Packers’ workout list needed to include a defensive back to help fill gaps in the secondary.
The banged-up Packers were indeed looking to add depth to their roster Monday. The team worked out a running back with a checkered past. According to Aaron Wilson of KPRC, the Packers worked out cornerback D.J. Daniel on Monday.
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 12, 2022
Daniel played college football for the Georgia Bulldogs. Before he transferred to Georgia, Daniel fought his way through the JUCO ranks. According to J.C. Shelton with USA Today, Daniel was rated as the top JUCO cornerback in his class and worked his way to ultimately becoming signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars:
“Daniel transferred to Georgia in 2019 from Georgia Military College as the No. 1 JUCO corner back in his class. The Griffin, Ga., native saw action in 21 games (11 starts) over two seasons for the Bulldogs, racking up 51 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 9 pass breakups.
Georgia’s talent at corner forced Daniel to share time with NFL talents like Deandre Baker. Tyson Campbell and Eric Stokes but that didn’t keep him from going unnoticed. Daniel impressed at this year’s Senior Bowl, which helped him earn a spot on the Jaguars offseason squad.”
The Jaguars waived Daniel in August of 2021. He was signed to the New England Patriots practice squad in January 2022. We’ll see this week if the Packers decide to give Daniel a shot on their practice squad roster. Daniel seems to possess a tough work ethic to make it from the JUCO level to the NFL.
Here’s a video by Murf Baldwin going over Daniel’s skills when he played at Georgia: