Right now is a bit of a slow time for those following the Green Bay Packers, but fear not, because football is coming really soon.
Of course, the exciting thing is that the Packers will actually be on the field in a month, Aug. 7 when they take on the Colts in the Hall-of-Fame game. Yet, we can also look forward to the start of training camp on July 26.
Throughout the offseason, I have analyzed the Packers roster and will continue to do so in the coming weeks leading up to training camp. But, after Green Bay has taken part in its OTAs, I thought I’d throw out one more 53-man roster projection leading up to training camp.
Green Bay’s 53-man roster is going to be deep and again, there are going to be some good players left off of it. There are always surprises and many times, which make these projections moot, but here’s my most recent projection of the Packers 53 for 2016.
QB (2) – Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley.
Pretty simple stuff. The two-time MVP and the second-year young gun. I like what Green Bay has going on here.
RB’s/FB’s (4) – Eddie Lacy, James Starks, John Crockett, Aaron Ripkowski.
Lacy and Starks are the bell cows. It appears Green Bay is also committed to Ripkowski, we’ll see if that confidence pays off.
TE’s (3) Jared Cook, Richard Rodgers, Justin Perillo.
Cook and Rodgers are both locks. Perillo will battle it out with Kennard Backman, a draft pick from 2015, and in the end they might both make it, but if there is a choice between the two, I think the nod goes to Perillo.
WR’s (7) – Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis, Ty Montgomery, Trevor David, Jared Abbrederis.
To me, the best 53-man roster includes seven wide receivers. They are just better than other options and other positions. Yet, if someone has to go, I think it will be Abbrederis.
OL (9) – Bryan Bulaga, David Bakhtiari, TJ Lang, Josh Sitton, Corey Linsley, JC Tretter, Jason Spriggs, Kyle Murphy, Matt Rotheram.
DL (5) – LeTroy Guion, Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Christian Ringo, Brian Price.
Mike Pennell will miss the first few games due to suspension, once that ends, he will likely replace Price, who is a rookie free agent that offers a big body in the middle.
OLB (6) – Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Datone Jones, Kyler Fackrell, Jayrone Elliot –
This is a very talented group of pass rushers that offers a good blend of youth and experience.
ILB (4) – Sam Barrington, Jake Ryan, Blake Martinez, Beniquez Brown –
Brown is the second undrafted free agent from the 2016 class to find his way onto the projection.
CB (5) – Sam Shields, Damarious Randall, Quentin Rollins, Micah Hyde, Ladarius Gunter –
This is a talented and young group of corners. Soon, it could be one the best groups in the NFL.
Safety (4) – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Morgan Burnett, Chris Banjo, Kentrell Brice –
Brice makes it three rookie free agents to make the roster. Banjo sticks because of his special teams work.