The preseason is over halfway completed. Week 3 of the preseason is underway and most teams are starting to get a good feel for how their team will look come the regular season opener. However, there are still plenty of jobs being fought for across the league.
The Green Bay Packers' front office loves the competition that training camp spawns. The Packers have numerous jobs up for grabs. Although many players return from last season's Super Bowl team, there are plenty of players fighting to keep a roster spot. Here are five of the best that are battling for a roster spot.
Wide Receiver Brett Swain is not one of the Green Bay Packers' most valuable or talented receivers. He hardly makes his presence felt on the offensive side of the football. The former seventh-round pick only has six career receptions.
Despite the fact that Swain does not offer much as a receiver, he is still a valuable member on the team. Swain is a core special teams player, excelling in just about every area of special teams. The Packers need to improve their special teams performance, and keeping Swain would help that cause.
Unfortunately, the Packers added Randall Cobb this offseason in the draft. He will take up another wide receiver spot. Also, the undrafted Chastin West has been making noise in training camp and may push Swain off the roster.
Cornerback Jarrett Bush has been a fan scapegoat for a few years now. He has a bad habit of chasing seemingly every big play that goes against the Packers defense. Although his role on defense is rather small, his value on special teams is the reason he has stuck around as long as he has. The problem with Bush is that he has probably not shown enough improvement in coverage to warrant keeping around much longer.
Bush is valued by the Packers because of his versatility and his solid play on special teams. Bush can line up at cornerback and also can play safety in a pinch. This may give the Packers incentive enough to keep him on the roster. However, the Packers drafted CB Davon House this spring, and he may be the one who finally pushes Bush off the team.
The Green Bay Packers have a full-blown logjam at the tight end position. The team has six legitimate candidates at the position and will likely only keep four. It has been one of the more intriguing position battles in camp thus far. Spencer Havner is not very high on the depth chart, but that does not mean that the team does not value him.
Havner did not play for the Packers last season, as he spent time with the Detroit Lions. However, Havner was a Packer in 2009, when he was a core special teams player. He is prized for his versatility. As a tight end in 2009, he caught four touchdown passes. He also played a vital role on special teams. Another positive on Havner is that he played linebacker in college and can still play the position in emergency situations.
Another tight end who is fighting for a spot is Andrew Quarless. Quarless was a key contributor last season, filling in for the injured Jermichael Finley and recording 283 yards receiving and a touchdown. He also has the athleticism and potential to grow into a fine player.
Despite gaining plenty of experience last season, Quarless still finds himself battling for a job. Quarless did not perform particularly well last season, and does not appear to be making the strides expected of him entering his second year in the NFL. He also does not play much on special teams, which is something the Packers value highly. Although a fourth-round pick in 2010, the incredible depth at tight end for the Packers makes Quarless no sure thing to make the final roster.
The Green Bay Packers are looking for an outside linebacker to play opposite Clay Matthews. They drafted LB Ricky Elmore out of Arizona in hopes that he could develop into a pass rusher. Elmore played defensive end at Arizona, racking up 10.5 sacks in 2010 to lead the Pac-10.
At 260 pounds, the Packers felt that Elmore was too small to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. Elmore was shifted to outside linebacker early in camp. Unfortunately, he has not impressed coaches in camp and has not transitioned well to his new position. Despite his college production and potential as a pass rusher, Elmore is in great danger of not making the team.