Category Archives: Packers Roster

31

August

Meet Your 2013 Green Bay Packers

The Packers have confirmed their final roster cuts, as we’ve been tracking all day.

So, here they are, your 2013 Green Bay Packers (for now):

Offense (23)

QB (2): Rodgers, Coleman
RB (3): Lacy, Franklin, Starks
FB (1): Kuhn (6)
TE (4): Finley, Bostick, Quarless, Taylor
WR (5): Cobb, Nelson, Jones, Boykins, Ross
OT (3): Bakhtiari, Barclay, Newhouse
OG (3): Sitton, Lang, Taylor
OC (2): Dietrich-Smith, Van Roten

Defense (27)

NT (3): Raji, Pickett, Jolly
DE (4): Wilson, Daniels, Jones, Boyd
OLB (5): Matthews, Perry, Neal, Mulumba, Palmer
ILB (5): Jones, Hawk, Francois, Lattimore, Barrington
CB (6): Williams, Shields, Hayward, Hyde, House, Bush
S (4): Burnett, McMillian, Jennings, Banjo

Specialists (3):

Crosby, Masthay, Goode

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31

August

AllGreenBayPackers.com 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:

GREEN BAY PACKERS
53-Man Roster Predictions
QUARTERBACKS
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
RUNNING BACKS
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
TIGHT ENDS
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
WIDE RECEIVERS
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
OFFENSIVE LINE
Adam Marques Thomas Cory Jason Chad Jersey Al
Bakhtiari Bakhtiari Bakhtiari Bakhtiari Bakhtiari Bakhtiari Bakhtiari
Sitton Sitton Sitton Sitton Sitton Sitton Sitton
EDS EDS EDS EDS EDS EDS EDS
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
DEFENSIVE LINE
Adam Marques Thomas Cory Jason Chad Jersey Al
30

August

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.

28

August

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.

27

August

Packers Cut Roster to 75 Players

Packers GM Ted Thompson

Packers GM Ted Thompson made his roster cuts on Tuesday to make the 75-player limit.

The Green Bay Packers announced on Tuesday afternoon that their roster had been reduced to 75 players, per NFL rules. Four players were placed on injured reserve, four were placed on the PUP (physically unable to perform), and one was released. The players removed from the active roster were:

  • T Bryan Bulaga (IR)
  • WR Kevin Dorsey (IR)
  • RB DuJuan Harris (IR)
  • LB Jarvis Reed (IR)
  • S Sean Richardson (PUP)
  • T Derek Sherrod (PUP)
  • T J.C. Tretter (PUP)
  • DE Jerel Worthy (PUP)
  • K Zach Ramirez (released)

This is in addition to the six players already released since Saturday:

  • QB Graham Harrell
  • WR Justin Wilson
  • WR Omarius Hines
  • WR Alex Gillett
  • DL Gilbert Peña
  • RB Angelo Pease
  • K Giorgio Tavecchio

The players placed on injured lists (PUP and IR) were largely expected to end up there. DuJuan Harris was the one surprising move reported earlier this afternoon. Zach Ramirez was somewhat surprising considering his very recent signing; however, Packers beat reporters noted that he only made 6 of 16 field goal attempts during today’s practice. Mason Crosby connected on all 14 of his, suggesting that he might have finally won the preseason battle for good.

One more important note is that players placed on injured reserve today can not be “Designated for Return” later on in the season. This means that Bryan Bulaga and DuJuan Harris are effectively done for the year. Players on the PUP, as always, will have the opportunity to return to practice six weeks into the regular season.

Ted Thompson and the Packers must further reduce the roster to 53 players by the end of business on Saturday, August 31st.

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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

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27

August

AllGreenBayPackers.com Staff: First 2013 Roster Cuts Predictions

Here are our predictions for the first round of Packers 2013 roster moves. Per NFL rules, the roster must be cut down from 90 players to 75 by the end of the day on Tuesday, August 27th. The final round of cuts for the 53-man roster will occur by Saturday, August 31st, so stay tuned for our final staff predictions throughout the week.

NOTE: Over the past few days, we’ve had seven cuts already; however, we also had a signing. The current cuts have been noted below in red. Due to our personal scheduling obstacles, some of us made our predictions before some of these recent roster moves. However, I’m sure you’ll get the gist of everything.

