The Green Bay Packers have to trim their roster to 53 by Saturday. We’re trimming it for them right now.
Here’s our best shot at the 53-man roster. We focused on the 53 best players, which is how the Packers usually roll, rather than filling out positions.
We wrestled with it and then wrestled with it some more. This is what we were able to spit out.
QB — Aaron Rodgers, Scott Tolzien
RB — Eddie Lacy, James Starks, DuJuan Harris, John Kuhn
WR — Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis, Myles White
TE — Richard Rodgers, Brandon Bostick, Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor
OL — David Bakhtiari, Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Bryan Bulaga, Corey Linsley, Derek Sherrod, Lane Taylor, J.C. Tretter
DL — Datone Jones, Josh Boyd, Mike Daniels, Mike Pennel, Letroy Guion
OLB — Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Nick Perry, Mike Neal, Jayrone Elliott
ILB — A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Jamari Lattimore, Sam Barrington, Carl Bradford
CB — Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Davon House, Jarrett Bush, Jumal Rolle
S — Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Sean Richardson, Chris Banjo
ST — Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Brett Goode
IR — Nate Palmer, Khyri Thornton
Here are the last five guys we had making the team.
Had the Packers not moved Bradford to inside linebacker, he wouldn’t have made it. In our eyes, he did enough in that brief audition to merit consideration for a roster spot. Couple that with the fact that he’s a 2014 fourth-round pick and he’s getting the benefit of the doubt.
Maybe you’re wondering why Quarless was so far down. The answer is because both Rodgers and Bostick are better tight ends and Quarless brings nothing on special teams. Someone like Ryan Taylor, meanwhile, was an easy choice because he brings a lot on special teams. We’d say Quarless is among the best 53, but wouldn’t be surprised at all if he’s cut.
Banjo and White made it using the best 53 principle as well. In fact, it overruled the X players per position principle. Do the Packers need five safeties or six wide receivers? They surely do not, but these guys showed too much in the preseason to cut.
Letroy Guion has only participated in two practices after battling a hamstring injury throughout camp, but the Packers are thin on the defensive line and Guion is a veteran, so he sticks.
Here are the first five guys off.
Flynn was the toughest call of all, especially with the Great Quarterback Debacle of 2013. We’re just not into keeping three quarterbacks and Tolzien brings more to the table.
If Quarless is released, expect Stoneburner to stick. He brings more on special teams and is probably a better long-term prospect as a receiver.
Goodson is the only draft pick that gets released. The sixth-round cornerback didn’t do anything impressive and he plays what is the Packers deepest position. The same applies to Mulumba. Not impressive and plays a deep position.
Adams we mostly considered for depth. The Packers really don’t have any on the offensive line. This is probably a place where they’ll bring in another body from outside the organization. The same could be said for defensive line.
Your list is reasonable. I personally think we need a 6th DL more than we need a 6th WR or a 5th Safety, however. We need to keep the big dudes fresh and in rotation.
After last year problems, my bet is 3 QB’s.
What are the chances of having a situation where you need three qbs again? You can always stash Rettig on the practice squad and use him in an emergency. I think it is a waste of a roster spot to have a third qb. Especially since Rodgers has been healthy, and only missed one game previous to last year. Since when do you we start assuming people will get hurt and put people on the roster because of assumptions?
I just don’t see it in Myles White. Janis on the other hand, could be a situational weapon this year and I do believe we have found our return specialist.
I’d cut White in favor of depth at either of the line positions.
Bradford sucks right now, hes on the PS. Rolle is in a numbers game, could be PS material if hes not claimed by someone else. The roster has pretty much set itself with the recent injuries. We all know whos on the 53.
Good roster except for the Myles-White-over-Matt-Flynn choice; sorry but that’s pretty ridiculous.
The Pack might keep Mulumba and try to stash Bradford ’til someone gets injured.
I could see Gillett, Dorsey, Hubbard, Perkins, Goodson, and Neal (if not IR) all making the PS along with 4 FAs..
Your list does look reasonable. Do question White as 6th receiver. Stoneburner may be better option. The question is do the Packers trust Bostick to remain healthy. A surprise may be Bostick is cut not Quarless.
Five D-line does seem low but I believe only five are in the top 53. We usually only active five bigs on game day anyway. We also have Peppers, Neal and Perry in a pinch. In addition it does look like we will be using only two bigs on most downs except of obvious run downs. It looks like a 4-2-5 D is in the works.
I thought Rolle was in but his special teams play brings that in to question. I think we keep him as we could loose Tramon and House next year. I would be for signing House to a reasonable extension ASAP.
It seamed odd that when Adams was hurt that Volinovich took Sherrod’s place at left tackle (and played well) and Sherrod moved to right tackle. Not saying we keep 9 on O-line but V may be on PS and may be one of the last five cuts (maybe).
Vujovich looked better than Sherrod agreed…he will make PS.
Must find a way to keep Rolle, Banjo and Richardson. Each guy brings a great special teams temperament and solid depth.
