By Ray Hamill — Former Eureka Logger Jake Hanson has been signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad ahead of the 2020 NFL season.
Last week, the team trimmed its roster down to 53 players before Sunday’s season-opening win over the Minnesota Vikings, electing to keep the rookie center on the 14-player practice squad after he cleared waivers.
Hanson, a 2015 Eureka High graduate who started four years for the Oregon Ducks, was chosen by the Packers in the sixth round (208th overall pick) in this year’s NFL Draft.
In making their final cuts last week, the Packers opted to keep just one center, six-year starter Corey Linsley.
Players on the practice squad can practice with the 53-man roster and it is primarily used to develop young and inexperienced players, such as Hanson.
The former Logger is reportedly viewed by the Packers as a future option at center.
In addition to adapting to the world of the NFL this summer, Hanson also has had to adjust to snapping the ball to the quarterback under center rather than in the shotgun or pistol formations the Ducks used exclusively.
“It’s been a bit of an adjustment but I’ve actually enjoyed it,” he told Duck Territory on 247sports.com. “I think its a nice change of pace having the quarterback under center, not having to always angle the shotgun snaps in the run game.
“I think the biggest adjustment is timing. Just knowing when to start the snap on the cadence.”
The Packers play the Detroit Lions on Sunday.