Packers 53 Man Roster Prediction Update: Preseason Week 2

Eddie Lacy running through the Rams

QB- Aaron Rodgers
QB- Vince Young

RB- Eddie Lacy
RB- DuJuan Harris
RB- Jonathan Franklin
RB- Alex Green

FB- John Kuhn

WR- Jordy Nelson
WR- James Jones
WR- Randall Cobb
WR- Jarret Boykin
WR- Myles White
WR- Jeremy Ross

TE- Jermichael Finley
TE- Andrew Quarless
TE- Brandon Bostick
TE- Matthew Mulligan

LT- David Bakhtiari
LG- Josh Sitton
C- Evan Deitrich-Smith
RG- TJ Lang
RT- Don Barclay
OL- Marshall Newhouse
OL- Greg Van Roten
OL- Lane Taylor

LE- BJ Raji
NT- Ryan Pickett
RE- CJ Wilson
DL- Datone Jones
DL- Johnny Jolly
DL- Mike Daniels
DL- Mike Neal

LOLB- Nick Perry
ILB- Brad Jones
ILB- AJ Hawk
ROLB- Clay Matthews
OLB- Dezman Moses
OLB- Andy Mulumba
ILB- Jamari Lattimore
ILB- Robert Francois
ILB- Terrell Manning

CB- Sam Shields
CB- Tramon Williams
FS- Morgan Burnett
SS- Jerron McMillan
DB- Casey Hayward
DB- Davon House
DB- M.D. Jennings
DB- Micah Hyde
DB- Jarret Bush

K- Mason Crosby
P- Tim Masthay
LS- Brett Goode

PUP- Jerel Worthy, JC Tretter, Derek Sherrod

IR- Bryan Bulaga

Highlights and changes-

Offense: I’m definitely not backing off of anything I predicted about Eddie Lacy being the team’s starter. That was a very impressive outing against the Rams. I have been pimping Johnathan Franklin extensively this offseason, and I’m still convinced he’s going to be a special player. In the short term however, from a physical talent standpoint, Eddie Lacy is the highest level running back that Green Bay has had since Ahman Green. As Ted Thompson would say, the good Lord doesn’t build that many human beings that are as big as Phat Eddie that can move the way that Phat Eddie does. I really do think that even if the offensive line takes a small step back, the presence that Eddie is going to bring is going to offset it. His ability to run the ball that effectively is going to help in three separate ways. First of all, the offense is going to be in more second and medium and third and short situations than ever before. Second, and possibly most important, he’s going to be able to convert those opportunities at a higher clip that the John Kuhn fullback dive. Finally, the threat of Lacy pounding away at seven man fronts is going to open up the play action pass game in a way that not even the presence of 2 time 1,200 yard back Ryan Grant was able to.

The actual changes that I’ve made in this prediction are four. I believe that Don Barclay has won the right tackle job. I think the club is going to go forward with Greg Van Roten as the backup center for better or for worse. I believe that Derek Sherrod is going to be on the PUP to start the year, as sad as that makes me. That opens up a position on the line and I think that goes to UDFA Lane Taylor. Marshall Newhouse is a pretty darn good backup “swing” tackle with his starting experience at both spots. I am starting to also realize that one of my favorites, TE DJ Williams, may not be good enough to overcome his size deficiencies and Brandon Bostick looks like a hell of a football player. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I really like what I’m seeing out of UDFA WR Myles White. He turned in a very nice performance against the rams and his physical gifts and collegiate pedigree are beyond those of media darling Tyrone Walker.

Defense: I’m also not backing up my prediction (from day 1, may I remind you) that Johnny Jolly is going to be on this football team. Johnny Jolly makes plays. Johnny Jolly always had made plays. He ends up with more pass breakups and INTs than any packers DL over 300 pounds than I can ever remember. His ability to make splash plays, along with the addition of Datone Jones and the apparent development of Mike Daniels might end up getting the D Line back to where it used to be in the Cullen Jenkins era. Andy Mulumba is also going to make this team. I fully understand how much Ted Thompson likes his draft picks, but I’m not really sure that Nate Palmer isn’t practice squad bound. To be quite honest, Palmer was WIDELY projected to be an undrafted free agent.

The defensive backs remain the same. Micah Hyde has absolutely guaranteed himself a spot on the 53 man roster. Casey Hayward is back and practicing so any question there was for his availability for week one should be gone now. The starting battle for safety is far from over, but I still have to believe in Jerron McMillian’s talent. Both safeties are going to be a part of the 53 man roster regardless. As much as a few Packers fans would like, Jarret Bush’s abilities on special teams is going to keep him on the roster for at least this season as they look for possible replacements for him in 2014.

Special teams: I said last week that I was one Mason Crosby mistake about handing the job to Giorgio Tavecchio but as soon as I say it Crosby had the better night in St. Louis. Stay tuned.

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Ross Uglem is a writer at PackersTalk.com. You can follow Ross on twitter at RossUglem

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