The hardest part of projecting a 53-man squad for the Green Bay Packers is going from around 65 players to 53. That’s the same job GM Brian Gutekunst will have to do at the end of the season. August. And it’s no fun. Good players are sent to pack their bags every summer.
Packers Wire’s attempt to predict a roster of 53 players to start the 2021 season (see below) has revealed which players might be the hardest to take down next month. Sometimes finding the best-suited 53 players is more important than choosing the best 53 players overall. Difficult decisions will have to be made to achieve this goal.
Projection of the list of 53 men, pre-training camp
QB (2): Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love
RB (3): Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, Kylin Hill
WR (6): Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Amari Rodgers, Malik Taylor, Juwann Winfree
TE (4): Marcedes Lewis, Robert Tonyan, Josiah Deguara, Dominique Dafney
OL (10): David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Billy Turner, Lucas Patrick, Jon Runyan Jr., Josh Myers, Ben Braden, Simon Stepaniak, Royce Newman, Cole Van Lanen
DL (5): Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Kingsley Keke, Tyler Lancaster, TJ Slaton
LB (5): Krys Barnes, Kamal Martin, De’Vondre Campbell, Ty Summers, Isaiah McDuffie
OLB (4): Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, Jonathan Garvin
CB (6): Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Eric Stokes, Chandon Sullivan, Shemar Jean-Charles, Josh Jackson
S (5): Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Will Redmond, Vernon Scott, Christian Uphoff
BU (3): Mason Crosby, JK Scott, Joe Fortunato
Suspended: Jace Sternberger
Let’s take a closer look at the 10 hardest cuts to get to 53:
Funchess certainly has the size and experience to be a part of the squad and maybe even make a significant contribution in 2021, but he hasn’t played for nearly two years either and is at least a year behind. on several of the receivers he will pursue in terms of knowing the offense from Matt LaFleur. Will he be able to overcome the obstacles in his way and thwart all the forecasts? His amended contract gives him little security this summer. He will need a good camp to get there.
Will it all finally come together for St. Brown in Grade 4? He remains an intriguing receiver prospect and a good fit in offense, but injuries have constantly derailed his development and he doesn’t play against special teams. Others in this position could emerge this summer and steal its place on the list to begin 2021.
Will the talent that has shone so often at Notre Dame finally come out for Williams to start Year 3 at Green Bay? The third running back position is wide open, but Williams is expected to beat rookie Kylin Hill and Patrick Taylor for the position during training camp. Matt LaFleur hasn’t really trusted him the past two seasons. Williams will either start doing the little things this summer or he will be looking for work.
Now or never is the time for Nijman, who begins his third training camp in Green Bay. Can he make enough progress and win the swing tackle position? He has obvious physical talent and the Packers have been developing his game for a long time, but three more draft picks along the offensive line and the emergence of Ben Braden as a potential tackle option could squeeze Nijman off the roster.
Burks is a special teams baseman, and the regime change – and the arrival of Joe Barry, a renowned linebacker coach – could reverse his fortunes, but nothing about his first three seasons suggests the third-round pick. 2018 will have a list. spot closed to start 2021. In fact, the additions of veteran De’Vondre Campbell and draft pick Isaiah McDuffie could mean Burks is looking for a new home later this summer.
Ento may have earned a place on the roster to start last season, but now he has just lost a season to injury and will join a group of deep positions at the cornerback position, a position he he is still learning. His intriguing ball skills and potential to play multiple roles on special teams would make him one of the toughest cups on the list. It won’t be at all a surprise if he’s on the initial 53.
He’s got the perfect body type to play special teams, and the Packers trusted him enough to play over 200 special-team snaps last season, but it’s hard to see Ramsey’s place in defense, and there’s no guarantee the team will keep five or more outside linebackers to start 2021. He may have to beat Jonathan Garvin or Tipa Galeai for a spot on the roster.
The Packers are suddenly in a cornerback position, which means some tough decisions will be made during camp. Hollman is a sixth-round pick who has been on the roster each of the past two seasons, but he’s already an older prospect and isn’t trusted to play snaps in defense. Perhaps the Packers will prioritize his experience and athleticism on special teams. A final spot on the roster could go to Hollman or Josh Jackson, who could be his last chance at Green Bay.
The Packers love Black’s versatility and special-team abilities, but it’s certainly possible the team would prefer Will Redmond in cover, Vernon Scott as a handy replacement, and the good side of rookie Christian Uphoff. The last few safe spots represent an underrated battle entering training camp.
The Packers have made it clear they want more consistency in the long snapper. Bradley will improve significantly this summer and return to the job, or the Packers will go in a different direction. Special teams coordinator Maurice Drayton might want something new.