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 probable “starters,” the second tier represents probable back-ups, 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.
- Well, it looks like the back-up race isn’t any clearer even with veteran Vince Young in the mix. The only thing we know for sure is that Coleman is officially in the doghouse for his poor performances.
* Harris, DuJuan
- Starks got the start against the Cardinals, with Franklin also taking a healthy dose of snaps.
- Lacy seems to be “the guy” at running back, but his recent injury has him temporarily sidelined.
- Someone wake me when something happens with the fullbacks…
+ Quarless, Andrew
+ Taylor, Ryan
- Quarless and Taylor need to get back onto the field as soon as they can. Williams is still a bit uninspiring.
+ Cobb, Randall
+ Nelson, Jordy
+ Dorsey, Kevin
+ Johnson, Charles
* Cunningham, Sederrik
- Cobb’s injury doesn’t seem serious, but it’s enough to tag him for this week.
- Walker had a big night against the Cardinals. We’ll see where he goes from here.
Van Roten, Greg
- Looks like GVR is the back-up center for the time being, with Lewis peeking in.
Van Roten, Greg
- Taylor, Lewis, and GVR are all the back-up inside lineman, working both guard and center. GVR has the inside track to a roster spot, so Lewis and Taylor will be duking it out to make an impact on the coaches.
Van Roten, Greg
+ Datko, Andrew
+ Bulaga, Bryan
* Sherrod, Derek
* Tretter, J.C.
- The injury list of offensive tackles makes me want to cry.
- With Bulaga gone, Barclay has gone from Swiss Army lineman to right tackle competitor against Marshall Newhouse.
3-4 Nose Tackle
- FYI, I’ve re-named the defensive lineman positions to provide a bit more clarity.
- Against the Cardinals, Miller got a lot more snaps at nose tackle than Pena did, though they both took the field a few times for a 4-lineman subpackage, which has me intrigued.
3-4 Defensive End
+ Neal, Mike
* Worthy, Jerel
- Jolly and Boyd got a lot of playing time after the first quarter of the preseason game, when Raji, Pickett, and Wilson made the bulk of their appearances.
- Daniels got a lot of snaps throughout the game, suggesting they are really looking to give him some reps to build on.
Nickel/Dime Defensive Tackle
+ Neal, Mike
* Worthy, Jerel
- This list looks strikingly similar to the previous one, simply because the 3-4 ends generally become the nickel and dime linemen inside, while the nose tackle takes a breather. Pickett is in parentheses because he’s used less frequently, but is still a clear starter.
- The “left side” guys seem to be Daniels and Jolly, while the “right side” guys seem to be Raji and Wilson. Boyd was worked a lot on both sides.
- Francois and Manning are the back-ups to Hawk, while Manning and Barrington back up Jones’ spot. Manning has yet to make a big splash.
- Moses and Mulumba are the clear back-ups to Matthews and Perry. The rest might have to make their way onto the roster via special teams.
+ Hayward, Casey
+ Williams, Tramon
- The game against the Cardinals seemed to leave a bad taste regarding the cornerbacks – especially House.
- Hyde played a ton of snaps, primarily as the nickel corner. He’s definitely taking advantage of Hayward’s absence.
* Richardson, Sean
- The bottom tier of safeties got some interesting looks on Friday, but they haven’t really separated themselves yet from the bottom tier. With a position as wide open as this one, they’ll need to start standing out.
- The worst part of the preseason game? No field goal attempts… (Though maybe that was a blessing in disguise.)
* On active Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list
+ Recovering from injury/illness
Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporskiFollow @ChadToporski
17 thoughts on “Packers 2013 Training Camp Depth Chart: Week 3”
Why waste time Vince Young is the back up! He’ got experience and can make plays with his feet. Keep one of the other two and send him to the practice squad and release the other. Give Vice Young an intensive crash course on the Packer offensive scheme and give him as many snap’s as possible during the preseason.
I agree: VY’s athleticism and ability to improvise might make him the ideal backup QB…that I hope we never need.
Keep in mind Graham Harrell is almost definitely not eligible for the practice squad, so he’s either on the team or on the street. In essence, BJ Coleman almost by default will make the PS because the Packers (and most teams at this point), keep their 3rd QB on the practice squad and he’s the only QB eligible. They could of course sign a QB not on the roster at the moment, but as far as I can remember that hasn’t happened.
Also I would say the 1st preseason game was a crash course for Young, it was pretty obvious he didn’t know what was going on (completely understandable considering he was signed a couple days before). If Young can do something significant in the next game then he has a shot to make the roster, if not I still think the coaches like Harrell better, he did have that interception but other than that I thought he did the best of the 3 backups.
Last time I saw Harrell in action during the regular season he replaced Aaron Rodgers after he had been poked in the eye. It was a close game against the Saints and Harrell turned the ball over. The Pack pulled it out and saved Harrell butt. The Packers need to move on without Graham Harrell!
Young is riding on his reputation at this point. Nothing he’s done in camp has shown that he’s ready yet. He might be come the end of camp, but not right now.
An offensive crash course is what the packers are seeking to save VY from…
I have to believe Vince Young will be named the back up. I think it would fit into Caper’s strategy of preparing for defending against the Read Option. Vince Young will be the signal caller for the scout team. He will become C Kaepernick and RG3 and Russell Wilson(If they see the sea chickens in the playoffs)How much time and effort do M McCarthy and his coaching staff have to spend on Graham Harrell I just don’t see too much progress from him. Vince Young has played in a few games and he can be brought into the fold by a former QB coach (McCarthy). Packer Land is also a good environment for Young,very few distractions.He can immerse himself in total football!
Just got my daily email from them saying, “Two rookies show they belong”.
Guess that pretty much settles that. They know more than I do.
I also happen to agree.
I question your sources, how do you know these guys are reliable? 😀
It’s the Packer’s own website. I suggest they know more than you – a lot more.
I know, that’s the joke…
Hence the big smile at the end of your comment. I got it right away.
Good stuff, Chad. It would be fantastic if you listed measurables next to the names for the sake of comparison, but, good stuff regardless.
Hyde is ahead of House as of Monday.
Unless a player has missed, or is expected to miss a week or more, I think you should remove the “+” designation. Otherwise, I do appreciate these articles.
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