Green Bay Packers Depth Chart 2011: Predicting Week 1 2-Deep

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIAugust 8, 2011

Green Bay Packers Depth Chart 2011: Predicting Week 1 2-Deep

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    Camps are in full swing, and we’ve gotten to take a good look at the 2011 Green Bay Packers.

    Now, there are certain players that we absolutely know will be starters, but there are others where that may not be as clear.

    Likewise, there are a few players that you might not have on your depth chart, but the Packers certainly will have them penciled in on their Week 1 charts.

    Right now all we can do is speculate based off of what we know and what he hear coming out of Packers camp

    Here’s a prediction of Week 1 depth chart going two-deep.

Quarterback

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    1, Aaron Rodgers

    2. Matt Flynn

    No surprises here. Rodgers has asserted himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and he's going to start for the Packers as long as he wants too.

    Flynn is no scrub though, as he proved during stints last year, so I'm not sure how much longer we will see him backing up No. 12.

Running Back

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    1. Ryan Grant

    2. James Starks

    Grant missed all but one game in 2010 because of injury but will be returning to the starter role to start out the season.

    Starks didn't get much playing time, but when he did, he made the most of it and was a big factor in the Packers Super Bowl run.

    I suspect Starks will push for Grant's job and may even win it if Grant can't get back to form.

Fullback

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    1. John Kuhn

    2. Quinn Johnson

    Kuhn is going to move back to his natural fullback position after spending some time deep in the backfield in 2010. I think the move will greatly help the Packers running game, being that Kuhn is a great blocker and tremendous in short yardage situations.

    Johnson is an extremely physical player who made his mark as a good blocker last year. I expect his role will be the same.

Wide Receiver

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    1. Greg Jennings

    2. Donald Driver

    It's hard to mention only two receivers when talking about the Packers receiving corps because they utilize so many on the offense.

    Jennings and Driver are still going to be Rodgers' favorite options, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Jordy Nelson make a push up the charts this season.

    Other notable players here are newly re-signed James Jones and rookie Randall Cobb, who I think will play a role in the offense.

Tight End

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    1. Jermichael Finley

    2. Andrew Quarless

    I expect Finley to pick up where he left off before getting injured last season and be one of the best tight ends in the league. He is a physically imposing athlete that has the intangibles to be one of the best.

    Quarless was respectable during his stint as a starter, and I think the Packers will find ways to work him in from time to time.

Left Tackle

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    1. Chad Clifton

    2. Nick McDonald

    Clifton is coming off a Pro Bowl season, and I think he still has enough left in the tank for at least one more. He's one of the most consistent blindside blockers in the league.

    McDonald is one of a few players who are going to be battling it out as backup linemen by committee.

Left Guard

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    1. T.J. Lang

    2. Derek Sherrod

    Lang gets the nod here because of his experience playing guard in the pros, but I wouldn't be surprised if they slide Sherrod over from his natural left guard position once he gets some more time in the system.

Center

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    1. Scott Wells

    2. Caleb Schlauderaff

    Wells is one of the most consistent centers in the league. Rodgers seems to be comfortable with him, so that is not a relationship to mess with.

    Schlauderaff was drafted as a guard, but I wouldn't be surprised if they give him some practice reps at center to see if he takes to the position.

Right Guard

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    1. Josh Sitton

    2. Marshall Newhouse

    Sitton was honored last season as a Pro Bowl alternate, and he should continue his reputation as one of the better linemen in the game.

    Newhouse was a fifth-round pick in 2010 and should provide good depth on the line where needed.

Right Tackle

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    1. Bryan Bulaga

    2. Evan Deitrich-Smith

    Bulaga has emerged as a great young linemen since the Packers drafted him as their first-round pick in 2010. He should only improve as time goes on.

    Deitrich-Smith is in his second year as a pro and seems to be a solid backup option.

Defensive End

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    1. Ryan Pickett

    2. C.J. Wilson

    Picket had a great year in 2010 and was a dominant force on the outside of the Packers line. Twenty-seven solo tackles and a sack is rather impressive.

    C.J Wilson made a few big plays in relief last year, and his athleticism should make him an attractive option coming off of the bench.

Nose Tackle

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    1. B.J Raji

    2. Howard Green

    There is no question that Raji established himself as one of the best nose tackles in the league during his second year with the Packers. He is athletic, quick and has a knack for making plays for such a big man.

    Howard Green acquired on waivers midway through the season but was a valuable substitute that had a knack for making plays during the stretch run.

Inside Linebacker

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    1. A.J. Hawk

    2. Desmond Bishop

    Hawk came back to the team after being let go out of his contract. He led the team in tackles last year and is going to take over as the veteran leader of the front seven with Nick Barnett gone.

    Bishop made tons of plays and took advantage of all the injuries that plagued the linebacker corp. last season. He should find a way to keep himself on the field in the middle of the 3-4.

Outside Linebacker

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    1. Clay Matthews

    2. Frank Zombo

    Matthews will be looking for a third consecutive Pro Bowl year, as well as continuing his streak as one of the best playmakers on the defensive side of the ball.

    Zombo was a player who filled in admirably for the Packers in the wake of many injuries. It's important to note that players such as Erik Walden and Brad Jones may also see significant time on the outside.

Cornerback

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    1. Charles Woodson

    2. Tramon Williams

    Until proven otherwise, Woodson is still one of the best cover-corners and play-makers in the game, and the expectations shoudn't be any lower because of the shoulder injury he suffered in the Super Bowl.

    Tramon Williams came on at the end of last season and finished the year with a career high six interceptions. He is workings his way up the ranks as one of the better corners in the league, especially if his great play continues.

    Also important to note that players such as Sam Shields, Jarret Bush and rookie Davon House will all play important roles, especially in the nickel.

Free Safety

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    1. Nick Collins

    2. Brandon Underwood

    Collins posted three straight Pro Bowl seasons and made a huge play to seal the Packers Super Bowl victory. He is a playmaker and one of the best deep men in the NFL.

    Underwood is a converted corner who has become a serviceable backup.

Strong Safety

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    1. Charlie Peprah

    2. Morgan Burnett

    Peprah stepped up due to injury and had the best year of his career, including two interceptions.

    Burnett had the starting job in 2010 but suffered a season-ending injury in Week 4. He will have to win the job back if he wants to start.

Kickers

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    1. Mason Crosby

    2. Tim Masthay

    Crosby re-signed with the Packers and should continue along as expected. He has a big leg and is gaining consistency as he goes on.

    Masthay was a welcome addition to a punting unit that was desperately needing the help. He has a strong leg and is accurate with his spot kicks.

    Brett Goode should continue his role as the long snapper.

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