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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Between now and the Green Bay Packers' first training camp practice on July 26, we will break down each position group.

Next up is the offensive line.

Returning players: David Bakhtiari, Bryan Bulaga, JC Tretter, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton, Don Barclay, Derek Sherrod, Lane Taylor, Aaron Adams, Andrew Tiller, Garth Gerhart.

Gone from last season: Evan Dietrich-Smith, Marshall Newhouse, Greg Van Roten.

New this season: Corey Linsley (fifth-round pick), Jeremy Vujnovich (street free agent), Jordan McCray (undrafted rookie), John Fullington (undrafted rookie).

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Position coach: James Campen (eighth season, previously was assistant offensive line coach from 2004-06).

Biggest issue: For the fourth straight season, there will be a new starting center. Tretter is the favorite for the job, but the fact remains that he has never played in an NFL game – not even a preseason game. And he's never played center. Other than that, what's to worry about? Nevertheless, the Packers are high on the second-year player who spent the entire offseason working with the No. 1 offensive line. Tretter did not play at all last season after he broke his ankle during his first OTA practice as a rookie.

Player to watch: Bakhtiari had what Campen described as "a very good season for a rookie" last year when he stepped in as the starting left tackle after Bulaga blew out his knee during the Family Night scrimmage and was lost for the season. Now, as Campen said, "we expect him to make that next step and have a very good season." The former fourth-round pick played well enough as a rookie, despite allowing 10 sacks (including playoffs), according to ProFootballFocus.com, that Campen and coach Mike McCarthy decided to leave him at left tackle and move Bulaga back to the right side. Bakhtiari added about 10 pounds this offseason in an effort to improve his run blocking and better handle pass-rusher's bull-rush moves.

Medical report: Bulaga was cleared to return to practice at the start of the offseason program and made it through the OTAs and minicamp wearing a large brace on his reconstructed left knee. Meanwhile, Sherrod went through the complete offseason program for the first time in his four-year NFL career after breaking his leg late in his rookie season of 2011. Sherrod worked exclusively as Bakhtiari's backup at left tackle this offseason.

Help wanted: If Tretter does not play well enough to win the starting job, the Packers could go with rookie fifth-round pick Corey Linsley. Unlike Tretter, who played tackle in college at Cornell, Linsley is a center by trade. He started 26 straight games at center in his last two seasons at Ohio State.

Quotable: "I think I've had five centers now," Sitton said. "So it's tough because you learn one guy and you get used to doing drills next to one guy and you just jell and you know exactly where their foot's going to be and you've going to be right next to each other. Dietrich was a hell of a player, there was no doubt about it. I really enjoyed playing next to him. But that's what we do. I've played next to, I don't know, 12 tackles since I've been here, so I'm definitely used to playing next to different players. It gives T.J. and I a little bit of a challenge to get him up to speed. It makes it interesting. It's fun teaching him and bringing him along."

Previous installments

Monday: Quarterbacks

Tuesday: Running backs

Wednesday: Receivers

Thursday: Tight ends
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Since he took over as general manager of the Green Bay Packers in 2005, Ted Thompson has drafted 87 players.

Leading up to this year's draft, in which Thompson currently has nine selections, we will look at his best and worst selections in each round.

We'll start at the bottom and work our way up. So far, we’ve looked at the seventh and sixth rounds.

Next up is the fifth round.

Total players drafted: 14.

By position: Tackles 3, tight ends 2, cornerbacks 2, defensive ends 1, linebackers 1, centers 1, guards 1, fullbacks 1, quarterbacks 1, receivers 1.

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Best pick: Micah Hyde, CB.

Hyde (No. 159 overall, No. 2013) has only played one season, but he has the makings of a full-time starter after playing mostly as a slot defensive back in the nickel and dime defenses as a rookie.

Honorable mention: Andrew Quarless, TE (No. 154, 2010), Marshall Newhouse, T (No. 169, 2010).

Worst pick: Ingle Martin, QB.

In attempt to continue their practice of drafting a late-round quarterback to develop and trade, Thompson picked Martin at No. 148 overall in 2006. Martin served as the third-string quarterback behind Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. He saw action in only one game, taking the final three snaps (two of which were kneel downs) and then was released the following year in training camp. He never played in another regular-season game.

