With the annual NFL roster cut-down to 53 players quickly approaching on September 3rd, Brew City Sports Report gives you our prediction of who makes the cut to become part of the 2016 version of the Green Bay Packers
By: Mark Prott
Wide Receivers (7) Quarterbacks (2)
Nelson Adams Rodgers
Cobb Janis Hundley
Offensive Line (9) Tight Ends (3)
(G) Sitton (T) Spriggs Cook
(G) Lang (T) Murphy Rodgers
(C) Tretter (C) Barclay Perillo
(T) Bulaga (G) Taylor
Defensive Line (5) Running Backs (4)
Daniels (RB) Lacy
Guion (RB) Starks
Clark (RB) Crockett
Lowry (FB) Ripkowski
(OLB) Matthews (ILB) Martinez
(OLB) Peppers (ILB) Barrington
(OLB) Perry (ILB) Ryan
(OLB) Jones (ILB) Thomas
(OLB) Elliott (OLB) Fackrell
(CB) Shields (S) Clinton-Dix
(CB) Randall (S) Burnett
(CB) Rollins (S/CB) Hyde
(CB) Gunter (S) Banjo
(CB) Hawkins (S) Brice
(K) Crosby (P) Masthay (LS) Lovato
NFL Suspensions PUP List
(DL) Pennel (4 games) (C) Linsley
(CB) Goodson (4 games)
Notes: Special teams value likely to decide final spots
- I know earlier in training camp Mike McCarthy hinted the team may keep only 5 or 6 wide receivers but to me, the best 53 players on this team contains 7 wide receivers. Jeff Janis could be a candidate for IR but if the original timetable of 4-6 weeks for his fractured hand to heal stands true, he could be ready by week 3 or 4 as week 1 will mark roughly 4 weeks since the surgery. Janis became one of the top gunners last year down the stretch in the NFL and a top kickoff returner averaging 29.0 yards on 14 returns. While he may not have a huge impact as a wide receiver, this team could definitely benefit from his services on special teams. In addition, the Packers will most likely be scrambling to try to sign training camp phenom UDFA WR Geronimo Allison to the practice squad.
- The linebackers total of 10 may seem high to some but remember that multiple members of the unit (Julius Peppers, Datone Jones) can also play in the defensive line at times in sub-packages.
- The secondary competition is shaping up to me as the most intriguing battle in camp for the final spots because there is a lot of talent. I think the Packers keep 2 extra safeties in addition to the top three (Ha Ha, Burnett, Hyde). Chris Banjo is a special teams ace and Kentrell Brice is a very exciting safety prospect to develop given his impressive start on the field and his off the charts pro-day numbers. How the heck did he go undrafted? The last cornerback spot comes down to UDFAs Josh Hawkins, Makinton Dorleant, and 2nd year prospect Robertson Daniel. All three players bring speed to the table and have made their share of plays in practice. How they show up in the final preseason games will determine their fates.
- Carl Bradford has been a great surprise during the preseason and looks to finally have found his niche in the NFL at inside linebacker. I think the battle between him and Joe Thomas is extremely tight but I give the nod to Thomas based on his ability to be a bigger contributor on special teams. Also Thomas’ experience on the field last year serving as the dime linebacker is a bonus working in his favor.
- It will be interesting to see the early season moves the Packers make once the suspensions of Mike Pennel and Demetri Goodson are served. Goodson’s activation or release might come down to how well the special teams are playing. It’s a no-brainer to open up a spot for Pennel who seems destined for a prominent role on the defensive line, especially when he makes plays like this.