Bedard had a crack at his 53 man roster here. I’ll offer mine even though the actual cuts may come any minute here.
- QBs (3) – Rodgers, Flynn, Brohm. It’s been 2 years and I’m still not sold on Brohm. He looked better last Thurs night in the face of tremendous pressure. I really wonder what would have happened had Flynn been healthy and played well in the preseason – would they have cut or traded Brohm?
- RBs (4) – Grant, Jackson, Wynn, Sutton. While I don’t think he’s bad, I strongly considered leaving off Jackson. Though I don’t know the extent of his injury, I’ve seriously begun to wonder if he’s the least talented of the backs. Lumpkin has a nice power style and never seems to lose yards, Wynn strikes me as one of those gamers who just does positive stuff (like Bishop) whenever he’s in the game and Sutton may in fact just be the most purely talented back we have overall. In the end Lumpkin is the odd man out.
- FBs (2) – Somewhere I read a stat that pointed out the Packers’ winning percentage when Korey Hall played last year and it was much better than when he didn’t. Last year, I saw too many games where it seemed Kuhn missed the block. Maybe part of it was Grant running the wrong way I don’t know, but it sure looked like Kuhn wasn’t a huge help back there. Johnson has too much potential to risk him to waivers, so I keep Hall and Johnson.
- TEs (3) – Obvious we’ll keep Lee and Finley. And, though I don’t remember him as the special teams demon that others seem to, I don’t mind keeping Havner if he truly helps there.
- WRs (5) Jennings, Driver, Jones, Nelson, Martin. There has been a lot of talk about Brett Swain and keeping him because he’s versatile. While some may consider that a nice attribute, I think it’s overrated. In fact, I’d argue that at times, revering this attribute causes problems (think last year, when our O-line guys shifted positions seemingly weekly and Hawk moved to MLB even though Bishop as trained specifically as back-up LB). If a guy makes the team as a WR, I want him to be a WR, not a quadruple back-up corner. (This said, this may be the last year I hang on to Martin, unless he has a break out year.)
- O-Line ( 9) Babre, Sitton, Spitz, Colledge, Clifton, Deitrich-Smith, Scott Wells, Jamon Meredith, TJ Lang. I’m not sure how Mark Tauscher’s rehab has been going lately, but I think we shouldn’t rule out picking him back up. Even if he can’t start, he could really help the guys mature into more effective linemen because he’s just so bright. And then, even if he’s slowed down a bit by the knee, I’m sure he could fill in adequately if we were in a bind (be better than any of the other back-up options at least).
- D-Line (6) Jolly, Raji, Pickett, Jenkins, Wynn, Montgomery. Possible consideration might be keeping one more big guy for depth (though Toribio and Malone would likely clear waivers for the practice squad).
- Linebacker (9) Kampman, Barnett, Hawk, Bishop, Chillar, Matthews, Thompson, Brad Jones, Lansanah. Yes, I would have tried to trade Poppinga, but if not, I would have cut him. There is enough potential in Jones, Lansanah and even Obiozor to justify cutting ties with Poppinga.
- Secondary (9) Blackmon, Williams, Woodson, Harris, Collins, Bigby, Smith, Rouse, Lee, Bush. I don’t know much re the injuries for Blackmon, Underwood and Lee, but depending on severity one of these 3 could end up on IR. It’s hard for me to leave off Brandon Underwood because he seems like a guy who may deliver in games for some reason. But I also just don’t think his body is mature enough for NFL play – appears fragile to me.
- Special Teams (3) Goode, Crosby, Kapinos.