Predicting the Packers' 1st Wave of Roster Cuts
Though the Green Bay Packers still have some time until their first preseason game, let's take a look at the first cut of players to get the team roster to 75.
That actual number doesn't have to be reached until August 26. That means the Packers will have three preseason games in which to evaluate their players, besides watching them in camp.
Some players will continue to play well like they have done early in camp. Others will continue to struggle at times. Still other players will hit a bit of a wall as camp drags on.
Some roster moves will also be dictated by injuries.
The Packers will need to clear 15 names off their current 90-man roster to get to 75. In my slideshow, I will show you how the Packers will get there.
- Wide Receiver Jared Abbrederis
- Defensive Lineman Jerel Worthy
It was a shame that rookie wide receiver Jared Abbrederis suffered a torn ACL to his right knee last week. The former Wisconsin Badger was having a good camp and had a chance to be the primary returner on punts.
Meanwhile, defensive lineman Jerel Worthy has not practiced as of yet, as No. 99 had offseason back surgery. And this was after Worthy had come back late last season from a torn ACL suffered late in his rookie season in 2012.
Back surgeries are always serious, especially for a football player. Former Packer defensive lineman Justin Harrell had back issues for a couple of seasons and the team ended up putting him on injured reserve in 2009.
I believe the same thing will happen with Worthy.
- Chase Rettig, QB
- Ina Liaina, FB
- Justin Perillo, TE
- Garth Gerhart, OL
- Aaron Adams, OL
- Andrew Tiller, OL
- Jeremy Vujnovich, OL
When one looks at the list of cuts for the offense, one can see that I have four offensive linemen getting a visit from the Turk. The Packers will still have plenty of depth on the offensive line even after those four cuts, as the team will still have 11 offensive linemen.
There are a number of reasons to be optimistic regarding the O-line. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga is having a very nice camp thus far, plus he is stronger and bigger.
Tackle Derek Sherrod has also had some nice moments. The key for the offensive line is the development of JC Tretter at center. So far, Tretter looks up to the task.
From what I've seen, the Packers seem to like the abilities of quarterback Chase Rettig. I could definitely see him getting an opportunity on the practice squad. The same holds true for tight end Justin Perillo, who has outperformed Colt Lyerla at that position so far in camp.
I know I'll be watching all the position battles quite closely, but it will be very interesting to see who wins jobs at both the wide receiver and tight end positions.
Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy will have to make some very tough cuts at the end of August when the final roster is determined.
- Carlos Gray, DL
- Luther Robinson, DL
- Korey Jones, LB
- Antonio Dennard,CB
- Ryan White, CB
- Charles Clay, S
Even with the six defensive cuts I made regarding the players on this list, the Packers will still have plenty of depth at all the positions.
The defensive line will still be seven deep. Plus, that can be tweaked a bit by using outside linebacker Julius Peppers at defensive end.
The linebacker position will still be extremely deep, as the team will still have 15 players fighting for jobs at the end of camp.
The secondary will still have 13 players battling for roster spots.
Like on offense, the real tough cuts will come on August 30, when the Packers have to determine who will be on the final 53-man roster.
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