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 know, 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. Players in green have risen in the rankings since the last list, while players in red have fallen.
*** NOTE: This has been one crazy week with all the sustained injuries, so please just keep that in mind as you take a look through the depth chart. I’ve tried to be as reasonable as possible, and hopefully my notes will help you understand my decisions. Thanks.
- Harrell seems to be easing the doubts of Packers fans concerned about the backup QBs.
- Starks has turf toe and will be week to week. Green will definitely be getting his touches during that time, though he is still on a rep count. Stark’s performance on Thursday didn’t help his stock much, either.
- As pointed out by our friend Oppy, Bennett has been showing up more than Tyler in practice; however, with the injury to Bennett, I’m going to hold off on bumping him up for now. We’ll keep an eye on how things progress.
- Cooper continues to get more reps with Hoese now nursing an injury.
* Quarless, Andrew
- Williams has been showing more overall improvement than Taylor so far in camp.
- Though Bostick hasn’t necessarily moved yet, he seems to be making a strong push for the practice squad at the least.
- McCarthy noted how happy he was with Borel’s progress from last season and mentioned his value on special teams and his diversity. At this point, if anyone is going to make the 53 beyond the Top 5, it will probably be Borel. We’ll have to see, though, how his injury affects this.
- Brewer is the newest member of the squad, so it will be some time until we can figure out where to rank him.
- Smithson and Boykin seem to be slowly losing the WR battle, while Moss and Gilleylen are making some noise and might be pushing themselves into the practice squad discussion.
- Nothing has really changed here.
Van Roten, Greg
* Brooks, Jaymes
- Wells was signed this week. As with Brewer, we’ll need some time to adequately rank him.
- Brooks was placed on the Reserve/PUP list this week.
* Sherrod, Derek
* McCabe, Mike
- Datko and Taylor were rotating at LT during Saturday’s practice with Newhouse and Sherrod still out.
- McCabe was placed on Injured Reserve this week.
* Jones, Johnny
- Muir seems to be making plays lately. We’ll see what happens now that Daniels is returning from injury, but for now Muir gets the nod.
+ Neal, Mike
+ Hargrove, Anthony
- Merling got some reps with the No. 1 defense on Saturday. No sure if he’s elevated a whole lot, but definitely seems to be ahead of Guy, who hasn’t done much of anything lately.
- Lattimore is on all four Special Teams units, giving him a distinct advantage in making the final 53.
- I had this written down this before the preseason game: “Though his ranking hasn’t changed, Bishop’s return to practice has highlighted just why the Packers like (and need) him so much.” His season is now in jeopardy, though, with surgery necessary for his hamstring. He also suffered a knee sprain.
+ Walden, Erik
* Zombo, Frank
- Moses was seen on the No. 1 punt cover team. It’s unsure whether the large number of injuries contributed, but it does help to provide some context for where he stands. He also had a good showing against the Chargers.
- House made some noise during the preseason game, though his injury will have him out for 2-3 weeks. This will give Hayward, Bush, and Shields more chances to prove themselves.
- Hayward worked with the No. 1 defense on Saturday with Shields and House injured, and also ahead of Bush.
- No real changes here.
* Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) or Injured Reserve (IR)
+ Will Serve Suspensions to Start Season