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2017 Packers’ 53-Man Roster Prediction

Thankfully, the preseason is finally over with. It’s time to shape the 2017 Green Bay Packers 53-man roster.

The Packers and everyone else has to be at the 53-man limit on Saturday by 4 p.m. ET. Here’s who I’ve got making the team.

Quarterback (2)

  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Brett Hundley

Sorry Taysom Hill, you played your ass off. I just don’t see the need for a third quarterback on this team. That roster spot should be used elsewhere. Hopefully, Hill makes it through to the practice squad.

Running Back (5)

  • Ty Montgomery
  • Jamaal Williams
  • Aaron Ripkowski
  • Aaron Jones
  • Devante Mays

Mays could be iffy, but I like the way he runs — over and through people. Plus, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt because he was a 2017 draft pick. The guy who’s out here is fullback Joe Kerridge, who was on the Packers active roster late in the 2016 season.

Receivers (7)

  • Jordy Nelson
  • Davante Adams
  • Randall Cobb
  • Jeff Janis
  • Trevor Davis
  • DeAngelo Yancey
  • Malachi Dupre

That’s right. I’m giving The People’s Champ, Jeff Janis another season. I really like Max McCaffrey, but I don’t think he makes it over a draft pick. Michael Clark is a nice prospect, but most likely destined for the practice squad. And finally, this position will get even more complicated after week 1. Geromino Allison returns from his suspension and someone else in this group likely has to go.

Tight Ends (3)

  • Martellus Bennett
  • Lance Kendricks
  • Richard Rodgers

This is pretty much a no-brainer.

Offensive Line (8)

  • David Bakhtiari
  • Bryan Bulaga
  • Jahri Evans
  • Lane Taylor
  • Corey Linsley
  • Jason Spriggs
  • Kyle Murphy
  • Don Barclay

Jason Spriggs has been horrible this preseason, but he was a second-round pick last year. That guarantees he isn’t going anywhere. This is the position I could see the Packers adding some depth from outside the organization.

Defensive Line (6)

  • Mike Daniels
  • Kenny Clark
  • Dean Lowry
  • Rick Jean Francois
  • Montravius Adams
  • Brian Price

I like Brian Price over Christian Ringo, but the Packers may disagree. A wild card here might be Adams. He had foot surgery shortly after camp started. If you look at how cautious the Packers have been with Vince Biegel, an injury designation could be possible. That opens a roster spot for someone else.

Outside Linebacker (5)

  • Clay Matthews
  • Nick Perry
  • Ahmad Brooks
  • Jayrone Elliott
  • Kyler Fackrell

My toughest cut is Reggie Gilbert. I really like nothing about Fackrell and Elliott. I just can’t see the Packers cutting either of them. Obviously, this puts Vince Biegel on the physically unable to perform list.

Inside Linebacker (3)

  • Jake Ryan
  • Blake Martinez
  • Joe Thomas

I like Jordan Tripp over Joe Thomas, but the Packers seem to be in love with Thomas. Here’s another wild card I’ll throw out there. Could the Packers keep just two inside linebackers? They’re going to be using safeties in place of inside linebackers a lot this season.

Cornerback (6)

  • Davon House
  • Kevin King
  • Damarious Randall
  • Quinten Rollins
  • Josh Hawkins
  • LaDarius Gunter

This looks like a pretty strong group. Of course, we said that last year too. I like Donatello Brown for a practice squad spot.

Safety (5)

  • Morgan Burnett
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
  • Kentrell Brice
  • Marwin Evans
  • Josh Jones

This will be the second year in a row the Packers have gone heavy on safeties to open the season. Those last three guys have great potential.

Specialists (3)

  • Mason Crosby
  • Justin Vogel
  • Brett Goode
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6 Comments

  1. Deepsky September 1, 2017

    Don’t be surprised if some the free agent pickups get dumped. Francis, Evans and Kendricks. TT still likes his draft choices.

    I’m going to go out a limb here and say Dupre goes to the practice squad and McCaffrey ends up on the team.

    1. Xlvordie September 1, 2017

      Clark and dupree along with a few others will be instantly diagnosed with an injury of some sort and placed on IR

  2. Howard September 1, 2017

    Have to agree with most observations. We don’t know a few things about the health of players and how they have performed in camp as far as assignments and mistakes.

    I think one of the 3 draft pick backs will go. You never know unless you are at camp if one of the backs is fumbling a lot, missing blocks in pass pro, or dropping passes. Based on games I wonder if Williams or Jones wouldn’t be cut overs mays.

    I don’t see 7 receivers being kept until Allison comes back. I think you have to take one out who has not performed well in STs not sure if that is Yancy or Dupree. Do the Packers cut ties with Janis for a younger player that would have more years available and more potential as a receiver?

    The offensive line backups have pretty much sucked. The question is if Barclay is not healthy for the first week or more who is the backup center? There were times McCray and Patrick had issues. Who knows how bad Patrick’s concussion may be? I think you have to keep one of those two if Barclay is out. It sickens me that no one may have taken a job from Barclay. I know Kofi has had some total whiffs in pass pro and the run game, but he has also looked good in both at times and may have the most potential of any of the backups at guard, and that may not be saying a lot about Kofi. It is sickening that after this year both the starting guards could be gone! I guess I should understand that TTs theory is guards are a dime a dozen, even though the health of a future hall of fame QB is priceless.

    How bad is Elliot’s back? Gilbert may make it, but it is hard to believe this team keeps more than 5 OLBs.

    Never have felt good about Thomas, or Barclay for that matter. It would not bother me if both were gone, but in Thomas’s case did he even play yesterday? That probably means he is on the team or he is injured? Thomas is a fighter. If Tripp is eligible for the PS he would be a good insurance policy.

    I think you have to keep price for 3rd or 4th and short situations, or goal line. Once the active roster is set then Adams will go to IR for possible return, unless he is closer than we think.

  3. Empacador September 1, 2017

    With the exception of Spriggs and Barclay, some of the scrub lineman *MIGHT* hold their own if forced to play with the 1st team linemen. We won’t actually know until the Packers are forced into that situation. I agree with Deepsky on McCaffrey making the team, at the expense of whom I have no idea. Maybe (hahaha!) neither of the drafted WRs make it, but realistic scenario is the mysterious injury as Xlvordie said. Maybe Dupre has lingering effects from the concussion he suffered against the Eagles.

    Thomas is one of those aforementioned guys the Packers are enamored with and no matter how often or much he gets beat they keep trotting him out there. You’d think some of the younger guys would have more of an upside than Thomas who appears to be at his ceiling.

  4. mr September 1, 2017

    Not so sure CB is a “pretty strong group”

    I like House and he is solid but not as a #1 CB on the roster, King is talented but only a rookie, the rest are question marks at this point. The key is Rollins and Randall both having bounce back years. Overall they are not good enough to hold their own, especially on a defense that will struggle to pressure opposing QBs

  5. Howard September 1, 2017

    I have seen that Brooks has reported but not signed his contract. It makes you think TT wants to put someone on IR like Adams, but doesn’t want to expose someone to the waiver wire. By not signing Brooks until after the cutdown deadline TT can save cutting one player, then put Adams on IR, then sign Brooks.