Over the weekend we listed the first group of five players for the Green Bay Packers whose stock rose after the conclusion of the team's offseason program. Today we give another set of five that weren't included in the original post.
The presumed starter Andrew Quarless was out the entire program due to injury, and frankly, that gave virtually all of the tight ends on Green Bay's roster a chance to move up stock wise. So even though Rodgers is listed, you could just replace it with all of the tight ends in the group (except Brandon Bostick, who just came back from injury recently as well). I don't think many expected Rodgers to be in the mix for the starting spot this early on, but he's been showing up in practice catching everything his way. That's making him look like the best guy at the position as of now. If he keeps rising the way he currently is, he'll not only make the 53-man roster after training camp, but there's a good chance he might start week one against Seattle.
Out of all the players included on this entire list, DuJuan Harris has been the most impressive player so far this offseason in my eyes. Harris not only needed to show he was healthy, but that he could regain his form that put him in the mix for the starting tailback spot last season before he got hurt. He looked explosive, shifty, and quick coming out of the backfield, and now he's even doing special teams work returning kicks. Eddie Lacy is bar-none the starter right now with James Starks as his backup, but after the unfortunate career-ending injury to Johnathan Franklin, Harris could now be in the mix for touches, on top of his possible duty in the return game. It's good to see him get back to where he was.
Organized team activities and minicamp mean nothing when it comes to position battles. I just wanted to make that clear first. Tretter is trending up right now because of how good he's looked in practice, as well as the faith head coach Mike McCarthy has in him right now. He's battling with rookie Corey Linsley for the starting spot, and he looked like the most prepared for it (on and off the field). Training camp is when the battle heats up, but Tretter is healthy and confident on the line, which is helping his cause for the job.
We couldn't see everything that we wanted to have liked from defensive players in the offseason program obviously because pads aren't involved, but similar to Tretter, I put Jones as somebody trending up because of the simple fact that he's healthy. Jones did a lot of work in the offseason and looked to be in some good shape at practice in getting ready for the season. McCarthy said earlier this year that he believes Jones is poised to make the jump this year, and him being present and around the guys at least helps his chances of making a real impact this season down on the line after a disappointing rookie campaign.
Bulaga is in a battle with Don Barclay for the starting right tackle job when the regular season starts. He looked healthy and stronger when minicamp ended last week, and being physically is encouraging. Barring any setbacks, he had a pretty solid early summer and will be given every opportunity to reclaim his job, and so far he is showing he is the best player for the position right now heading into camp.
With the conclusion of all 10 players, let us know in the comments below who else you think is trending up after the offseason program.