19

August

Packers 2013 Training Camp Depth Chart: Week 4

Johnny Jolly InterceptionAs 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.

Quarterback

Rodgers, Aaron

Harrell, Graham
Young, Vince

Coleman, B.J.

  • The quarterbacks had a better showing this week, but that’s not really saying much.

 

Running Back

Lacy, Eddie
Harris, DuJuan

Franklin, Johnathan
Green, Alex
James Starks

Pease, Angelo

  • Lacy is clearly at the head of the pack, and McCarthy has made it clear Harris is right up there with him on the depth chart.
  • Franklin started with the second team offense, but he needs to show that he can still get yards despite bad blocking.
  • Green and Starks need to step up their games.

 

Fullback

Kuhn, John

Amosa, Jonathan

  • Yawn.

 

Tight End

Finley, Jermichael

Williams, D.J.
+ Mulligan, Matthew
Bostick, Brandon
Stoneburner, Jake

+ Quarless, Andrew
+ Taylor, Ryan

  • D.J. Williams is still atop the second tier, as he did get a starting look on Saturday. He also played quite a bit with the second offense, too. How long will they continue to give him opportunities?
12

August

Packers 2013 Training Camp Depth Chart: Week 3

house-cardinalsAs 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.

 

Quarterback

Rodgers, Aaron

Harrell, Graham
Young, Vince

Coleman, B.J.

  • Well, it looks like the back-up race isn’t any clearer even with veteran Vince Young in the mix. The only thing we know for sure is that Coleman is officially in the doghouse for his poor performances.

 

Running Back

James Starks
Franklin, Johnathan
Green, Alex

Pease, Angelo

+Lacy, Eddie
* Harris, DuJuan

  • Starks got the start against the Cardinals, with Franklin also taking a healthy dose of snaps.
  • Lacy seems to be “the guy” at running back, but his recent injury has him temporarily sidelined.

 

Fullback

Kuhn, John

Amosa, Jonathan

  • Someone wake me when something happens with the fullbacks…

 

Tight End

Finley, Jermichael

Williams, D.J.
Mulligan, Matthew

Bostick, Brandon
Stoneburner, Jake

+ Quarless, Andrew
+ Taylor, Ryan

  • Quarless and Taylor need to get back onto the field as soon as they can. Williams is still a bit uninspiring.
5

August

Packers 2013 Training Camp Depth Chart: Week 2

Packers 2013 Family NightAs 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.

 

Quarterback

Rodgers, Aaron

Harrell, Graham
Coleman, B.J.

  • 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.

 

Running Back

Starks, James
Green, Alex
Lacy, Eddie
Franklin, Johnathan

Pease, Angelo

* 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.

 

Fullback

Kuhn, John

Amosa, Jonathan

  • 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.

 

Tight End

Finley, Jermichael

Williams, D.J.
Mulligan, Matthew

Bostick, Brandon
Stoneburner, Jake

29

July

Packers 2013 Training Camp Depth Chart: Week 1

trainingcamp2013_1As 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 training camp “starters,” the second tier represents back-ups or second team players, 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.

 

Quarterback

Rodgers, Aaron

Harrell, Graham
Coleman, B.J.

  • If Christian Ponder were on this list, where do you think Greg Jennings would put him?

 

Running Back

Green, Alex
Starks, James
Lacy, Eddie
Franklin, Johnathan

Pease, Angelo

* Harris, DuJuan

  • Starks has been getting his touches and showing some worth, it seems. How long will it last?

 

Fullback

Kuhn, John

Amosa, Jonathan

  • Would anyone else love to hear William Shatner shout “KUUUUUUUHHHHHHNNNNN!” someday?

 

Tight End

Finley, Jermichael
Quarless, Andrew

Williams, D.J.
Mulligan, Matthew
Taylor, Ryan

Bostick, Brandon
Stoneburner, Jake

  • This seems to be one of the least talked about position groups leading up to camp, but I think it might be one of the most interesting competitions to watch.

 

Wide Receiver

Cobb, Randall
Nelson, Jordy
Jones, James

Boykin, Jarrett
Ross, Jeremy

Gillett, Alex
Walker, Tyrone
White, Myles

15

September

Jerron McMillian making most of increased opportunity

Packers rookie S Jerron McMillian

Packers rookie S Jerron McMillian

There’s no way around it–the Packers’ defense dominated the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Tramon Williams caught as many Jay Cutler passes (two) as Brandon Marshall,  the Packers nearly doubled the Bears in total yards, and Clay Matthews had his arms wrapped around Cutler as if he were a certain cast member on Laguna Beach. If not for an ugly miscommunication between Aaron Rodgers and James Jones, the Bears may not have scored more than three points all night.

