The rules are simple. I’m here to predict the Packers 53 man roster as closely as possible. With that in mind, I have chosen players that I think the Packers will keep, rather than who I would carry on the roster. I order the players names based on how safe their roster spot is, rather than where they land on the depth chart. Enjoy!
Making the cut: Aaron Rodgers, Tim Boyle, Deshone Kizer
The Packers continue to roll out a lackluster group of backup quarterbacks. I can see why the organization does not want to invest significant cap space on a backup. The fact of the matter is that if Rodgers were to go down with a significant injury, the season would most likely be lost.
Tim Boyle got the start over Deshone Kizer against the Raiders and took advantage of his chances going 16 for 205 for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns. Thus far in the preseason Boyle has thrown for over 300 yards and 5 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. I think Tim Boyle is the backup but Kizer makes the roster anyway. I just don’t see the front office moving on from a player they invested a significant player last off-season.
Making the cut: Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, Danny Vitale, Dexter Williams
PS: Tra Carson
Jones, Williams & Vitale are locks for me. Danny Vitale was a big surprise in camp and looks like he may make solid contributions this year. Dexter Williams and Tra Carson are pretty interchangeable here. I see the Packers keeping their draft pick over Carson simply because of potential.
Making the cut: Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison, Equanimeous St. Brown, Jake Kumerow, Trevor Davis, Darrius Shepherd
PS: Allen Lazard, Teo Redding
Difficult decisions lie ahead for Brian Gutekunst at wide receiver. Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling & Geronimo Allison are obvious choices to make the roster. I think that St. Brown makes the roster if he is not placed on injured reserve with the high ankle sprain he sustained against Oakland.
Jake Kumerow and Trevor Davis have done enough in my eyes to make this roster. I would be shocked if either of the 4th year wideouts got cut, especially considering their special teams ability. Kumerow has flashed in all 3 preseason games, while Davis had a huge game against the raiders from scrimmage. Darrius Shepherd edges out Allen Lazard due to his special teams ability. Allen Lazard misses the cut after a solid camp only due to the high amount of depth at the position.
Making the cut: Jimmy Graham, Robert Tonyan, Jace Sternberger
Really my only surprise cut of this prediction is Mercedes Lewis. Robert Tonyan has shown he has something to contribute behind Jimmy Graham. Tonyan has improved as both a blocker and a pass-catcher since last season. Despite missing plenty of time after sustaining a concussion in joint practices with the Houston Texans, Jace Sternberger clearly will make the roster. Brian Gutekunst indicated in his Tuesday media availability that he expects Sternberger to contribute something this season.
Making the cut: David Bakhtiari, Corey Lindsley, Billy Turner, Bryan Bulaga, Elgton Jenkins, Lane Taylor, Alex Light, Cole Madison, Justin McCray
PS: Yosh Nijman, Gerhard de Beer
The big question on the offensive line is who will win the starting job at left guard. I think that Lane Taylor has had a solid camp, and wins the job week 1. Regardless of who wins the starting job, I think both players will remain on the roster. Cutting Lane Taylor would make the Packers go from having really good depth along the interior of the offensive line, to having questionable depth. Someone along the offensive line is bound to miss time this season, and I think everyone would rather see Lane Taylor or Elgton Jenkins stepping in instead of a player like Justin McCray.
Alex Light will most likely be the teams backup tackle, although I suspect Billy Turner would kick out to play tackle in relief of Bakhtiari or Bulaga. Yosh Nijman may make this team because of potential, but I tend to think they try to sneak him onto the practice squad for his first season.
Making the cut: Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Montravious Adams, Kingsley Keke, Tyler Lancaster
PS: James Looney, Fadol Brown
This is a pretty straight forward position group. Montravious Adams is in for a much bigger role in his third season. Kingsley Keke has already shown the ability to demand some rotational snaps as a rookie. Tyler Lancaster has not had the camp that most expected, but will likely remain on the roster after putting some good play on tape at the end of last season.
Making the cut: Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, Kyler Fackrell
PS: Randy Ramsey
Za’Darius Smith has by all accounts been the MVP of the defense in camp this off-season. Preston Smith hasn’t been as dominant but has been very consistent. Behind the two starters, the team has a top 15 pick and a player with double-digit sack numbers to rotate in. I think the confidence the team has in Gary and Fackrell will allow them to keep only 4 outside linebackers. The teams willingness to move on from Reggie Gilbert may be evidence of their confidence in keeping only 4 bodies at outside linebacker. That said, Randy Ramsey was praised by Brian Gutekunst this week and will likely at least make the practice squad.
Making the cut: Blake Martinez, Oren Burks, Ty Summers, James Crawford, (Curtis Bolton or a player from another team)
It seems that Oren Burks will return sooner rather than later, and therefore not be placed on injured reserve. Ty Summers will likely be the next man up if Burks is unable to go Week 1. Bolton is reportedly dealing with his own injury sustained against the Raiders. Bolton was seen on crutches after the loss to Oakland in Winnipeg, and may be subject to injured reserve. James Crawford makes the squad to contribute on special teams and as an insurance policy with health concerns at the position. The Packers may see a player that they’re interested in cut next Saturday, and I think they would likely sign said player.
Making the cut: Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Tony Brown, Josh Jackson, Tramon Williams, Ka’Dar Hollman
PS: Chandon Sullivan
This is a very deep and young group. Tony Brown and Ka’Dar Hollman have gone out and had good camps, making all of us much more confident in the depth at cornerback. We haven’t seen much of Josh Jackson this preseason, but he figures to be a contributor behind starters Jaire Alexander, Kevin King & Tramon Williams.
Making the cut: Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Raven Greene, Will Redmond
PS: Natrell Jamerson
IR: Ibraheim Campbell
Safety is the most revamped position group on this roster. Adrian Amos looks to be an upgrade over any safety the Packers have had recent memory. Darnell Savage has stepped into the starting role at free safety quite well so far. The Front office was confident enough in Raven Greene as a backup to release Josh Jones. Jones departure cleared the way for either Natrell Jamerson or Will Redmond. Both two young safeties finished the season on the active roster. I give a slight edge to Redmond because of special teams. Jamerson has practice squad eligibility, so Green Bay may try to sneak him on the practice squad.
Making the cut: K Mason Crosby, P JK Scott, LS Hunter Bradley
Mason Crosby edges out Sam Ficken. Ficken has been alright, but not good enough to beat out the veteran Crosby. Of course we know Crosby would likely be kicking for Minnesota or Chicago week 1 if cut by Green Bay.
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