Jason Perone: My Initial Packers 53-Man Roster Predictions

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2013 Packers 53 man roster cuts
Thompson and McCarthy have a lot of meeting to do over the next week to trim the Packers’ roster to 53 players

The Green Bay Packers will face some tough decision after this week’s final preseason game and to determine what the final roster will look like.  That will fall largely on General Manager Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

It’s possible that one of these young players could flash in the preseason finale and jump ahead on the depth chart, but as of today, let’s take a look at who I see on the team’s final 53-man roster.

Quarterback (2): Rodgers, Young

With Graham Harrell out of the equation already and with Coleman not taking the step forward that the Packers had hoped, they go with the experienced Young behind Rodgers.

Running Back (5): Lacy, Starks, Green, Franklin, Kuhn

With DuJuan Harris headed to season-ending injured reserve, that opens the door for both Green and Starks to stay.  Lacy is a lock to be the team’s starting back.  Franklin adds some depth in the return game while he continues to integrate into the offense.  And Kuhn’s pass blocking and savvy is too valuable to let go just yet.

Wide Receiver (5): Cobb, Nelson, J. Jones, Boykin, Ross

Cobb, Nelson and Jones were locks from day one.  Boykin has shown very well during the preseason and locked up his roster spot early.  Ross can also flash in the return game and edges out Walker.  With a few injuries to both Nelson and Cobb in recent seasons, depth at this key position is a priority.

Tight End (5): Finley, Quarless, Taylor, Mulligan, Stoneburner

DJ Williams has done nothing to establish himself amongst the above and it’s time to cut the cord.  Same with Bostick.  Stoneburner is very green and probably not ready to contribute much on offense, but he has the pedigree that the Packers like in a tight end.  It’s a bit of a gamble with all but Finley playing on special teams so the team has to hope they can all stay healthy.  

Offensive Line (8): Barclay, Lang, Dietrich-Smith, Sitton, Bakhtiari, Newhouse, Van Roten, Taylor

We all know who the starters are.  With rookie JC Tretter and veteran Bryan Bulaga both out to start the season, Newhouse is too valuable as an experienced backup to let him go.  Van Roten backs up EDS at center but is very green.  Taylor has shown some “nasty” this preseason, something the offensive line can use more of with their physical opponents.

Defensive Line (8): Pickett, Raji, D. Jones, Neal, Wilson, Daniels, Jolly, Boyd

Raji and Pickett were locks.  Rookie first-round pick Jones will be expected to contribute right away.  Wilson, Neal and Daniels provide solid depth.  Jolly just makes plays.  The Packers have to find a way to keep him.  Boyd has not shown much so far, but Thompson is not likely to dump a fifth rounder this soon.

Linebacker (8): Matthews, Perry, Hawk, B. Jones, Francois, Mulumba, Manning, Barrington

The starters became clear when the team released DJ Smith and Desmond Bishop during the offseason.  Francois is a good special teams player and a solid back up on the inside.  Mulumba and Barrington will both contribute on special teams and should grow well into the team’s defense.  Lattimore loses the numbers game as the team continues to evaluate what they have in Manning.

Defensive Back (9): T. Williams, Shields, Hayward, House, Hyde, Burnett, McMillian, Jennings, Banjo

The usuals return this season and are joined by rookies Hyde and Banjo.  Hyde has been impressive in every phase and while he has been beat in coverage, he is well ahead of the rookie curve at a tough position to learn at the NFL level.  Banjo plays hard, fast and is not afraid to stick his nose into any play.  He offers valuable depth at safety and will also contribute on specials teams.  Bush can’t get on the field as a DB and these roster spots are too valuable to keep a one-dimensional guy.

Specialist (3): Crosby, Masthay, Goode

The usuals are back but this position grouping was not without its drama.  Crosby faced competition from two other kickers during the presason but was able to out-kick each and has the stronger leg.  Hoping the worst is behind him or it will likely cost the team 1-3 games this season.

Practice Squad (8): QB Coleman, CB Nixon, RB Amosa, WR Johnson, OL Datko, WR Walker, LB Palmer, OL Lewis

After surviving the initial cut, Nixon edges out Fulton on the team’s PS.  They have to see what they have in Johnson and he sticks as well.

