Nonetheless, here’s our last, best guess.
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.
Why: Probably a no-brainer here, with LaDarius Perkins having made enough plays this summer to merit a spot on the practice squad.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Why: This trio has gone unchallenged throughout camp.
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