Dishonorable mention: Terrell Manning, LB (No. 163, 2012), D.J. Williams, TE (No. 141, 2011), Junius Coston, C (No. 143, 2005), Mike Hawkins, CB (No. 167, 2005).

Notes: Quinn Johnson, FB (No. 145, 2009), Jamon Meredith, T (No. 162, 2009), Breno Giacomini, T (No. 150, 2008), David Clowney, WR (No. 157, 2007) and Tony Moll, T (No. 160, 2006) all went on to play for other teams with Giacomini being the most successful. He started at right tackle for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks last season and signed a four-year, $18 million contract with the New York Jets this offseason.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – If there's a common denominator among the Green Bay Packers' free agents that remain unsigned, it's that none played more than 50 percent of the team's snaps last season.

That's in contrast to the six unrestricted free agents the team has re-signed in the last month. Of the six, four were on the field more than half the time last season.

Six of the Packers' unrestricted free agents remain on the market.

In order of playing time from last season, they are:
  • Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett (535 snaps, 48.0 percent of the defensive plays)
  • Quarterback Matt Flynn (324, 27.3 percent of the offensive plays)
  • Defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (287, 25.7 percent)
  • Tight end Jermichael Finley (252, 21.3 percent)
  • Quarterback Seneca Wallace (58, 5.0 percent)
  • Linebacker Robert Francois (12, 1.1 percent)

Pickett was the only one to appear in every game but he will turn 35 just a month into this coming season, so his time could be over. Flynn is expected to re-sign, and Jolly could too if he recovers from his neck surgery as expected. Francois is still recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon. Finley still has not received medical clearance following his neck surgery, and Wallace will not be re-signed.

Of their own free agents that they re-signed, only two were on the field less than half of the time. They were:
  • Fullback John Kuhn (333 snaps, 28.1 percent of the offensive plays)
  • Running back James Starks (235, 19.8 percent)

Four played well over half the plays. They were:
Also, of the five former Packers' players who signed with other teams, three played more than half the snaps last season.

They were:
The other two were:
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers began this offseason with 17 players scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

They have re-signed five of them: outside linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal, tight end Andrew Quarless, defensive tackle B.J. Raji, cornerback Sam Shields and running back James Starks.

Four of them signed with other teams: center Evan Dietrich-Smith (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), receiver James Jones (Oakland Raiders), tackle Marshall Newhouse (Cincinnati Bengals) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (Raiders).

That leaves eight still on the market. Here's an update on where things stand the Packers’ remaining free agents:

Kahlil Bell, RB: With Starks back on a two-year, $3.165 million deal, it’s unlikely Bell, a late-season pickup last year, will be re-signed. The Packers already have five halfbacks with NFL experience on the roster -- Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin, DuJuan Harris, Michael Hill and Starks -- plus practice-squad member Orwin Smith.

Jermichael Finley, TE: There's no guarantee Finley will receive medical clearance to resume his career following last season's neck injury. Finley reportedly failed a physical during a free-agent visit to the Seattle Seahawks, and the Packers say they are still monitoring his condition. At this point, Finley's career remains on hold.

Matt Flynn, QB: It's all but a lock that the player who kept last season alive while Aaron Rodgers was sidelined with his broken collarbone will return. Coach Mike McCarthy wants Flynn back and would like to keep three quarterbacks on the roster this season. Expect Flynn to be re-signed soon.

Robert Francois, LB: The special-teams player is coming off a torn Achilles tendon. If healed, he could be re-signed for a minimum contract later in free agency.

Johnny Jolly, DT: Like Finley, Jolly underwent neck fusion surgery. But Jolly's injury was not as severe as Finley’s and the fusion took place lower in his neck, which makes it safer for him to resume his career. McCarthy said he liked how Jolly played last season, so expect the Packers to bring back Jolly at some point.

John Kuhn, FB: The Packers remain in talks with the fan favorite who completed a three-year, $7 million contract last season. Kuhn is a valuable special teams player and has been their best pass protector out of the backfield the past several seasons. But it's not a given he will return. And if he does, it likely will be for less money than he received three years ago.

Ryan Pickett, DT: The plan to move Raji back to nose tackle might make Pickett expendable. Or perhaps his age (34) has already done that. McCarthy was non-committal when asked about Pickett's status last week at the NFL annual meetings.

