Previewing the final 53 man roster.
QBs: (3) Rodgers, Flynn, and Harrell. Review: Super Bowl MVP Rodgers continues to look sharp in the preseason. Backup Flynn is one of the NFL’s best backup.
RBs: (4) Grant, Starks, Green, and Kuhn. Review: With a talented West Coast passing game, the Packers deemphasize the run keeping only three halfbacks and one fullback. RB Grant is a good cut power runner, but Starks looks stronger in traffic. Meanwhile, Green has the biggest upside with more cut, power, and explosive skills. Starks, if he can block, or Green may be the answer on third downs. Talented FB Kuhn is the only fullback staying on roster.
WRs: (6) Driver, Jennings, Nelson, Jones, Cobb, and West. Review: This elite group of veteran receivers will be the backbone of the West Coast offense along with rookie WR/KR Cobb. West is final pick for receiving and special teams work over Gurley.
TEs: (4) Finley, Quarless, Taylor, and Williams. Review: The Packers will keep four (not five) tight ends. All-pro Finley is the starter with the backups supporting the team in blocking, receiving, and special teams. The talented Quarless resembles Finley. Rookies Williams and Taylor have great upside, but Taylor has moved ahead of Williams for his superior special teams and receiving skills.
OLs: (9): Clifton, Lang, Wells, Sitton, Bulaga, Newhouse, Sherrod, McDonald, and Schlauderaff. Review: By the third week, the five starters including LG Lang was chosen. Veteran Newhouse should be adequate to be backup at both tackle positions. Rookie OL Sherrod is a development project. Coach favorite McDonald, with his upside, is the backup center with reservations. Rookie Schlauderaff stays as backup guard.
DLs: (6): Pickett, Raji, Neal, Green, Wilson, and Wynn. Review: Raji, Pickett, and Neal (when healthy) will be the starters. Raji and Neal are solid pass rushers and stout against the run. Green and Wilson are solid DL backups. DL Wynn has improved to make the roster.
LBs: (8): Matthews, Hawk, Bishop, Walden, Zombo, Francois, Smith, and So’oto. Review: Beyond veterans Matthews, Hawk, and Bishop, the ROLB starter is Walden. He moved ahead of injured Zombo and disappointing Jones. Zombo will stay on the roster. Jones may be gone replaced by undrafted talent So’oto. Veteran Francois and gamer rookie Smith are adequate ILB backups.
Secondary: (10): Woodson, Williams, Collins, Burnett, Shields, Bush, House, Peprah, Underwood, and Gordy. Review: Veteran starters Woodson, Williams, and Collins are among the elite NFL players. With reservations, Bush stays for his special teams work. Impressive rookie House and speedy gamer Gordy will compete for dime position. Veterans Burnett and Peprah are solid safeties. Athletic Underwood gets a final chance to prove his worth, although Levine may get it after an impressive preseason camp.
Specialists: (3): Crosby, Masthay, and Goode. Review: Crosby is becoming a clutch solid kicker. Punter Masthay is having a great camp with solid punts and good hang times. Long snapper Goode is simply solid.
Taxi squad: Candidates include Gurley; Guy; Levine; Dietrich-Smith; and Lattimore.