By 3:00 PM CST on Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers must cut their roster from the currently eligible 90 players to just 53. Then, once that process is complete, and before they can turn their attention fully to the regular season, the Packers have to create a coaching squad of 16 players.
Across the league, once these initial roster cuts are made, players with less than four seasons due in the NFL will receive waivers, where another team can file a claim against them. Those with accumulated four or more NFL seasons who are released become free agents immediately and can sign wherever they want.
Once players clear waivers, they are then free agents and can also sign with any team they choose. In most cases, teams will then bring back their just-released players the day before to build up their practice squad, though in 2022 the Packers made two outside additions.
After the Packers’ final preseason game with Seattle, I put together my final predictions for the 53-man roster, which you can find here. Now, however, as my guide, I’m going to show what I think a Packers coaching staff should look like.
The Packers can look to sign a quarterback on the waiver market, but I think Alex McGough has shown enough upside this summer, especially with his game-winning drive against Seattle, where he drove the offense 89 yards in 10 plays while taking over five minutes. of rest time. Overall, McGough was 5-for-7 in the preseason for 69 yards and showed some talent in coaching. As a third-string midfielder his reps in training and in pre-season have been limited, not to mention he was a late addition, but he just has to continue to get more comfortable with extra time up front.
I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not to put Patrick Taylor in the 53-man squad, but decided to use the training squad promotion rules to my advantage. With only Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon on the roster, Taylor will be the first running back thanks to his ability to impress on special teams, and his consistency as a guard and passer.
Emmanuel Wilson has really impressed as a ball carrier this season, showing very good vision for finding running lanes. He finished the three games averaging 5.9 yards per rush on 38 attempts with two touchdowns. Matt LaFleur said he needs to continue to be more consistent as a guard and on special teams and also work on his conditioning. Spending a season on the coaching staff will give him the opportunity to work in those areas.
I wrote in one of my recent training camp summaries that Jadakis Bonds has been doing well over the past two weeks to make a solid push for the training squad. He’s been seeing more snaps with the second team’s offense during that period and Sean Clifford has been looking his way on several occasions. Then he made a big game against Seattle to set up the go-ahead touchdown.
A quadruple injury derailed Beau Melton’s summer, but before that, he was in the early squad for a place in the squad. He has elite speed, running a 4.34 40-yard dash, was targeted up and down the space where his speed was on display, and has held a number of special teams roles.
It’s possible the Packers could add an outsider at this position in particular, but Allen gives Green Bay a more traditional option for a tight end on the coaching staff who could be assigned some blocking responsibilities, an area that’s still a bit of uncharted territory within this group position. In Tyler Davis’s absence, he’s seen his role on special teams increase this preseason as well.
Henry Pearson has left the New England game with a knee injury and it is not known what his status is progressing. So admittedly it may not be an option and if that is the case I would add a third substitute, keeping Tyler Goodson. However, if available, Pearson provides a backup option at full-back for Josiah DiGuara. Pearson proved to be a capable blocker and made some plays as a pass catcher as well.
At 6-8 and 322 pounds, Kadim Telfort has rare size in the offensive tackle position and has shown enough during training camp and the preseason that it makes sense to put him on the training squad to develop and swing his potential. In terms of size and athletic form, he was about the same size as Caleb Jones. On 19 pass-blocking shots, Telfort was credited with giving up one sack.
Once the Packers released Jake Hanson, James Imby was the team’s second center, for the most part. In 19 pass-blocking takes this season, Embi hasn’t given up any pressure. Of course, the Packers have other options at the 53-man center besides Josh Myers, but there aren’t any other real centers on the list. Imbi at least gives them a choice in that regard from the coaching staff.
I have six inside defensemen on the 53-man roster, and of those remaining from the Packers’ 90-man squad, Chris Slayton has been by far the most productive. He played the most shots, had the most pressures with two, and the best defensive score of the PFF.
With the rushing position on the 53-man roster heavy on retaining six players, I decided to have only Kishon Banks on the coaching staff. In the deep rushing set, Banks may have flown under the radar, but he had a really great training camp. He finished pre-season with two presses and was constantly finding his way to the backfield during practices, including against New England in combined practice, and held up well against the run.
You can read my initial 53 prediction by clicking here to find out why Tariq Carpenter was not included in the list, but a year in the training squad will give him the opportunity to continue to develop as a full back. He also provides value to special teams and can be promoted to the game-day roster or signed in the event of an injury.
Corey Ballentine was my 54th player when making my roster, so being able to get him back into the training squad would be a huge win. He spent most of the summer lined up on the border with the second-team defense and was a key contributor on special teams during the second half of last season.
Kiondre Thomas again had a great pre-season in coverage, allowing just two receptions on seven targets for 23 yards. He has also been used quite often on special teams and could provide value to the roster in this capacity this season. From coverage to special teams to running defense and tackle, Thomas has a sound game all around.
With six safetys in my 53-man prospect list, I don’t think it’s necessary to continue in the training squad. Still, Benny Sapp has taken advantage of the opportunities available to him, and in terms of looking to the future, of the safe six in the preliminary list, only Anthony Johnson is a contract post-2023. Sapp offers a developmental option in a position that lacks long-term depth.
Daniel Whelan has plenty of power, as we saw at the end of pre-season, as he kicked in from 58 yards. Rich Bisaccia also said that he continued to improve as a pregnant woman. It’s very possible that he could be the next Packers player once they move on from Pat O’Donnell.