With the off-season activities now officially over with, we now turn our attention to the upcoming training camp and preseason. The big question is: What will the 2013 Green Bay Packers look like?
I’m taking a look at each position and listing who I think are the likely starters, as of today. Training camp always tends to change that list quite a bit so this is obviously as of today, as it stands, and without having really seen many of these guys play.
Starter: Aaron Rodgers
Backup: BJ Coleman
Bubble: Graham Harrell, Matt Brown
Quick hits: Rodgers is the league’s highest-paid player and let’s not forget he’s pretty good at what he does. No question there and so the biggest debate is whether Coleman can leapfrog Harrell and will the team carry three active quarterbacks? My thought is that if Coleman wins the backup spot, they will likely cut Harrell. Illinois State’s Matt Brown could be a good candidate to land on the practice squad, much like Coleman did last season.
Starter: DuJuan Harris
Backup: Alex Green, Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin
Bubble: John Kuhn, James Starks, Angelo Pease, Jonathan Amosa
Quick hits: Harris came on and was effective late in the season for the Packers. He didn’t participate in much of the team’s offseason due to having a cyst removed near his lung. He is expected to be ready for training camp. Green will get every opportunity to remain a part of the team’s plans but will face very fierce competition from rookies Lacy and Franklin. Still, I see the team keeping all four. James Starks is likely all but out of Green Bay after being largely ineffective during his three-season stint with the team. And we may have seen the last of John Kuhn, which will make the team’s decisions at this position easier.
Starters: Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb
Backups: Jarrett Boykin, Charles Johnson
Bubble: Jeremy Ross, Kevin Dorsey, Alex Gillett, Terrell Sinkfield, Myles White, Tyrone Walker, Sederrick Cunningham