Packers 2013 Training Camp Depth Chart: Week 2
As the Green Bay Packers Training Camp unfolds, I am going to do my best to track the players along the depth chart. While things will certainly change over the course of the preseason, this gives us an idea of how the coaches are valuing the players.
Please note that this is not a projection, but rather a snapshot ranking based on observations of training camp practices. Those players seen on the first team units are obviously in the running for starting jobs, while those on second team units are still working their way up the ladder. And as we should all know by know, special teams roles will continue to play a part in how each player is valued.
As a change from last year, I have separated each position into tiers. The first tier represents probable “starters,” the second tier represents probable back-ups, and the third tier represents training camp “warm bodies” (for lack of a better term). Generally speaking, the rankings within each tier are most important for second tier players, where there is more competition for a roster spot and possible starter material.
Notes are provided after each position to help you understand why players were ranked as they are. Most of my information comes from the beat writers who have been watching practice, using their Twitter feeds and articles as references.
- After Family Night, it’s clear Harrell still has a lead in this race. He went 9 of 12 for 88 yards and a TD, while Coleman went 9 of 18 for 100 yards and 2 INTs.
* Harris, DuJuan
- Starks got the first carries on Family Night (for what it’s worth), while Lacy showed his potential for pounding the defense. Green seems to be coming back to form, but Franklin wasn’t as spectacular as hoped.
- I noted the comment/suggestion of putting Mulligan here last week, but I think I’m going to hold off on that decision for now. I want to hear more about how he’s being utilized in the formations.
+ Quarless, Andrew
+ Taylor, Ryan
- Finley dropped his first target of Family Night, Williams caught an improvised touchdown pass, and Taylor left the evening with an injury. What else is new?
+ Nelson, Jordy
+ Dorsey, Kevin
+ Johnson, Charles
+ Cunningham, Sederrik
- Boykin still has a foothold on the #4 WR spot, while injuries to Dorsey and Johnson are helping to keep it fairly uncontested.
- Ross shows great promise as a return specialist, but he needs to shine more as a receiver.
Van Roten, Greg
- My apologies for the oversight of excluding Van Roten on last week’s list.
- Barclay has become the definitive “utility” player on the offensive line. While it’s not good for his starting chances, it’s a very good sign that he will be on the team.
Van Roten, Greg
- No real changes here, except Barclay did get some snaps at Guard this week.
* Sherrod, Derek
* Tretter, J.C.
+ Bulaga, Bryan
- Bakhtiari could be the steal of the draft if he continues to demonstrate a high level of play at right tackle.
- Knock on wood, hang up your horseshoes, put that rabbit’s foot around your neck, and pray that Bulaga can come back to play at some point this season.
- No changes here, though the added quality depth along the line seems to be helping out the workload of Raji and Pickett.
- I decided to officially bump Jolly up into the second tier ahead of Miller and Pena. He’s been showing some great energy, and it almost seems like his technique hasn’t missed a beat since he last played. They’re definitely giving him opportunities. Jolly’s only problem right now is endurance/conditioning.
* Neal, Mike
* Worthy, Jerel
- Daniels seems to be making a significant second year jump, while Jones is being heralded as “the real deal.” Fans should definitely be excited by this.
+ Lattimore, Jamari
- McCarthy has had some good things to say about the depth at inside linebacker. Hawk and Jones even made some splashy plays on Family Night.
+ Moses, Dezman
* Neal, Mike
- Mulumba seems to be the annual OLB UDFA to watch this season. He rotated in with the number one defense for Clay Matthews in Family Night.
+ Hayward, Casey
+ Williams, Tramon
- Williams went down this week, but House has recovered and played with the number one defense on Family Night across from Sam Shields.
- It’s been hard to judge the back-up CB race without watching practices, but it will be interesting to see how things play out between Hyde, Means, and Smith in particular.
* Richardson, Sean
+ Fulton, David
- With a medical decision about his neck injury nearing, Sean Richardson might soon be off of this list.
- I had to add this position group this week. After Family Night, Crosby is quickly surpassing A.J. Hawk and Jermichael Finley in fan contempt.
* On active Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list
+ Recovering from injury/illness