First, a little bit of a disclaimer:
I HATE doing roster predictions.
Why, you may ask? I don’t like pretending I’m smarter than I really am. Packers GM Ted Thompson has one of the shrewdest minds in the NFL, and I don’t. If I did, I wouldn’t be writing this right now.
I do not envy Thompson at this time of year, however. He has done such a masterful job at building a roster that he in a sense backs himself into a corner each training camp and has to make some difficult choices. A third stringer on the Packers is sometimes good enough to be a starter on the other 31 teams, but thanks to the ludicrous depth Thompson has built, they’re stuck on the bench.
Since we’re on the topic, here’s my best guess at what the Packers’ opening day roster will look like:
Quarterback (2)—Rodgers, Harrell
I’m still on the fence as to whether or not the Packers hang on to Graham Harrell or trade for a more experienced backup. Even if Harrell plays poorly against the Chiefs on Thursday, the Packers may keep him anyway. If the Browns offer some conditional picks for Colt McCoy, if they even try to trade him, then I could see Thompson pulling the trigger.
Running Back (5)-Benson, Green, Saine, Kuhn, Starks