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Green Bay Packers Defensive Position-by-Position Breakdown, Depth Chart Analysis

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Green Bay Packers Defensive Position-by-Position Breakdown, Depth Chart Analysis
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The Green Bay Packers have the personnel to run a 4-3 defense as well as their base 3-4 scheme, and in 2014, expect to see multiple looks in the nickel, dime and other sub-packages to best utilize their talent. 

Of the players on the current 90-man roster, 42 are on the defensive side of the ball. Green Bay is currently four or five deep at multiple positions, including free safety and left corner, giving the team plenty of options in improving their 2013 24th-ranked pass defense.

Their pass-rushing group is also formidable and fluid, with players like Mike Neal, Nick Perry and Julius Peppers slated to get snaps at both outside linebacker and defensive end and at the 7-technique Elephant end position. 

The following defensive depth chart breakdown includes the 26 players expected to make Green Bay's final 53-man roster. Keep in mind that the Packers may very well keep six wide receivers and three tight ends after final cuts, so space for defensive players will be at a premium. 

Players are listed at what is thought will be their primary position, but I have noted the other positions at which they could spend a significant amount of time. In a few instances for sub-package positions, players will appear twice (e.g., nickel corner and safety). Green Bay has of late run its sub-packages more often than its base defense, so that's reflected wherever possible.

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