Just four days prior, Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers sliced through Green Bay’s defense for 30 points, spoiling the Packers’ season opener at Lambeau Field. Predictably so, much of Packer Nation reached for the “Panic” button.

But the Packers’ performance on Thursday night couldn’t possibly have been more different. The Packers held the Bears’ talented offense to just 10 points and 168 total yards, while intercepting four of Cutler’s passes and sacking him seven times. Suddenly, the Packers defense doesn’t look all that bad.

Matthews (3.5 sacks) and Williams (two INT) will surely continue to receive the bulk of the credit for Thursday night’s surprisingly dominant display of defense, and rightfully so, but it took a total team effort for the Packers to embarrass the Bears the way they did.

And while there were a handful of “unsung heroes” in Week Two, safety Jerron McMillian may top the list.

The rookie fourth-round pick was constantly around the football–as the play ended, No. 22 was near. As a small-school prospect from Maine, McMillian was viewed as an in-the-box safety coming into the league. And on at least two separate occasions against the Bears, the 5’11″ safety proved that he isn’t afraid of anyone.

With 9:42 remaining in the 2nd quarter, Michael Bush took a handoff  and followed his blockers along the left side of the offensive line. Bears left guard Chris Spencer pulled as a lead blocker and laid his head into McMillian. The rookie invited the contact, put the 312-pound lineman on his backside, and made the tackle for a one-yard loss.

Then, on the second play of the third quarter, the Bears again pulled the play-side guard as a lead blocker, except this time, it was 305-pound right guard Lance Louis. The result, however, was more of the same. McMillian maintained low pad level and moved Louis backward, allowing D.J. Smith and A.J. Hawk to bring down Forte after a short gain.

19

August

Packers 2012 Training Camp Depth Chart: Week 4

Cedric Benson

Former Bengals running back Cedric Benson, #32, was the big addition to the Packers roster this past week.

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.

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. Players in green have risen in the rankings since the last list, while players in red have fallen.

Quarterback
Rodgers, Aaron
Harrell, Graham
Coleman, B.J.

  • If some Packers fans had their way, Harrell’s name would be replaced by McCoy.

Running Back
Green, Alex
Cedric Benson
Starks, James
Saine, Brandon
Tyler, Marc
Bennett, Du’ane

  • This big ado this week was the addition of veteran RB Cedric Benson. It’s unclear how he’s going to rank among the group, but with Starks out for a few weeks due to turf toe, Benson gets at least the number two spot right now. He’ll definitely challenge Green for the “starting” role.
  • Saine will need about another week to nurse a hamstring injury, but I think the Packers still rank him above the two rookies.

Fullback
Kuhn, John
Cooper, Nic
Hoese, Jon

  • With Kuhn and Hoese both injured, Cooper was the only FB on the game day roster against the Browns. Kuhn was back at practice, though, on Sunday and remains the de facto starter.

Tight End
Finley, Jermichael
Crabtree, Tom
Williams, D.J.
Taylor, Ryan
Bostick, Brandon
Cosby, DeMarco
* Quarless, Andrew
* Lair, Eric

  • Finley returned to practice Sunday after missing both preseason games with a quad injury.
  • With the addition of Benson came the placement of Lair on Injured Reserve (IR).
12

August

Packers 2012 Training Camp Depth Chart: Week 3

Jamari Lattimore

Jamari Lattimore, #57, has been carving out a spot for himself among the inside linebackers.

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.

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. Players in green have risen in the rankings since the last list, while players in red have fallen.

*** NOTE: This has been one crazy week with all the sustained injuries, so please just keep that in mind as you take a look through the depth chart. I’ve tried to be as reasonable as possible, and hopefully my notes will help you understand my decisions. Thanks.

Quarterback
Rodgers, Aaron
Harrell, Graham
Coleman, B.J.

  • Harrell seems to be easing the doubts of Packers fans concerned about the backup QBs.

Running Back
Green, Alex
Starks, James
Saine, Brandon
Tyler, Marc
Bennett, Du’ane

  • Starks has turf toe and will be week to week. Green will definitely be getting his touches during that time, though he is still on a rep count. Stark’s performance on Thursday didn’t help his stock much, either.
  • As pointed out by our friend Oppy, Bennett has been showing up more than Tyler in practice; however, with the injury to Bennett, I’m going to hold off on bumping him up for now. We’ll keep an eye on how things progress.

Fullback
Kuhn, John
Cooper, Nic
Hoese, Jon

  • Cooper continues to get more reps with Hoese now nursing an injury.

Tight End
Finley, Jermichael
Crabtree, Tom
Williams, D.J.
Taylor, Ryan
Bostick, Brandon
Lair, Eric
Cosby, DeMarco
* Quarless, Andrew