Seneca Wallace, QB: McCarthy would like to bring four quarterbacks to training camp, but don't expect the 33-year-old Wallace to be one of them. He couldn't stay healthy when the Packers needed him after Rodgers' injury. Instead, they would like to add another young, developmental prospect.
The day after the Green Bay Packers' season ended, Bryan Bulaga was asked whether it would be much of an adjustment if he had to move back to right tackle in 2014.

Bulaga chuckled and said: "I didn't even get a full year at left tackle, more like two months."

In terms of actual live practice, it was more like two weeks.

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Bulaga injured his knee during the annual Family Night scrimmage on Aug. 3 and missed the entire 2013 season. Combine that with the fact that rookie David Bakhtiari was more than just OK in Bulaga's place at left tackle last season, and it made sense that Bulaga would move back to the right side, where he started from 2010-2012.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy on Tuesday confirmed that will be his plan heading into this season. He told WBAY-TV as much at the NFL annual meetings.

McCarthy said he informed Bulaga recently of his decision. Bulaga, a former first-round draft pick, is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

A year ago, McCarthy moved Bulaga to left tackle as part of a massive offensive line overhaul that also included guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton switching sides.

"I think that's part of my game that I like; I feel like I can go back and forth," Bulaga said in January.

"I felt pretty comfortable [at left tackle] at the time I got hurt in the Family Night. I felt pretty good about where I was at."

With Bakhtiari set to stay at left tackle and Bulaga back on the right side, it leaves another former first-round pick, Derek Sherrod, as a possible swing tackle. That role had been occupied last season by Marshall Newhouse, who signed a free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals last week. Sherrod returned late last season from the broken leg he suffered in 2011. After missing all of the 2012 season, he was on the roster for the final seven games in 2013, but played only six snaps on offense.

The Packers also have Don Barclay, who started all but two games at right tackle last season. Barclay could end up moving inside to compete with JC Tretter for the starting center job. The Packers lost last season's starter, Evan Dietrich-Smith, who signed a free-agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Free-agency review: Packers

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Most significant signing: Re-signing perhaps their top three defensive free agents -- cornerback Sam Shields, defensive tackle B.J. Raji and outside linebacker/defensive end Mike Neal -- was important, but that didn't necessarily make the Green Bay Packers' 25th-ranked defense better. They hope the addition of defensive end Julius Peppers does that. Peppers had seven sacks in a down season last year for the Chicago Bears, yet that was more than any of the Packers' defensive linemen had last season. Even at age 34, expect Peppers to be motivated to bounce back and energized playing for a team he considers a Super Bowl contender.

Most significant loss: When Evan Dietrich-Smith signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, it ensured that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will take snaps for a fourth starting center in as many seasons. It also broke up an offensive line group that started all but two games together last season. The most likely internal replacement is second-year pro JC Tretter, but he was a college tackle at Cornell who did not play a single snap last year as a rookie.

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Biggest surprise: Apparently 24 touchdown catches over the last three seasons doesn't count for much on the free-agent market. How else to explain why it took a week for anyone to sign former Packers receiver James Jones, who finally landed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders on Monday? Maybe it's that Jones will turn 30 on March 31. While Jones caught only three touchdowns last season, he had 14 in 2012 and seven in 2011. Last season, he caught 59 passes for a career-best 817 yards despite missing nearly three full games.

What’s next? Even after Jones signed, the Packers still have 10 of their own free agents still unsigned. Among them are quarterback Matt Flynn, fullback John Kuhn, tight end Jermichael Finley (visited the Seattle Seahawks), tackle Marshall Newhouse (scheduled to visit the Cincinnati Bengals) plus defensive tackles Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- No matter where Bryan Bulaga plays, regardless of whether David Bakhtiari remains at left tackle and whoever ends up playing center, the Green Bay Packers have more stability on their offensive line than they did last offseason.

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It was nearly a year ago that coach Mike McCarthy and offensive line coach James Campen revamped the line by changing positions for four of the five starters. Bulaga and Josh Sitton switched from right tackle and right guard, respectively, to the left side. Left tackle Marshall Newhouse was moved to the right side (where he failed to beat out Don Barclay), and left guard T.J. Lang moved to right guard.

