The sudden release of pro bowl guard Josh Sitton topped all headlines during the final roster cuts last weekend, a move that will be sure to affect the chemistry that the veteran Packers offensive line had built over the course of multiple seasons. While the Packers coaching staff appears confident in multi-year backup Lane Taylor, one must imagine that the removal of one of the league’s best guards will, in some way, affect offensive production.
On the special teams front, the Packers made more last-minute moves, including the releases of long-time punter Tim Masthay and underperforming long-snapper Rick Lovato. And as the Packers start new punter Jacob Schum and welcome back Brett Goode at long snapper, several of the team’s top special teamers – including Chris Banjo and Jeff Janis – are all listed on this week’s injury report.
While the Packers are fortunate to be opening the season against one of the league’s perennial underachieving teams, their performance on Sunday could be negatively impacted by the volatile nature of the roster over the past two weeks. It’s difficult to envision the far less talented Jaguars pulling an upset on Sunday, but one can certainly expect the Packers to come out looking disjointed and off-cadence to start the 2016 season.