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Who will be the 53 on the roster?

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Andy, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Andy

    Andy Cheesehead

    Jul 16, 2005
    I can't argue with this list, especially since Jarrett Bush isn't making the squad. :clap:

    Packer Report.com

    Guessing the final 53

    By Bob Fox
    Posted Aug 18, 2008

    Most of the roster spots have been decided through two preseason games. Bob Fox provides his hunch on who will be on the roster when the regular season begins.

    The Green Bay Packers have played only two preseason games, but the roster is starting to take shape, even with Saturday night’s debacle against the Niners. There are a few battles for roster spots, but by and large, the roster that will take the field against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 8 is almost set.

    Yes, general manager Ted Thompson may do some tweaking, such as adding a veteran quarterback. Or, he could make some roster changes late, like he did last year when he picked up running back Ryan Grant via trade and full back John Kuhn via waivers.

    There will be some difficult cuts, but this is what happens when a roster starts to accumulate talent. Here is how I see the roster taking shape.

    Quarterbacks (3)

    Aaron Rodgers

    Brian Brohm

    Matt Flynn

    The Packers may end up making a move to get a veteran before too long. The offensive line's lack of protection is the major reason. All three quarterbacks have been hit hard this preseason. Rodgers is coming into the season with an injury history in his short NFL career. This team is too talented to rely on a rookie if Rodgers should get injured. The team to watch is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Look for the Packers to try and pick up either Chris Simms or Brian Griese if one of them is released.

    Running backs (4)

    Ryan Grant

    Brandon Jackson

    Vernand Morency

    Noah Herron

    Grant has not played in the preseason due to a hamstring injury. Jackson looks good in his absence, except for his blitz pickups. Morency and Herron are assignment sure and could handle the third-down role. DeShawn Wynn again has been in the training room more than the playing field, and that will most likely cost him a roster spot. Kregg Lumpkin has looked good so far, and has probably earned at least a practice squad invite.

    Fullbacks (2)

    Korey Hall

    John Kuhn

    Hall and Kuhn will play a similar role as last season. Both are solid fullbacks, plus are excellent on special teams. Corey White may end up on the practice squad again.

    Wide receivers (5)

    Donald Driver

    Greg Jennings

    James Jones

    Jordy Nelson

    Ruvell Martin

    Jennings, who has not played in the preseason due to injury, should turn out to be a valuable weapon in the regular season. Jones has had a solid preseason. Martin has been able to hold down the No. 4 receiver position from Nelson, but Nelson has displayed his playmaking skills as a kick returner.

    Tight ends (3)

    Donald Lee

    Tory Humphrey

    Jermichael Finley

    Lee had a breakthrough year in 2007, and the Packers are hoping Humphrey or Finley can step up to add depth to a position that’s critical to coach Mike McCarthy. Joey Haynos is probably headed to the practice squad.

    Offensive line (9)

    Chad Clifton

    Jason Spitz

    Scott Wells

    Josh Sitton

    Mark Tauscher

    Daryn Colledge

    Allen Barbre

    Tony Moll

    Breno Giacomini

    The offensive line ranked third in the NFL in sacks allowed in 2007, but you wouldn't know it this preseason. The interior of the line is where most of the problems have been occurring. The Packers have to figure out who is best suited for those positions.

    Defensive line (9)

    Aaron Kampman

    Cullen Jenkins

    Ryan Pickett

    Johnny Jolly

    Colin Cole

    Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila

    Mike Montgomery

    Jason Hunter

    Jeremy Thompson

    The defensive line has created pressure at times, but the Packers have not been able to get sacks. The line has had issues stopping the run after the starters come out. The Packers have been blitzing to help create pressure, but so the results have not been what the team has hoped for.

    Linebackers (7)

    A.J. Hawk

    Nick Barnett

    Brady Poppinga

    Brandon Chillar

    Desmond Bishop

    Abdul Hodge

    Tracy White

    The Packers have more quality depth at linebacker than at any time in recent memory. Hodge has taken advantage of Bishop being injured, and Chillar looked good in place of Hawk against the 49ers. Poppinga keeps getting better, and may be used in pass-rushing situations. Tracy White is a valuable special teams performer that took on more importance when the Packers allowed a punt return TD by former Packer Allen Rossum on Saturday.

