Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The 53 - 2013 Green Bay Packers Initial Practice Squad

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson finalized the first incarnation of The 53 by 5 PM CDT on Saturday, August 31, 2013.  The next move for Thompson was to sift through all the other players cut to put together the initial 8-man practice squad.

As a preview of how The 53 article is going look each week, whenever I rank players, I am going to call them out in a box to the right and write about the most notable from the group.  Here are my thoughts on a couple of the players on the initial 8-man practice squad for the 2013 Green Bay Packers:

Practice Squad
1. Scott Tolzien (QB)
2. Jake Stoneburner (TE)
3. Charles Johnson (WR)
4. James Nixon (CB)
5. Myles White (WR)
6. Bryan Collins (G)
7. Aaron Adams (T)
8. Michael Hill (RB)
1. Scott Tolzien (QB): Once Tolzien was cut by the San Francisco 49ers, I advocated for the Packers to give him a look.  I don't even care that the Packers play the 49ers to open the season, I thought the Packers should give Tolzien a look based on his talent alone.  Low and behold, Thompson agreed with me and signed Tolzien to the practice squad.  Even before Thompson could finalize the initial practice squad he cut backup quarterback B.J. Coleman and replaced him with veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace on The 53. I ranked Tolzien first because I actually think Tolzien is a better quarterback than any of the other contenders for the backup quarterback job behind Rodgers so I expect to see Tolzien on The 53 at some point this season.

6. Bryan Collins (G): The Packers hoped that they could sneak offensive lineman Patrick Lewis through waivers and onto the practice squad but Lewis was one of six players claimed by the Cleveland Browns so the Packers signed Collins instead.  I have a special place in my heart because I have family from Cleveland and now their general manager is Michael Lombardi, one of my favorite B.S. Report guests.  As long as work comports, I plan on attending the Packers/Browns regular season game at Lambeau Field this year.  It will be interesting to see whether Lewis is still on the 53-man roster for the Browns when the two teams meet.

Check back later today when I dissect the five worst contracts on The 53.

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