Green Bay Packers: Top 5 Players to Watch in the First Preseason Game

Jake WinieckiCorrespondent IIIAugust 11, 2011

Green Bay Packers: Top 5 Players to Watch in the First Preseason Game

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    Saturday night will mark the first significant game action since the Packers beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

    The Packers will take on the Browns in Cleveland to start the preseason.  Of course, it is still only the preseason and most of the starters will barely play if at all, but it is certainly exciting to get back to football.

    The Super Bowl champs have a lot of players to keep your eyes on, but here is my list of the top five.

    Hope you enjoy. Please feel free to comment and share your views on who to watch for on Saturday night.

5. Derek Sherrod

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    The Packers first-round pick this past spring could end up being the team's starting left guard to begin the season.  We will see him in his first NFL game action Saturday.  He should do fine, but even if he is, he can still be out-played by T.J. Lang, so the competition here will be something to watch.

4. Randall Cobb

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    Do-it-all sensation Randall Cobb should be the No. 5 WR to start the year.  You know your team is loaded with weapons when a guy like Cobb is No. 5 on the depth chart.

    Cobb's primary role this year will be as the main return man—something the Packers have been lacking for far too long.

3. Morgan Burnett

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    Morgan Burnett showed a lot of promise early on as a rookie last season, but unfortunately, his year was cut short due to a knee injury after only four games.

    Burnett will be competing with Charlie Peprah for the starting strong safety spot.  If he has a good showing, he could take the early edge on winning this position battle.

2. Ryan Grant

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    The Packers run game suffered greatly after the loss of starter Ryan Grant in the first game of last season.  He returns to the offense as the starter once again, but will likely split carries will second-year pro and playoff standout James Starks.

    Grant will hopefully show that he is 100 percent coming off of his injury.

1. Jermichael Finley

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    If Finley is 100 percent healed—as he appears to be—he will be an absolute monster this season for the Packers.  Expect Jermichael to once again be virtually impossible to cover and live up to his big talking.

    If all of this works out, Green Bay's offense will be unstoppable.