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August Staff: Final 53-man Packers Roster Predictions

To make it easier for you to compare our Packers roster predictions, here they all are in a handy table. Enjoy mocking us when the actual roster is named!

Packers 53-Man Roster Predictions:

53-Man Roster Predictions
Adam Marques Thomas Cory Jason Chad Jersey Al
Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers
Young Young Young Young Young Young Young
2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Adam Marques Thomas Cory Jason Chad Jersey Al
Lacy Lacy Lacy Lacy Lacy Lacy Lacy
Starks Green Green Franklin Franklin Franklin Franklin
Green Franklin Franklin Green Green Green Green
Franklin McKnight Kuhn Starks Starks Starks Starks
Kuhn Kuhn Kuhn Kuhn Kuhn Kuhn
5 5 4 5 5 5 5
Adam Marques Thomas Cory Jason Chad Jersey Al
Finley Finley Finley Finley Finley Finley Finley
Quarless Quarless Quarless Quarless Quarless Mulligan Mulligan
Taylor Mulligan Bostick Williams Taylor Williams Quarless
Bostick Taylor Mulligan Mulligan Mulligan Taylor Taylor
Taylor Taylor Bostick Bostick Bostick
4 4 5 5 5 5 5
Adam Marques Thomas Cory Jason Chad Jersey Al
Cobb Nelson Cobb Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson
Jones Jones Nelson Jones Cobb Jones Jones
Nelson Cobb Jones Cobb Jones Cobb Cobb
Boykin Boykin Boykin Boykin Boykin Boykin Boykin
Ross Walker Ross Ross Ross Ross Ross
Walker Walker
6 5 6 5 5 5 5
Adam Marques Thomas Cory Jason Chad Jersey Al
Bakhtiari Bakhtiari Bakhtiari Bakhtiari Bakhtiari Bakhtiari Bakhtiari
Sitton Sitton Sitton Sitton Sitton Sitton Sitton
Lang Lang Lang Lang Lang Lang Lang
Barclay Barclay Barclay Barclay Barclay Barclay Barclay
Newhouse Newhouse Newhouse Newhouse Newhouse Newhouse Newhouse
Lewis Van Roten Van Roten Van Roten Van Roten Van Roten Van Roten
Taylor Taylor Taylor
7 8 7 8 8 7 7
Adam Marques Thomas Cory Jason Chad Jersey Al


Adam Czech: My Initial Packers 53-man Roster Prediction

Assuming the entire team doesn’t get injured before final cutdown day, here is my Packers 53-man roster prediction for the 2013 season.

Quarterback (2): Rodgers, Young

If Rodgers gets hurt, Young at least has the raw talent to make a few plays and maybe keep the Packers’ heads above water until QB1 gets patched up and returns. I never thought I would write such a sentence when the Packers signed Young a few weeks back, but I just wrote it.

Running Back (5): Lacy, Franklin, Green, Starks, Kuhn

I thought Kuhn had a real chance of getting cut during camp, but once it became apparent that Franklin isn’t much of a pass blocker (yet), Kuhn was a lock. Harris getting hurt made predicting the running back situation much easier.

Wide Receiver (6): Nelson, Cobb, Jones, Boykin, Ross, Walker

Do the Packers really need to keep six WRs? With Nelson and Cobb already hurt, I think so.

Tight End (4): Finley, Taylor, Bostick, Quarless

Bye bye Williams and Mulligan. I held out hope for Williams this camp, but I just haven’t seen enough to justify that hope. Mulligan I might be dead wrong on, but he’s injured and the Packers needs roster spots in other areas so I’m guessing that he goes.

Offensive Line (7): Bakhtiari, Sitton, EDS, Lang, Barclay, Newhouse, Van Roten

I wanted to keep Lewis over Van Roten because I think Van Roten is too small to make much of an impact. Also, the Packers already have undersized guys at both tackles — I didn’t want another one at backup center. But Lewis didn’t do much to unseat Van Roten, so Van Roten gets the nod.

Defensive Line (7): Pickett, Raji, Jones, Wilson, Jolly, Daniels, Neal

Who would have thought that both Jolly and Vince Young would be Packers in 2013? Jolly has been too good to cut, especially with Jones still bothered by a bad ankle. Between Jolly, Daniels and Jones, one of the three needs to emerge as a guy who can pressure the QB every now and then.

Linebacker (9): Matthews, Perry, Hawk, Jones, Francois, Lattimore, Manning, Barrington, Mulumba

Matthews is the only spectacular player of the bunch, but this is a nice group of lunch pail type of players. I see a future for Barrington — for sure on special teams and maybe even as a regular if he picks up the defense and improves into next season.



Marques Eversoll: My Initial Packers 53-man Roster Prediction

Making the final cuts is one of the toughest parts of Ted Thompson's job.

Making the final cuts is one of the toughest parts of Ted Thompson’s job.

It’s been a competitive summer in Green Bay at a number of positions.

After being unemployed a few weeks ago, Vince Young seems to have a firm grasp on the No. 2 quarterback job, and the offensive line is beginning to take form despite the injury bug sinking its teeth into Bryan Bulaga’s knee. Still, several key roster battles have gone down to the wire as the Packers look to trim their roster to 53.

