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Sunday, August 31, 2014
The first 53: The Packers' initial roster

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The roster that the Green Bay Packers put together after Saturday's final cuts is by no means final.

It might even change before Thursday's regular-season opener against the Seattle Seahawks with the possibility of waiver claims and free-agent activity, but here's a look at the way things stand coming out of the preseason:

Quarterbacks (3)
Aaron Rodgers
Matt Flynn
Scott Tolzien
Note: It's the first time since 2008 that general manager Ted Thompson has kept three quarterbacks coming out of training camp. Think Rodgers' collarbone injury last season had something to do with that?

Running backs (4)
Eddie Lacy
James Starks
DuJuan Harris
John Kuhn
Note: The Packers have kept no fewer than five backs to open each of the past three seasons. Look for another running back to join the practice squad.

Receivers (5)
Jordy Nelson
Randall Cobb
Jarrett Boykin
Davante Adams
Jeff Janis
Note: You have to wonder whether they would have kept six if rookie Jared Abbrederis had not torn his ACL.

Tight ends (4)
Richard Rodgers
Brandon Bostick
Andrew Quarless
Ryan Taylor
Note: Rodgers, a rookie third-round pick, looks like the starter, especially if Bostick's leg injury keeps him out for the opener.

Offensive linemen (8)
David Bakhtiari
Josh Sitton
Corey Linsley
T.J. Lang
Bryan Bulaga
Derek Sherrod
Lane Taylor
JC Tretter
Note: Tretter's knee injury could keep him out for another month or longer. The Packers can play him on injured reserve with the designation to return, but he would not be able to play for eight weeks.

Defensive line (5)
Mike Daniels
Letroy Guion
Datone Jones
Josh Boyd
Mike Pennel
Note: One guaranteed roster player (B.J. Raji) and another likely one (rookie Khyri Thornton) landed on injured reserve, leaving the Packers light at this spot. However, outside linebackers Mike Neal and Julius Peppers can play on the line.

Linebackers (11)
Clay Matthews
Julius Peppers
A.J. Hawk
Brad Jones
Mike Neal
Nick Perry
Jayrone Elliott
Andy Mulumba
Sam Barrington
Jamari Lattimore
Carl Bradford
Note: This spot is heavy at outside linebacker, but perhaps the rookie Bradford can play inside. If so, he'd be the fifth inside linebacker behind Hawk, Jones, Barrington and Lattimore.

Cornerbacks (6)
Sam Shields
Tramon Williams
Casey Hayward
Davon House
Jarrett Bush
Demetri Goodson
Note: The surprise here was Goodson over Jumal Rolle. Perhaps the tiebreaker was that Goodson is a draft pick (sixth round). However, it's possible the Packers are waiting for his concussion to clear up so they can waive him and bring him back to the practice squad. You can't waive an injured player without a settlement.

Safety (4)
Morgan Burnett
Micah Hyde
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Sean Richardson
Note: Another surprise was not keeping Chris Banjo, who looked like a top-flight special-teams player.

Specialists (3)
Mason Crosby, K
Tim Masthay, P
Brett Goode, LS
Note: No surprises here.