Only center Evan Dietrich-Smith remained in his regular spot.

This season, perhaps only the center position is up in the air with Dietrich-Smith scheduled to be a free agent next month.

It all depends on where the Packers decide to play Bulaga, who missed all of last season after he sustained a knee injury last August in training camp.

Although McCarthy said last week at the NFL scouting combine that he had not finalized his plans for Bulaga, he later told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that Bakhtiari performed well enough last season as a rookie that the Packers appear to be set to keep him at left tackle.

“If you look at our depth chart right now this is the best group of offensive linemen from a depth standpoint that we’ve had in my time in Green Bay,” said McCarthy, who is entering his ninth season as head coach. “There’s a lot of good things to build off of with our offense.”

Moving Bulaga back to the right side would not be a major adjustment. He excelled at right tackle from 2010-12 and never even made it to his first preseason game as a left tackle. Bulaga spent most of the season rehabbing his knee in Florida but is expected to return to Green Bay for the offseason program in April.

“He’s on time and he’s hit his targets,” McCarthy said of Bulaga’s rehab. “But as I’ve told Bryan when he left in the exit interview [after the season], I’ll be in touch with him to let him know what our plan is whether it’s the left side or the right side.”

A potential change at center would not impact any of the other projected offensive line starters. Lang is not a candidate to move to center even though he filled in there for Dietrich-Smith for parts of two games last season.

The only other possible starting center on the Packers’ roster is JC Tretter, a fourth-round pick last year who did not play at all as a rookie after sustaining an ankle injury in the offseason.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Over the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position

look at what the Green Bay Packers have and what they need.

We can revisit this process before the draft based on what – if anything – general manager Ted Thompson does in free agency.

So far, we’ve looked at quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and tight ends.

Next up, offensive tackles:

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Bakhtiari
2014 free agents: Marshall Newhouse.

The good: For the first time in coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure, the Packers might have options at tackle thanks to the emergence of David Bakhtiari, who started every game at left tackle as a rookie. Bakhtiari, a fourth-round-pick, softened the blow of losing Bryan Bulaga to a season-ending knee injury less than two weeks into training camp. Save for a bad game here and there (both San Francisco games and the Thanksgiving loss to Detroit), Bakhtiari performed perhaps better than expected and gave the Packers a reason to consider leaving him at left tackle and moving Bulaga back to the right side, where Don Barclay played most of last season. Although Barclay struggled more in pass protection, he’s a strong finisher in the running game and appears to be an ascending player.

The bad: Nearly three years after using a first-round pick on Derek Sherrod, the Packers still don’t know whether he can play. After missing the entire 2012 season while recovering from the broken leg he suffered Dec. 18, 2011, Sherrod spent most of the 2013 season on the physically unable to perform list before being activated late on Nov. 5. Although he was active for the final seven games plus playoffs, Sherrod took only six snaps on offense (all at right tackle) and otherwise played only special teams. At 6-foot-5 and 321 pounds, Sherrod is an imposing figure but uncertainty remains about his ability.

The money: When you have a fourth-round pick start as a rookie at the premier position on the offensive line, it helps your bottom line and your salary cap. If the Packers decide to stick with Bakhtiari for the long term, it means they’re still years away from having to do a big-money contract for that spot. While Bulaga and Sherrod were both first-round picks, meaning they were more expensive, both remain under their original rookie contracts. Both of their deals expire after the 2014 season (when Bulaga has a $3.829 million salary-cap charge and Sherrod has a $2.1 million cap charge). The Packers will almost certainly let Newhouse walk. After starting two seasons at left tackle, he was a backup last season.

Draft priority: Thompson has drafted a tackle prospect in each of the past eight drafts. Some end up moving inside to play guard, but the Packers like to draft players who are used to blocking the best pass-rushers who typically play on the outside. While this might be the deepest group of tackles Thompson has had since he took over in 2005, don’t be surprised to see him grab another one at some point, but probably not in the early rounds.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Last week, we graded the Green Bay Packers by position groups as part of our season wrap-up.

This week, we’ll go a little deeper and rank the roster as it stood at season’s end.

The rankings will include 64 players and are based on how those players performed this season -- not their overall importance to the team.

We'll start at the bottom of the roster and work our way up.

Today we’ll address players 51-64:

51. Marshall Newhouse, T: Demoted after starting at left tackle in 2011 and 2012, the fourth-year pro started two games at right tackle after Don Barclay injured his knee and played in spot duty in three other games (including some snaps at right guard). After allowing 18 sacks in the previous two seasons combined, according to ProFootballFocus.com, he allowed three sacks and committed two penalties in essentially six games this past season. An unrestricted free agent who likely won’t be offered a contract to return.

52. Jake Stoneburner, TE: Undrafted rookie who was promoted from the practice squad on Oct. 15. Played mostly on special teams (29.3 percent of the season snaps), where he had three penalties (including two personal fouls). His role diminished late in the season. Played only 10 snaps on offense, and despite a reputation as a good receiver did not catch a pass. Could develop into a receiving threat.

53. Robert Francois, LB: Journeyman backup and special teams player tore his Achilles’ tendon in Week 5 against the Lions in his first action on defense. He played 12 defensive snaps in relief of Brad Jones and made two tackles before getting injured. Was placed on injured reserve the next day. An unrestricted free agent who could return for another minimum contract.

54. Seneca Wallace, QB: Signed on Sept. 2 after the Packers deemed B.J. Coleman, Graham Harrell and Vince Young unfit to back up Aaron Rodgers. Was forced into action when Rodgers broke his collarbone on the first series against the Bears on Nov. 4 and played decently until he tore a groin muscle on the first series the next week against the Eagles and was done for the season. At age 33 and an unrestricted free agent, he’s not likely to return.

55. Kahlil Bell, RB: Veteran was signed on Dec. 3 as insurance after rookie Johnathan Franklin (neck) was placed on injured reserve. Did not appear on offense but played on most special teams units, where he had two tackles and one kickoff return for 22 yards. With all the depth returning at running back, it’s unlikely he will be back next season.

56. Casey Hayward, CB: Second year was derailed from the start when he pulled his hamstring in a pre-training camp workout. Re-injured it two more times and played in only three games before landing on injured reserve. A year after leading all NFL rookies with six interceptions, he was a non-factor.

57. Jerel Worthy, DE: Second-round pick in 2012 was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Nov. 23 after tearing his ACL in Week 17 of his rookie season. Made his season debut with nine snaps the next day and then was a healthy scratch for four straight weeks. Played just four more snaps the rest of the season. So far has been a major disappointment.

58. Sam Barrington, LB: Rookie seventh-round pick played seven games almost exclusively on special teams before a hamstring injury on Nov. 4 ended his season. Could be in the mix for playing time at inside linebacker next season.

59. Derek Sherrod, T: Former first-round draft pick was activated off PUP on Nov. 5 and saw his first action since he broke his right leg on Dec. 18, 2011 when he played on special teams against the Giants in Week 11. Played only six snaps on offense (all at right tackle) in the late stages of the Thanksgiving game against the Lions. Will have a full offseason to work out and compete for a job for the first time since his injury.

60. Chris Harper, WR: Rookie was claimed off waivers on Oct. 18. Was originally a fourth-round pick by the Seahawks. Appeared in just three games, mostly on special teams. He played only two snaps on offense but at 6-foot-1 and 228 pounds, he has good size and will be worth developing.

61. Greg Van Roten, C/G: Second-year pro won a roster spot coming out of training camp and was a backup at all three interior positions. Sustained a season-ending foot injury in practice and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 15. Depending on whether starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith is re-signed, Van Roten could be in the competition for that job next season.

62. James Nixon, CB: First-year player was promoted from the practice squad on Oct. 7 and played in three games before sustaining a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 11. If the injury doesn’t cost him any of his remarkable speed, he could be in the mix again next season.

63. JC Tretter, C/G: Rookie fourth-round pick broke his ankle in offseason workouts in May and did not return to practice until Nov. 19. Was activated of PUP on Dec. 10 but did not suit up for any games. Late-season practice time could help him compete for the starting center job.

64. Jumal Rolle, CB: Rookie was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 8 and promoted to the roster on Dec. 27 but did not appear in a game. At 6-0 and with decent speed, he has a chance to compete for a backup spot next season.

