June 12, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Eric Lair (45) and tight end Ryan Taylor (82) work on a drill during the team's mandatory minicamp at Ray Nitschke Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
So far the roster projections haven't been too controversial. Tight end might not be as cut and dry as those positions were around the fan base, but what the Packers actually do is pretty straight forward as well. This is currently en vogue position in the NFL with the rise of Jimmy Graham and the shirtless wonder: Rob Gronkowski. The Packers have also liked this position for the last few years filling the position with guys who can block, catch, and play special teams. So for as much people would like to keep 7-8 WR's and watch the offense come in waves, look for the team to keep 4 TE's around in order to help round out other areas of the team.
Starter: Jermichael Finley - People hate on him but I just don't get it. He was a bit stiff last year, but I will give him a pass on that considering the injury he was recovering from. Expect more in 2012.
Job Security: Ironclad - There is a contingent of Packer Nation that would be happy to be rid of him but a talent like this guy isn't just discarded....at least not by a smart team looking to win another Super Bowl.
Backup: D.J. Williams, Tom Crabtree, and Ryan Taylor - Each guy here has a role and a niche to fill on the offense and on the team. Crabtree and Taylor are blockers and special teams guys, Williams is there to create mismatches similar to Finley.
Job security: Strong - I would be surprised if these guys don't all make it week 1. The main question I have is about Williams. Quarless can do everything he can do, and probably better, so if Williams doesn't make some serious strides in camp then it's his job on the line when Quarless returns.
Practice Squad or PUP: Andrew Quarless - Another some what divisive figure among Packer fans, due to his checked history at Penn St. Despite this I thought I saw him rounding into a pretty good TE last year until the injury cut short his season. From the sound of it so far he's not ready to go and should land on the PUP. IR could also be in the cards as well. The future is bright for Quarless, but it may take the whole year to heal up from this particular knee condition.
Cut: Brandon Bostwick and Eric Lair - Lair could also end up on the PS depending on his training camp showing.
Roster spots left: 43