Packers 53-man Roster Prediction

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tolzienPackers training camp saw its regular share of injuries and UDFA surprises, all of which have given way to an interesting round of final cuts. The Packers will be without nose tackle B.J. Raji, offensive tackle Don Barclay and rookie receiver Jared Abbrederis for the entire season and will be missing tight end Brandon Bostick and center J.C. Tretter for multiple weeks.

It’s certainly possible that GM Ted Thompson makes an unexpected move or two before next Thursday’s season opener in Seattle. One such move could be the addition of a veteran O-lineman, which I’ve incorporated into my 53-man roster predictions below. Or, Ted could entertain the trade of outside linebacker Nick Perry, whose playing time should be suppressed by free agent acquisition Julius Peppers.

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It’s difficult to picture Thompson parting ways with both a third-round and fourth-round draft pick from this past April but Khyri Thornton and Carl Bradford simply didn’t show enough during training camp (though some would argue that the coaching staff waited too long to give Bradford reps at inside linebacker, which could actually be his natural position). I expect other surprising cuts to include Matt Flynn and Andrew Quarless.

The practice squad is sure to include at least one tight end between Jake Stoneburner and Justin Perillo. Cornerback Demetri Goodson is also a prime candidate to be stashed on the newly-expanded practice squad. Other names that could find their way onto this list include: Kevin Dorsey, LaDarius Perkins, Jordan McCray and Tanner Miller.



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  1.   August 28, 2014, 7:28 am

    Glad someone agrees with me that there is no excuse for dropping a punt or kickoff. Most fans pointed to the weather as a factor. In GB weather can be a factor for every game.
    I think visors should be eliminated from returners, although I couldn’t tell which returners were wearing them. Having used them in dirt bike racing for decades, they get blurry when wet. I could see well enough to ride a dirt bike but can’t imagine trying to catch a football like that.
    Hopefully Janis or someone else will step up as a returner this week, and penalties will begin to whittle down.
    We also need to cover well on our punts/kickoffs. Seattle also has an excellent return game. We can’t continue to give up field positions against good teams.

  2.   August 27, 2014, 2:07 pm

    How about not fair- catching punts on the 7 yard line? The chances of a touch back are high and worst case you start on the 3 vs the 7.

  3.   August 27, 2014, 1:30 pm

    I have said all along they needed to put Janis in and keep him in as the punt/kickoff return man so he can get comfortable at the job. He has the speed to make big plays once he gets more playing time at doing the jobs. They can’t expect him to learn by putting him in on one punt then pulling him out, let him do it over and over and he will become another Hester in my opinion.

    •   August 27, 2014, 1:35 pm

      I thought we would see more of Janis too. We need ball security and positive yardage and to eliminate the penalties…add Janis’ ability to make the big play and you have a recipe for immediate improvement. The Seahawks gunner is the best in the league…we better get this figured out…fast.

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