We are now two weeks into the NFL preseason, with the Green Bay Packers 1-1. They're coming off a come-back win over the Seattle Seahawks after losing their opener against the Cleveland Browns. The roster limit currently sits at 80, with the cuts to be made down to 53 in about two weeks. From these two games, much can be inquired about the Packers' positional standings, as well as its performance on offense, defense, and special teams. Starting with the offense, we see the following trends:
- Brandon Jackson is starting to step up and solidify himself as the number two running back behind Grant, showing more than good pass protection. The No. three job is still wide open between Porter and Lumpkin, while Stark's status remains in doubt.
- The fifthwide receiver spot remains open, with the main competition between Chastin West, Brett Swain, Charles Dillon, Patrick Williams and Shawn Gore as the dark horse. Swain got banged up a little on Saturday at Seattle, and West and Dillon performed well in his absence.
- Quinn Johnson is losing ground in the full back battle, with his lower performance on special teams and his unreliability in the passing game, a liability on a passing team.
- The four-man tight end battle between Quarless, Crabtree, Havner, and Lee remains deadlocked. Though Quarless did show good hands on Saturday, there is no clear cut separation so far, though
- The offensive line is getting better, though only one or two spots remain. The main competition looks to be between Marshall Newhouse, Evan Dietrich-Smith, and Breno Giacomini for one or two spots. That is, if Green Bay keeps nine or 10. Newhouse now works as third left tackle, though it's possible he could be elevated if Bulaga makes a permanent switch to left guard. Giacomini has shown improvement by becoming the second team right tackle, and has the body to play the position as a possible heir to Tauscher. All will depend on whether the Pack keeps ten linemen this year. Look for a possible Jason Spitz or Daryn Colledge trade as well.
Taking these factors into account, here is a possible offensive roster for opening day against the Philidelphia Eagles(barring any trades):
QBs: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn
RBs. Ryan Grant, Brandon Jackson, Quinn Porter, John Kuhn, Korey Hall
WR: Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Chastin West
TE: Jermichael Finley. Spencer Havner, Donald Lee, Andrew Quarless
O-Line: Chad Clifton, Daryn Colledge, Scott Wells, Josh Sitton, Mark Tauscher, Bryan Bulaga, TJ Lang, Jason Spitz, Marshall Newhouse, Breno Giacomini
Offensive players to Practice Squad: Graham Harrell, , Shawn Gore, Tom Crabtree (if he's eligible)
Who will step up to help man this high powered offense. We shall soon find out on September third.