A mere month remains until the opening of training camp, and with it the beginning of the 2015 season in earnest. The Green Bay Packers have set their 90-man roster, which means the time has come for the annual Acme Packing Company player rankings.
Like last year, these rankings were aggregated from multiple ballots compiled by the APC staff. At the end of the reveal, each individual writer's rankings will be published.
As for today, we begin with the bottom
ten nine players on the Packers' roster:
For the second time since Acme Packing Company began ranking Green Bay's offseason roster, the team has left the 90th and final spot vacant. In 2014, the opening was created when Johnathan Franklin's neck injury forced him into early retirement. This year, the Packers simply have chosen to carry only 89 players. Could they be holding this spot for fan-favorite Jarrett Bush?
No, but the team could add another player between now and training camp.
89. Harold Spears, TE
Though the Packers' depth at tight end won't be confused with that at wideout, the team still has several players that it likes at the top (Andrew Quarless, Richard Rodgers and Justin Perillo) plus a recent draft pick (Kennard Backman). As such, it's difficult to foresee Harold Spears, an athletically limited tight end from FCS New Hampshire making much of an impact.
88. Vince Kowalski, OT
Signed earlier in June well after the usual rush of undrafted free agents, Vince Kowalski joins a relatively loaded tackle group. With Don Barclay and JC Tretter returning as key reserves and several other rookies netting sizeable signing bonuses for undrafted free agents, Kowalski faces an uphill climb to make the roster.
87. Kyle Sebetic, CB
Unlike most of the other players ranked in the 80s, Kyle Sebetic has gone through a training camp before. As a rookie in 2014, he battled for a roster spot with the New York Giants before receiving his release late in camp. He later returned for a practice squad position in November, though the team cut him once more. Green Bay doesn't have the cornerback depth it did a year ago, but there appears to be enough talent to limit Sebetic's chances of sticking in Green Bay.
86. Javess Blue, WR
At this stage, it's nearly impossible to distinguish Javess Blue from the other wide receivers in this range. Still, it probably won't matter. The Packers have assembled perhaps their best receiving corps since 2011, making it difficult for any of these guys to carve out a niche.
85. Josh Francis, ILB
Josh Francis has one of the most intriguing narratives entering training camp. While most of the players on the back end of the 90-man roster are either undrafted free agents fresh out of college or unproven second-year players, Francis' most recent football experience came with the Wichita Falls Nighthawks of the Indoor Football League. While that makes him more interesting to follow, the linebacker's size (6'0", 225 pounds) may not cut it at the NFL level.
84. Jimmie Hunt, WR
(See Blue, Javess)
83. Larry Pinkard, WR
82. Jean Fanor, S
Jean Fanor hails from Bethune-Cookman, the same program that produced former-Packers All-Pro safety Nick Collins. He also spent the last three seasons kicking around Kansas City and Green Bay. He hasn't made it onto a 53-man roster yet, and it's hard to see that changing in 2015.
81. Andy Phillips, C/OG
Andy Phillips can play both guard and center, which should benefit him since most non-left tackle backup linemen require versatility to make a roster. However, there are just too many blockers with superior pedigree or pro experience to project Phillips to make much noise during training camp and the preseason.