Packer Report Final Roster Prediction

Here's our final projection of the 53 players who will be left standing once the dust settles today. The cuts are due at 3 p.m. Central, though they figure to have them finalized early because of the short week to the season-opener at Seattle.

The Green Bay Packers make their final roster cuts today, though the 53-man roster that exists when the dust settles on Saturday might not be the same roster they take to Seattle on Thursday.

Nonetheless, here’s our last, best guess.

Quarterback (3): Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien.

Why: Flynn and Tolzien have earned their way onto the roster. As we wrote in separate stories on Thursday night, Tolzien has been the statistically superior quarterback but Flynn has led the team to two more scores in an equal number of possessions. The wild card is they cut Flynn, gambling that nobody would sign him and he’d be available if emergency struck.


Running back (4): Eddie Lacy, James Starks, DuJuan Harris; John Kuhn.

Why: Probably a no-brainer here, with LaDarius Perkins having made enough plays this summer to merit a spot on the practice squad.


Receiver (5): Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis.

Why: Without his two big plays on Thursday, Kevin Dorsey might have gotten the nod over Janis because of his value on special teams, where he’s a No. 1 on both return units. Depth elsewhere probably prevents the Packers from keeping six receivers, and Dorsey didn’t do enough on offense.


Tight end (4): Richard Rodgers, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor, Jake Stoneburner.

Why: The big-name player to be released might be Andrew Quarless, who is listed as No. 1 on the depth chart but certainly isn’t No. 1 in reality. He was playing deep into the second half on Thursday. For now, Stoneburner makes the team, though that’s subject to change when Bostick is healthy. All of that said, for all of the focus on the lines, the Packers could make a move here to acquire someone who can block.


Offensive line (8): LT David Bakhtiari, LG Josh Sitton, C Corey Linsley, RG T.J. Lang, RT Bryan Bulaga; T Derek Sherrod, G Lane Taylor, C J.C. Tretter.

Why: With Tretter out for at least another month, do the Packers gamble on taking just seven healthy offensive linemen into the regular season? None of the Packers’ young blockers have merited that extra spot, so help would have to come from elsewhere.


Defensive line (5): Mike Daniels, Josh Boyd, Datone Jones, Letroy Guion, Mike Pennel.

Why: How do the Packers replace B.J. Raji? By not running much base 3-4 defense. So, five defensive linemen should be plenty, especially if third-round pick Khyri Thornton’s hamstring injury is serious enough to stash him on injured reserve. If Thornton makes it, the casualty might be Flynn, the fourth tight end or one of the linebackers


Linebacker (11): OLB — Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Mike Neal, Nick Perry, Jayrone Elliott, Andy Mulumba; ILB — A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Jamari Lattimore, Sam Barrington; combo — Carl Bradford.

Why: Put Bradford, Mulumba and Nate Palmer’s names in a bag, shake them up and pick one (if Thornton makes the roster) or two (if he doesn’t) to make Green Bay’s final 53. Bradford, a fourth-round pick, didn’t look bad at inside linebacker, considering he got moved there this week. Unless the Packers were way out in left field by using a fourth-rounder on Bradford, chances are several teams thought highly of him. That makes it unlikely he’d clear waivers and land on the practice squad. Palmer, who played inside and outside this week, was on two of four special teams this week but injured a knee vs. Kansas City. Mulumba is on only one special-teams unit but brings toughness against the run. Of the three, he’d be the one who could contribute this week.


Cornerback (5): Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Davon House, Jarrett Bush.

Why: Williams, with his big salary, lined up with the first team every day this summer alongside Shields. House might make interesting trade bait but, as a source said, he’s got more value in Green Bay than elsewhere because of his contract status (free agent after this season) and relative lack of playing time (which would make it difficult for his new team to sign him to an extension). Bush, who played well on defense last season and again this summer, makes it on special teams.


Safety: Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, HaHa Clinton-Dix, Sean Richardson, Chris Banjo.

Why: Banjo makes it as the fifth safety after a solid training camp. He’s a No. 1 on three of the four special-teams units.


Special teams (5): K Mason Crosby, P Tim Masthay, LS Brett Goode.

Why: This trio has gone unchallenged throughout camp.


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Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.

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