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My guess for the Packers Opening Day 53-man roster

August 10, 2010 by  
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Aug 10, 2010 ~ by Brian E Murphy

~There are some very interesting and exciting positional battles yet to be figured out for the Packers over the next four weeks.

While QB seems set, you can make a case that every other position (aside from kicker and long snapper) has three people fighting for one spot.

In addition to the battles, we have guys who might not be healthy enough to start the season on the 53-man roster. Atari Bigby, Al Harris, Will Blackmon, and rookie running back James Starks are all possibilities to open the season on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list.

Rookie Tight End Andrew Quarless appears headed for the practice squad, but can he make enough plays to make the final 53?

And we all have seen enough of Justin Harrell to know that he’s never a certainty to make it through August.

But as of now, here is my guess as to what our 53-man roster will look like.

Offense: 24
QB (2) Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn
FB (2) John Kuhn, Korey Hall 
RB (3) Ryan Grant, Brandon Jackson, Quinn Porter
WR (4) Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, James Jones
TE (3) Jermichael Finley, Donald Lee, Spencer Havner
OT (4) Chad Clifton, Mark Tauscher, Bryan Bulaga, TJ Lang,
OG (4) Josh Sitton, Daryn Colledge,  Jason Spitz, Marshall Newhouse
C (2) Scott Wells, Evan Dietrich-Smith 

Defense: 26
DE (5) Cullen Jenkins, Ryan Pickett, Mike Neal, Justin Harrell, CJ Wilson
NT (2) BJ Raji, Anthony Toribio 
OLB (5) Clay Matthews, Brad Jones, Brandon Chillar, Brady Poppinga, Cyril Obiozor 
ILB (3) Nick Barnett, AJ Hawk, Desmond Bishop 
CB (6) Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Brandon Underwood, Pat Lee, Sam Shields, Jarrett Bush
S (5) Nick Collins, Morgan Burnett, Derrick Martin, Charlie Peprah, Anthony Levine

Special Teams: 3
K: Mason Crosby
P: Chris Bryan
LS: Brett Goode

PUP: 
Al Harris
Atari Bigby
Will Blackmon

IR:
James Starks

*Trades
Ted Thompson may not be active in free agency, but he’s made his share of trades late in camps. Last year, he dealt Tony the Moll to Baltimore for Derrick Martin. He’s also stolen a sixth-round pick for a long snapper, and he’s acquired Ryan Grant in a last-minute pre-season trade.

There are a few candidates to be traded again this year. Daryn Colledge could conceivably be dealt, especially if Bryan Bulaga earns the starting LG spot. He certainly has more value than Moll did.

There might be one-too-many TE’s and/or FB’s  this year so a guy like FB Quinn Johnson or TE Donald Lee could be moved if there’s a willing partner.

Tough Cuts:
WR Brett Swain
FB Quinn Johnson
OT Breno Giacomini
TE Andrew Quarless
DE Jarius Wynn
TE Tom Crabtree
CB Josh Bell
DE Ronald Talley
RB Kregg Lumpkin

Don’t laugh at Josh Bell being a “tough cut”. I like his potential, and he’s gained a few pounds of muscle since last year. Not enough, but he’s headed in the right direction. I actually believe he’s a better corner than Pat Lee is, but because Lee was a 2nd round pick, he’ll be unfairly shafted in favor of Lee.
Bell was thrown in the line of fire late last year and everyone remembers his blown coverage on the final play to the Steelers, but he has some ability. He’s not the only Packer DB in recent history to allow a last-second huge pass. Eagles and Niners fans remember what I’m talking about.

I also really love the speed of young WR Chastin West. I feel he could be a gamebreaking kick returner, and if he gets a chance there in preseason, he might be able to make the team as a 5th WR, where Brett Swainmade the team last year. Swain, you’ll remember, made the team mostly due to being a fine special teams player and he paid immediate dividends in week one versus the Bears when Lovie Smith called the surprise fake-punt, and Swain was the only Packer who was there to make the tackle. That game came down to the wire and one big play like that was crucial in the final outcome.

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One Response to “My guess for the Packers Opening Day 53-man roster”
  1. aaronqb says:

    Way off …

    – Lee or Havner get traded or cut. Crabtree and Quarless make the team
    – Either Colledge or Spitz gets traded or cut
    – Giacomini makes the 53 man. He may start in 2011
    – Peprah does not make the 53 man
    – Bush goes when Harris returns from PUP
    – EDS gets cut
    – They go with a 5th WR – Swain or Dillon
    – Toribio out. Pickett is the backup NT and no way they keep 7 DL in a 3-4

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