The 2008 NFL Preseason begins tonight as the Colts face off against the Redskins in the Hall of Fame game, so I thought I would do a position by position outlook on my favorite team: the Green Bay Packers.
Let's start at the most important and most confusing position for this team, quarterback. With Brett Favre just being reinstated and his future not clear, for the sake of this article he will play for the pack. The Packers will call his bluff and make him compete for the job, and Brett wins hands down, to be the starter for 2008.
At running back we have Ryan Grant with the start and bulk of the carries, but two talented back-ups in Brandon Jackson and Vernand Morency who should get their share. Also in the backfield Korey Hall a former linebacker and John Kuhn will share fullback duties.
At wide receiver Donald Driver and Greg Jennings complement each other nicely with Driver the possession guy, and Jennings with the speed. Behind them are James Jones, Ruvell Martin, and rookie from Kansas St. Jordy Nelson.
At tight end Donald Lee will be the main man but expect Tory Humphrey and Texas rookie Jermicheal Finley to see time, with Favre back the ball will be spread around to everybody.
The o-line looks good as ever with Mark Tauscher, Scott Wells, Jason Spitz, Chad Clifton, and Julius Coston, back for another successful season.
Now on to the defense. On the ends of the defensive line, sack master Aaron Kampman will be the left end and at right end Cullen Jenkins will share time with Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.
On the inside of the defensive line Ryan Pickett and former first round pick Justin Harrell will start. At corner-back the best corner-back tandem in the league are back, with Al Harris on right and former Heisman winner Charles Woodson on the left, with Tremon Williams and Will Blackmon fighting for nickel back duties.
The line-backing corp is as strong as ever with Nick Barnett plugging up the middle with Brady Poppinga on the strong side and former fifth overall pick AJ Hawk on the weak side.
At safeties Nick Collins will be playing free safety and Atari Bigby will share time with Charlie Peprah at strong safety. Special teams looks the same as last year, with Mason Crosby kicking and Jon Ryan punting, expect Tremon Williams to return punts and kicks.
I expect the Packers to go the playoffs and make a run to the NFC Championship game again, but Dallas is too good and they will lose in a close one.