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Packers Depth Chart: The Interesting Parts

Nick McDonald

The Packers like Nick McDonald.

The Green Bay Packers have released their first depth chart of the preseason.

With a veteran team like the Packers, not much of it comes as a surprise. However, it does offer some interesting insights.

Here’s a breakdown by position.

Receiver: Not much unexpected here, other than the fact Chastin West is essentially the No. 6 receiver ahead of [intlink id=”596″ type=”category”]Brett Swain[/intlink], who was the team’s No. 5 last season. Rookie [intlink id=”1616″ type=”category”]Randall Cobb[/intlink] is the No. 5 now.

Tackle: The backups are listed as [intlink id=”1037″ type=”category”]Marshall Newhouse[/intlink] on the left and Chris Campbell on the right. Campbell was an undrafted free agent last year. It’s interesting that [intlink id=”583″ type=”category”]T.J. Lang[/intlink] isn’t in the backup mix at tackle.

Guard: First-round pick [intlink id=”1613″ type=”category”]Derek Sherrod[/intlink] is the No. 1 left guard. Lang is the backup. [intlink id=”1071″ type=”category”]Nick McDonald[/intlink] is the backup at right guard.

Center: McDonald, who the Packers obviously like, is also the backup to Scott Wells.

Tight end: Surprisingly, [intlink id=”1036″ type=”category”]Andrew Quarless[/intlink] is the backup, followed by [intlink id=”1236″ type=”category”]Tom Crabtree [/intlink] and [intlink id=”1624″ type=”category”]D.J. Williams[/intlink].

Running back: [intlink id=”64″ type=”category”]Ryan Grant[/intlink] is still listed as No. 1, followed by [intlink id=”1038″ type=”category”]James Starks[/intlink]. Most interesting is [intlink id=”1280″ type=”category”]Dmitri Nance[/intlink] is third, ahead of No. 4, third-round pick, [intlink id=”1618″ type=”category”]Alex Green[/intlink]. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers keep four halfbacks this year.

Defensive end: [intlink id=”1033″ type=”category”]Mike Neal[/intlink] appears to be penciled in as the starter on the right side because [intlink id=”1042″ type=”category”]C.J. Wilson[/intlink] is listed as the No. 2 on the left side. The Packers may be grooming Wilson to take over for [intlink id=”252″ type=”category”]Ryan Pickett[/intlink], but they’ve more or less handed a starting spot to Neal.

Outside linebacker: [intlink id=”1335″ type=”category”]Erik Walden[/intlink] is No. 1 on the right. [intlink id=”1058″ type=”category”]Frank Zombo[/intlink] is No. 2. [intlink id=”443″ type=”category”]Brad Jones[/intlink] is listed as the No. 2 on the left side.

Inside linebacker: The backups are rookie [intlink id=”1626″ type=”category”]D.J. Smith[/intlink] and Robert Francois.

Cornerback: [intlink id=”157″ type=”category”]Pat Lee[/intlink] looks like he’s back in the mix. Lee would be the Packers No. 4 cornerback right now. [intlink id=”88″ type=”category”]Jarrett Bush[/intlink] would be No. 5. Rookie [intlink id=”1622″ type=”category”]Davon House[/intlink], despite some strong early play, is buried.

Safety: [intlink id=”1034″ type=”category”]Morgan Burnett[/intlink] seems to have reclaimed his starting spot from [intlink id=”525″ type=”category”]Charlie Peprah[/intlink].

Special teams: Cobb is the No. punt returner. Green and Cobb are the top two on kickoffs.

Here’s the full Packers’ depth chart.

WR Greg Jennings James Jones Randall Cobb Brett Swain
Diondre Borel
Kerry Taylor
LT Chad Clifton Marshall Newhouse Theo Sherman
LG Derek Sherrod T.J. Lang Adrian Battles
C Scott Wells Nick McDonald Evan Dietrich-Smith Sampson Genus
RG Josh Sitton Nick McDonald Caleb Schlauderaff
RT Bryan Bulaga Chris Campbell Ray Dominguez
TE Jermichael Finley Andrew Quarless Tom Crabtree D.J. Williams
Ryan Taylor
Spencer Havner
WR Donald Driver Jordy Nelson Chastin West Tori Gurley
Antonio Robinson
Shaky Smithson
QB Aaron Rodgers Matt Flynn Graham Harrell
RB Ryan Grant James Starks Dimitri Nance Alex Green
Brandon Saine
FB John Kuhn Quinn Johnson Jon Hoese
LDE Ryan Pickett C.J. Wilson Lawrence Guy
NT B.J. Raji Howard Green Jay Ross Chris Donaldson
RDE Mike Neal Jarius Wynn Eli Joseph
LOLB Clay Matthews Brad Jones Vic So’oto Diyral Briggs
LILB A.J. Hawk Robert Francois Cardia Jackson K.C. Asiodu
RILB Desmond Bishop D.J. Smith Elijah Joseph
ROLB Erik Walden Frank Zombo Ricky Elmore Jamari Lattimore
LCB Charles Woodson Pat Lee Jarrett Bush Brandian Ross
RCB Tramon Williams Sam Shields Josh Gordy Davon House
SS Morgan Burnett Charlie Peprah M.D. Jennings Anthony Bratton
FS Nick Collins Anthony Levine Brandon Underwood
K Mason Crosby Tim Masthay
P Tim Masthay Mason Crosby
H Tim Masthay Randall Cobb
PR Randall Cobb Shaky Smithson Diondre Borel Jordy Nelson
KR Alex Green Randall Cobb Pat Lee Sam Shields
LS Brett Goode Evan Dietrich-Smith
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  1. AZ Pack August 9, 2011

    I’ve read great things about Shaky Smithson. Where does he fall in the depth chart? Maybe practice squad???

  2. Ron August 9, 2011

    Except for left guard the depth chart is based mostly on seniority.

  3. Madcity Packer Fan August 10, 2011

    Goooooo Shaky!

  4. I Got Woodson August 10, 2011

    Might not be the best idea to have him on the roster, but god damn do I love me some Shaky.

  5. TyKo Steamboat August 10, 2011

    The scariest injury (other than Rodgers of, course) Would be if Mike Neal or Ryan Pickett went down…no real depth there…but wow, look at that receiving corps. and that stable of running backs!
    I am anxious to see Morgan Burnett, Mike Neal, Derek Sherrod and Randall Cobb in action! :)

    1. Gilbert Burger August 11, 2011

      I think Howard Green is an adequate back-up to Pickett. Like you said though, the Packers have a ton of depth, especially at WR, RB and in their secondary. 9/8 can’t come soon enough.