Packers rookies Janis, Elliott bolster roster bids

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

The Packers begin the regular season Thursday at Seattle.  The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Wisconsin time, and can be seen on WEAU 13.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The rookies who have made two of the strongest impressions this preseason for the Green Bay Packers weren't at the top of the team's draft board.

Productive performances by seventh-round pick Jeff Janis and undrafted free agent Jayrone Elliott in Thursday night's 34-14 preseason win over Kansas City may have cemented their roster spots.

Teams must trim rosters to 53 players by Saturday.

Janis, a receiver, had a 33-yard touchdown catch and 62-yard kickoff return. Elliott, a linebacker, recorded his fifth sack in three weeks.

The biggest decision for coach Mike McCarthy is whether to keep both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Keeping three would take up a roster spot that could go to someone who could be used on special teams.

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