Packers’ 53-Man Roster Must Include Kentrell Brice, Marwin Evans
Throughout training camp and the preseason, Kentrell Brice and Marwin Evans have opened eyes for the Green Bay Packers and when it’s all said and done, both players deserve a spot on the final 53-man roster.
For years, the Packers struggled to find good safeties — ones that could tackle and also play well in coverage. In Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay has found two good ones. But you can never have enough depth or young playmakers, which is why Ted Thompson simply can’t cut Brice or Evans.
If the Packers’ GM does cut one of them, you can guarantee they won’t be back in Green Bay (practice squad). Both are too good and too athletically gifted to make it through waivers. But after they way each has played, that route shouldn’t even be a consideration.
Against the 49ers, Brice further solidified his spot on the final roster. Not only was he impressive on defense, he played a ton on special teams. And with Chris Banjo hurt, Brice is ready to take his place.
So is Evans.
The Utah State product, who was let go by Seattle before landing in Green Bay, followed up a great game against the Raiders, with an even better showing against San Francisco.
Not only did Evans finish with two tackles and a pass defensed, the rookie free agent also snagged an impressive interception and looked like a legit NFL safety doing it.
It may not seem practical for Green Bay to keep five safeties, not counting Hyde, who plays safety and corner, but the Packers should keep their best 53 players and if that means cutting an inside linebacker (Joe Thomas or Carl Bradford), a corner (Josh Hawkins) or even a veteran such as Chris Banjo, so be it.
Brice and Evans both have elite athleticism and their play so far this preseason, has proven them to be much better than their draft evaluations made them out to be. They are both in the range of 5-11, 200 and both run the forty in close to 4.4.
The Packers have been looking for a hybrid safety for years — remember Sean Richardson? Now they have found two of them and they would be extremely foolish not to keep both on their final 53-man roster.