    Defensive backs (8)

    Al Harris

    Charles Woodson

    Atari Bigby

    Nick Collins

    Aaron Rouse

    Will Blackmon

    Tramon Williams

    Pat Lee

    Jarrett Bush may have played himself off the team with his performance against the 49ers. Harris and Woodson look like elite starters, and Williams is the front-runner to be the nickel corner. Lee has shown flashes with his physical style. Neither Bigby Collins should very comfortable with Rouse lurking in the background.

    Kicker (1)

    Mason Crosby

    Crosby is kicking like he did in 2007, when he led the NFL in scoring with 141 points.

    Punter (1)

    Jon Ryan

    Ryan rebounded after a poor performance against the Bengals with a nice performance against the 49ers.

    Long snapper (1)

    J.J. Jansen

    Jansen looks like he will be fine as a rookie as long snapper. His snaps have been on the money.

    PUP List

    Justin Harrell

    With Harrell unable to overcome his back injury, he might spend the first six weeks on PUP. It's imperative he come back strong. People are starting to use the term bust because of his injury issues.

    Practice squad

    WR Brett Swain

    FB Corey White

    RB Kregg Lumpkin

    TE Joey Haynos

    C Brennen Carvalho

    LB Danny Lansanah

    WR Johnny Quinn

    DT Alfred Malone

    The eight-man practice squad will end up with a lot of promising players because of the talent on the roster. Thompson could add a player or two from other teams to put on his practice squad.

  2. CaliforniaCheez

    CaliforniaCheez Cheesehead

    Apr 13, 2005
    Bob's guesses are off a bit.

    Offensive line: Clifton, College, Barbre, Coston, Wells, Spitz, Sitton, Tauscher, Moll. (9)

    TE: Lee, Finley, and a player picked up during the final cuts. (3)

    WR: Jennings, Driver, Jones, Martin, Nelson, (5)

    FB: Hall, Kuhn (2)

    RB: Grant, Jackson, Morency (3)

    QB: Rodgers, Flynn, Brohm (3)

    Defensive Line: Kampman, Montgomery, Pickett, Cole, Jolly, Harrell, Muir* Pickett, Gbaja-Biamila, Thompson (10)

    LB: Hawk, Barnett, Poppinga, Chillar, Bishop, White (6)

    CB's: Woodson, Harris, Williams, Lee, Blackmon (5)

    Safety: Rouse, Bigby, Collins, Peprah (4)

    plus PK, P, LS

    Practice Squad:

    1) Wynn or if he is signed elsewhere; Chris White.

    2) Orrin Thompson

    3) Brett Swain

    4) Joey Haynos

    5) Joe Porter

    6) Breno Giacomini

    7) If Muir is cut, Muir. Could be a DT off the waiver wire, or even Johnny Quinn

    8) Spencer Havner

    Bubble players or serious doubt players: Muir, Wynn, Hunter, Humphrey, Hodge
    Each has a small chance to survive the cuts

    The Weasel part
    With Harrell's problems I think extra depth at the DT positions prevents the Packers from keeping Wynn and probably Hunter. Hunter could be saved if the Packers are confident in Jenkins and Montgomery taking some snaps at DT. Hunter's specials teams play makes keeping him a debate.

    Obviously, some attempt should be made to trade Hodge, Hunter, or Wynn for anything they can get or they could get go on IR for a hang nail(hand injury), tooth ache(jaw injury), or other excuse. They have the cap room.

    And the ever present, this could all change if there is an injury or if Harrell ever does something beside take up space.
  3. c_mac

    c_mac Cheesehead

    Apr 29, 2007
    Abdul Hodge has looked great in the two preseason games. I really do think that he can be a very solid player IF he can just stay healthy.
  4. IronMan

    IronMan Cheesehead

    Nov 23, 2006
    Not necessarily in "depth chart" order.

    Qb: Rodgers, Flynn, Brohm
    RB: Grant, Jackson, Lumpkin, Herron
    FB: Hall, Kuhn
    WR: Driver, Jennings, Jones, Martin , Nelson, Swain
    TE: Lee, Finley
    G: Colledge, Spitz, Sitton, Barbre, Coston

    T: Clifton, Tauscher, Moll
    C: Wells

    CB: Woodson, Harris, Williams, Lee, Blackmon
    S: Bigby, Collins, Rouse, Bush
    LB: Hawk, Poppinga, Barnett, Chillar, White, Hodge, Bischop
    DT: Pickett, Cole, Jolly
    DE: Kampman, KGB, Montgomery, Jenkins, Hunter

    K/P: Crosby, Ryan
    LS: Janson

    -- Edited by IronMan at 10:44, 2008-08-29

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