The Green Bay Packers have had a long history of having undrafted free agents make their final 53-man roster and this year should be no different, especially not the way Kentrell Brice is playing right now.
Brice, who went undrafted out of Louisiana Tech, has impressed throughout the offseason and now since the start of training camp. At 5-11, 200 pounds, Brice has good size for a safety and with his 4.41 speed in the forty-yard-dash, his athleticism is off the charts.
Yet, many players who time at those speeds, do not play fast. However, with Brice that’s not the case at all. He looked every bit that fast against the Cleveland Browns and the safety, who has a chance to be a hybrid player for the Packers this season, showed why he has a great chance at earning his way onto Green Bay’s final 53-man roster.
In all, Brice finished with six total tackles and one tackle for loss against Cleveland. He closed on ball carriers aggressively and was a sure tackler. He also displayed some of his versatility by covering wide receivers in the slot, something he routinely did in college.
In college, Brice showed he can impact the game in a multitude of ways. In 2014, he posted four sacks. He also had three career interceptions and 13 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
College stats are often meaningless, but it’s significant when you have defenders that have proven that they can make impact plays; sacks, fumbles, interceptions, passes defenses, tackles for loss — those are the plays that change games and Brice has shown a penchant for making them.
In his first NFL preseason game, Brice notched an impressive tackle for loss and if he can show some prowess on special teams, he has a good chance to the roster and possibly even be active on gamedays.
Brice has continued his strong push for a 53-man roster spot and as long as he keeps up his strong level of recent play, it’d be a shock if he didn’t make it come cut-down day.