The Green Bay Packers have a ways to go to fill out their 90-man roster for training camp, but now they find themselves a little closer. First reported by Rob Demovskithen later announced by the team site, the Packers signed tight end Alize Mack to a term contract.
For those wondering, a forward contract is a way for NFL teams to build their 90-man rosters before the league’s new year officially begins in March. At that time, Mack’s contract will become official with the Green Bay Packers.
Mack was a 2019 seventh-round pick for Notre Dame by the New Orleans Saints. He doesn’t have regular-season career snaps in the NFL and has spent time on practice squads in New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and, most recently, in 2021, Detroit.
The 6’5″ – 247 pounds Mack had three years of playing experience with Notre Dame. During that span, he was targeted 103 times, catching 62% of those passes at 10.6 yards per catch with four touchdowns. For what it’s worth, he’s ranked highly as a pass blocker in his past two years by PFF ($$) metrics.
Mack is also a very good athlete, recording a 4.7 dash for 40 yards in the pre-draft process, as well as a 4.34 in the shuttle. He posted an overall ranking Relative athletic score 8.54 out of 10.
While things have likely changed to some extent now that Mack has spent a few seasons in the NFL, here’s a look at his preliminary Joe Marino scouting report from The network project:
“As a receiver, Mack offers a lot of appeal. His size, ball skills, hands and fluidity make him a game problem that can win both in bending and in line. While Mack shows a lot of combat, there are major technical flaws and a lack of game strength when he foresees him as a blocker at the next level.While he may never be a starter, Mack should be an effective subset player to the next level that provides his offense with a powerful weapon in the passing game.
For the Green Bay Packers, the tight end room has question marks entering 2022, especially in the passing game. Josiah Deguara, Marcedes Lewis and Tyler Davis are all under contract, and I expect Dominique Dafney – an exclusive free agent – to be back as well. From a blocking perspective, Green Bay is in good shape with this group, but they don’t have a true tight pass.
Mack will give them someone who could possibly fill that tight end role with his athleticism, but eventually he’ll probably end up fighting for a spot on the roster.