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

5

August

Packers 2012 Training Camp Depth Chart: Week 2

Dezman Moses

Undrafted rookie Dezman Moses has jumped up behind Clay Matthews at ROLB on the depth chart.

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.

  • While Coleman had the most impressive throw on Family Night of the two, he and Harrell won’t be switching places any time soon.

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

  • It could be a long shot for Bennett and Tyler to crack the Top 3.

Fullback
Kuhn, John
Cooper, Nic
Hoese, Jon

  • Kuhn is back to practice but hasn’t shown up in pads yet.

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

  • Second year player DeMarco Cosby was picked up this week by the Packers.
  • Eric Lair was seen on crutches after suffering a knee injury in practice. That’s only going to hurt his chances with such a deep group of tight ends.

Wide Receiver
Jennings, Greg
Nelson, Jordy
Driver, Donald
Cobb, Randall
Jones, James
Gurley, Tori
Borel, Diondre
Moss, Dale
Smithson, Shaky
Boykin, Jarrett
Curenski, Gilleylen

  • Perhaps I initially ranked Driver too low to begin with, but he was a “starter” for the Family Night game. He has also proven this week that he’s not nearly out of the conversation yet.
29

July

Packers 2012 Training Camp Depth Chart: Week 1

Jarrett Bush

Jarrett Bush holds a starting cornerback position though the first week of camp.

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 now, 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. In deeper positions, the absolute ranking among bottom players should be taken more as a grouping than a specific ranking this early in camp. Enjoy!

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

  • Nothing too shocking here.

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

  • Green seems to be starting strong despite his injury recovery.
  • Hard to differentiate between Tyler and Bennett at this point in time without watching practice.

Fullback
* Kuhn, John
Cooper, Nic
Hoese, Jon

  • Haven’t heard a lot about Hoese or Cooper, except that Cooper looks to be an underrated sleeper. Hard to think either will unseat Kuhn as starter.

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

  • Taylor has shown better blocking skills and is a big hitter on special teams. This gives him a slight edge over Williams, who has flashed more as a receiver.
  • Lair and Bostick are hard to distinguish right now, though Bostick has missed some time with a finger injury.

Wide Receiver
Jennings, Greg
Nelson, Jordy
Cobb, Randall
Driver, Donald
Jones, James
Gurley, Tori
Borel, Diondre
Moss, Dale
Smithson, Shaky
Boykin, Jarrett
Curenski, Gilleylen

  • Cobb, Nelson, Borel, and Smithson have all had work on returning kicks.
23

April

Ranking Ted Thompson’s Drafts by Year

Was 2009 the best draft year for Ted Thompson?

With the 2012 NFL Draft just days away, I thought it might be interesting to rank Ted Thompson’s previous drafts as General Manager of the Green Bay Packers.

This activity will incorporate his first draft in 2005 through the 2009 draft. The 2010 and 2011 years will be omitted based on the reasoning that the players from those drafts are too young in their careers to accurately gauge. (But feel free to leave a comment on how you’d rank them if they were included.)

Now, in order to grade or evaluate something, you have to base your decision on a set of criteria. So here is what I will base the ranking on:

  1. How much have the players in a specific draft contributed to the success of the Green Bay Packers?
  2. Secondary to the first criterion is how well has the player has succeeded in the NFL overall.
  3. How many “busts” did a specific draft include?
  4. How much value did Thompson get with each selection based on overall pick number and the player’s future performance?

For the sake of brevity, I won’t go into detail about each of these questions for every draft year; however, I will mention some of the booms, busts, and quick thoughts about each. That way you can at least get a sense of where I am coming from, and I will leave you to discuss your agreements/disagreements in the comments below.


#5. 2007 NFL Draft

RD SEL # PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 16 Justin Harrell DT Tennessee
2 63 Brandon Jackson RB Nebraska
3 78 James Jones WR San Jose State
3 89 Aaron Rouse SAF Virginia Tech
4 119 Allen Barbre G Missouri Southern State
5 157 David Clowney WR Virginia Tech
6 191 Korey Hall FB Boise State
6 192 Desmond Bishop LB California
6 193 Mason Crosby K Colorado
7 228 DeShawn Wynn RB Florida
7 243 Clark Harris TE Rutgers