Jersey Al: My Initial Packers 53-man Roster Prediction
Here are my initial picks; my final selections will come after the final preseason game.
Quarterback -3: Rodgers, Flynn, Harrell
Running Back -4: Grant, Starks, Green, Kuhn,
Wide Receiver -6: Jennings, Driver, Nelson, Jones, Cobb, West/Gurley
Tight End -4: Finley, Crabtree, Quarless, Taylor
Offensive Line -9: Wells, Sitton, Clifton, Bulaga, Lang, Newhouse, Sherrod, Smith, McDonald
Defensive Line – 6: Raji, Pickett, Neal, Green, Wynn, Wilson
Linebacker – 9: Matthews, Hawk, Bishop, Walden, Francious, Smith, Jones, Zombo, So’oto
Defensive Back – 9: Woodson, Williams, Shields, Bush, House, Collins, Burnett, Peprah, Underwood
Specialist -3: Crosby, Masthay, Goode
Practice Squad: Saine, West/Gurley/Taylor, Campbell, Schlauderaff, Guy, Lattimore, Gordy, Levine/Jennings,
I hate to have to leave DJ Williams off, but if I’m going to go with 6 wide receivers, I have little option. My thinking could very well change after the Chiefs game. As for going with a sixth WR, I have a few different scenarios, so I’m going to hold off a final decision on that one. I’m also not sold on keeping Harrell, Packers have had no problems rolling the dice with only 2 QBs. Question is, do they like him enough to use a roster spot so they still have him when Flynn leaves via free agency next season?
Then there’s issue of Zombo being injured. That forces me to keep Jones, reducing my DBs to 9 (Pat Lee was the casualty). I do think the Packers will keep 10 DBs, so I may find a way to rework this for my final predictions.
And only keeping four running backs? Kind of risky, and the Packers like Nance, so what to do there?
I read something interesting yesterday:
Packers have never kept less than 2 fullbacks.
Packers have never kept more than 5 wide receivers.
Packers have never kept five tight ends.
I’m really bucking the odds here, aren’t I?
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.