Green Bay Packers Post OTA 53-Man Roster Projection

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).

Breakdown:

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.

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10 Comments
JRMD

Peppers is in the LB group. Worthy will almost have to be retained as a 2nd rd pick. I really think Jolly should be signed. His nasty streak and ability to play the run is unique on the roster. Lyerla WILL be on the final roster. Stonebrunner & Taylor may be odd men out. I’m not sure Hubbard gets a LB spot over Mulumba. He will have to have an extremely good camp in order to do so. As always, injuries in camp will have a profound effect on the final 53 man roster. Let’s hope not as much as it has had this last 3 seasons?!:(

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chris peterson

Peppers is going to play LB and DL this year. We will see him with his standing up and with his hand in the ground and in terms of this exercise it doesn’t really matter where he is listed. The numbers are the same whether he is an LB or DL. Worthy was a second round pick three years ago and unless he has a great camp, he will be cut. He has done nothing in two seasons and they have a lot of talented guys that can compete with him. I’d say he is behind Jones, Daniels, Boyd, Thorton and Guion right now. I think Lyerla has a good chance to make the team but he WILL have to produce on special teams. He is not going to be the starter or even a top two guy and if you are that low on the depth chart you have to contribute on special teams. Plus he didn’t do anything to stand out in OTA’s, not that they mean much but it was Richard Rodgers turning heads, not Lyerla. We will see if that changes come training camp. I am just not sure about his commitment to football. Hope he proves me wrong. Mulumba will have a great chance to beat out Hubbard, I just think Hubbard will flash enough that GB will keep him but just one mans opinion. It will be a great battle though. I am split on Jolly, if you are saying Worthy is going to make it who are you going to cut? Boyd? Guion? To be honest I would rather have those two players than Jolly and Worthy. Jolly is a good player I just don’t know if he fits into the way GB wants to play defense going forward. They want agile, athletic defensive lineman at least at the five-technique where Jolly plays and he does not fit that description. I think his spot is filled by Thorton, Boyd and Guion this season. Injuries may change things and they will happen, so we will see. One thing for sure is that the Packers will be cutting some good players when cutdown day arrives. This is a very deep 90-man roster.

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jimmysee

I heard Johnny Jolly hd been cleared by his own doctors. Any chance he can come back to Green Bay and be part of the D-line rotation? Johnny seems particularly good at pass disruption.

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chris peterson

I think there is chance he is brought back but even if he is, he is not a guarantee to make the 53-man roster. However, he has always come up big when his job was on the line in the past so I would not count him out but he would need to show in camp that he is healthy and deserves a spot on the 53 because the Packers are deep along the defensive line.

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Dale

I think they keep Richardson at safety. Even if you count Hyde as a safety, only having 3 safeties is risky. Probably either bush goes or they try to put Goodson on the ps.

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chris peterson

Dale,

That could be. I think at the end of the day it may come down to Bush getting cut in favor of Goodson, if he can show in camp he is up the challenge on special teams.

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thiago

What are the rules? The guys that have been cut are free to sign with other teams? Or they still are under contract with the packers? Sorry, Brazilian fan here and I don’t know this rules!

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chris peterson

Yes, any player that is cut by the Packers is free to sign with another team. Generally, they are put on waivers and teams can submit a waiver claim. That way the teams with the worst records get preference.

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chris peterson

He has a chance but its going to be tough. There is a lot of depth along the dline. Of course, there are always injuries and that could help his cause. I think the Packers would like to keep him at the end of the day and if he shows enough in camp maybe they will keep 9 dlineman. I just know he wasn’t very effective before he got hurt and hasn’t really seen the field since he did get hurt. So we will have to show that he has taken a step forward as a player, otherwise I don’t like his chances.

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