Acme Packing Company's 2016 preview continues with a look at the Green Bay Packers' 53-man roster. Today, the focus shifts to the tight ends, specifically which ones we expect to make the final cut.
On the roster
Starter: Jared Cook
A foot injury requiring surgery may have thrown a wrench into the Packers' offseason plans for Jared Cook, but he remains the odds-on favorite to secure the top spot at tight end. Cook's speed provides a dimension absent at the position since Jermichael Finley last graced a football field, and the team certainly hopes he can replicate some that magic with Aaron Rodgers throwing him passes.
Backups: Richard Rodgers, Justin Perillo
Even if Richard Rodgers ends up backing up Cook to begin the year, the third-year tight end should still have a sizeable role in the offense. His hands, the best on the team, make him an ideal red-zone target as well as a safety net on third down. Meanwhile, Justin Perillo should continue working as a blocker on offense and a contributor on special teams.
Missing the cut
Kennard Backman, Mitchell Henry, Casey Pierce
Kennard Backman and Mitchell Henry each intrigue the Packers, but neither possesses a trump-card trait at this point in their careers. Accordingly, though they should have highlight moments during the preseason, we project both missing the final cut. As for Casey Pierce, the competition at tight end appears too strong for him to battle his way onto the roster, though stranger things have happened.