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Green Bay Packers 53-Man Roster Prediction

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Written By: Matt Di Domenico

Twitter: @didomenicomatt5

This season, NFL teams have been cutting down their rosters before the final preseason game kicks off. After that final preseason game is played, NFL teams will have to cut down their rosters to that 53-man mark. The Green Bay Packers have played in two preseason games so far and will now be close to cutting down their roster very shortly. After my film study of the two preseason games and updates heard in training camp, I will be providing my prediction for what the Packers' final 53-man roster will be for the week 1 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Below are my predictions for each position group and a small breakdown included.

Quarterbacks: (2)

QB1- Aaron Rodgers

QB2- Jordan Love

Cut- Kurt Benkert, Jake Dolegala

Many football fans did not know who would be starting at QB for the Green Bay Packers after Aaron Rodgers had made it clear that his time in Green Bay could be coming to an end in the next year. After skipping OTAs, Rodgers showed up for the start of training camp and has stated that he is committed to the Packers in 2021 for possibly his final run. The QB2 will be former first-round pick Jordan Love of course. Love played well in his first preseason game against the Houston Texans when he went 12 for 17 with 122 passing yards and 1 passing TD. Love did unfortunately hurt his shoulder in the game and did not play vs the New York Jets in the 2nd preseason game. If Love's shoulder is not up to par, do not be surprised if he doesn't play vs the Buffalo Bills in week 3 of the preseason. If Love does not play, that will give Kurt Benkert a good amount of playing time to show his worth to make the roster. Benkert has shown some flashes and could make that final statement to the Packers front office.

Running Backs: (3)

RB1- Aaron Jones

RB2- AJ Dillon

RB3- Kylin Hill

Cut- Patrick Taylor, Dexter Williams

The RB room for the Green Bay Packers is one of the best rooms in the NFL. Aaron Jones has proven that he is one of the best dual-threat RBs in the NFL. Secondly, AJ Dillon will be the RB2 this season after the departure of Jamaal Williams in free agency. Look for Dillon to be that big bruising RB that runs the rock with a lot of power and force. Dillon should get a lot of opportunities in short-yardage situations as well. The RB3 spot looks like it is going to be going to Kylin Hill after he was selected in the 7th-round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Hill scored in the first preseason game on a 22-yard screen pass and scored in the second preseason game on a 12-yard rush. Hill has really proven that he has a lot of talent and deserves to be on this Packers roster in 2021.

Wide Receivers: (7)

WR1- Davante Adams

WR2- Marquez Valdes-Scantling

WR3- Allen Lazard

WR4- Randall Cobb

WR5- Amari Rodgers

WR6- Devin Funchess

WR7- Equanimeous St. Brown

Cut- Malik Taylor, Reggie Begelton, Juwann Winfree, Chris Blair, Demon Hazelton

Going out on a limb here and saying that the Packers will carry 7 WRs heading into the regular season. We all know what kind of WR Davante Adams is and certainly, he is viewed as one of if not the best WR in the NFL. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard both had big 2020 seasons where they were able to show up for this Packers offense at a good rate. The Packers also brought in former Packers WR Randall Cobb this offseason by trading a 2022 6th-round pick to the Houston Texans. Cobb is a WR that has excellent chemistry with starting QB Aaron Rodgers and Rodgers was the main reason why he was traded back to Green Bay. Amari Rodgers was also taken in the 3rd-round by the Packers in this past year's draft. Rodgers is a player clone of Randall Cobb who specializes in the slot receiver role and will also help a lot on special teams. The fight for the last two WR spots is between Equanimeous St. Brown and Devin Funchess. In the first preseason game, Devin Funchess really stood out with 6 receptions for 70 receiving yards. For St. Brown, he has been hurt and not active in the first 2 preseason games but has experience on the Packers roster in the past. One WR that could upset St. Brown for that WR7 spot is Malik Taylor who has had an excellent training camp and has really stood out during the two preseason games.

