Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Funday - Another Guess at the 2010 Green Bay Packers 53-man Roster

An NFL roster is always a work in progress. On Sunday, September 12, 2010 the Green Bay Packers open their 2010 season on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. Although the Packers will only have 45 guys on their game day roster, they will have 53 players on their active roster.

Starting in April before the 2010 NFL Draft, I took a look at how the Packers roster heading into the draft. After the 2010 NFL Draft, I gave my first shot at how I thought the 53-man roster would shake out.

Over the next month I will take a number of stabs at how I think the final 53-man roster for the 2010 Green Bay Packers will look when they face the Eagles. Keep in mind this is not how I would select the team, this is how I think Packers general manager Ted Thompson will select the team.

Before we go any further, let me define a few terms:
- IR stands for injured reserve. A player placed on IR is unable to play for the Packers for the entire 2010 NFL season. If the Packers reach an injury settlement with a player on IR, that player can sign with another NFL team for the 2010 season.
- PUP stands for physically unable to perform. A player placed on PUP is ineligible for the 53-man roster until after week 6 of the regular season.
- PS stands for practice squad. The Packers are allowed to carry 8 players on their practice squad (9 if the Packers carry an international player). There are certain rules that determine whether a player is eligible for the practice squad. In order to be placed on the practice squad a player cannot have played in nine regular season games, been on an active NFL roster for an entire year, or have spent more than two seasons on the same team's practice squad.
- CUT is pretty self explanatory.

Here is my first training camp crack at how I think Ted Thompson will pick the final 53-man roster for the 2010 Green Bay Packers:

Offense: 26 (PUP: 1, PS: 5, and CUT: 8)

Quarterback: 2 (PS:1)
Aaron Rodgers
Matt Flynn
PS: Graham Harrell

Running Back: 3 (PUP: 1 and PS: 1)
Ryan Grant
Brandon Jackson
Kregg Lumpkin
PUP: James Starks
PS: Quinn Porter

Fullback: 2 (PS: 1)
Korey Hall
John Kuhn
PS: Quinn Johnson

Tight End: 4 (PS: 1)
Jermichael Finley
Donald Lee
Spencer Havner
Andrew Quarless
PS: Tom Crabtree

Wide Receiver: 5 (CUT: 5)
Donald Driver
Greg Jennings
Jordy Nelson
James Jones
Brett Swain
CUT: Chastin West, Patrick Williams, Charles Dillon, Shawn Gore, and Jason Chery

Offensive Line: 10 (PS: 1 and CUT: 3)
Chad Clifton
Daryn Colledge
Scott Wells
Josh Sitton
Mark Tauscher
Bryan Bulaga
Jason Spitz
T.J. Lang
Breno Giacomini
Marshall Newhouse
PS: Chris Campbell
CUT: Allen Barbre, Evan Dietrich-Smith, and Nick McDonald

Defense: 24 (PUP: 2, PS: 3, and CUT: 7)

Defensive Line: 6 (PS: 1 and CUT: 2)
Ryan Pickett
B.J. Raji
Cullen Jenkins
Mike Neal
Justin Harrell
Jarius Wynn
PS: C.J. Wilson
CUT: Anthony Toribio and Ronald Talley

Linebacker: 8 (PS: 1 and CUT: 3)
Clay Matthews
A.J. Hawk
Nick Barnett
Brandon Chillar
Brady Poppinga
Desmond Bishop
Brad Jones
Cyril Obiozor
PS: Frank Zombo
CUT: Robert Francois, Alex Joseph, and Maurice Simpkins

Defensive Back: 10 (PUP: 2, PS: 1, and CUT: 2)
Charles Woodson
Tramon Williams
Brandon Underwood
Pat Lee
Sam Shields
Nick Collins
Morgan Burnett
Derrick Martin
Charlie Peprah
Will Blackmon
PUP: Al Harris and Atari Bigby
PS: Anthony Levine
CUT: D.J. Clark and Jarrett Bush

Special Teams: 3 (CUT: 1)

Kicker: 1
Mason Crosby

Punter: 1 (CUT: 1)
Chris Bryan
CUT: Tim Masthay

Long Snapper: 1
Brett Goode

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