Not rated because they were placed on injured reserve prior to Week 1: Bryan Bulaga, T; Kevin Dorsey, WR; Sederrick Cunningham, WR; DuJuan Harris, RB.

Coming Tuesday: Players 41-50.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In 16 regular-season games plus the NFC wild-card playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Green Bay Packers’ special teams was on the field for 511 plays, according to weekly snap counts kept by the NFL.

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Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum used 58 different players on his units this season. That was four more than in 2012 and explains why coach Mike McCarthy said all the personnel changes caused in large part by injuries caught up with the Packers’ special teams by year’s end.

The Packers finished the regular season ranked seventh in punt return average (thanks largely in part to rookie returner Micah Hyde) but just 30th in kickoff return average. Slocum’s units struggled in coverage, ranking 29th in both punt return and kickoff return average allowed.

The specialists -- kicker Mason Crosby, punter Tim Masthay and long-snapper Brett Goode -- all had strong seasons.

Davon House, who played a team-high 338 snaps on special teams, led the Packers with 12 special teams tackles.

Here are the snap-count leaders on special teams with playing-time percentages in parenthesis. We’re not going to list all 58 players, but rather those who appeared on at least 10 percent of all special teams plays this season. (Earlier, we looked at playing time for every player on offense and on defense this season):
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In 16 regular-season games plus the NFC wild-card playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Green Bay Packers were on the field for 1,185 offensive snaps, according to playing time totals kept by the NFL.

Only one player took them all.

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Josh Sitton played every snap at his new position, left guard, on the way to the best season of his six-year pro career. Sitton made the switch from right guard and was a second-team All-Pro selection.

A total of 30 players took at least one snap on offense (including a pair of defensive linemen -- Mike Daniels and B.J. Raji). In 2012, the Packers used 29 players on offense.

Six players -- Sitton, right guard T.J. Lang, left tackle David Bakhtiari, center Evan Dietrich-Smith, receiver Jordy Nelson and tight end Andrew Quarless -- played on offense in every game.

Here are the total snap counts on offense with playing-time percentages in parenthesis (the defense and special teams breakdowns are coming):

Quarterbacks: Offensive line:
  • Josh Sitton 1,185 (100 percent)
  • David Bakthtiari 1,171 (98.8 percent)
  • T.J. Lang 1,156 (97.6 percent)
  • Evan Dietrich-Smith 1,118 (94.3 percent)
  • Don Barclay 1,027 (86.7 percent)
  • Marshall Newhouse 256 (21.6 percent)
  • Lane Taylor 14 (1.2 percent)
  • Derek Sherrod 6 (0.5 percent)
Receivers: Running backs: Tight ends:
An analysis of the snap counts from the Green Bay Packers’ 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field:

Offense (63 total plays)

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers 63.

Offensive line: Don Barclay 63, Evan Dietrich-Smith 63, T.J. Lang 63, Josh Sitton 63, David Bakhtiari 52, Marshall Newhouse 11.

Receivers: Jordy Nelson 62, James Jones 60, Randall Cobb 44, Jarrett Boykin 27.

Running backs: Eddie Lacy 37, James Starks 15, John Kuhn 13.

Tight ends: Andrew Quarless 48, Ryan Taylor 8, Jake Stoneburner 1.

Noteworthy: Bakhtiari had all kinds of trouble blocking outside linebacker Aldon Smith before he leaving in the fourth quarter because of a concussion and giving way to Newhouse. ... Cobb played more snaps than he did a week earlier in his return against the Bears but was targeted only two times. He caught both of them for a total of 51 yards. ... Lacy seemed to tire in the second half, when Starks got more playing time. Starks finished off a productive season as a backup by averaging 5.8 yards on five carries. ... The Packers got almost no production from their tight ends in the passing game. Quarless had one catch for 8 yards. That was the only target for a tight end.

Defense (64 total plays)

Defensive line: B.J. Raji 48, Ryan Pickett 47, Mike Daniels 36, C.J. Wilson 19, Josh Boyd 14, Datone Jones 13, Jerel Worthy 2.

Linebackers: A.J. Hawk 64, Nick Perry 59, Andy Mulumba 57, Brad Jones 55, Mike Neal 5.