Tight Ends: (4)

TE1- Robert Tonyan

TE2- Mercedes Lewis

TE3- Josiah Deguara

TE4- Jace Sternberger

Cut- Dominique Dafney, Isaac Nauta, Bronson Kaufusi, Daniel Crawford

Robert “Bobby” Tonyan has shown that he is one of the best TEs in the NFL after catching 11 TDs and having 586 receiving yards in 2020. Tonyan showed that he has earned Aaron Rodgers' trust and will look to have an even bigger year in 2021. Mercedes Lewis is one of the best veteran players on the team and he provides a tremendous amount of leadership to this Packers team. Lewis is also one of the best blocking TEs in the NFL so expect him to make the roster. I do not think the Packers will be giving up on Jace Sternberger just yet, but he will be facing a two-game suspension for violating the league substance abuse policy. Then there is second-year TE in Josiah Deguara who is coming off a torn ACL. Deguara was used at the FB position at times his rookie year and was able to make short impactful plays in the receiving game.

Offensive Line: (9)

LT- David Bakhtiari

LG- Elgton Jenkins

C- Josh Myers

RG- Lucas Patrick

RT- Billy Turner

T- Dennis Kelly

T- Royce Newman

G- Jon Runyan

G- Cole Van Lanen

Cut- Ben Braden, Jake Hanson, Jacob Capra, Yosh Nijman, Coy Cronk, Ben Braden

There is no doubt that the Green Bay Packers have a top 5 offensive line in the NFL. There is a lot of talent on this Green Bay offensive line and is a huge strength for them. Star LT David Bakhtiari is coming off a torn ACL but has made a strong return and has looked healthy for the most part in camp even though he has had little activity. LG Elgton Jenkins has proved that he is not just one of the best OGs in the NFL but one of the best OL because of how versatile he is. Jenkins is a future first-team all-pro in the making and could be an all-pro this season if he keeps it up. The Packers will also have a new starting center with Josh Myers who was taken in the 2nd-round to replace former center, Corey Linsley. Myers has been having a strong camp and preseason. Even Aaron Rodgers has had positive things to say about the rookie center. Finishing off the last two spots on the right side of the line will be Lucas Patrick and Billy Turner who have always been reliable options in the past. Behind this starting 5 are great back-up options for Green Bay. The back-ups include Dennis Kelly, Jon Runyan, Cole Van Lanen, and Royce Newman. Runyan has stepped up a lot in the last year and certainly is not a bad option to go to at both guard spots if one gets injured. Dennis Kelly was picked up mid-way through camp and has looked good for a back-up OT. Cole Van Lanen is a former Wisconsin Badger and has been a fan favorite during camp this year.

Defensive Ends: (4)

LE1- Dean Lowry

RE1- Tyler Lancaster

LE2- Jack Heflin

RE2- Kingsley Keke

Cut- Willington Previlon, Carlo Kemp

The DE position for the Green Bay Packers is an interesting one that could use a little bit more depth. The Packers' best interior DE is Dean Lowry but Tyler Lancaster was making a name for himself this past season. The one DE that the Packers are hoping makes a huge jump in 2021 is Kingsley Keke. Keke was able to rack up 4 sacks in 2020 and is looking to improve that number in September. Finally, Jack Heflin is a young player that has been battling for a roster spot all camp and should make the roster for some kind of depth but certainly, the Packers could get an upgrade at LE2.

Nose Tackles: (2)

NT1- Kenny Clark

NT2- T.J. Slaton

Cut- Josh Avery

The DT position has also turned into a small position of need with more depth needed for the Green Bay Packers. Look for the Packers to bring in a veteran DT before week 1. With that in mind, Kenny Clark has proven to be one of the best interior DTs in a 3-4 defensive scheme. There is no doubt that Clark will have a great year if he remains healthy. Behind Clark is T.J. Slaton who was a 5th-round draft selection in this past year's draft. Slaton has played well in the preseason where he has racked up 8 tackles and 1 sack. Slaton has been a real positive talk in camp and should make this Packers team no doubt.

