After a long offseason and a wait that never seems to end, the Green Bay Packers and the rest of the National Football League will be back to work full-time before we know it. The Packers just concluded their final offseason mini-camp and with the start of training camp just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to re-visit the Packers 53-man roster projection.
Yours truly, first took a stab at projecting the Green Bay roster following the 2014 NFL Draft but now that we have gotten a chance to see some of these rookies and free agent acquisitions on the field, we have a better feel for how they will fit in the roster and can do a more accurate projection.
So without further ado, here is the Packers final pre-training camp 53-man roster projection:
Quarterback (3): Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien.
Running Back (4): Eddie Lacy, James Starks, DuJuan Harris, John Kuhn.
Wide Recievers (6) – Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, Jeff Janis
Tight Ends (4): Andrew Quarless, Richard Rodgers, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor
Offensive Line (8): David Bahktiari, Bryan Bulaga, J.C. Tretter, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton, Corey Linsley, Derrick Sherrod, Don Barclay
Defensive Line (8): B.J.Raji, Mike Neal, Datone Jones, Mike Daniels, Julius Peppers, Letroy Guion, Khyri Thorton, Josh Boyd.
Linebackers (8): Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Jamari Lattimore, Carl Bradford, Adrian Hubbard, Sam Barrington.
Defensive Backs: Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde (CB/S), Morgan Burnett (S), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S), Davon House, Jarrett Bush, Dimitri Goodson.
Specialists: Brett Goode (LS), Mason Crosby (K), Tim Masthay (P).
There are a few surprises here. The battle at tight end will be very interesting and thus far, I have not seen enough from Colt Lyerla to put him on the 53-man roster. Ryan Taylor is a valuable special teams player and Lyerla will need to show his worth on offense or special teams to unseat him. This projection also has the Packers keeping three quarterbacks and six wide receivers, which would be out of the norm for Green Bay but after the quarterback fiasco last year. I don’t see them releasing Flynn or Tolizen and in terms of the sixth wide receiver, I think they like Jeff Janis too much to try to sneak him onto the practice squad.
The other area that is light is along the offensive line, where I left the Packers with just eight players. However, Barclay has been working as a backup at all five positions and Sherrod can play either tackle spot. Linsley also is a promising rookie. Green Bay value’s versatility in their offensive lineman and that will help them survive with just eight on the active roster.
Things will change rapidly once the real bullets starting flying in training camp and preseason games but from what we know right now, this is the best 53-man roster I could come up with. Let me know what you think.