Defensive backs: Morgan Burnett 64, Tramon Williams 64, Davon House 61, M.D. Jennings 46, Micah Hyde 20, Sean Richardson 18, Jarrett Bush 10, Sam Shields 2.

Noteworthy: Injuries to Neal (knee, did not return) and Mulumba (who did return) forced Datone Jones to take his first snaps of the season at outside linebacker. Perry saw his most snaps of the season, two more than in his previous high from Week 1 against the 49ers. ... Defensive coordinator Dom Capers used a heavy dose of his base defense with three linemen, including more than usual with Raji in the middle of the three. ... House, who played only four snaps on defense in the previous three games, was pressed into action in the base defense after Shields’ knee injury on the opening series.

Top special-teams contributors (26 total plays): Bush 22, Jamari Lattimore 21, Taylor 21, Hyde 17, Kahlil Bell 16, Jennings 16, Kuhn 13, Victor Aiyewa 12, Daniels 10, Stoneburner 10.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Between now and the start of free agency in March, the Green Bay Packers have plenty of decisions to make about their roster.

Some may already have been made, but with 17 unrestricted free agents and two more that fall under the restricted category, there are bound to be both big-money signings and cost-saving departures.

Every one of the key free-agents-to-be who was in the locker on Monday when players packed up and headed home for the offseason expressed uncertainty about their situations.

“I’ve had a lot of fun with the guys playing,” center Evan Dietrich-Smith said. “I hope we can continue it, but at the same time I think everybody understands the business side of the game and we’ll just have to wait and see.”

For some players, like veteran receiver James Jones, this won’t be the first time going through free agency.

“Whatever may happen, happens,” Jones said. “I would love to be back here. I’ve been here for seven years and would love to be back. You know, you’ve got to go into the offseason, they make decisions up top, I’ll go into the offseason and talk with my agent and we’ll go from there.”

Here’s the list of the free-agents-to-be on offense (to be followed later by the defensive list):
  • Seneca Wallace, QB: Aaron Rodgers said he enjoyed having a veteran backup around, but at age 33 and coming off surgery to repair a torn groin muscle, Wallace is not expected to return. He finished the Nov. 4 game against the Bears after Rodgers broke his collarbone but then sustained his injury on the first series of his first start the following week. 2013 base salary: $662,118
  • Flynn
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    Matt Flynn, QB: Back in the system where he’s most comfortable, Flynn has shown that he can be a short-term fill-in for Rodgers. After failed attempts to start in Seattle and Oakland, he might be content to come back as a backup. However, the Packers also have Scott Tolzien under contract and would like to continue to develop him. 2013 base salary: $715,000
  • John Kuhn, FB: If ever there was a question about his value, it should have been answered this season, when he made several big plays – including the key block on Rodgers’ game-winning touchdown pass in Week 17 against the Bears. The role of the fullback has diminished, but the position is far from extinct in Green Bay. 2013 base salary: $1.8 million
  • James Starks, RB: Playing the role of complementary back to Eddie Lacy suited the oft-injured Starks. He missed only three games this season and averaged 5.5 yards per carry on 89 regular-season attempts. He might seek a starting chance somewhere else but could return as a backup. 2013 base salary: $630,000
  • Kahlil Bell, RB: Signed on Dec. 3 after rookie Johnathan Franklin’s season-ending neck injury, the veteran backup played primarily on special teams. With Franklin and DuJuan Harris expected to be healthy by next season, Bell may not be re-signed. 201 3 base salary: $715,000
  • Jones
    Jones
    James Jones, WR: Perhaps eager to test the free-agent market after receiving little interest the last time around in the post-lockout signing period of 2011, Jones fought through a knee injury to finish second on the team in receptions (59) and receiving yards (817). It will be interesting to see what the market will be like for a 29-year-old who has been mostly a No. 2 receiver – albeit a productive one. 2013 base salary: $2.95 million
  • Jermichael Finley, TE: This will be as much a medical decision as it is a financial one after he underwent surgery following his season-ending neck injury. Finley wants to keep playing, but he will have to be cleared by doctors first. It would have been a difficult negotiation even without the injury, but that has only complicated matters. 2013 base salary: $4.45 million
  • Quarless
    Andrew Quarless, TE: Replaced Finley in the starting lineup and despite a career-best 32 catches for 312 yards and two touchdowns, he did not show the dynamic playmaking ability that Finley has. It doesn’t mean he won’t be back, but the Packers will probably address this position whether it’s by re-signing Finley or looking elsewhere. 2013 base salary: $1.32 million
  • Evan Dietrich-Smith, C: Played last season on a restricted free-agent tender and started all 16 games for the first time in his career. The Packers would like some continuity at the center position, so perhaps re-signing the dependable Dietrich-Smith will be a priority. 2013 base salary: $1.32 million
  • Marshall Newhouse, T: Reduced to a backup role after starting the previous two seasons at left tackle, Newhouse started two games at right tackle while Don Barclay was out because of a knee injury, but his days as a full-time starter in Green Bay appear to be over. 2013 base salary: $1.23 million
Each week, I will ask for questions via Twitter with the hashtag #PackersMail, then will deliver the answers over the weekend.

