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.
As a change from last year, I have separated each position into tiers. The first tier represents training camp “starters,” the second tier represents back-ups or second team players, and the third tier represents training camp “warm bodies” (for lack of a better term). Generally speaking, the rankings within each tier are most important for second tier players, where there is more competition for a roster spot and possible starter material.
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.
- If Christian Ponder were on this list, where do you think Greg Jennings would put him?
* Harris, DuJuan
- Starks has been getting his touches and showing some worth, it seems. How long will it last?
- Would anyone else love to hear William Shatner shout “KUUUUUUUHHHHHHNNNNN!” someday?
- This seems to be one of the least talked about position groups leading up to camp, but I think it might be one of the most interesting competitions to watch.
+ Dorsey, Kevin
+ Johnson, Charles
+ Cunningham, Sederrik
- Biggest question: Will Boykin stay ahead of the second tier, or will we see a breakout player knock him down (provided they can stay healthy)?
- Sadly, I had no idea who these other two guys not named EDS were. That’s probably why Barclay is suddenly being groomed as a back-up.
Van Roten, Greg
- I don’t think we’ll see much change here throughout camp.
* Sherrod, Derek
* Tretter, J.C.
- Brian Carriveau over at CheeseheadTV pondered a good question recently: will Barclay’s time at center prevent him from making a solid bid for starting right tackle?
- Not really a question for this year (I hope), but what is going to happen to this position once Ryan Pickett is gone?
- All eyes will be on Johnny Jolly to see how far he’s fallen from football form. (Extra points on that one for solid use of alliteration.)
* Neal, Mike
* Worthy, Jerel
- The abdominal injury for Mike Neal is depressing.
- All eyes will also be on Datone Jones, this year’s first round draft pick.
- Terrell Manning is the big wild card in this group. Now past his injuries and illness, we get to see what he’s really made of.
- If Dezman Moses continues to shine, this could be the first time the Packers actually have a strong outside linebacker group.
+ Hayway, Casey
+ House, Davon
- Don’t let this current list fool you . . . Hayward and House will be in that top tier once they’re cleared to practice.
- Apparently Micah Hyde made some splashes already on Friday, even getting a press conference mention from Mike McCarthy.
* Powell, Chaz
* Richardson, Sean
- Apparently Jennings got the intial first team reps this training camp. He and McMillian will create another camp battle worth following.
* On active Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list
+ Recovering from injury/illness