The Green Bay Packers have lots of injuries. They also have lots of guys on the mend and almost back from injuries. The depth chart for Week 2 of preseason is likely to look a lot different than Week 1, mostly because of the guys who are going to be coming in and out of the lineup.
Desmond Bishop won't be playing next week, and he's probably not going to be playing to start the season. The exact extent of his hamstring injury is not yet known, but he's expected to miss significant time. Davon House's injury isn't nearly as bad, but it would be very surprising to see him take the field on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the likes of Mike Daniels, Marshall Newhouse, Jermichael Finley, John Kuhn and Greg Jennings should return. We won't know for sure whether or not Charles Woodson will play until just before the game on Thursday, most likely, but he is healthy so he's worth penciling into a starting spot on the depth chart.
A note: The Packers' base defense was a 2-4-5 for almost the entirety of the time the first team defense was on the field against the Chargers. Because of that, I'm listing Charles Woodson as a corner on the first team depth chart, not a safety. As a reminder for those who are new around here or to following the Packers closely in general, Woodson is a strong safety in 3-4 packages and a slot corner in nickel packages.
Follow me below the jump for our current projected two-deep depth chart for the Week 2 preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. Positions where more than two players are worth noting are more than two-deep.
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman
RB: James Starks, Alex Green, Brandon Saine, Cedric Benson
FB: John Kuhn, Nic Cooper
X Receiver: Greg Jennings, James Jones
Z Receiver: Jordy Nelson, Tori Gurley
Y Receiver: Randall Cobb, Donald Driver
TE: Jermichael Finley, Tom Crabtree, D.J. Williams, Ryan Taylor
LT: Marshall Newhouse, Reggie Wells
LG: T.J. Lang, Evan Dietrich-Smith
C: Jeff Saturday, Tommie Draheim
RG: Josh Sitton, Ray Dominguez
RT: Bryan Bulaga, Andrew Datko
2-4-5 Base Defense, Line And Secondary
3-4 Defense, Line And Secondary
LE: Ryan Pickett, Mike Daniels
NT: B.J. Raji, Daniel Muir
RE: C.J. Wilson, Jerel Worthy
SS: Charles Woodson, M.D. Jennings
Unchanged Linebacker And Secondary Groups
LOLB: Nick Perry, Vic So'oto
Sam ILB: A.J. Hawk, Terrell Manning
Will ILB: D.J. Smith, Robert Francois
ROLB: Clay Matthews, Erik Walden
RCB: Jarrett Bush, Casey Hayward
LCB: Tramon Williams, Sam Shields
FS: Morgan Burnett, Jerron McMillian
- I am guessing that Derek Sherrod is not going to be ready to play on Thursday. Even if he is, he will probably be eased back into real football by playing against third stringers.
- I think that the distinction between the 3-4 and 2-4-5 defenses and the depth charts in those positions is important. I also think that it's C.J. Wilson and Daniel Muir's route onto the 53-man roster.
- Robert Francois has played some Will and Sam. With Desmond Bishop out, it will be interesting to see exactly what his role is. He was a decent bet to make the team before Bishop's injury and seems like a near lock now.
- Anthony Levine had a solid game against San Diego and could overtake McMillian.
- I hope Casey Hayward starts playing more consistently. He looked like an uber-talented rookie: His ups and downs were very high and low on Thursday. If he improves with each game, he could overtake Bush. Also, we don't have a timetable on House's return yet. Even if he sits out on Thursday, he could start the third preseason game.
- The Packers' official depth chart lists Walden at LOLB and So'oto at ROLB. They were the opposite on Thursday.
- I have Cedric Benson at RB4 because he hasn't actually signed with the Packers yet, and when he does, he'll only get a couple of practices before the game against Cleveland. I expect him to climb, though. James Starks is on alert and Alex Green has a lot of work to do.
- If Wells and Draheim play well and Sherrod gets healthy, it could spell trouble for EDS.
Any disagreements? Let me know below.