Ranking the roster, part two: Nos. 41-50

January, 14, 2014
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- On Monday, we began our rankings of the Green Bay Packers' roster as it stood at season’s end.

We began at the bottom, ranking players 51 through 64.

The rankings are based on how the players performed this season -- not on their overall importance to the team.

Now, we look at Nos. 41 through 50:

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41. Datone Jones, DE: Drafted in the first round (No. 26 overall), Jones was supposed to give coordinator Dom Capers a three-down player who could stop the run and rush the passer. Instead, he almost never played in obvious run situations and was limited almost exclusively to rushing the passer in the dime package. Even those snaps dwindled late in the season. He had just 3.5 sacks, two of which came in the same game. By season’s end, fifth-round pick Josh Boyd was playing more. Actually showed a little flash in some snaps lined up as an outside linebacker late in the year.

42. Brandon Bostick, TE: Converted small-college wide receiver made the roster after spending all of last season on the practice squad. Improved as a blocker, but still has a long way to go and showed flashes of his athleticism in the passing game after Jermichael Finley's season-ending neck injury. Averaged a team-high 17.1 yards per reception, but had only seven catches before a broken foot ended his season in Week 15. Could develop into a downfield threat. Dropped three passes in 10 catchable targets, according to ProFootballFocus.com.

43. C.J. Wilson, DE: Fourth-year pro was surpassed as a run-stopping starting defensive end by the return of Johnny Jolly and was inactive eight times, only three of which were injury-related. Unrestricted free agent won’t command much attention, and could return for a minimum salary.

44. Scott Tolzien, QB: Signed to the practice squad on Sept. 2 and promoted to the roster on Nov. 6, two days after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, he was pressed into action the next week following Seneca Wallace's groin injury. Played well enough against the Eagles in relief to earn two more starts before giving way to Matt Flynn when Tolzien struggled against the Vikings. Showed good arm strength, but threw five interceptions in a six-quarter stretch against the Eagles and Giants. Needs a full offseason under the tutelage of coach Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Tom Clements, and could be a possible long-term backup.

45. Myles White, WR: Skinny but elusive rookie was promoted from the practice squad on Oct. 15 after injuries to Randall Cobb and James Jones. In just his second game, he caught five passes for 35 yards on Oct. 27 against the Vikings. Playing time diminished greatly after Jones returned, and was placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn meniscus in his knee on Dec. 8 against the Falcons. Should be in the mix for a roster spot again next season.

46. M.D. Jennings, S: Probably would have been replaced -- a la Jerron McMillian, who was cut on Dec. 3 -- if Capers had any better options. Saw his playing time reduced late in the season when Sean Richardson received more snaps. Missed nine tackles, tied for the third most on the team, and allowed a team-high five touchdown passes, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Scheduled to be a restricted free agent, he won’t be offered any more than the lowest tender -- if he’s tendered at all.

47. Chris Banjo, S: Undersized rookie who was signed a few days into training camp, made the team because of his speed, willingness to hit and intelligence. Factored more on special teams, where he ranked second on the team with 10 tackles. On defense, after some rotational play at the midway point of the season, he played only 11 snaps combined over the final six games. Could develop into a full-time player, but his height (5-foot-10) will always be a limitation.

48. Victor Aiyewa, LB: Promoted from the practice squad on Nov. 27, he had last been in the NFL in the 2011 season with the Buccaneers. Did not play on defense but was in for 51 percent of the special teams snaps over the final six games and finished tied for sixth with five special teams tackles.

49. Nate Palmer, OLB: Rookie sixth-round pick was bypassed on the depth chart by undrafted free agent Andy Mulumba. Did not play on defense after the Nov. 17 game against the Giants and was inactive for six of the last seven games.

50. Lane Taylor, G: One of three undrafted free agents to make the opening-day roster, he played just 14 snaps on offense over three games. Appeared in a total of 10 games, mostly on special teams.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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