Outside Linebackers: (5)

LOLB1- Rashan Gary

ROLB1- Za’Darius Smith

LOLB2- Preston Smith

ROLB2- Randy Ramsey (IR)

LOLB3- Jonathan Garvin

Cut- Chauncey Rivers, Tipa Galeai

This OLB group is considered one of the best groups in the NFL. The Packers still have the veteran presents of Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith on the roster who will lead this OLB group. Behind them is the young Rashan Gary who really has been making a name for himself. This past season, Gary recorded 5 sacks and looks to improve that number with more opportunities thrown his way in 2021. Randy Ramsey and Jonathan Garvin are also two players that will make the roster because of depth reasons. It will not be a huge shocker if Chauncey Rivers upsets Garvin or Ramsey for one of the spots in this OLB group.

Inside Linebackers: (4)

ILB1- Krys Barnes

ILB2- De’Vondre Campbell

ILB3- Ty Summers

ILB4- Oren Burks

Cut- Isaiah McDuffie, De’Jon Harris, Ray Wilborn

For 2021, the ILB group for the Green Bay Packers could be an underrated group with the young talent that they have. Krys Barnes is a 2nd-year player that will be looking to make a huge leap in 2021. Barnes had 80 total tackles in 2020 and should be one of the starting ILBs for week 1. Barnes is slowly making a name for himself on this Green Bay defense and has been competing with great pursuit. The Packers however also did add veteran LB in De’Vondre Campbell in the offseason to help the fellow ILBs out. Campbell racked in 99 total tackles with the Arizona Cardinals last year and will be a nice rotational piece for the Packers to utilize. Ty Summers is a player that brings good value on special teams and depth. Summers will be at the ILB3. The ILB4 spot is a tricky one that will be battled out between Isaiah McDuffie, Oren Burks, and De’Jon Harris. I have Burks winning the job because of the experience and improvement he has made but do not be surprised if McDuffie can upset him for the ILB4 spot.

Cornerbacks: (6)

CB1- Jaire Alexander

CB2- Eric Stokes

CB3- Kevin King

CB4- Chandon Sullivan

CB5- Shemar Jean-Charles

CB6- Isaac Yiadom

Cut- Kabion Ento

Jaire Alexander is a huge star for Green Bay that has gotten better each year since being drafted in 2018. Alexander is the best CB in this group but the Packers needed to add more depth and talent behind Alexander. That issue led the Packers into taking Eric Stokes in the 1st-round and Shemar Jean-Charles in the 5th-round of this past year's draft. The Packers are looking to get some quality football out of both these rookies when their number is called. The Packers still have Chandon Sullivan who was able to flash in some games last season and Kevin King who returned in free agency on a one-year prove-it deal. King has had some struggles and looks to prove that he is worth the second chance in Green Bay. Finishing out the CB6 spot is Isaac Yiadom who was traded for with shipping off Josh Jackson to the New York Giants.

Strong Safeties: (3)

SS1: Adrian Amos

SS2: Will Redmond

SS3: Vernon Scott

Cut- Christian Uphoff

Coming to the SS group, Adrian Amos will be going into his third season with the Green Bay Packers, looking to have another strong year. Amos had 83 total tackles with 2 INTs in 2020. Behind Amos will be Will Redmond and Vernon Scott who both have been having a decent camp in Green Bay.

Free Safeties: (2)

FS1: Darnell Savage

FS2: Henry Black

Cut- Innis Gaines

For the FS group, Darnell Savage has turned into one of the best young safeties in the NFL. Savage had quite the season this past year with 4 INTs and 75 total tackles. Savage will look to be an impactful player in the back end of this Packers defense. Henry Black will be the backup FS and should be used for when Savage plays some nickel CB which he has done in the past. Black has been able to flash in the past two preseason games and will look to play against Buffalo for the final game.

Kicker: (1)

K: Mason Crosby

Punter: (1)

P: JK Scott

Not a whole lot to say here with the kicking specialist. Mason Crosby will be entering his 15th season with Green Bay and is still going strong. For JK Scott, he should make the team but is on a short leash after his average year with a net punt average yards of 45.5 which ranked 18th in the NFL last year.

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