Packers: My stab at the 53-man roster
Ted Thompson. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Green Bay Packers concluded the pre-season with a 30-8 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, LB Clay Matthews, and TE Jermichael Finley sat out the pre-season finale, while many other veterans saw very limited time.
Final cuts are due by 5:00pm CST on Saturday.
Teams may announce an 8-man practice squad on September 1.
I wanted to wait until the final pre-season game was complete before taking a crack at predicting the final 53. My predictions are below.
QB's (2): Aaron Rodgers, Vince Young
RB's (4): Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Alex Green, Jonathan Franklin
FB (1): John Kuhn
WR's (5): Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, Jeremy Ross
TE's (4): Jermichael Finley, DJ Williams, Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor
OL (7): David Bakhtiari, TJ Lang, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Josh Sitton, Don Barclay, Marshall Newhouse, Greg Van Roten
DL (7): Datone Jones, Ryan Pickett, BJ Raji, Johnny Jolly, CJ Wilson, Mike Neal, Mike Daniels
OLB (4): Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Andy Mulumba, Dezman Moses
ILB (6): AJ Hawk, Brad Jones, Sam Barrington, Terrell Manning, Robert Francois, Jamari Lattimore
CB's (6): Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde, Davon House, Jarrett Bush
S (4): Morgan Burnett, MD Jennings, Jerron McMillian, Chris Banjo
Specialists (3): Mason Crosby, Brett Goode, Tim Masthay
For me, the toughest position to call was tight end. Matthew Mulligan was brought in to be a bruising blocker. He's a one-trick pony, who hasn't delivered the kind of impact I expected to see. Third year player DJ Williams has also failed to stand out from the rest. One of the two will be let go. I chose Mulligan because Ted Thompson tends to favor his draft choices.
As for the practice squad - this is a bit of a crap-shoot, but I could see the following players added:
QB BJ Coleman, TE Brandon Bostick, DT Josh Boyd, WR Charles Johnson, WR Tyrone Walker, LB Nate Palmer, CB Loyce Means. and DT Jordan Miller.