Here’s the breakdown of the Green Bay Packers final roster. The three specialists aren’t included.
WR (5): Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb TE (5): Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, Tom Crabtree, Ryan Taylor, D.J. Williams OL (8) Chad Clifton, Bryan Bulaga, Marshall Newhouse, Derek Sherrod, Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Scott Wells, Evan Dietrich-Smith QB (2): Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, RB (4): Ryan Grant, James Starks, Alex Green, John Kuhn.
DL (6): Ryan Pickett, Mike Neal, C.J. Wilson, Jarius Wynn, B.J. Raji, Howard Green OLB (6): Clay Matthews, Erik Walden, Vic So’oto, Jamari Lattimore, Brad Jones, Frank Zombo ILB (4): Desmond Bishop, A.J. Hawk, D.J. Smith, Robert Francois CB (6): Tramon Williams, Charles Woodson, Sam Shields, Jarrett Bush, Pat Lee, Davon House S (4): Nick Collins, Morgan Burnett, Charlie Peprah, M.D. Jennings.
The Packers have an impressive veteran core with 20 of 22 players on their No. 1 units possessing regular starting experience.
On offense, Rodgers and his backup Flynn are outstanding. The Packers five receivers are an elite NFL unit. Grant is the starter at running back. It will be interesting to see how Starks and Green fit into the offense. Keeping five tight ends isn’t a surprise. Each have their strengths and roles in the offense and special teams. While concerns remain about the offensive line, we’re pleased to see C/G Dietrich-Smith stay and center Nick McDonald go. Dietrich-Smith outplayed McDonald in the preseason.
On defense, Neal will replace departed free agent Cullen Jenkins. Raji and Green are solid contributors. It looks like Wynn will start against the Saints, but Wilson has shown he can do the job. This is a solid group of linebackers with rookies So’oto, Lattimore and Smith being impressive in camp and earning roster spots. The cornerbacks look like an elite unit at the top with Williams, Woodson, and Shields. Lee saved his job with his special teams work and strong performance in preseason finale. Jennings just looked good in the preseason and has potential.
All the cuts were great decisions, in my opinion, and the final 53 man roster looks awesome. I especially like M.D. Jennings; He was looking really good in the preseason. For an example, if you remember the play against the Colts when they did the onside kick at the end of the game and got it back, M.D. Jennings was the one who recovered the onside kick. He looks like a special teams ace with the makings of a great safety; Very High football IQ. Look for another terrific season from the World Champion Green Bay Packers! GO PACK GO!!
The only changes i would of made is dropping Brad Jones, Pat Lee, Tom Crabtree and bring in Harrell, West and McDonald…
The only change I would make is to make Starks starter.
Theres only one way to do things…and thats Ted Thompsons way.
A fresh-legged Starks will be a lot for defenses to deal with in the 4th quarter.
McDonald absolutely deserved to be cut. He played like puke all preseason. In fact, about everyone on that 2nd string offensive line deserved their fate.
Drop Jones and Bush