After the jump is my ridiculously early look at the Green Bay Packers projected 53-man roster. I expect I'm wrong, wrong, wrong, so I'd love to hear what you think about it. Here's the thinking that went into it:
- I ignored injury risk or rehab as a factor. So guys coming back from major surgery (CB Al Harris, WR Brett Swain) or who missed the entire 2009 season (CB Pat Lee, DE Justin Harrell) make the May roster.
- The power of incumbency. CB Jarrett Bush and RT Allen Barbre were awful in 2009 but they wouldn't have lasted this long on the roster if the coaches didn't like something about them.
- First year players on the practice squad. While some veterans are eligible for the practice squad, the reality is that it's mostly made up of current draft picks and other first year players. I booted three players drafted in 2010 off the active roster, but they would seem like good candidates for the practice squad. I also added some of the top undrafted free agents to it.
The 53-man roster:
The 8-man practice squad:
Players who missed the cut: