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Packers 2016 Depth Chart: Projecting the defense and special teams during OTAs

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APC examines the Green Bay defense and specialists to try to imagine what the depth chart looks like at the present time.

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Earlier this morning, we looked at our projection of the Green Bay Packersdepth chart on offense; now we turn to the other side of the ball and look at the defense and specialists. For this exercise, we tried to look at full first-team, second-team, and third-team units as much as possible. While this was a little difficult in the secondary, that was at least the approach we took. Keep in mind also that the defensive line and defensive backs are likely to be heavily affected by the extensive use of nickel and dime sub packages employed by the Packers.

Here's how we see the defense and special teams breaking down.

Defense

Position Starters Second Unit Third String Reserves
LE (5T) Letroy Guion Dean Lowry B.J. McBryde Tyler Kuder
NT Kenny Clark Mike Pennel Brian Price
RE (3T) Mike Daniels Christian Ringo Demetris Anderson
LOLB Julius Peppers Datone Jones Jayrone Elliott Reggie Gilbert
LILB Jake Ryan Blake Martinez Joe Thomas Manoa Pikula
MLB Sam Barrington Carl Bradford Beniquez Brown
ROLB Clay Matthews Nick Perry Kyler Fackrell Lerentee McCray
LCB Damarious Randall Quinten Rollins Demetri Goodson Makinton Dorleant
RCB Sam Shields LaDarius Gunter Robertson Daniel Randall Jette
Slot CB Quinten Rollins Micah Hyde Josh Hawkins
SS Morgan Burnett Chris Banjo Marwin Evans
FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Micah Hyde Jermaine Whitehead

Special Teams

Position Starters Second Team Third String Reserves
K Mason Crosby
P Tim Masthay Peter Mortell
LS Rick Lovato Don Barclay T.J. Lang
H Tim Masthay Peter Mortell
KR Jeff Janis Ty Montgomery Micah Hyde Trevor Davis, Jared Abbrederis
PR Micah Hyde Randall Cobb Jared Abbrederis Ty Montgomery, Trevor Davis, Davante Adams