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Green Bay Packers 53-Man Roster Projection: Preseason Week 3 Update

The Green Bay Packers third preseason game was not a charm. In fact, it turned out to be a curse as the Packers lost two starting players due to injury.

Injuries are the worst nightmare for NFL teams in the preseason and for Green Bay that bad dream became a reality Friday night as the Packers lost starting nose tackle B.J. Raji for the season with a torn bicep. To make matters worse, Green Bay also lost new starting center J.C. Tretter to a knee fracture that will cause him to miss at least a month of the season.

That leaves the Packers without two critical players. Certainly, they could do worse then Josh Boyd, who will take over for Raji at nose tackle and Corey Linsley, the rookie from Ohio State, who will assume the center spot in Tretter’s absence. But still it’s a blow.

Yet, one thing the loss of Raji does is open up a spot on the 53-man roster. And since the show must go on here is the Packers Guru’s latest 53-man roster projection:

Qbs (3) – Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien.

RBs (4) – Eddie Lacy, James Starks, John Kuhn, DuJuan Harris.

TEs (4) – Richard Rodgers, Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor, Brandon Bostick.

WR (5) – Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis.

OL (8) – Bryan Bulaga, David Bahktiari, J.C. Tretter, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton, Lane Taylor, Corey Linsley, Derrick Sherrod.

DL (5) – Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, Josh Boyd, Mike Pennel, Khyri Thornton.

ILB (4) – Brad Jones, A.J. Hawk, Jamari Lattimore, Sam Barrington.

OLB (7) – Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Nick Perry, Mike Neal, Nate Palmer, Andy Mulumba, Jayrone Elliot.

CBs (5) – Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Davon House, Casey Heyward, Jarrett Bush.

S (5) – Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Sean Richardson, Chris Banjo.

Specialists (3) – Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Bret Goode.

5 thoughts on “Packers Should Move Clay Matthews Inside Permanently

  1. I’ve been one of those Packers fans who looks forward to the day Thompson retires. In 2010 the Free Agents he signed when he was first here paid off. The Packers don’t win SB 45 without Woodson and Pickett, matter of fact they don’t even play in it. Funny thing has happened since then. In 2011 the Packers and New England were the 31st and 32nd ranked defense that year. Matter of fact the Packers were able to secure the 32nd spot after beating the Lions behind Matt Flynns 6 TD passes. Since then the Patriots have retooled and won 2 SB’s. Thompson does nothing and the Defense is right back to where it was in 2011, in the toilet. Such is the life for a Packers fan under TT. Just sit back and watch him do absolutely nothing.

  2. So they can add Williams or others to the greatly expanded training camp roster, then make a decision as they cut down — so no need to give up on / release / put on waivers a young player to sign him? When do rosters balloon to training camp size?

    1. They have already. You can have up to 90 now. And Green Bay usually brings in tons of UDFA and camp bodies. Just instead of all those tryout players give a few veterans a chance to see if they can still play. Sometimes it won’t work but sometimes it will.

      1. Seems like that is a good way to add experienced depth to the roster — not necessarily a headliner or headliners, but depth which we know is needed every year.

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