Thursday, May 16, 2019

Packers 53 Man Roster 2019 | Ticket King Green Bay

The player transaction period of the 2019 NFL Off season has come to a close. We’re so incredibly early with our thoughts on who will start for the Packers in 2019, but let’s try to predict how the 53-man roster will stack up.

Quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, DeShone Kizer, Tim Boyle. Cut: Manny Wilkens- For the second straight season, the Packers carry the same three quarterbacks. Wilkens has an uphill battle to unseat another back up, but has a shot at the practice squad.

Running Backs: Aaron Jones, Jamal Williams, Dexter Williams- The Packers have a pair of rising stars in Jones and Jamal Williams. Dexter Williams, the rookie from Notre Dame, will be a nice third down back for them. The team goes into this spring with six men on the roster, four of which will be competing for that third spot.

Fullbacks: Danny Vitale- After last season’s goal line issues, which stemmed from having no fullback, the Packers will carry one this season.

Tight Ends: Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis, Robert Tonyan, Jace Sternberger - The Packers will carry four tight ends, and the main reason they keep Graham this season is because of his contract. Graham and Lewis will begin the season on the top of the depth chart, but don’t be surprised if Tonyan and Sternberger finish the season 1 and 2 on the depth chart.

Wide Receivers: Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Eq. St. Brown, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, J’Mon Moore, Jake Kumerow - If Mike McCarthy was still the head coach of this team, the Packers might keep Trevor Davis as well, but with this new system, don’t expect them to keep more than six wide receivers.

Offensive Lineman: David Bhaktiari, Billy Turner, Corey Linsley, Cole Madison, Brian Bulaga, Jason Spriggs, Lane Taylor, Elgton Jenkins, Justin McCray - Out of all of the position groups, this one will be the hardest to predict. Any of about five different combinations could open the season as the starting five.

Defensive Lineman: Montravius Adams, Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels, Kingsley Keke, Tyler Lancaster, Dean Lowry - The Packers never carry that many defensive linemen, so six sounds about right. Clark, Daniels, and Adams will be the starters.

Linebackers:  Oren Burks, Kendall Donnerson, Kyler Fackrell, Rashan Gary, Reggie Gilbert, Blake Martinez, Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith - First-round draft choice Rashan Gary is being listed as a linebacker, although he might line up a lot as a defensive end during passing situations. Expect Burks to take over inside next to Martinez. Ty Summers ends up on the practice squad.

Cornerbacks: Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Josh Jackson, Ka’Dar Hollman, Tony Brown, Will Redmond - Years ago, Brown and Redmond would not have been kept. But this is a passing league now, so you need all the cornerbacks you can get.

Safeties: Adrian Amos, Josh Jones, Darnell Savage, Raven Greene - These are the four the Packers currently have listed, but do not be surprised if they take a look at other team’s cuts and add to their safety position from that.

Special Teams: Mason Crosby, JK Scott, Hunter Bradley

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Did the First Gutenkunst Draft Generate Solid Prospects?

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The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, so let’s jump right in and review the Packers draft. It is safe to say that this was not exactly the most hoped for draft for Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst.

Round 1A: Rashan Gary/DE/Michigan-  Of all the options on the table for Gutekunst here, and with no overly pressing need, he elects to go with a player who looks good on paper, but has never played up to his potential? Noah Fant was available, Brian Burns was available, Martez Sweat was available, the best wide receivers were still on the board. Gutekunst could have even traded down. We’ll see if this pick works for the Packers, and there is time, seeing that free agency pick ups will be the first line of defense, literally.  

Round 1B: This one was better, and Gutekunst actually traded up, which was something Ted Thompson would have never done, to select Maryland safety Darnell Savage. Savage was a high riser leading up to the draft, and has speed and ball-hawking skills NFL teams drool over. Expect Savage to start from day one.

Round 2: Elgton Jenkins/OG/Mississippi State- Broncos director of football operations John Elway traded up two spots in front of the Packers to select Lock, so Gutekunst went back to the board and filled a need. The selection of Jenkins and the return of last year’s fourth round selection Cole Madison means that Lane Taylor is pretty much finished in Green Bay.

Round 3: Jace Sternberger/TE/Texas A&M- The Packers could not leave this draft without adding to their tight end position, and Gutekunst added a tremendous athlete with high potential here. Sternberger could grow into an elite player in Gutekunst’s offense.

Round 5: Kinglsey Keke/DT/Texas A&M- Gutekunst went back to College Station and grabbed Keke, a big body who will be a nice rotational piece in Mike Pettine’s version of the 3-4.

Round 6: Dexter Williams/RB/Notre Dame- The Packers needed to add a third running back, specifically for third downs, and they did just that with Williams.

Round 7: Ty Summers/ILB/TCU- With the departure of Clay Matthews, the Packers needed to add depth late in this draft to their inside linebacker position. Summers will probably end up on the practice squad in year one, but this is a long term project.