First Thoughts on the Final 53

* The Pack chose to carry only two QBs, letting Graham Harrell go, while hoping he clears waivers to put him back on the practice squad. 16 of the 32 teams are going this route, carrying only two QBs so exactly half the teams are taking the same risk. The gamble paid off, Harrell is on P.S.
* Three undrafted players made the squad, which is about the norm, but the three kept raised some eyebrows. So’oto had guaranteed himself a spot with his preseason games, and Lattimore had flashes throughout camp and the games. The biggest surprise to me was M.D. Jennings making the squad over Levine, Underwood, etc. I think having four safeties is smart though, for depth and special teams.
* No sixth WR for the Packers! In a very understandable and expected move, the two up and coming WRs (West and Gurley) did not make the final 53, but both had their moments. The Pack contain the top WR core in all of the NFL, and there just was not room for more, but both made it to the P.S. so they can continue to grow. If the Pack cannot retain Jordy Nelson, one of these guys can step up then.
* It is well documented that TT went with only eight offensive lineman, leaving the Pack very thin on the inside. Dietrich-Smith backs up the Center and Guard spots, eventhough Sherrod played LG in preseason. Maybe TT will make another claim before the season to shore up this weakness.
* Five TEs are on the final 53, just as I predicted :) These guys have been back and forth making plays throughout the month of August. They all have their place on the team, whether it is in a double TE set, special teams, or in the backfield. Based on their opponent, they will probably rotate who actually dresses for each game because all five will not be on the 46 man gameday roster.
* Trading the FB Johnson and the G Schlaudereraff for picks. TT has done it again, grabbing draft picks to attempt to strike gold late in next year’s draft for players he was probably cutting anyway. The Packers should get a nice compensatory pick or two with the lost free agents next April, so they should have double digit draft picks to play with once again.
* Empty backfields may be a popular choice this season, due to the fact TT kept four total RBs/FBs. Grant and Starks should split carries, with Kuhn lead blocking and stealing a few short distance carries. Green should take the 3rd down spot, as long as he continues to grow as a blocker. Expect Ryan Taylor and Crabtree to be motioning into the backfield because Kuhn needs breaks too.
* Overall, I am very happy with the choices TT made, as usual, and we now have 4 days until the Saints roll into town. Eveyone have a great week, get something at the grocery for the grill, grad your favorite six pack (got ribs and some Octoberfest today)and good luck Friday morning. We have a championship to retain!


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