GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutkunst has until 3 p.m. Tuesday to pick a 53-man roster. Calling it the last 53 is inaccurate. Calling it the first 53 is also imprecise. In Gutekunst’s mind, his 69-man roster is fluid.
“I think there needs to be a different perspective among players who are 53 to 69 to 48 dressing up for game day,” Gutekunst said recently. “And obviously, 48 players who walk out on the field every Sunday, that’s the most important thing. But you know, it’s a long season with injuries and trying to manage it. We have a practice team of three players and the ability for them to make three appearances gives us a lot more flexibility than before.”
It also has moving parts. First of all, on the offensive line, will left tackle David Bakhtiari and right tackle Elgton Jenkins qualify for Week 1? Will you run? And the immunity wire is the elephant in the room.
“I think you can never breathe in this league, whether you’re a starter or not, otherwise you’ll never be at your best,” coach Matt Raffler said Saturday. I think the set is always trying to find the best 11 guys, and I think in some positions they can argue more than others, but there’s still work to be done, plus from another team I don’t know who will be available.I know our HR people work really, really hard.When they see an opportunity to upgrade our roster, they jump at it. I think.”
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With that in mind, here are the final 53-man roster predictions.
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In our 53: Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love.
Toughest cut: none.
logic: Aaron Rodgers is a four-time MVP, and Jordan Love looks like a much better quarterback than the quarterback who lost a starting appearance in Kansas City and missed a relief appearance in Detroit last season. “I think we have a lot of confidence that if he has to go there, he can definitely win the game,” Ruffler said.
Risk of abandonment: Danny Etling had a strong preseason on mop duty. The rest of the league was well aware of his athleticism after an 86-yard touchdown run with the Patriots in 2018, so whether his 51-yard touchdown run against the Saints deserves special attention. I don’t know.
running back (2)
Aaron Jones (USA Today Sports Images)
In our 53: Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon.
Toughest cut: Tyler Goodson, Patrick Taylor.
logic: Watching Kylin Hill cut through the cone looks like she’s ready to go after a four-week PUP stint. Anyone who joins the practice team can get him promoted to the matchday roster three times. Additionally, Amari Rogers can be a bit of a burden in her gadget role.
Risk of abandonment: Patrick Taylor is a tough, no-nonsense running back who did well in last year’s finale in Detroit. He has such good pass protection that he will be caught in the final cut? Probably not. As for Tyler Goodson, 31 other teams could have drafted him, and in his three preseason games he didn’t record for Iowa, he recorded nothing. Goodson is a fast and sure running back. Everyone knew it in April.
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In our 53: Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins, Amari Rogers, Christian Watson, Romeo Dubs, Juwan Winfrey.
Toughest cut: Samori Toure.
logic: In 2019, Aaron Rodgers noted that the Packers kicked out Jake Kumerow. right?
“He’s had a lot of conversations with myself and I know he’s had a lot of conversations with Gooty,” Raffler said. “So I think that’s something we’ll have to work out in the next few days. His opinion on not only the wide receiver position, but specifically on the offensive players.”
A seventh receiver is never on the field to catch a pass. He’s on the roster to do some dirty work, along with the potential to catch some passes. Winfree has proven to be a capable blocker.
Risk of abandonment: It’s true that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. It is also true that the last impression is the lasting impression. Samori Toure was great in the final game against the Chiefs. But he was the last of his 28 receivers drafted in his April, and the 6-foot-1, 4.48-inch speed, 34.5-inch vertical receiver isn’t exactly a unicorn.
tight end (4)
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In our 53: Robert Toyan, Marcedes Ruiz, Josiah Deguala, Tyler Davis.
Toughest cut: none.
logic: Tonyan’s comeback from his ACL tear is big. This is a quality group, with Tonyan playmaking his receiver, Lewis a solid blocker and Deguara a semi-fullback. Davis’ preseason hasn’t been great, but the Packers love his upside too much.
Risk of abandonment: none.
Offensive Line (9)
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In our 53: LT David Bakhtiari, LT Yosh Nijman, LG Jon Runyan, C Josh Myers, RG Royce Newman, RT Elgton Jenkins, G/C Jake Hanson, T/G/C Zach Tom, G Sean Ryan.
Toughest cut: T Caleb Jones, T Rashid Walker.
logic: The previous projection had 10 linemen, but Jack Heflin’s play necessitated a sixth defensive lineman. So someone had to go somewhere else. If David Bakhtiari isn’t ready for Week 1, it’s a gamble that he only has eight healthy linemen, but Zach he’s Tom’s five-position versatility reduces the risk. There is likely to be.
“I don’t know” if Jenkins or Bakhtiari will be cleared in week one, Lafleur said. “It’s hard to predict without going through practice and seeing how they’ll react and be in charge of the team. We are going to take it every day.”
