Training camp is officially here and with that comes a ton of speculation over how the final 53-man roster will shake out. I’ve been keeping a close eye on all the off-season positional battles and decided to take a stab at making an early 53-man roster prediction. Here is how I have things playing out.
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Deshon Kizer, Tim Boyle
K: Mason Crosby
P: JK Scott
LS: Hunter Bradley
As you can see, I have 2018’s 4th round pick, J’mon Moore not making the active roster. I had high hopes for him throughout the off-season, but my confidence is wavering for a number of reasons. First off, WR/KR Trevor Davis seems to have had himself a nice showing during OTA’s not only as a returner but at wide receiver as well. If it comes down to them two, I think Davis’ return ability will give him the edge. Secondly, Rob Demovsky recently reported that Moore has continued to “struggle with his hands” and is in serious danger of losing his roster spot. It’s definitely something to keep an eye on.
Earlier this week the Packers signed IDL Dean Lowry to a 3-year extension worth up to 20.325 million dollars. It was a contract well-deserved and should motivate Lowry to have his best season yet. As telling as that extension was, I don’t think there is a bigger vote of confidence in Lowry than the fact that only 24 hours later the Packers cut veteran IDL Mike Daniels. With Daniels out of town, Lowry should be in line for a massive snap increase.
In Most Danger
Back on April 15th, the Packers claimed kicker Sam Ficken off waivers to give veteran Mason Crosby some real competition throughout the off-season. While Crosby has been one of the league’s better kickers for many years, he has also shown some concerning consistency issues. Of course, his horrendous Week 5 performance against the Lions immediately comes to mind, but I think we can all agree that was more of an outlier than anything. Even still, Ficken is there now and has been kicking the ball well. If Crosby were to show some signs of slippage during training camp or preseason, we may see a new kicker in Green Bay for the first time in 13 years.