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Packers rookie report: Week 17

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Dan Arkush
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By Dan Arkush

The big rookie story in Green Bay's regular-season finale was the emergence of undrafted rookie OLB Vic So'oto as a potential factor at right outside linebacker in the playoffs. Against the Lions, So'oto traded off with veteran Brad Jones on the left side in place of healthy scratch Clay Matthews. In addition to making a sack midway though the third quarter, So'oto came very close to forcing a fumble after ripping the ball away from TE Tony Scheffler, who later schooled So'oto in coverage on a two-point conversion.

Don't be surprised if So'oto is brought in strictly on third downs as an edge rusher in the postseason, with Jones probably playing on the right outside in the base defense.

Fellow undrafted rookie RB Brandon Saine also made his presence felt in Week 17, rushing eight times for 28 yards with a long of 10, catching three passes for 17 yards with a long of seven, and returning two kickoffs for 40 yards with a long of 20 in place of second-round rookie Randall Cobb, who sat out the game with a groin injury.

Fifth-round TE D.J. Williams had 20 snaps vs. Detroit and caught the only pass thrown to him for six yards.

Sixth-round rookie ILB D.J. Smith was used on passing downs and had one tackle. He also had one special-teams tackle.

Green Bay's return game was noticeably sloppy without Cobb, but undrafted rookies M.D. Jennings (two special-teams tackles) and Jamari Lattimore performed well in coverage.

Fourth-round CB Davon House had one special-teams tackle.

Seventh-round TE Ryan Taylor sprained his ankle and was not a factor.


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