James Starks is all but gone…or at least he was until DuJuan Harris injured his knee. But what’s the deal at wide receiver? Will Chris Banjo crack the 53-man roster?

Read on and find all the answers you’re looking for.

Quarterback (2): Aaron Rodgers, Vince Young

Young won the No. 2 job with a solid performance against the Seahawks. Prior to training camp, I suggested Graham Harrell would be a pleasant surprise this summer – I was wrong.

Running Back (5): Eddie Lacy, Alex Green, Johnathan Franklin, James Starks, John Kuhn

James Starks backs into a roster spot, due mostly to DuJuan Harris’ season-ending knee injury. Trading Starks is possible, but it takes two to tango…or something like that.

Wide Receiver (5): Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jarrett Boykin, Jeremy Ross

Cobb, Nelson and Jones are clearly the top three, Boykin is the No. 4 and Jeremy Ross is the frontrunner for the No. 5 spot. With several practice-squad candidates on the roster, I don’t see the upside of keeping six receivers.

Tight End (4): Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, Matthew Mulligan, Ryan Taylor

Realistically, every tight end on the roster has made a case to crack the 53-man roster. Mulligan’s injury hurts his chances, but either way, I think the D.J. Williams Experiment is expiring. Brandon Bostick is a wild card; he could make the team, practice squad, get cut or traded.

Offensive Line (8): Bakhtiari, Sitton, Dietrich-Smith, Lang, Barclay, Newhouse, Van Roten, Taylor

After the top five, the loser of the right tackle competition (Newhouse) and Van Roten look like the top two reserves. With Derek Sherrod and J.C. Tretter out with injuries, the Packers will likely keep eight linemen to start the season. Undrafted rookie Lane Taylor has been a pleasant surprise this summer, and I think he makes the team. Don’t rule out a late trade for some O-Line help, either.



Thomas Hobbes: My Initial Packers 53-man Roster Prediction

Good luck to Ted Thompson as he whittles down the current Packers roster to 53 players.

Thank god I’m not this guy…

First off, as with every year that I do this, I would like to say upfront I have no idea what I’m doing.  I don’t pretend to able to prognosticate 53-man rosters any more than I can delve in the mind of Ted Thompson.  That being said, this is still a fun yearly exercise and I’m sure we’ll all have a good laugh at my expense about this next week.  Anyways, I wrote an article last year about the 10 points of making a 53 man roster and I’ve tried to follow my own advice.


Quarterback (2): Aaron Rodgers, Vince Young

The Packers typically keep 2 quarterbacks on the roster with a 3rd on the practice squad, and with Graham Harrell cut and no longer practice squad eligible, Vince Young becomes the de facto backup.  I’d say it’s a 50-50 split as to whether they keep Coleman on the practice squad; my take is his quick demotion after Family Night signified that he didn’t show enough to warrant further development, and if the Packers were truly trying to “hide away” Coleman’s talent’s they would have kept Harrell for the last preseason game to bury Coleman’s playing time.  But barring any other surprise options they might have to wait for the draft to find their next developmental quarterback.

Running Back (4): Eddie Lacy, Alex Green, John Kuhn, Johnathan Franklin

Lacy is obviously now the starting running back with DuJuan Harris on IR, and the rest of the stable is rather murky.  Green probably gets the first chance to be Lacy’s backup even though he’s probably more of a 3rd down back as the Packers aren’t going to drop a high draft pick that quickly and he has the alibi that knee apparently never healed enough to make him a viable runner last year.  Kuhn stays due to his acumen in special teams, pass protection and security blanket for Rodgers.  Franklin rounds out the group mostly because of his draft status at this point, he hasn’t adjusted to the NFL as quickly as the other rookies, but he might be a decent option later in the season as he gains more experience.  Starks in my opinion has been the odd man out this whole offseason, after Franklin was drafted Starks was the runner placed on the trading block over Green and Starks was the last running back in during the “dress rehearsal” 3rd preseason game and didn’t log a rushing attempt.   



Jason Perone: My Initial Packers 53-Man Roster Predictions

2013 Packers 53 man roster cuts

Thompson and McCarthy have a lot of meeting to do over the next week to trim the Packers’ roster to 53 players

The Green Bay Packers will face some tough decision after this week’s final preseason game and to determine what the final roster will look like.  That will fall largely on General Manager Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

It’s possible that one of these young players could flash in the preseason finale and jump ahead on the depth chart, but as of today, let’s take a look at who I see on the team’s final 53-man roster.

Quarterback (2): Rodgers, Young

With Graham Harrell out of the equation already and with Coleman not taking the step forward that the Packers had hoped, they go with the experienced Young behind Rodgers.

Running Back (5): Lacy, Starks, Green, Franklin, Kuhn

With DuJuan Harris headed to season-ending injured reserve, that opens the door for both Green and Starks to stay.  Lacy is a lock to be the team’s starting back.  Franklin adds some depth in the return game while he continues to integrate into the offense.  And Kuhn’s pass blocking and savvy is too valuable to let go just yet.