PUP: Worthy, Tretter, Richardson, Sherrod

Sherrod is unfortunately still not ready to return to football action after nearly two years.  The others are no surprise.  No one new can get added to the PUP after Tuesday’s roster moves. Any other injured players would have to be put on IR if moved from the active roster.

IR: WR Cunningham, OL Bulaga, WR Dorsey, RB Harris, LB Reed

The Packers can still put a player on IR with a “Designated for Return” label, which would allow the player to return later in the season.  They can only do this with one player, one time so they may not use this option until after the season starts.

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Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.com

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  • QOTSA1

    I am interested to see who they cut along the defensive line. You only have them keeping 7, but you have 8 guys listed. I would guess they cut Boyd and try to get him on the practice squad.

    I think they only keep 7 offensive linemen. They only have 7 active on game day, and I don’t know that Taylor has done enough to warrant a roster spot.

  • Madcity

    Better check your math, Jason. You list (6) receivers but only name 5 and you list (7) Defensive Linemen and name 8

    • Thomas Hobbes

      Thanks for the pick up, the numbers have been updated.

  • Dick Uhuh

    Lovely list.

    As accurate mathematically as it is predictive.

    • Chad Toporski

      Just because your name is Dick doesn’t mean you have to be one.

      Whatever happened to social decency?

      • Stroh

        I thought it was actually funny. Nothing to get your panties in a twist over.

  • Jason Perone

    Right Dickster…none of these players will make the 53. What was I thinking?

  • James David

    I say it is time to say goodby to Kuhn and Ross just us not a WR. I would not cut Bostick.

  • Damien

    Do you even watch the packers? Jarrett Bush will not be cut. He is by far our best gunner on the roster and he’s better than he was in coverage. Solid depth guy. Stoneburner over the up and down WIlliams maybe, but Bostik is a solid developmental tight end and with this being finleys contract year they’ll keep Him around too see how he matures.

    • Chad Toporski

      “Better than he was in coverage” isn’t really saying much when it comes to Bush…

    • http://allgbp.com/category/authors/jason-perone/ Jason Perone

      Well, I got a “maybe” from you so you must have come around to the conclusion that I do, in fact, own a TV. Come on, man.

      • Stroh

        Still to be determined IMO.

        • http://allgbp.com/category/authors/jason-perone/ Jason Perone

          No, there’s a definite “maybe” in there

  • http://allgbp.com/category/authors/jason-perone/ Jason Perone

    Sorry for the numbers gaffes. . I made some changes at the last minute and did not update my totals. Thanks Thomas for editing!

    As far as the guys on my lists. . do we ever see it shake up how it’s “supposed to”? Kinda boring to just go along with the popular consensus because I can tell you that MM and TT do NOT.

    • Epy

      Don’t worry about the trolls Jason, that just means the blog is gaining some traction ^ ^ and sadly some trolls with it

      • http://allgbp.com/category/authors/jason-perone/ Jason Perone

        Haters gonna hate, Epy. This, we know.

  • GBPDAN

    No Moses at OLB?…was he playing hurt in preseason?

  • SchenySchen

    Moses not playing hurt. Just playing bad.GoPack!

  • DraftHobbyist

    I personally don’t believe Datko deserves another year on the PS. He’s been terrible. For some reason Datko has gotten a lot of hype, and he’s never come close to proving anything. The injury excuse no longer works. It was time to step up for him and he couldn’t cut it.

  • wil marsh

    Geez, i’ve been scouting/studying the ps games–there are only a select few that gave impressions: Hyde has been the best surprise, Boykin and Walker make the cut. D. Jones has been invisible and many of the other new CBs were lacking in my view–Banjo just flies around, not really too impressed. As for the OL, let’s pray for a miracle–i thought Lang has looked unimproved and lacking and ole Newhouse can’t move his feet–i don’t think they’ll let Bush go, nor Kuhn but Kuhn is just average; i pray too that a fairly new LB emerges (like a Perry or perhaps Francois can fill Bishops void) Hawk is Hawk. thanks!