While none of three following names are all that big in nature, they still would be surprising roster cuts for the Green Bay Packers. By needing to get down to a 53-man active roster for game day, general manager Brian Gutekunst and the front office will yet again need to work their magic.
There is plenty of talent sprinkled all throughout this roster, a big-time help for Jordan Love as he enters into Year 1 of his starting role. By having built a playoff-caliber team, Gutekunst has essentially given Love the keys to the Lamborghini but also put a ton of safety features in place to ensure he doesn’t crash and burn.
The three following players are entrenched in position battles in training camp, potentially not coming out as winners.
Having played in 11 games (1 start) across two seasons, interior offensive lineman Jake Hanson has not put up enough production to justify more playing time. And with an offensive line group that is pretty solid across the board, Hanson may be fighting an uphill battle this camp.
As a late-round draft pick out of Oregon back in 2020, Hanson hasn’t really impressed upon the coaching staff so far. With guys like Josh Myers and other interior offensive linemen earning regular playing time, the writing may be on the wall for Myers as he enters into his third season in the NFL.
Having made a position switch from safety to linebacker this offseason, Tariq Carpenter is looking to make an impression on the defensive coaching staff. Taken with a seventh-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, Carpenter will likely be auditioning for the role of a coverage linebacker, something that Joe Barry does need.
However, a position switch doesn’t always go smoothly, and with the talent that the LB group already has, Green Bay may be saying goodbye to Carpenter in one of their rounds of roster cuts in August. While there is plenty of talent there, Carpenter may just become buried behind too many of the other LBs to justify having him on the roster (but I hope I’m wrong here – I think he has good potential and his position switch certainly could help him lean on those traits).
The final name on this list is a veteran member of the QB room, Danny Etling. With Love needing all the help he can get, Etling is the elder statesman of that group, which may still not be enough to keep him on the roster.
Having just signed the 2023 USFL MVP, QB Alex McGough, could end up being the move that costs Etling his job in Green Bay. While both Etling and McGough showcase some athleticism, McGough earns the advantage because he has actually produced on the field and showcased his true potential.
While the backup QB role is not a huge deal right now, it certainly will grow into one as the offseason progresses. Etling’s job is not safe but neither is McGough’s spot on the roster – only time will tell who wins that battle.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23