Packers sign Northern Iowa speedy receiver Terrell Sinkfield
If you remember, Sinkfield is the speedy Northern Iowa receiver who gained pre-draft fame after he ran an unofficial 4.19 seconds on his second 40-yard dash attempt at the University of Minnesota pro day in March. Sinkfield’s average over three attempts panned out as 4.33 seconds during Minnesota’s pro day workout.
Sinkfield’s fastest timing created a lot of controversy since he broke Tennessee running back Chris Johnson’s NFL Combine record of 4.24 seconds set in 2008. However, there has been a lot of debate over the legitimacy of the hand-time unofficial reading set during Sinkfield’s second run.
The Miami Dolphins signed Sinkfield signed early in May after he went unselected in the 2013 NFL draft. However, he was waived by the Miami Dolphins late last month.
The Packers have been rebuilding their receivers group after Greg Jennings moved on in free agency and Donald Driver retried this offseason. Currently, veteran receivers Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb headline the depth chart; while Jeremy Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross are also likely favorites to earn playing time at the position. After signing Sinkfield, the number of receivers on the Packers’ roster went up to 12 on Tuesday.
Sinkfield was spotted in the No.5 jersey while practicing with the team in the Packers’ final open offseason training activity practice on Tuesday.
At 6-foot-1, 192-pounds, Sinkfield seems to have enough size to match his blazing speed, and could potentially challenge some of the unproven wideouts on for a roster spot, as the Packers begin skimming the group heading into training camp. If he can solidify his roster spot through special teams he may be able to see some time in a reserve role. But it may not be all that simple, given the fact that Sinkfield only returned one punt and three kick-offs in his career at Northern Iowa and will hence face a steep learning curve in his rookie season.
As a senior, he started 10 games for the Panthers while leading the team with 43 receptions for 499 yards and four touchdowns. As a junior, Sinkfield had 28 catches for 464 yards and six touchdowns for the Panthers. During his four-year collegiate career at Northern Iowa, he combined 76 receptions for 1,097 yards (14.4 avg.) and 10 touchdowns.