Wide Receiver (5): Cobb, Nelson, J. Jones, Boykin, Ross

Cobb, Nelson and Jones were locks from day one.  Boykin has shown very well during the preseason and locked up his roster spot early.  Ross can also flash in the return game and edges out Walker.  With a few injuries to both Nelson and Cobb in recent seasons, depth at this key position is a priority.

Tight End (5): Finley, Quarless, Taylor, Mulligan, Stoneburner

DJ Williams has done nothing to establish himself amongst the above and it’s time to cut the cord.  Same with Bostick.  Stoneburner is very green and probably not ready to contribute much on offense, but he has the pedigree that the Packers like in a tight end.  It’s a bit of a gamble with all but Finley playing on special teams so the team has to hope they can all stay healthy.  

Offensive Line (8): Barclay, Lang, Dietrich-Smith, Sitton, Bakhtiari, Newhouse, Van Roten, Taylor

We all know who the starters are.  With rookie JC Tretter and veteran Bryan Bulaga both out to start the season, Newhouse is too valuable as an experienced backup to let him go.  Van Roten backs up EDS at center but is very green.  Taylor has shown some “nasty” this preseason, something the offensive line can use more of with their physical opponents.



Chad Toporski: My Initial Packers 53-man Roster Prediction

McCarthy Face

How the heck am I gonna get this roster down to 53?

As I’ve perused the Packers Blogosphere and its associate comments sections, I have noticed something rather interesting. There are two types of fans when it comes to roster predictions: (1) those who list whom they want on the roster, and (2) those who predict whom Ted Thompson will keep.

These are two very different processes, because in the former, we are relying on our own sense of football knowledge. We usually have a limited perception of players, because most of our first-hand experience comes from exhibition games and not live training camp practices. (The exceptions are the veterans, whom we’ve seen in past regular seasons.)

In the latter, we are trying to synthesize preseason games with media reports from practice and our general knowledge of how Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy work. We’re not looking at who we like (though that does admittedly alter our perceptions), but rather who the Packers like. One great example of this is tight end D.J. Williams. Despite broad frustration from the fan base in regard to his performance deficiencies, the Packers seem determined to keep him on the roster. He’s been given a lion’s share of reps, and a lot of them have come with the first team offense. (Of course, one could argue they’re trying to “sell” him to another team.)

With all of that in mind, this is how I think the roster will shake out according to Thompson and McCarthy. I can’t say that my own subjectivity won’t factor into the equation, but I’ll do my best to keep it at bay. Enjoy.

Quarterback (2): Rodgers, Young

The writing was on the wall when Graham Harrell was cut. Young is the de facto backup.

Running Back (5): Lacy, Franklin, Green, Starks, Kuhn

With Harris on IR, Starks will fill in the fifth roster spot. There’s really no one left, and they’re going to need four running backs to make it through the season. Kuhn is a no-brainer for how much the Packers value him, despite some contempt from fans.

Wide Receiver (5): Nelson, Cobb, Jones, Boykin, Ross

Ross did enough on returns the past couple weeks to win the fifth wide receiver job; meanwhile, Walker didn’t do quite enough as a wide receiver despite his earlier flashes. The top four of Nelson, Cobb, Jones, and Boykin are guarantees.



2013 Green Bay Packers: Season Predictions

Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan will square off at Lambeau Field this season. But how many times?

Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan will square off at Lambeau Field this season. But how many times?

As training camp wraps up with the regular season just more than a week away, it’s time to put the 2013 Green Bay Packers under the microscope and make some predictions.

Last season, I picked the Packers to win the Super Bowl over the Baltimore Ravens. One team (Baltimore) made it there and won, the other team (Green Bay) did not. Oh, and so much for the Eagles-to-the-NFC-Championship pick. Yikes.

This season feels a little different.

For the past several offseasons, the Packers have been one of the most popular Super Bowl picks from the NFC. But despite an improved running game and a healthier defense, the Packers aren’t one of the more trendy picks to make it to Super Bowl XLVIII. The NFC West has a pair of Super Bowl-caliber teams in San Francisco and Seattle, and the Atlanta Falcons seem to be all-in on 2013 after signing Steven Jackson and bringing Tony Gonzalez back for one last season.

For the most part, the Packers are flying under the radar.

In the AFC, it’s the Denver Broncos and everyone else. I know, I know – Von Miller is suspended. If only John Elway and Broncos management had assembled a talented supporting cast around Peyton Manning. Oh wait, they did. Manning may not throw 49 touchdowns like he did in 2004, but I’ll go on record and say that he sets a new career high in passing yards this season at age 37.

Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker? Wow. If Manning and his trio of top targets stay healthy, this could be a Super season in Denver.

But let’s take a look at the 2013 Packers and see where I have their season ending. Do they miss the playoffs? Do they make it to the Super Bowl in New York? Read on.

49ers 27 vs. Packers 24

All offseason, the Packers have attempted to improve their overall team toughness after they were embarrassed by the 49ers in the trenches in January. While I think the Packers defense will contain Colin Kaepernick better than they did in the playoffs, the 49ers are the better team. It should be close, but I’ll take the 49ers.

Packers 31 vs. Redskins 27