Green Bay Packers Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IAugust 27, 2013

Green Bay Packers Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

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    The Green Bay Packers will begin the process of trimming their roster from 75 players Tuesday to the final tally of 53 Saturday.

    The first deadline comes Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, when the Packers need to be a maximum of 75 players. By Saturday at 6 p.m. ET, Green Bay has to trim another 22 players to get the regular-season number of 53. 

    Needless to say, the Packers have a number of important roster decisions coming this week. 

    In the following slides, we'll update all the roster happenings for the Packers, including every single cut and depth-chart rearrangement. 

List of 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    The Packers have begun making cuts ahead of the NFL's 6 p.m. ET deadline Saturday to get rosters to 53 players. 

    Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported the first cut, fullback Jonathan Amosa. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel later confirmed that cornerback Loyce Means had also been waived. 

    Reported cuts can be found at both the Green Bay Press-Gazette and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

    The big news of the morning? According to Silverstein, the Packers released veteran quarterback Vince Young. The former Pro Bowler was dreadful in Green Bay's final preseason game, leaving the Packers with little other choice than to start over behind Aaron Rodgers. Now the question becomes, is B.J. Coleman, who proved he's far from ready, the favorite to be the backup, or will the Packers look at the open market for another veteran? 

    Here's the full list of cuts as the Packers get to 53 players: 

    • Jonathan Amosa, FB
    • Loyce Means, CB
    • David Fulton, S
    • Vince Young, QB
    • Kevin Hughes, OL
    • Garth Gerhart, OL
    • Chaz Powell, S
    • Charles Johnson, WR
    • Andrew Datko, OT
    • Tyrone Walker, WR
    • Donte Savage, OLB
    • Patrick Lewis, OL
    • Myles White, WR
    • D.J. Williams, TE
    • Jake Stoneburner, TE
    • Alex Green, RB
    • Matthew Mulligan, TE
    • James Nixon, CB
    • Dezman Moses, OLB
    • Jordan Miller, DL
    • Terrell Manning, LB
    • Brandon Smith, CB

    Johnson, a seventh-round pick who many believed would compete for the No. 5 receiver job, couldn't stay on the field and then did little on it once he finally got healthy. He'll be a practice squad candidate. The same goes for Walker, who caught everything in training camp. If he doesn't get claimed, Walker could return on the eight-man practice squad, too. 

    Cutting Powell and Fulton would seem to be a vote of confidence for Chris Banjo as the team's No. 4 safety.

    It would appear that releasing Myles White means that Jeremy Ross has won the No. 5 receiver job. The Packers are likely to go with Jarrett Boykin as the fourth receiver and Ross as the fifth behind the big three of James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

    Williams is a big name, but his release isn't all that surprising. He was always an underwhelming player when the pads came on, and there simply wasn't a go-to skill he could point to in making a case for the roster. He'll certainly get picked up somewhere, however.

    Green didn't have a great camp, but the injury to DuJuan Harris and his new role on kick returns appeared to lock in his roster spot. It wasn't to be. Maybe Joe McKnight's workout in Green Bay Saturday went better than most expected. 

    Mulligan appeared to have the inside track on being the Packers go-to blocking tight end, but an injury midway through the preseason messed up those plans. It's likely Green Bay will go into next season with Jermichael Finley, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor and Andrew Quarless as the team's four tight ends. 

    The Packers got four sacks over a few starts out of Moses last season, but he put together a poor camp. The team has youngsters in Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer at the position, plus the presence of Mike Neal. 

    Manning, a fifth-round pick in 2012, must have been a tough cut. However, he was likely fighting with Sam Barrington (seventh rounder in 2013) for the final roster spot. Barrington won the job.

Final Depth Chart

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    Below is the Packers' unofficial 53-man roster following final cuts:

    QB: Aaron Rodgers, Seneca Wallace

    RB: Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Johnathan Franklin

    FB: John Kuhn

    WR: Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jeremy Ross

    WR: Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin

    TE: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor, Brandon Bostick

    LT: David Bakhtiari, Marshall Newhouse

    LG: Josh Sitton, Greg Van Roten, Lane Taylor

    C: Evan Dietrich-Smith, Greg Van Roten

    RG: T.J. Lang, Don Barclay

    RT: Don Barclay, Marshall Newhouse

    DE: Datone Jones, C.J. Wilson, Johnny Jolly

    NT: Ryan Pickett, Josh Boyd

    DE: B.J. Raji, Mike Daniels, Mike Neal

    OLB: Clay Matthews, Nate Palmer

    ILB: A.J. Hawk, Rob Francois, Sam Barrington

    ILB: Brad Jones, Jamari Lattimore

    OLB: Nick Perry, Andy Mulumba 

    CB: Tramon Williams, Micah Hyde, Davon House

    SS: Jerron McMillian, M.D. Jennings

    FS: Morgan Burnett, Chris Banjo

    CB: Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Jarrett Bush

    K: Mason Crosby 

    P: Tim Masthay

    LS: Brett Goode

    PUP: Sean Richardson, Derek Sherrod, J.C. Tretter, Jerel Worthy

    IR: Bryan Bulaga, DuJuan Harris, Jarvis Reed, Kevin Dorsey

Previewing and Analyzing the Practice Squad

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    The Packers can sign up to eight players to the practice squad. Below is a running list of the team's signings:

    • QB Scott Tolzien: The Packers were almost certain to add a quarterback after releasing Vince Young. Tolzien isn't flush with physical talent, but he's a heady quarterback who knows a thing or two about the San Francisco 49ers—a team he spent two seasons with and who the Packers face off with in Week 1. (Via Packer Report)
    • TE Jake Stoneburner (pictured): The Ohio State product flashed at times this summer, but he was stuck in a deep position group. A year on the practice squad will give him a legitimate chance at either a midseason call up to the active roster if an injury strikes, or a second opportunity to win a roster spot next August. (Via Stoneburner's official Twitter account)
    • CB James Nixon: Knee and ankle injuries prevented Nixon from seriously challenging for a roster spot. He has decent size at 6'1" and impressive speed. (via Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press Gazette). 
    • WR Charles Johnson: The Packers took a chance on the highly athletic but still raw receiver in the seventh round of April's draft, but he couldn't stay on the field long enough this summer to make a real impression. His measurables ensured the Packers would keep developing him. (Via Aaron Wilson
    • WR Myles White: Green Bay was always likely to keep two receivers on the practice squad. While some might have guessed Tyrone Walker to be the second name, White gets the nod. He has better size and vertical speed. (Via Wes Hodkiewicz
    • G Bryan Collins: The Texans signed the 6'1", 301-pound Collins as an undrafted free agent this spring. He appeared in two games for Houston during the preseason and will add reserve depth on the interior of the line. (Via Packers official site)
    • OT Aaron Adams: The 6'5", 303-pound undrafted free agent originally signed with the Cleveland Browns. He appeared in four games as a tackle this preseason. (Via Packers official site
    • RB Michael Hill: He scored 35 touchdowns and ran for nearly 5,000 yards while at Missouri Western before signing with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent. The Packers need an emergency option at running back with only three (Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Johnathan Franklin) on the active roster. (Via Packers official site)


Recently Cut Free Agents the Green Bay Packers Are Rumored to Be Pursuing

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    The Packers are reportedly working out former New York Jets running back and kick returner Joe McKnight Saturday, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports. The Packers released Alex Green, who was taking kickoffs to end the preseason. McKnight's workout could have had a hand in that decision. 

    According to Bill Huber of Packer Report, Green Bay is planning on adding former 49ers quarterback Scott Tolzien to its practice squad Sunday. A University of Wisconsin alum, Tolzien spent two years in San Francisco and will add to the Packers' lacking quarterback stable. He'd also bring valuable information on Green Bay's Week 1 opponent. 

Starters and Injury Notes

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    If Week 1 were today, the Packers would likely start the following lineup:


    Projected Starters 

    QB: Aaron Rodgers

    RB: Eddie Lacy

    FB: John Kuhn

    WR: Jordy Nelson

    WR: Randall Cobb, James Jones

    TE: Jermichael Finley

    LT: David Bakhtiari

    LG: Josh Sitton

    C: Evan Dietrich-Smith

    RG: T.J. Lang

    RT: Don Barclay

    DE: B.J. Raji

    DT: Ryan Pickett

    DE: Datone Jones

    OLB Clay Matthews

    ILB: A.J. Hawk

    ILB: Brad Jones

    OLB: Nick Perry

    CB: Tramon Williams

    FS: Morgan Burnett

    SS: Jerron McMillian, M.D. Jennings

    CB: Sam Shields, Casey Hayward


    Injury Notes

    Cornerback Casey Hayward is still battling a nagging hamstring. He returned to practice last week but reinjured the hamstring during Green Bay's preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks Saturday.

    Running back DuJuan Harris also reinjured his knee and is questionable moving forward.

    Tackle Derek Sherrod (leg) and defensive tackle Jerel Worthy (knee) are likely heading to the regular-season PUP list, while tackle Bryan Bulaga's 2013 season ended when he tore his ACL early in August. 

