I want to start off by wishing everyone a happy 4th of July!Â I was supposed to be born on the bicentennial and decided to arrive early so I’m forever reminded of my need for patience on this glorious day in American history!
Heading into training camp in just under a month, the Green Bay Packers and their coaching staff are likely already discussing possible scenarios that the team can emerge with when they head into the 2014 regular season.Â However, it’s way too early to make any hard and fast decisions on who will and won’t be on the final 53-man roster, save for the obvious guys.
One part of that discussion that has already started some buzz is which positions the Packers may consider carrying an extra player.Â There is no real requirement for how many players a team has to carry at a certain position, but there are some historical averages that most teams operate under.Â Below are the usual number of players seen on a roster that employs a base 3-4 defense.Â Again, these are averages and many teams have used different combinations in the past, based on need and talent level.
Running Back/Fullback (4)
Wide Receiver (5)
Tight End (4)
Offensive Line (9)
Defensive Line (8)
Long snapper (1)
Keep in mind that while teams carry 53 men on their roster, only 45 are dressed on game day.Â Teams need to be sure that they’re giving themselves enough depth at each position based on who is most likely to suit up on a regular basis.
One example of why is last season when the Packers were faced with the harsh reality that they didn’t have what they needed at the quarterback position behind Aaron Rodgers.Â Heading into the regular season, they carried only one backup, Seneca Wallace, and had Scott Tolzien on the practice squad.Â By the time Rodgers returned in week 17, Wallace was on injured reserve, Tolzien was promoted to the active roster and Matt Flynn was signed mid-season.Â The Packers ended the season with three quarterbacks on the active roster and I fully expect the same this season.