The entire defensive unit for Green Bay is being tested this training camp season. The battle has only intensified with the indefinite suspension of Jolly, which has further opened the door for several of the younger players to nail a roster spot.
With Jolly's suspension, the starting line up is set to include Pickett, Raji, and Jenkins, with Raji stepping into the NT spot, and Pickett switching to the end spot. Thompson also prepared for Jolly's possible suspension by drafting second round defensive tackle Mike Neal of Purdue and seventh round pick CJ Wilson of East Carolina; both have been noted as having pass rush ability, which the Packers lacked inside.
The Packers are likely to keep six or seven defensive linemen. Locks to make the roster are Raji, Pickett, Jenkins, and Neal (draft status). This will leave about six linemen to claim three, maybe four, spots.
Injury prone Justin Harrell is not a lock to make the team due to injury history, and one can't be sure where 2009 sixth rounder Jarius Wynn fits into the equation with the drafting of not one, but two linemen. If Wilson can show his pass rush ability in the pre season, he can certaintly nail spot and play into the defensive line rotation that Neal will this season.
Others to be aware of include NTs Toribio and Mullins, and DE Talley.
With the suspension of Jolly, Green Bay must count even more heavily upon its reserve linemen, making this not a battle of starters, but a battle of back-ups.