Concluded the 2016 season as a member of the Lions practice squad after spending the majority of the 2016 season on the New England Patriots practice squad. A sixth-round draft selection (213th overall) by Green Bay in the 2015 NFL Draft out of UAB, Backman appeared in seven games for the Packers in 2015.
2016: Joined Detroit’s practice squad after spending time as a member of the New England Patriots practice squad.
2015: Played in seven games with Green Bay as a reserve tight end.
Played in 48 games as a four-year starter at UAB and made 37 career starts.
2014: Earned second-team All-Conference USA as a senior. Led the team in receptions with 39 catches for 399 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
2013: Started in eight games for the Blazers and ranked fourth on the team in receptions with 28 for 302 yards.
2012: Made nine starts at tight end as a sophomore. Finished with 23 receptions, 235 receiving yards and a team-high four touchdowns.
2011: Saw action in all 12 games (eight starts) as a freshman. Named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Son of Krashenda Backman and Charles Okoli.