When the Packers claimed Ervin off of waivers on Dec. 3, they owned the worst punt return unit in the league. They actually had negative yardage to that point in the season. In Ervin’s first game, he brought them back into the positive on the year and finished the season with 106 yards on 11 returns. His 9.6 yards per return average was fifth-best among players with at least that number of returns. Ervin added 160 yards on six kick returns as well, including a long of 45.
While his biggest impact was on special teams, coach Matt LaFleur drew up some things for him on offense to take advantage of his speed and skill in the open field. That included a pair of run in the playoff win over Seattle and it figures to expand in his second season with the club.
Green Bay has now re-signed four of its own free agents — Ervin, tight end Marcedes Lewis, safety Will Redmond and kicker Mason Crosby — while also adding linebacker Christian Kirksey, tackle Rick Wagner and wide receiver Devin Funchess.