Risk of abandonment: Rasheed Walker started 32 games at left tackle at Penn State, but was drafted in the seventh round. Athletic Offensive Tackle does not grow on trees. Walker’s training his camp did not go well. One of his reasons for that was that a leg injury was stunting his growth. Caleb Jones went undrafted despite starting the last 30 games of his career for Indiana. Weight issues were the reason, but he kept them down and had a really good summer, with the PFF putting him under pressure once in 45 pass protection snaps.
line of defense (6)
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In our 53: Kenny Clarke, Jalan Reed, Dean Lowry, TJ Slaton, Devonte Wyatt, Jack Heflin.
Toughest cut: none.
logic: The group has proven to be 3 down players, especially Clarke, Reid and Lowry, with Slaton showing signs of that too. What a luxury that four-person rotation is. The Packers probably don’t need him to keep six, but Jack Heflin earned a spot in a great preseason. And with first-round pick Devonte Wyatt struggling, the Packers would be better off with Heflin fifth.
Risk of abandonment: The Packers are in an unusual position, very deep in the defensive line. Many teams can’t afford that. It’s a gamble trying to free Hefrin and sneak him into the practice squad. Seventh-round pick Jonathan Ford also showed promise, and Chris Slayton didn’t play like the 2019 draft pick. It will be interesting to see if the Packers find a way to keep Heflin, Ford and Slayton under his 69 age.
Outside Linebacker (6)
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In our 53: Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, Jonathan Garvin, Tipa Galeaay, Kingsley Enagbare, Kobe Jones.
Toughest cut: Radarius Hamilton.
logic: This is the widest competition on the roster. “
“We’ve had some good moments,” Lafleur said Saturday. We still know that there are young players with [and] The number of practice reps you get in practice is very limited. ”
Green Bay’s young prospect was very strong during joint practice with the Saints, but didn’t make much of an impact in preseason games against the Saints and Chiefs. , Tipa Galeaay is #1 in all Special Teams units, and Kingsley Enagbare has draft pedigree (5th round) and most production (9 pressures, 5 more than anyone). Other than that, according to Pro Football Focus.
Risk of abandonment: Probably none. In the group of Tipa Galeaay, Kingsley Enagbare, Kobe Jones and Radarius Hamilton, only Enagbare was drafted and no one put together a highlight his package in his three preseason games.
Inside Linebackers (4)
Isaiah McDuffie (USA Today Sports Images)
In our 53: De’Vondre Campbell, Quay Walker, Isaiah McDuffie, Krys Barnes.
Toughest cut: none.
logic: This group is really good. After finishing his All-Pro season, De’Vondre Campbell had a great training his camp. Key Walker, the team’s first draft pick, also had a good camp and played a really strong game against the Chiefs, and on the roster he may not be as good as McDuffie. And Barnes had two solid seasons as a starter.
Risk of abandonment: none.
Shemar Jan Charles (USA Today Sports Images)
In our 53: Jaile Alexander, Rasul Douglas, Eric Stokes, Keyshian Nixon, Shemar Jean Charles, Kiondle Thomas.
Toughest cut: none.
logic: The first 5 are set. The Packers came into camp with big questions about the depth behind their elite starter. Count Shemar Jean-Charles, who was a fifth-round pick last year and played very little as a rookie. Nixon hasn’t played much on defense in his three seasons with the Raiders, but it looks like he can play too. If the Packers keep his 6, it’s not guaranteed, but it will be between Kiondle he Thomas and Rico his Gafford. Thomas covers well and doesn’t hesitate to throw his body on the run support. He was able to help special teams.
Risk of abandonment: Kiondle Thomas played a bit for the Chargers last year. With his experience from preseason and a pretty good movie, he might be interested in a corner-hungry team.
Darrin Leavitt and Shawn Davis (USA Today Sports Images)
In our 53: Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Sean Davis, Tarik Carpenter.
Toughest cut: Micah Abernathy.
logic: Let’s start with the technical stuff. Darrin He Levitt said he’s on track to finish No. 53, but if he’s not ready after a shoulder injury in San Francisco, he’ll be sent to the injured list the next day. Amos and Savage are a top-notch starting his tandem, but Vernon’s depth has taken a hit with Scott’s shoulder injury. Depth is better than it looks, but Rasul Douglas got some safety snaps at practice last week. certified.
Risk of abandonment: Micah Abernathy was signed to help the Packers get through a number of injuries. If he hadn’t been blatantly caught by a receiver, he could have made another interception against the Chiefs. With USFL movies and his two preseason games, he could be claimed if released. Perhaps the Packers will keep Abernathy in place of cornerback Kiondle Thomas.
special team (3)
Mason Crosby (USA Today Sports Images)
In our 53: K Mason Crosby, P Pat O’Donnell, LS Jack Coco.
Toughest cut: K. Ramiz Ahmed.
logic: Ramiz Ahmed was really good, but of course the Packers go with veteran Mason Crosby. He’s the only team with two snappers in the camp, so it’s not like there’s a lot of proven snappers on the market to beat Coco.
Risk of abandonment: Ahmed has been phenomenal in two games, camp and preseason, with a 61-yard field goal in the USFL. The Packers wanted him on the practice team, but he practiced a lot of kickers earlier in the week just in case.