The 2016 NFL off season has unofficially drawn to a close. The Packers have their 90 man roster. Now here is my attempt at predicting the 53 man week one roster, although I have no idea what Ted Thompson is really thinking.
Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley, Joe Callahan(PS)- The Packers lost Scott Tolzien to the Colts this off season. Brett Hundley now slides into the backup role, which is what the Packers thought he would eventually become when they drafted him. Callahan heads to the practice squad.
Eddie Lacy, James Starks, John Crockett- In case you missed it, and my best friend Jon Schwartz hasn't because I've been giving him a play by play all off season, Eddie Lacy has been dropping weight by the day. He weighed in at the beginning of the Packers off season workouts 18 pounds lighter. Starks returns as the backup. However, Ted Thompson did nothing to address the Grand Canyon sized hole at the third running back position, so John Crockett will get another chance.
Aaron Ripkowski- It appears as if the John Kuhn era has come to an end in Green Bay. Ripkowski, one of the Packers 2015 6th round draft choices, appears poised to take over the role.
Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jared Abbrederis, Jeff Janis, Trevor Davis- Yes, you are reading this right. Seven receivers, which would be an NFL week one record. For various reasons, the Packers aren't ready to cut ties with any of them, and by only carrying two quarterbacks and a running back this season will allow them to carry seven receivers.
Jared Cook, Richard Rodgers, Justin Perillo- Cook will be a tremendous upgrade in the passing game. However, the Packers needed to add a blocking tight end late in the draft and failed to do so.
David Bakhtiari, Brian Bulaga, Jason Spriggs, Kyle Murphy, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton, Lane Taylor, J.C. Tretter, Corey Linsley- The Packers offensive line could stay healthy as a cohesive unit all of last season. When they are together, they are one of the best in the league. I think Brian Bulaga loses his job to Jason Spriggs before the season is over.
Datone Jones, Dean Lowry, Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Letroy Guion, Christian Ringo- The Packers needed to address this line in the draft, and did. Clark will take over for B.J. Raji in the middle, whose stunning retirement almost put the Packers in a bind. Dean Lowry will be a nice rotational player. Ringo, a 2015 late round draft choice, will join the rotation this season.
Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Jake Ryan, Sam Barrington, Blake Martinez, Kyler Fackrell, Jayrone Elliot, Nick Perry, Joe Thomas, Carl Bradford- This is a mean bunch as a rotational unit, kind of like a pack of wild dogs, and they only got deeper in the draft with the editions of Martinez and Fackrell. The Packers will attempt to move Matthews back outside full time this season.
Sam Shields, Damarious Randall, Quinton Rollins, Ladarius Gunter, Daniel Robertson, Micah Hyde, Morgan Burnett, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Chris Banjo- This is a deep, deep secondary. Ladarius Gunter looks to be yet another in a long line of Ted Thompson un-drafted free agent gems. He will step into the fourth cornerback role, vacated by Casey Hayward.
Peter Mortell: I fully expect the former Minnesota Golden Gopher to beat out Tim Masthay, who is aging fast.
Mason Crosby- One of the best in the business, but isn't getting any younger, look for the Packers to potentially replace him in a year or two.