It’s been nearly a month to the day since I released my last 53 man roster prediction. Plenty has happened since then. Jared Abbrederis and Don Barclay have torn their ACLs. Coly Lyerla hurt his knee as well. All three players will be put on injured reserve and none of them will be on the 2014 53 man roster. Jayrone Elliot has flashed potential. Carl Bradford has disappointed. Jeff Janis has made a play almost every day of camp and didn’t make a fool of himself returning punts. Without further ado here is my updated prediction:
Running Backs (4)
Wide Receivers (6)
Tight Ends (4)
Offensive Linemen (8)
Defensive Linemen (6)
Outside Linebackers (3)
Inside Linebackers (4)
IR: Jared Abbrederis, Colt Lyerla, Don Barclay
Practice Squad: Adrian Hubbard, Joe Thomas, Kevin Dorsey, Demetri Goodson, Aaron Adams, Garth Gerhart, Raijon Neal, Justin Perillo, Carlos Gray, Alex Gillett
Notes: I think it’s becoming more and more clear with both men proving to be competent that both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien are going to make the roster. The running back situation has been cleared up by Franklin’s injury as has the offensive line’s situation by Barclay’s and the tight ends by Lyerla. I think the Packers now realize that there is no way to get Jeff Janis through to waivers. The ability he has demonstrated to be at least depth at the PR and KR positions means his spot on the team is all but solidified. I still believe the height/weight/speed combination that Chris Harper brings earns what equates to the final offensive position.
Defensively I think Letroy Guion’s continuous injury problems and the trade of Jerel Worthy solidifies the 6 players that will make the defensive line, undrafted FA Mike Pennel being one of them. The battle at outsdie linebacker to me is now the most intriguing. There’s been a lot of talk that Carl Bradford may not make this team. Because of where he was taken, the fact that he is transitioning from DE (Jay Elliot and Adrian Hubbard are not) and the fact that he still has a possibility at ILB I’m not ready to step on that ledge. The darling of the St. Louis game, Jay Elliot has been making plays all camp long and I’ve projected him as the 2nd UDFA to make the team. Incumbents Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer are both “just a guy” but it appears that Palmer might be assuming the Robert Francois role as special teams ace. If he, Jarrett Bush and Ryan Taylor are to lead the special teams unit, then so be it. I know that Chris Banjo has been showing up lately but I don’t see the team keeping 5 safeties and Richardson is better than him with a higher ceiling.