6 Green Bay Packers Veterans Who Could Be Camp Casualties
There are plenty of good things taking place at Green Bay Packers training camp. Young players are getting experience, veterans are making pushes for playing time and people are generally excited about the fact that football is back.
However, there's also a negative side to training camp, and that's the camp casualties. These players work and train hard, and still find themselves without a team at the end of training camp.
Today we're going to look at six Packers veterans who could find themselves to be camp casualties. The following players are either having poor training camps or the team has younger players with more potential at their position.
Myles White, Wide Receiver
When there is so much talent at a single position, it's easy to get left behind. However, one way a player can stick on a roster is to prove they're valuable in another position.
That's what wide receiver Myles White tried to do the other day when he was asked to return punts. Unfortunately, it didn't go so well. White muffed a handful of punts, according to Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
With White facing an uphill battle to get ahead of Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis and Chris Harper on the depth chart, showing he could be valuable as a return man would have been great. Now White will need to prove that he's absolutely a better receiver than those three, which could prove difficult to do.
Ryan Taylor, Tight End
Tight end Ryan Taylor is in a similar situation to White. His position is loaded with potential talent, and Taylor might have trouble keeping up.
Guys like Richard Rodgers—who took the first snap with the first-team offense, per Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette—Brandon Bostick, Andrew Quarless and Colt Lyerla could all push Taylor off the final roster. And while Taylor is solid on special teams, he's going to need more than that to not get cut during camp.
Taylor needs to prove that he can be an offensive threat on offense. He'll need to prove he can be more than a blocker, and actually run routes and make an impact.
Until Taylor can do that, he'll find himself on the roster bubble. And with other tight ends having better camps, he could find himself becoming a camp casualty.
Jerel Worthy, Defensive End
The quickest way to become a camp casualty is failing to get on the field during training camp. As of right now, that's what looks like is happening with Jerel Worthy.
He's missed every practice so far this offseason, and ESPN Milwaukee's Wilde notes that Worthy could miss all of training camp. If that happens, it's hard to imagine Worthy being on the final roster for the Packers.
While Worthy has certainly shown the potential he has in brief flashes, he's been injured far too often to be counted on. This latest back injury has to cause major concern in Green Bay.
With the defensive line needing production this year, it'll be hard for Worthy to prove his worth without being on the field.
Letroy Guion, Defensive Tackle
Much like Worthy, newly acquired Letroy Guion has failed to see the field yet during training camp, per Evan Western of SB Nation.
The good news for Guion is that his is considered a non-football injury, so his return to practice could be any day now. The bad news, however, is that there appears to be some serious talent at his position.
B.J. Raji, who recently moved back to nose tackle, is having a fantastic camp so far, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN. Josh Boyd, Raji's main backup, even saw some time with the first-team defense during camp.
Unless Guion can get back on the field and really start to dominate, he could be too far behind at his position to earn a roster spot.
Andy Mulumba, Outside Linebacker
Sometimes having no news about you is a good thing. Other times, it's not such a good thing.
Outside linebacker Andy Mulumba falls into the second category. Mulumba needs to be making noise in training camp if he wants to find a roster spot with the outside linebackers.
As of right now, the Packers already have outside linebackers Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Mike Neal and Nick Perry as near locks for the final roster. Mulumba could sneak in as the fifth outside linebacker, but he'll need to start making some positive plays in camp.
Chris Banjo, Safety
With new safeties Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Micah Hyde, players like Chris Banjo could become camp casualties.
To make matters worse for Banjo, his backup competition, Sean Richardson, has been outstanding so far during camp. In fact, ESPN's Kevin Seifert called Richardson's interception the play that left a lasting impression from Packers camp.
It's hard to imagine the Packers keeping a third-string safety, especially with depth needed at so many other positions. So, unless Banjo can win back his job with the second-team defense, he could be looking for a new team after training camp.