After signing with the Green Bay Packers when he went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, former UConn Huskies linebacker Danny Lansanah made it all the way to the end of training camp only to get cut and was signed to the Packers practice squad the next day.
Now all of Lansanah’s hard work has paid off as he was signed off the Packers practice squad to their 53-man roster yesterday. Linebacker Tracy White was released to make room for him on the roster. Lansanah will play primarily on special teams to start out.
“We appreciate everything Tracy has done for us,” general manager Ted Thompson said this afternoon. “We just felt like Danny is a guy that we believe, based on the way he played in pre-season and the like, that he can add a little bit more juice to us. He’s a guy that we want to have on our team.”
“We’re kind of excited about Danny,” Thompson said. “We think he’s ready to play. We thought he had a good summer and he’s done well so far.
“I think he’s one of those guys that can play in a lot of different spots. He has the athleticism to run and do some things in coverage and he’s also a big guy that can hold his ground. Looking forward to seeing what he can do”
Lansanah had 9 tackles for the Packers during their 4 preseason games. 8 of those tackles were on defense with the other coming on special teams.
He finished his UConn Huskies playing career with 323 tackles and 10 interceptions, including two returned for a touchdown. He is also one of 6 players to play in both of UConn’s bowl games.
The addition of Lansanah to the Packers roster gives UConn six former players in the NFL although Lansanah’s former teammate Donald Thomas of the Miami Dolphins is out for the season.
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