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Packers moving Rico Gafford to cornerback

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7/3/2022 11:37:13 AM
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This spring, Rico Gafford was in the process of learning the Green Bay Packers’ playbook on offense as a receiver when the team signed Sammy Watkins and drafted three receivers.

Now the Packers have moved Gafford to cornerback, Bill Huber of SI.com reports.

“No, I didn’t know I was going to corner,” Gafford said this week. “We showed up for offseason workouts and I was with the receivers, with the offense. I was learning the playbook, doing routes on air and going over certain plays and all that stuff.”

At the University of Wyoming, Gafford was a standout cornerback who intercepted two passes as a junior in 2016 and four passes as a senior in 2017. Despite a rocket-fast 4.22-second clocking in the 40-yard dash at pro day, Gafford went undrafted. He signed with the Tennessee Titans, where Packers coach Matt LaFleur was entering his one season as offensive coordinator.

Fast forward to 2022. LaFleur, looking at the potential depth at receiver and the lack of depth behind his stud starting trio of cornerbacks, pulled Gafford aside.

“After the draft, Coach LaFleur came up to me and was like, ‘It would be in your best interests to go back to corner. You’ll probably have a better chance of making this team,’” Gafford recalled. “He told me straight up, ‘We love the things that you’re doing right now. You’re showing us a lot and we see that you can play.’”

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