A Mid-Preseason Look at the 53 Man Roster

First of all, I am a long time reader of this blog, occasional blog comment poster, and now this is my first fan post so please bear with me. In this post, lets take a possible look at how the Packers 53 man roster and the practice squad may look like.

Quarterbacks (2):

Aaron Rodgers & Matt Flynn

This is probably the easiest decision Ted will have to make.

Running Backs (2):

Ryan Grant & Brandon Jackson

Why only 2?  I think this will be part of the annual roster surprise this year.  With John Kuhn being able to show that he can carry the ball somewhat well, I could see Ted doing something just like this. I also think they will put James Starks on IR for this season and give him a shot next year.

Fullbacks (3):

John Kuhn, Korey Hall & Quinn Johnson

Again, 3 fullbacks. Johnson sticks around again for a power running game option and Kuhn and Hall are special teams stalwarts.

Tight End (4):

Jermichael Finley, Donald Lee, Spencer Havner, & Andrew Quarless

4 Tight Ends!  Yes, Ted loves his Tight Ends.  No way that he will drop Lee, Havner, or Quarless. Lee provides good protection incase Finley goes down with an injury. Havner is very versatile and able to play Offense, Defense, & Special Teams. Quarless will make the team based on his projected ability and the fact that he probably wouldn't pass through waivers to be put on the practice squad.

Wide Receivers (5):

Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, & Brett Swain

Another pretty easy decision for Ted. However if for some odd reason he wants to keep Tom Crabtree on the roster, look for only 4 receivers with Swain being the odd man out.

Offensive Tackles (4):

Chad Clifton, Mark Tauscher, Bryan Bulaga, & Marshall Newhouse

Offensive Guards (3):

Daryn Colledge, Josh Sitton, & T.J. Lang

Centers (2):

Scott Wells & Jason Spitz

With a starting lineup of Clifton, Bulaga, Wells, Sitton, & Tauscher; the Pack is looking better upfront already.  This could be a surprising strong point this year with the quality of depth in the Offensive Line.  I think Allen Barbre has played himself off the roster as he probably couldn't block a stationary rock if called upon these days. Spitz and Colledge both could be interesting trade bait this year if they both complain about not being starters, if that is the case we would lose a lot of quality depth.

Defensive Line (6):

B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, Cullen Jenkins, Mike Neal, Justin Harrell, & Jarius Wynn

Somehow, someway Harrell seems to get a spot again this year, most likely due to Ted not wanting to admit a mistake and he is actually somewhat healthy.  Let's hope that Harrell finally proves all of us doubters wrong.

Outside Linebackers (4):

Clay Matthews, Brad Jones, Brady Poppinga, & Frank Zombo

Inside Linebackers (4):

Nick Barnett, A.J. Hawk, Brandon Chillar, & Desmond Bishop

No surprise really here, Zombo has really played well this preseason to deserve a chance to be on this roster. Will be interesting if Bishop sticks it out for another season of being buried on the depth chart or if he forces a trade.

Cornerbacks (6):

Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Pat Lee, Brandon Underwood, Sam Shields, & Jarrett Bush

Al Harris will start this season on the PUP list, which forces the Packers to keep Bush. I had Harris coming back right away on my original list, but with today's news on him not passing his physical, I had to add Bush to this list. Once Harris is back, I would hope Bush is the one cut from this group, unless Underwood's situation gets worse.

Safeties (5):

Nick Collins, Morgan Burnett, Will Blackmon, Derrick Martin, & Atari Bigby

Bigby won't be back right away, but once he gets back the Pack has some depth at Safety this year. Burnett will have some rookie growing pains to go through, but with Collins working with him hopefully they won't be so bad.

Kicker (1):

Mason Crosby

According to an article today on, Crosby says his confidence is up and he feels a lot better this year. Let's hope that continues throughout the year.

Punter (1):

Chris Bryan

Yes, the Aussie wins the punting competition. Really it is a toss up between Bryan and Tim Masthay, and I just went with a gut feeling here.

Long Snapper (1):

Brett Goode

Goode does his job well, no reason to cut him.

Practice Squad (8):

Graham Harrell QB, Nick McDonald C/G, Quinn Porter RB,  Anthony Levine S, Robert Francois ILB,  Alex Joseph ILB, Tom Crabtree TE, & 1 player from waivers to be named later

I don't see Ted keeping 3 QBs on the active roster so Harrell is stashed here and hopefully stays around to learn the ropes. Porter could make the active roster if the decision is to have 3 RBs available. Zombo would land here if he somehow is outperformed by another linebacker or we pick one up off of waivers, however I don't see that happening.

What do you think about this roster? Do you think a roster like this could make it to the Superbowl?  I think this roster has great potential with a lot of athleticism and smart football players on it. If the Packers can avoid injuries and play to their full potential, I see no reason why they couldn't make it deep into the playoffs with a Superbowl berth to play for.

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