The Green Bay Packers preseason roster creates more attention than others because of their large number of young players. These are early predictions for the Green Bay Packers 53-man roster. Any surprise veteran cuts? Will Jarrett Bush stay? How will they handle the tight end situation?
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: QB (2)
Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn are locks. They’ll probably put Graham Harrell on the practice squad for emergency situations. If Aaron Rodgers were to get hurt, I’d expect them to sign a veteran backup.
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: HB (5)
Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson are locks for the roster. Hard to believe that Kregg Lumpkin and Quinn Porter are the third running back options, but that’s all they’ve had to see this preseason. Of those two, I’m predicting Lumpkin for his experience. However, I think Green Bay will scoop another HB (either from FA or other team cuts) if Grant goes down.
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: FB (7)
The Packers can’t go 3 fullbacks this season; they need the extra roster spot badly. I believe John Kuhn is their best overall fullback and player and will make the roster. Between Korey Hall and Quinn Johnson, Hall is the better and more experienced fullback, but I think the Packers keep Johnson because he’s rawer, 4 years younger, and has plenty of upside.
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: WR (12)
This seems set in stone. The closest surprise I could see is replacing Brett Swain with Jason Chery because of his punt return against the Colts. Doubt that occurs, however. Don’t expect Green Bay to go 4 wide outs with their spread offense, especially with an aging Donald Driver.
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: TE (16)
Possibly the biggest story of the Packers preseason is their tight end situation. Green Bay has 5 capable tight ends. Most teams carry 3. 4 is a stretch, especially when you have 2 fullbacks. Someone good is going to be cut.
Jermichael Finley has the potential to be the best receiving tight end in the NFL. Spencer Havner proved himself as an effective red zone weapon for the Packers offense in 2009. Havner is also valuable because of his flexibility to serve as a depth linebacker. Simply put, Havner is a football player. 2010 draft pick Andrew Quarless has tremendous upside and has already been a solid receiving threat for the Packers offense in the preseason. These three should be locks for the roster.
They’d still have to choose between Donald Lee and Tom Crabtree. Donald Lee lost his starting job last year from Finley’s emergence. He is the offense’s veteran presence and is their best proven blocker in regular season play compared to the other three. Tom Crabtree has shown in the preseason that he is a great blocker, has good hands, and has good upside. The Packers would have difficulty trying to sneak him unto their practice squad roster without him getting taken from another team.
I’d prefer them keep Crabtree as the 4th tight end and the primary blocking tight end. Finley is our primary tight end and Havner is capable of being the 2nd tight end on the depth chart. Quarless and Crabtree can give the Packers more than Lee.
This prediction is a bit wishful. The Packers could remain loyal to Donald Lee or (god forbid), keep 3 tight ends and use the extra roster spot on a 6th CB… yes, Jarrett Bush.
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: OL (26)
These guys are clearly the 10 best offensive lineman on the team. Breno Giacomini is good as gone. Allen Barbre has a small chance if they want 11 OL or trade Jason Spitz. Maybe.
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: DL (32)
The Packers only have 3 proven defensive linemen and are hoping that Mike Neal will be a quality player. Johnny Jolly’s suspension almost guarantees a roster spot for Justin Harrell. They’ve held unto him for four years and I can’t believe they’d cut him now that he’s healthy, especially with their lack of defensive line depth. Even with Harrell, they still need a 6th DL. If Jarius Wynn isn’t injured too severely, I believe he could make the roster again for 2010 over Ronald Talley or Anthony Toribio.
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: LB (41)
The DL is the heart of the 4-3. However, the LBs are the major emphasis of a 3-4. Green Bay needs an abundance of linebackers, especially with injury problems they’ve had this preseason forcing Spencer Havner to spend time at LB.
Matthews, Barnett, Hawk, Jones, Chillar, and Bishop should be locks. Zombo’s remarkable preseason performances make him feel like the Brad Jones of 2009. Brady Poppinga’s experience and familiarity with the Packers make him a serviceable backup. Cyril Obiozor has shown enough to make the roster as the 9th linebacker, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he were cut after Bigby and Harris return.
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: CB (46)
I expect Al Harris to start on PUP. I see Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, and Brandon Underwood as locks for the roster. Sam Shields has tremendous upside, special teams potential, and may be their third best cornerback to start the season. Pat Lee has had trouble remaining healthy, but I believe the Packers will want to see his upside.
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: S (50)
Will Blackmon’s value comes in his flexibility to play S or CB and his punt returning ability. He’s done enough to be a backup safety, especially with Bigby’s absence.
No Jarrett Bush? Hopefully, but the Packers may sacrifice elsewhere and keep Bush as a 10th DB while Al Harris and Atari Bigby are injured. Especially considered Sam Shields is very raw and Blackmon and Lee are extremely injury prone. I’m not jinxing it however; I predict that Bush is gone.
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: Specialists (53)
Tim Masthay has been the better punter and I think he won the job against Indianapolis.
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: PUP
Green Bay Packers 2010 53-man roster predictions: Overview
The Green Bay Packers have a deep offense, but they could look for another running back when teams make their 53-man cut downs, preferably one with speed, athleticism, and hands. The defense could use some depth in the defensive line and secondary.
What do you expect to happen?
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