The dead time of the NFL season is finally over. Training camp has started and so have the bold season predictions and hard-fought roster competition. There are 53 roster spots for the many players fighting to show the NFL what they have. Many of these spots are already solidified, yet there are many positions where training camp will produce some surprising newcomers. Veterans and rookies alike are descending on the Pack’s practice fields to get ready for the upcoming season and become familiar with the coaching staff’s plan. Here is a breakdown of the Green Bay Packers roster for the upcoming 2017 season.
In the last two seasons, the Packers have kept two quarterbacks on their roster. Aaron Rodgers as the starter and Brett Hundley as his backup. Aaron is the unquestionable starter, one of the best signal callers in the league and of all time. He has not missed much time due to injury and continues to light up defenses. There are no signs of him wearing down. He is in his prime. Hundley is an excellent backup, who has shown in preseason that he has potential to be a starting quarterback somewhere. This preseason he will be auditioning for other teams during the preseason. It is likely that he will be playing in another jersey next season.
How many running backs will the Packers keep? Ty Montgomery will most likely be the starting running back, but the three running backs they have drafted could push for that spot. Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, Devante Mays, and Aaron Ripkowski are the other running backs fighting for a roster spot.
The team will most likely have eight offensive linemen on the roster. Last year they made a surprise move by allowing Lang to walk in free agency and cut Sitton. They are unafraid of making bold moves and they have paid off. Lane Taylor is in his second season and Corey Linsley is in his contract year. Jahri Evans will be a placeholder for a free agent pickup or future draft pick. David Bakhtiari long term deal has secured his position. The backup positions will be decided in training camp.
The team has a great three piece wide receiver combo in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams. Geronimo Allison will be serving a suspension for the first week of the season. Trevor Davis, Jeff Janis, Malachi Dupre, and DeAngelo Yancey round out the rest of the receiving core. Several analysts believe that Max McCaffrey is a player to watch during training camp.
Martellus Bennett, Richard Rodgers, and Lance Kendricks will be the tight ends for this season. They have brought in two veterans as well in Bennett and Kendricks to bolster their core and add some two tight end sets to their offense.
Packers defensive line must get more pressure on the opposing offenses to give their weak cornerbacks more help. To do that they will keep Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Ricky Jean Francois, Dean Lowry, and Montravius Adams.
The team has lost some significant experience at the line back position. They will have Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Jayrone Elliott, Kyler Fackrell, and Vince Biegel will hold down the outside positions. Beagles foot surgery will keep him from practicing, but he is expected to be contributing to the defense by week 1. Jake Ryan, Black Martinez, and Joe Thomas will hold down the middle.
Morgan Burnett, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Josh Jones, Kentrell Brice, and Marwin Evans are the safeties for the Pack. The team will most likely use Burnett and Jones down in the running defense as hybrids.
Six cornerbacks for the team will consist of Davon House, Kevin King, LaDarius Gunter, Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, and Lenzy Pipkins. Kevin King is looking to be a solid starter and possible star at the position. Training camp will show his skill and ability to adapt to their defensive scheme.
Mason Crosby will be the team’s kicker. Justin Vogel and Derek Hart do not have any competition for their positions on the team but are far from locks.