GREEN BAY PACKERS
First 2013 Roster Cuts Predictions
CUT OR IR PLAYERS
Kris Adam Marques Thomas Cory Jason Chad Jersey Al
WR Wilson WR Wilson WR Wilson WR Wilson WR Wilson WR Wilson WR Wilson WR Wilson
 WR Hines  WR Hines  WR Hines WR Hines  WR Hines  WR Hines WR Hines WR Hines
 WR Gillett WR Gillett WR Gillett  T Hughes WR Gillett WR Gillett WR Gillett  WR Gillett
QB Harrell  QB Harrell QB Harrell  DB Smith  QB Harrell  QB Harrell QB Harrell
 FB Amosa
DL Pena OL Bulaga (IR) OL Bulaga (IR)  DL Pena DL Pena DL Pena RB Pease C/G Taylor
 RB Pease  DL Worthy (PUP) DL Worthy (PUP)  OL Lewis RB Pease RB Pease  DL Pena DL Pena
OL Bulaga (IR)  S Richardson (PUP) S Richardson (PUP)  FB Amosa WR Dorsey CB Nixon K Tavecchio  OL Bulaga (IR)
OL Tretter (PUP) OL Tretter (PUP)  OL Tretter (PUP)  RB Pease  WR White  DL Boyd OL Gerhart  DL Worthy PUP
 S Richardson (PUP)  FB Amosa  S Fulton  LB Savage TE Taylor  CB Means TE Stoneburner S. Richardson (PUP)
 C Gehart  DB Means FB Amosa  DL Miller TE Stoneburner FB Amosa LB Savage  DL Miller
DB Means  C Gerhart CM Means DB Fulton OL Hughes DL Miller CB Means  DB Means
LB Savage RB Pease  DL Miller  LB Reed  RB Starks  K Tavecchio S Powell OL Tretter (PUP)
 DL Miller  DL Miller LB Savage S Richardson (PUP)  LB Savage WR Dorsey WR White TE Williams
26

August

Packers News: Tavecchio released, team down to two kickers

Ciao, Giorgio. The Packers have cut ties with Tavecchio.

Ciao, Giorgio. The Packers have cut ties with Tavecchio.

Just one day after signing street free agent Zach Ramirez, the Green Bay Packers have released kicker Giorgio Tavecchio.

Incumbent kicker Mason Crosby has, again, had an up-and-down, left-and-right summer, and it seems the Packers are determined to provide some competition for Crosby all the way up to the regular season. Still, despite his inconsistency, it looks like the job is Crosby’s to lose.

Crosby certainly had a rough season in 2012, missing 12 of 33 regular-season field goal attempts. But believe it or not, his challenger this summer, Tavecchio, has missed kicks in his life, as well. As a senior at California, Tavecchio failed to connect on six extra points.

Now, it’s down to Crosby and Ramirez–another Internet-sensation-turned-NFL-kicker-hopeful. The Detroit Lions signed Havard “Kickalicious” Rugland to compete with David Akers this summer, and the Packers turn to Ramirez–a young kicker with some pretty impressive YouTube highlights.

Obviously, kicking field goals with the wind at your back in an empty stadium in front of one person holding a camera is much different than kicking in front of 80,000 in a packed NFL stadium. But we’ll see how this kicking competition shakes itself out.

During the Family Night Scrimmage, Tavecchio got the better of Crosby, connecting on five of six field goal attempts. Crosby, on the other hand, had an awful night, missing four of six.

At that point, just a week into training camp, Twitter exploded with fans calling for Crosby’s release. However, due to the Tavecchio’s limitations in terms of leg strength, the concept of Crosby being cut in favor of Tavecchio seemed farfetched–at least to me.

I’m not saying Crosby is God’s gift to kicking field goals, but if he’s going to be beaten out for the job, it wasn’t going to be by Tavecchio. You can’t make fun of me for that prediction; however, feel free to point and laugh at my suggestion that Graham Harrell would be a “pleasant surprise” this summer.

In my opinion, Crosby will win the job. He’ll be the Week 1 kicker, although it wouldn’t at all be surprising if the Packers made a change in the regular season, should Crosby’s struggles continue.