Former Blackfoot High and BYU standout Colby Pearson was signed by the Green Bay Packers on Thursday. Pearson and former BYU teammate Jamaal Williams were signed Thursday, while punter Jacob Schum was released to complete the 90-man roster.
Pearson, an undrafted free agent rookie wide receiver, graduated from Blackfoot in 2013 after helping the Broncos win back-to-back 4A state titles in 2011 and 2012. Pearson was named first-team all-Idaho as a wide receiver and linebacker in 2011, and earned first-team all-state honors at wideout and defensive back in 2012.
Pearson participated in a Chicago Bears rookie minicamp May 12-14 and then returned to Provo, Utah, to focus on completing his education while awaiting word from Chicago. The Bears never called, but the Packers did, and now Pearson is extending his stay in Green Bay.
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Pearson said the Packers called him a week ago and invited him to showcase his abilities, which he did Wednesday. Pearson was scheduled to fly home Thursday, but the team wanted to keep him around for a while longer.
Pearson signed Thursday morning and had his first practice with the team later that day.
“Been a crazy day,” Pearson told the Journal on Thursday by phone. “It’s gone by really fast.”
Pearson said he signed a non-guaranteed three-year contract, meaning he can be cut at any time before the season starts without recuperating any of the deal’s remaining salary.
The Packers are in the middle of organized team activities (OTAs) until June 9 and conclude offseason workout with mandatory minicamp June 13-15.
Pearson is one of three BYU rookies on the Packers roster. Williams, a running back selected in the fourth round of April’s NFL Draft, was also signed Thursday. Taysom Hill, an undrafted quarterback, Pocatello native and Highland High graduate, signed May 5.
Pearson said reuniting with Hill and Williams has helped him learn on the fly.
“It’s nice having them there to help me out,” Pearson said. “Show me the ropes a little bit, how things work.”
Pearson is one of 12 wide receivers on Green Bay’s roster, which will be cut to 53 players, plus a practice squad with up to 10 players, by the time the season starts. For now, he’s adjusting to the NFL as fast as he can and catching passes from MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers already.
“That was wild,” Pearson said. “It just feels really surreal. I almost feel like I’m dreaming.”