Green Bay Packers 2014 Virtual Program: Depth Chart Analysis and X-Factor

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Green Bay Packers 2014 Virtual Program: Depth Chart Analysis and X-Factor
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In 2013, the Green Bay Packers were faced with plenty of injuries, netting 15 players in total on the injured reserve list. Despite those losses, and players managing to return from injuries—most notably All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers—the Packers managed to push through the season with a 8-7-1 record, earning a playoff berth.

The 2014 season relies on the health of the squad, which recently has had no luck on the injury front, even during their Super Bowl XLV run. If the team can stay healthy, though, the roster is in shape to make a push into the late winter. Currently, Bovada has the odds of the Green Bay Packers winning it all at 10-1, which ties them with the New Orleans Saints for fifth in the league and third in the National Football Conference.

While his team lost a handful of starters to free agency, Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson was busy in the offseason adding several contributors who will help immediately in 2014. Notably, the Packers signed two free agents—uncharacteristic given Thompson's reluctance to rely on the free-agent market to build his franchise. In addition, all nine draft picks from May's draft have made the squad; however, two of them are already on injured reserve.

With the Packers kicking off the NFL season on the Sept. 4 against the reigning Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, here's a perspective on what to expect from individuals and the team as a whole.

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