Scouts Examining Other Teams' Rosters

Thompson (Mary Langenfeld - USA Today Sports)

The final 53-man roster won't necessarily be formulated by the players on the training camp roster. The Packers have some depth issues that might need addressing before Aug. 31.

When Ted Thompson, the coaching staff and the personnel department get together to formulate the 53-man roster by the Aug. 31 deadline, there are no guarantees that all 53 players that will be on that roster are on the Packers' roster today.

Thompson and the scouts are examining the rosters of the other 31 teams in projecting who might become available to upgrade a position where the Packers are running thin.

"Currently, they're in a meeting that I had to leave because I had to come down and talk to you guys," Thompson told reporters on Wednesday morning. "They've gone through each team, one by one, talking about strengths and weaknesses of a team – or perceived strengths and weaknesses – (and) where they're playing the young guys because we haven't seen all the tape. We all watch as much as we can. This first week (of preseason games are) really important. It kind of gives you an idea of how a team's going to look overall but, specifically, it's used in our case to pinpoint where we want to do a little research and that sort of thing in terms of potentially filling out our roster at the end of this."

Thompson has stuck with his training camp roster to form his 53 the past few seasons. In 2009, Thompson traded for safety Derrick Martin. In 2008, he signed snapper Brett Goode and punter Derrick Frost. In 2007, Thompson signed John Kuhn off waivers. In 2006, Thompson made waiver claims on cornerback Jarrett Bush, safety Charlie Peprah and guard Tony Palmer.

Thompson might be doing some shopping before he sets the roster that he'll take to the Week 1 game at San Francisco. Nobody has emerged as a fourth safety behind Morgan Burnett, M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian. Bryan Bulaga's torn ACL and Derek Sherrod's slow return from a broken leg have left the team thin at offensive tackle behind the young trio of David Bakhtiari, Marshall Newhouse and Don Barclay. Other positions that could be targeted are wide receiver, where there are no sure things outside of Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jordy Nelson, and kicker, depending in large part on the trust level in Mason Crosby and Giorgio Tavecchio.

"I think it's opportunity for some fellas to step up," Thompson said about the offensive tackles. "Do I feel like we're OK? Yeah, only with the caveat that this time of year, even though we have a 90-man roster, we're always anxious about the numbers and do we have enough to play in the preseason games and that sort of thing. But, yeah, I feel pretty good."


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