Monday, August 11, 2014
Green Bay Packers' projected roster
By Rob Demovsky
Examining the Green Bay Packers' roster:
If the Packers are leaning toward keeping only two quarterbacks, then Tolzien might be their guy behind Rodgers. He outplayed Flynn in Saturday's preseason opener at Tennessee. He has the better arm of the two backups, and that was apparent in the torrential rain that fell throughout the game. However, if they dumped Flynn, they would be getting rid of a quarterback that has proven he can win games as a backup in Green Bay. There's still much to be decided here.
Running backs (4)
If the Packers keep only two quarterbacks, then it could open up a spot for another halfback. Rajion Neal of Tennessee opened some eyes on his 12-yard touchdown run against the Titans before he left with a knee injury. LaDarius Perkins of Mississippi State also has shown flashes. One of the two undrafted rookies might find his way on to the roster.
He did not play a snap in the preseason opener but in Janis' return to practice last Monday after missing the first week of camp due to shingles, he showed his potential. He's as long and athletic as any receiver on the roster. For now, he has bumped Myles White off the roster, although the Packers might need to keep another slot receiver like White. Chris Harper has the physical tools but has been maddeningly inconsistent. He caught two passes for 55 yards against the Titans but also had two bad drops.
Tight ends (4)
Undrafted rookie Colt Lyerla was starting to show signs before he sustained a knee injury on Aug. 2. It looks like he won't return before the preseason is over.
Offensive linemen (8)
The loss of Don Barclay to a season-ending knee injury might cause the Packers to keep one fewer offensive linemen. The Packers can get away with it because they typically only activate seven offensive linemen on game day. Without Barclay, Sherrod is the backup at both tackle spots, and Taylor would handle either guard spot.
Defensive line (6)
Pennel, a rookie free agent from Colorado State-Pueblo, has played his way on in large part because of his ability to play the run. The Packers like his size (6-foot-4, 332 pounds) in the middle of their defensive line, and they need a backup nose tackle. They thought veteran free agent Letroy Guion (hamstring) might be that guy, but he can't get on the field. Jerel Worthy (back) needs to get off the injured list soon if he's going to have any chance.
Undrafted rookie Joe Thomas' chances took a blow when he dropped out of Saturday's game because of a knee injury, and Barrington moved back into the picture after a strong showing against the Titans. Bradford has not done anything to warrant a spot, but it's hard to imagine the Packers cutting a fourth-round pick. If they do, perhaps rookie free agent Jayrone Elliott would get that spot.
Rookie Demetri Goodson has played his way off the roster because of how badly he has struggled in coverage both in practice and against the Titans. Although he had one pass breakup on Saturday, he got burned and also had a bad pass interference penalty. The Packers can afford to keep only five cornerbacks because safety Micah Hyde will play as a slot cornerback in the dime package.
Banjo has played his way back on to the roster after a good week of practice. He keeps showing up on several of the number one special teams units, which is a good sign.
Unlike last year, when Crosby was under the microscope, there's no competition here.