As the Green Bay Packers Training Camp unfolds, I am going to do my best to track the players along the depth chart. While things will certainly change over the course of the preseason, this gives us an idea of how the coaches are valuing the players.
Please note that this is not a projection, but rather a snapshot ranking based on observations of training camp practices. Those players seen on the first team units are obviously in the running for starting jobs, while those on second team units are still working their way up the ladder. And as we should all know by now, special teams roles will continue to play a part in how each player is valued.
Notes are provided after each position to help you understand why players were ranked as they are. Most of my information comes from the beat writers who have been watching practice, using their Twitter feeds and articles as references. In deeper positions, the absolute ranking among bottom players should be taken more as a grouping than a specific ranking this early in camp. Enjoy!
- Nothing too shocking here.
- Green seems to be starting strong despite his injury recovery.
- Hard to differentiate between Tyler and Bennett at this point in time without watching practice.
* Kuhn, John
- Haven’t heard a lot about Hoese or Cooper, except that Cooper looks to be an underrated sleeper. Hard to think either will unseat Kuhn as starter.
* Quarless, Andrew
- Taylor has shown better blocking skills and is a big hitter on special teams. This gives him a slight edge over Williams, who has flashed more as a receiver.
- Lair and Bostick are hard to distinguish right now, though Bostick has missed some time with a finger injury.
- Cobb, Nelson, Borel, and Smithson have all had work on returning kicks.
- Smithson was on the injury report recently with a chest bruise.
- It will be tough for the bottom tier to crack the top five without a particularly amazing preseason.
- Haven’t heard anything at all regarding Sampson or Draheim. EDS is definitely the top backup for center right now.
Van Roten, Greg
* Brooks, Jaymes
- The No. 2 OL during Thursday’s practice had Dominguez and Barclay as guards (right and left respectively) with EDS at center.
- Last season indicates EDS gets the first nod at guard should Sitton or Lang go down. His versatility in the middle of the line is what McCarthy likes in his backup OL.
* Sherrod, Derek
- At the very least, Datko and Taylor both served as tackle back-ups during Thursday and Friday’s practices. Datko was seen on first team FG protection unit.
- McCabe went down with a hip injury during 1-on-1 drills Saturday.
* Jones, Johnny
- The coaches really seem to like Daniels. He and Worthy “bring juice” to practice. (No, not the Johnny Jolly kind.)
- Muir was spotted on the KOR unit during Friday’s practice.
+ Neal, Mike
+ Hargrove, Anthony
- Hard to place Neal and Hargrove right now. Both will serve suspensions, and Hargrove has been missing significant practice time for personal reasons.
- Wilson started out on the base defense with Raji and Pickett, though Worthy is definitely nipping at his heels.
- Wynn, Guy, and Merling should start showing their respective value as training camp progresses and could move up or down quickly.
* Bishop, Desmond
- With Bishop out, Smith has been taking the first team reps and is the lone ILB on dime packages.
- Francois was calling plays in the huddle with the second team.
- Lattimore and Manning have been seen working the inside together.
- Though Jones is on here, he hasn’t been seen as an ILB since OTAs.
* Zombo, Frank
- Brad Jones was seen working at ROLB behind Matthews and ahead of Moses.
- Walden and Moses were spotted as OLBs in second team nickel package.
- So’oto, Walden, and Moses will probably switch rankings as camp progresses.
- Woodson probably won’t be playing cornerback in the base package, which essentially puts him third in the ranking. He’ll primarily play the slot in nickel packages.
- Tramon and Bush have been the de facto starting duo since camp started.
- Before Saturday’s practice, Shields might have been ranked higher. His value dropped quickly, though, when House replaced him in the dime package.
- Merrill was seen working on punt returns.
- Burnett and Woodson are pairing up so far in the base 3-4 package. In nickel packages, Jennings has been coming in to replace Woodson, who moves to cornerback.
- Levine got some work with the No. 1 defense on Friday in place of Jennings.
- Richardson could be another sleeper. Was seen working with the first string punt team on Thursday.
* Physically Unable to Perform (PUP)
+ Will Serve Suspensions to Start Season