Last year should give hope to the five latest players to sign with the Green Bay Packers.

Both wide receiver Jarrett Boykin and tight end Brandon Bostick managed to stick around Green Bay after surviving rookie orientation as tryout players. Boykin made the 53-man roster, while Bostick was on the practice squad.

On Monday, Green Bay signed five tryout players to their full roster and released two other players. Fullback Jonathan Amosa (Washington), linebackers Donte Savage (New Mexico State) and Jarvis Wilson (Prairie View A&M), cornerback Brandon Smith (Arizona State) and wide receiver Tyrone Walker (Illinois State) all signed. Meanwhile, LB Micah Johnson and FB Ryan Roberson were let go.

The five signings do have some intrigue, starting with Illinois State's Walker, one of the most impressive players in the practice open to the media Friday.

Walker lacks the size or top-end speed of the other receivers Green Bay added this off-season. Walker is only 5-foot-10, 191 pounds and ran a 4.59 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day. But in the Missouri Valley Conference at the Football Championship Subdivision level, he was highly productive. Walker finished as the school's all-time leader in receptions (250), receiving yards (3,565) and receiving touchdowns (32). In high school, he set the Indiana state record with 1,893 receiving yards as a senior.

He joins a competition that includes Boykin, Jeremy Ross, Charles Johnson, Kevin Dorsey, Sederrick Cunningham and Myles White behind the top three.

Green Bay added a pair of linebackers in Wilson and Savage, continuing the theme of small-school players at the position. A defensive end at New Mexico State, Savage finished last season with 45 tackles (seven for loss) and three sacks after redshirting in 2011 due to academic reasons. Savage had six sacks his sophomore season. At Prairie View A&M, Wilson had 63 tackles (eight for loss) and a half-sack last season.