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Green Bay Packers 53-Man Roster Prediction

Adam BayerContributor IIIOctober 17, 2016

Green Bay Packers 53-Man Roster Prediction

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    The offseason is in its early stages, as players are starting to file into their respective locker rooms and training camps.

    There are no-brainer locks to make the 53-man game-day roster for every team in the NFL, but for some spots there are no clear-cut locks.

    The Packers enter the 2012 season with six new defensive draftees and two new offensive players who are more than likely going to make the team.

    Then there are the undrafted players who will surprise the NFL brass and make the game-day roster or practice squad.

    Here is my prediction for the Packers 53-man roster.

Quarterback

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    This is about as easy as it gets in the NFL, no explanation needed.

    Starter: Aaron Rodgers

    Backup: B.J. Coleman

    The competition comes down to Coleman and Graham Harrell. Harrell has a leg up on Coleman based on the fact that he's spent a year in the system already. However, I think Coleman's draft status and raw athletic abilities give him the backup job.

    Cuts: Graham Harrell

Running Back

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    If Green comes back fully healthy, I think he wins the starting job. He showed excellent burst, vision, hands and quickness in limited duty last year.

    Starter: Alex Green

    Backup: James Starks

    3rd Down-Backs: Brandon Saine

    Cuts: None

Fullback

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    Another no-brainer, as John Kuhn is a solid RB/FB who is also a fan favorite.

    Starter: John Kuhn

    Backup (H-Back): Ryan Taylor

    Cuts: Jon Hoese  

     


Wide Receiver

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    Here's where it gets tricky. It seems as if the Packers are keeping Donald Driver, as they should. But the Packers can't afford to try to sneak Tori Gurley back on the practice squad, so they keep six receivers.

    WR1: Greg Jennings

    WR2: Jordy Nelson

    WR3: Randall Cobb

    WR4: James Jones

    WR5: Donald Driver

    WR6: Tori Gurley

    Cuts: Diondre Borel

Tight Ends

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    I have a gut feeling that Andrew Quarless will begin the season on the PUP list; therefore, the rest of the tight ends are cut and dry.

    TE1: Jermichael Finley

    TE2: D.J. Williams

    TE3: Tom Crabtree

    Cuts: None

Offensive Line

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    The offensive line is going to have a new look this season. With the loss of Chad Clifton and Scott Wells, the Packers will be moving forward with young left tackle Marshall Newhouse and veteran center Jeff Saturday.

    LT1: Marshall Newhouse

    LT2: Derek Sherrod

    LG1: T.J. Lang

    LG2: Evan Dietrich-Smith

    C1: Jeff Saturday

    C2: Jaymes Brooks

    RG1: Josh Sitton

    RT1: Bryan Bulaga

    RT2: Andrew Datko

    Cuts: Herb Taylor, Chris Campbell, Sampson Genus

Defensive Line

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    Hopefully, the defensive roller coaster on the defensive line is at the end of the ride. The Packers added new pieces to help rebuild the pass rush.

    LDE1: Ryan Pickett

    LDE2: Mike Daniels

    LDE3: C.J. Wilson

    DT1: B.J. Raji

    DT2: Daniel Muir

    RE1: Jerel Worthy

    RE2: Jarius Wynn

    RE: Anthony Hargrove (Suspended eight games, does not count against 53-man roster)

    RE: Mike Neal (Suspended four games, does not count against 53-man roster)

    Cuts: Johnny Jones, Lawrence Guy

Linebackers

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    LOLB1: Nick Perry

    LOLB2: Vic So'oto

    MLB1: Desmond Bishop

    MLB2: Terrell Manning

    MLB3: A.J. Hawk

    MLB4: D.J. Smith

    ROLB1: Clay Matthews

    ROLB2: Frank Zombo

    Cuts: Brad Jones, Erik Walden, Robert Francois, Jamari Lattimore

Cornerbacks

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    CB1: Charles Woodson

    CB2: Tramon Williams

    CB3: Casey Hayward

    CB4: Sam Shields

    CB5: Davon House

    CB6: Jarrett Bush

    Cuts: Brandian Ross

Safeties

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    I can see Morgan Burnett moving to free safety and Jerron McMillian taking the starting strong safety spot.

    SS1: Jerron McMillian

    SS2: Charlie Peprah

    FS1: Morgan Burnett

    FS2: M.D. Jennings

    Cuts: Anthony Levine

Specialists

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    K: Mason Crosby

    P: Tim Masthay

    LS: Brett Goode

    Cuts: None

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