List of 1st Round of Cuts and General Analysis

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    The Packers cut six players ahead of the league's mandatory cutdown to 75 players, per Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee. On Tuesday, head coach Mike McCarthy announced that running back DuJuan Harris (knee) would be heading to injured reserve. The Packers later reduced their roster to 75 by placing four players on the reserve/PUP list, four on IR and releasing kicker Zach Ramirez. 


    • Graham Harrell, QB
    • Alex Gillett, WR
    • Omarius Hines, WR
    • Justin Wilson, WR
    • Gilbert Pena, DT
    • Angelo Pease, RB
    • Giorgio Tavecchio, K
    • Zach Ramirez, K

    Injured Reserve: 

    • DuJuan Harris, RB
    • Bryan Bulaga, OT
    • Jarvis Reed, LB
    • Kevin Dorsey, WR


    • Derek Sherrod, OT
    • Jerel Worthy, DL
    • Sean Richardson, S
    • J.C. Tretter, OL

    Two cuts stand out from the early bunch: Harrell, last season's backup quarterback, and Tavecchio, who was signed to provide competition for incumbent kicker Mason Crosby.

    Harrell has clearly hit his quarterbacking ceiling, so it comes as little surprise that the Packers were ready to move on with Vince Young behind Aaron Rodgers. The team gave Harrell ample opportunity to prove he was the right guy for the job, but the development never warranted a second year as the primary backup.

    Tavecchio kicked well during camp and at times outperformed Crosby in terms of practice-to-practice accuracy. Worries about his leg strength remained, however, and Crosby was simply better in live-game scenarios. 

    The Packers were given a relatively easy cut day thanks to injuries. Eight players were subtracted to either IR or the reserve/PUP list, leaving only one cut to make. Ramirez was an easy cut after he missed 10 attempts at practice Tuesday.

Depth Chart Post-75-Man Roster Cuts and Previewing 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    With the Packers now down to 75 players, here's a look at what their current depth chart likely looks like, with an assist from

    QB: Aaron Rodgers, Vince Young, B.J. Coleman

    RB: Eddie Lacy, Alex Green, James Starks, Johnathan Franklin

    FB: John Kuhn, Jonathan Amosa

    WR: Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jeremy Ross, Tyrone Walker

    WR: Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, Charles Johnson, Myles White

    TE: Jermichael Finley, Matthew Mulligan, D.J. Williams, Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor, Brandon Bostick, Jake Stoneburner

    LT: David Bakhtiari, Marshall Newhouse, Andrew Datko

    LG: Josh Sitton, Greg Van Roten, Lane Taylor

    C: Evan Dietrich-Smith, Greg Van Roten, Garth Gerhart, Patrick Lewis

    RG: T.J. Lang, Don Barclay, Kevin Hughes

    RT: Don Barclay, Marshall Newhouse

    DE: Datone Jones, C.J. Wilson, Johnny Jolly

    NT: Ryan Pickett, Josh Boyd, Jordan Miller

    DE: B.J. Raji, Mike Daniels, Mike Neal

    OLB: Clay Matthews, Dezman Moses, Nate Palmer, Donte Savage

    ILB: A.J. Hawk, Rob Francois, Sam Barrington

    ILB: Brad Jones, Jamari Lattimore, Terrell Manning

    OLB: Nick Perry, Andy Mulumba 

    CB: Tramon Williams, Micah Hyde, Davon House, James Nixon

    SS: Jerron McMillian, M.D. Jennings, David Fulton

    FS: Morgan Burnett, Chris Banjo, Chaz Powell

    CB: Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Jarrett Bush, Loyce Means, Brandon Smith

    K: Mason Crosby 

    P: Tim Masthay

    LS: Brett Goode

    PUP: Sean Richardson, Derek Sherrod, J.C. Tretter, Jerel Worthy

    IR: Bryan Bulaga, DuJuan Harris, Jarvis Reed, Kevin Dorsey


    Projected 53-Man Roster Cuts

    The Packers remain heavy at receiver (eight players), tight end (seven) and offensive line (15). Cuts will be made at each position, as well as fullback, where Jonathan Amosa is a long shot. Quarterback B.J. Coleman is a likely practice squad addition. 

    On defense, Green Bay can be expected to trim at every level, but especially cornerback (nine), linebacker (12) and defensive line (nine). Cornerback should have a few easy cuts (Means, Smith, Nixon), while linebacker might be tough to sort out, especially inside. Savage is a likely cut at outside linebacker.