Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My Final Preseason look at the 53 Man Roster

OK, so we're a night away from the final preseason game. It's the last chance for the players on the bubble to make an impression. My final 53 probably looks pretty close to the others you've seen around. I have the Packers keeping 1 FB, 6WR and 5TE. I have made some more changes to my last stab at it though. I have Ray Doninguez as the last OL. I know a lot of my fellow bloggers have Evan Dietrich Smith as their final guy in. I just can't see it. His only chance in my opinion is if he makes the team instead of McDonald. I can't see 3 centers being kept. I also can't see Dietrich-Smith being kept as a backup LS. I've also seen a couple people mentioning they don't think Donald Driver will make the team. I'll eat my hat if he's cut. So, here it is, rip it apart people. (Starters in italics)

QB (3) – Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Graham Harrell
RB (3) – Ryan Grant, James Starks, Alex Green
FB (1) – John Kuhn
WR (6) – Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Tori Gurley
TE (5) – Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, Tom Crabtree, DJ Williams, Ryan Taylor
OL (9) – Chad Clifton, Bryan Bulaga, Josh Sitton, T J Lang, Scott Wells, Marshall Newhouse, Derek Sherrod, Nick McDonald, Ray Dominguez
DE (4) – Ryan Pickett, Mike Neal, CJ Wilson, Jarius Wynn
DT (2) – BJ Raji, Howard Green
OLB (4) – Clay Mathews, Erik Walden, Frank Zombo, Vic So'oto
ILB (4) – AJ Hawk, Desmond Bishop, Robert Francois, DJ Smith
CB (5) – Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Josh Gordy, Davon House
S (4) – Morgan Burnett, Nick Collins, Charlie Peprah, Jarrett Bush
Specialists (3) – Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Brett Goode

My Practice Squad (8) Chris Campbell, Jamari Lattimore, Brandian Ross, Ricky Elmore, Diondre Borel, Shaky Smithson, Caleb Schlauderaff, Brandon Saine

So, where am I wrong? Let me have it, Packer Fans!


  1. Very impressed! Now why do you think they go with 3QB's and not put Graham on the practice squad? Is it because they know Flynn will be gone next year? I can see 6 Rec's easy but not sure about one FB considering this team has had like 3 or 4 in past years. I can see only four TE's with Quarless hitting the streets. You may also see Grant and Starks swap according to what I'm hearing on 1250am. With that said I think I would be happy with your roster Teddy Ken!

  2. I think they keep Harrell first because he doesn't have any practice squad eligibility and second as an insurance policy in case they lose Flynn. Harrell has shown some things this preseason and he knows the offense.

    I know it's weird with the FB and it's a spot I wouldn't be surprised if I'm wrong. But they like the versatility of their TEs.

  3. So Glad I added Vic So'oto to this. What a game he had tonight.

  4. I was just going to post about So'oto. Great story and plays big when he needs to play big.

  5. Is Gurley the guy with the 8 foot wingspan? Have you seen that picture with his arms outstretched? It's ridiculous.

  6. Yes, Gurley is that guy. I think it part of the reason for all his blocked punts in practice. I bet he gets a couple in games.

  7. Yeah, he did. I ended up not being too far off though.
    People I had in that got cut:

    Graham Harrell
    Tori Gurley
    Nick McDonald
    Ray Dominguez
    Josh Gordy

    People I had out that got in:

    Evan Dietrich Smith
    Jamari Lattimore
    Brad Jones
    Pat Lee
    MD Jennings

    48/53 ain't bad!