As the start of training camp approaches for the Green Bay Packers, we are also nearing the top of our 2023 player rankings. At this point in the rankings, certain players have a real shot at earning a spot on the 53-man roster, while others still need to put in some work.
We have made significant progress as we have covered the top 40 spots heading into today’s version, which brings us closer to the halfway mark. Here’s where players stand entering this article:
- 90-86: The longshots of longshots
- 85-81: The underdogs
- 80-76: An outside chance
- 75-71: The improbables
- 70-66: A slim chance
- 65-61: Special teams and dark horses
- 60-56: On the bubble
55. Brenton Cox Jr, Outside Linebacker
It’s possible the Packers have a potential asset in Brenton Cox Jr, provided they’re able to assist him in addressing the personal challenges that caused his dismissal from two major college programs. Cox Jr. was a five-star recruit out of high school and spent time at Georgia and Florida. He has brute strength that will allow him to bullrush right through some opposing offensive tackles. To improve, it would be beneficial for him to focus on his fundamentals, particularly in the running game. Additionally, expanding his pass-rushing abilities would also be advantageous.
We are ranking every single player on the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster this offseason, continuing with spots 55 through 51.
54. LaDarius Hamilton, Outside Linebacker
Some of Cox’s main competitors come in these next two spots. La’Darius Hamilton has been on and off the roster over the last two seasons, taking 24 defensive snaps last season. Green Bay has improved their outside linebacker depth this season with the addition of first-round pick Lukas Van Ness and the establishment of Kingsley Enagbare and Justin Hollins. If Hamilton isn’t careful, he could see himself getting waived outright.
53. Jonathan Garvin, Outside Linebacker
Another factor that will determine the fate of Cox, Hamilton and Jonathan Garvin is the health of Rashan Gary. At least, initially. If Gary isn’t able to return from his ACL injury by the start of the season, it opens up another spot. Garvin was ahead of Hamilton last year, getting 193 snaps on defense. Although his specialty lies in pass-rushing rather than run-defending, he’s currently faced with the task of contributing to Green Bay’s recent efforts to stop the run.
52. Luke Tenuta, Offensive Tackle
A sixth-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2022, Luke Tenuta was claimed off waivers last October by Green Bay. He played some special teams for the Packers and even got seven offensive snaps in Week 17. He’s shown some promise and the coaching staff really seems to like him. There’s a real chance he steals a roster spot from Sean Rhyan and others.
51. Patrick Taylor, Running Back
It will be very interesting to see what the Packers do with Patrick Taylor this season. They only kept two running backs on the initial roster last season–Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon–while placing Taylor and Tyler Goodson on the practice squad. That’s a real possibility again. Taylor is a staple special team player, so he’ll be activated on most game days. However, Goodson is showing more oomph with the rock in his hands. It will be a fun battle to watch.