Still upsetting that we can’t field a dominant offensive or defensive line year after year (injury aside).
Would love to keep Flynn as he is a great friend and sidekick for Aaron…but Scott has earned the right to back him up and that extra roster spot is valuable, though, I don’t think it should go to Miles automatically… We need another Fat guy somewhere.
Great list and highly likely.
Agreed on the DBs. Flynn provides more value to this team than most any “fat guy” we could add at this time. Weren’t you harping on TT last year when Rodgers went down? and now you want to get rid of extra insurance? Do you really think no team would pick up Flynn if their QB went down (or before that-ahem, Vikings)?
Should have kept Crabbie instead of Quarless in the off season IMO; we shall see if they go with 3 QB’s.
If Myles White gets cut, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets scooped up by another team.
I hate this part…I get a little attached to some players during preseason; geez, broads & their heartstrings, huh?
GO PACK GO!!!
That’s Unsportsmanlike conduct.
That’s 15 yards.
After hours, you’ve still not apologized?
That’s Delay of game.
That’s another 5 yards.
Keep it up, and you’ll start hearing me say: “half the distance to the goal…”
I agree with this projected roster except, white, I believe that roster spot should go to the defensive line. Something no one has considered, I think TT needs to find a promising young DL prospect who gets dropped by another team that is loaded at the position hoping they clear waivers to get onto thier PS. Or the best player available that gets cut by any other team. Should be interesting anyway it goes.
5 wr, 3 QB, Flynn over White. White had his ups and downs in TC and doesn’t offer much for ST. Put him on the PS with the 2 extra slots. We have to de-activate 7 players every week – there is no reason to not have 3 QBs. One will always be inactive. With 10 PS slots you can keep and develop some talent from the 75 that you want to keep. what is the diff if you have a LB or DL or OL on the 53 and inactive every week or have him on the PS? If you need him, either way it will take a week to get him in uniform.
Instead of Myles White, I’d suggest keeping Mulumba — Matthews, Neal, and Perry have all missed snaps in the most recent season/camp. Jeff Janis can be your speed guy — plus he doesn’t bobble punts and can return kick-offs.
Apologies to everyone sniffing the Matt Flynn jockstrap! He’s got some severe long-ball deficiency. And if you’re hangin’ with McCarthy, you know he wants to throw it around, whether Rodgers is in the game, or not.
Oh, shit! I forgot. Flynn’s a big winner and all — going 2-2-1. That’s championship stuff there!
Don’t get the lack-of-love for Barrington — he’s made some plays and actually appears to move towards the ball carrier. Keep hoping for that non-Hawk/Jones ILB group (not that I want them to get injured…)
Tolzien started basically 3 games last season and was 0-2-1. Matt Flynn started 4 and was 2-2.
My favorite Tolzien moment was the INT to JPP that sealed the Giants game. That was a beauty.
I don’t give a shit about who has the stronger arm. I care about Wins. Period.
You’re living in the past, man.
You’re basically saying that no one can improve, or get better.
You’ve seen Flynn’s limitations.
You’ve seen him bounce around the league.
Seriously, you’re hanging your hat on a 2-2 record.
If you care about wins, period — ya better care about losses, too!
Gotta agree here. Aaron Rodgers had zero wins when the Pack sent Brett packing as someone said above. Also…wins is not a quarterback stat. That’s a team stat. For me it’s about upside. That being said…I say they keep all three and next year Flynn is gone.
That was a really lame thing you did.
I’d expect that shit from Nagler, on CHTV — but not you.
You’ve had a propensity for dishing out gallons of shit — and you can’t deal with a teaspoon of it coming back to you?
That’s some punk-ass shit there.
Pretty much spot on bro. Like it all around and Im willing to bet the final roster will mostly resemble your picks…
GBslacker…log off life faggot.
Are you out there?
I know I don’t always agree with you.
I know you don’t always agree with me.
But I’d defend to the death your right to speak you mind.
Back me up, so these revisionist historians don’t make me look like a ‘tard (sorry, that’s not PC).
Hope you get the message before it’s deleted.
Neuser makes a great point. Cant keep guys who suck and cut guys who can play. Flynn and tolzien deserve in. We can always call up jolly and pickett anytime. Hope those guys stay in shape.
The one roster spot I disagree with is Myles White over Alex Gillette. Gillette had 6 catches for 80 yards, and had a circus touchdown. QB’s had a passer rating 145 when throwing to him. He was the only receiver in camp to have zero drops.
I have no idea if White even has any business in the NFL other than a little experience.
Good picks.Myles White too much upside to release.Matt Flynn sticks as #3, and inactive on game days.Jayronne Elliott stays.Packers better not screw that up.Sherrod = Marshall Newhouse.
Michael Hill on practice squad.
Agree with lundberg on alex g. Ill take hands over potential any day.
Gillett has been cut. Banjo also cut. Not happy with either.