8 Green Bay Packers Veterans on Notice in 2012

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8 Green Bay Packers Veterans on Notice in 2012
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April's draft might be the closest thing to an offseason Super Bowl for NFL fans, but for veterans, it represents the latest crop of faster, stronger and younger talent.

Do the math: Only 53 players will be on the active roster when each season begins, and the eight rookies Green Bay drafted could all make the final roster, leaving many of those who started last season to prove the job is theirs to lose. 

But even years of production cannot guarantee a contract in the NFL. In some cases, the unavoidable effects of age combined with Ted Thompson's preference for youth eventually lead to an inevitable exit from Green Bay, whether via retirement or free agency.

The following eight players, including a pair of fan favorites, face competition from rookies and other, younger veterans going into the 2012 season. Each is on the hot seat, leaving fans to discuss and debate which will retain their starting roles when the season begins in September.

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