Packers' Week 16 playing time breakdown

December, 24, 2013
12/24/13
2:30
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An analysis of the snap counts from the Green Bay Packers’ 38-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Lambeau Field:

Offense (78 total plays)

Quarterback: Matt Flynn 78.

Offensive line: Don Barclay 78, David Bakhtiari 78, Evan Dietrich-Smith 78, T.J. Lang 78, Josh Sitton 78, Marshall Newhouse 2.

Receivers: Jordy Nelson 76, James Jones 73, Jarrett Boykin 70, Chris Harper 1.

Running backs: Eddie Lacy 38, John Kuhn 25, James Starks 25, Mike Daniels 1, B.J. Raji 1.

Tight ends: Andrew Quarless 59, Ryan Taylor 18, Jake Stoneburner 1.

Noteworthy: For the second straight week, coach Mike McCarthy used defensive linemen Daniels and Raji as blocking fullbacks in a goal-line situation. It didn’t work this time. Steelers linebacker Vince Williams shed Raji’s block and tackled Lacy for a 2-yard loss on first-and-goal from the 3. … Operating most of the game out of a three-receiver set, Nelson was targeted only five times (three catches for 46 yards). Boykin (13 targets, five catches for 54 yards) and Jones (12 targets, nine catches for 84 yards) made some tough catches. Jones took away an interception from cornerback Ike Taylor and made it an 8-yard gain. Boykin went over cornerback Cortez Allen to catch a 5-yard touchdown. … After catching 12 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns the previous two games combined, Quarless was used far more often as an extra blocker out of the backfield. On one such play, he collided with Flynn on a run-pass option play that resulted in Flynn’s pick-six. … Lacy reinjured his sprained right ankle in the third quarter, and Starks played more snaps than he had in any game since Week 3.

Defense (58 total plays)

Defensive line: Raji 33, Ryan Pickett 32, Daniels 29, Josh Boyd 24, C.J. Wilson 7, Datone Jones 4.

Linebackers: A.J. Hawk 58, Mike Neal 49, Jamari Lattimore 34, Andy Mulumba 25, Nick Perry 22, Clay Matthews 21, Brad Jones 19.

Defensive backs: Morgan Burnett 58, Tramon Williams 57, Sam Shields 53, Micah Hyde 49, Sean Richardson 36, M.D. Jennings 22, Jarrett Bush 6.

Noteworthy: For the third straight game, Boyd played more snaps than Datone Jones, whose play count was a season low. Wilson returned from a three-game absence because of an ankle injury. … The only sack of Ben Roethlisberger came courtesy of Matthews, who reinjured his broken thumb on the play and is probably finished for the season. Lattimore’s increased workload came because of Brad Jones' recurring ankle injury, and Lattimore forced Le'Veon Bell’s third-quarter fumble. Hawk continued to be the defensive play-caller and intercepted his first pass since Week 16 of 2010. … The nickel-heavy game plan put Hyde on the field for 84 percent of the snaps. For the third straight game, Richardson replaced Jennings during the game and played more snaps.

Top special teams contributors (37 total plays): Bush 31, Davon House 31, Mulumba 26, Taylor 23, Richardson 23, Hyde 20, Lattimore 20, Kahlil Bell 20, Victor Aiyewa 18, Kuhn 17, Stoneburner 17, Jennings 17.

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