With training camp just around the corner, the Green Bay Packers are gearing up for intense competition among their players. While some individuals are on the verge of securing their spots on the roster, there are eleven players who find themselves on the wrong side of the roster bubble heading into camp and preseason.
These players face an uphill battle as they vie for a place on the team’s initial 53-man roster, a decision that must be made by August 29th. Green Bay will see some intense battles take place, particularly at the bottom of their depth chart. I’ve already uncovered 29 roster locks, 12 Packers likely to make the roster and 13 players on the roster bubble, but leaning in.
For these individuals, training camp and the preseason will be crucial as they aim to prove their worth and convince the coaching staff that they deserve a spot on the team.
These 12 players on the Green Bay Packers are on the roster bubble heading into training camp, but are leaning out at this time.
Quarterback: Danny Etling
The Packers are facing a unique situation when it comes to their quarterback position heading into the upcoming season. With the uncertainty surrounding Jordan Love and Sean Clifford, there is a possibility that the team may opt to carry three quarterbacks on their initial roster.
However, the recent signing of a new quarterback adds an interesting twist to the equation. This development puts Danny Etling’s position with the Packers in jeopardy. Etling will need to demonstrate his value and make a strong case for himself during training camp and preseason in order to secure a spot on the roster.
Running Back: Patrick Taylor
Patrick Taylor has been a valuable contributor to the Packers’ special teams units, earning recognition for his contributions in that role. However, with the team boasting a number of specialists in other positions who excel in special teams, Taylor’s role on special teams could be in jeopardy.
In the competition for the third running back spot, Tyler Goodson has emerged as Taylor’s primary competitor. Goodson’s potential to contribute as a running back and his overall skill set make him a compelling candidate for the roster.
For Taylor to secure his position, he will need to showcase exceptional ball skills and make a strong case for his value as a running back. The competition will be fierce, and Taylor must demonstrate his abilities in order to solidify his place on the roster.
Offensive Line: Jake Hanson, Sean Rhyan
A year ago, both players thought they’d play a more significant role for Green Bay heading into this season than they actually are. Jake Hanson started Week 1 and Sean Rhyan was a third-round pick in 2022. However, neither player has shined and finds themselves looking up at a plethora of other offensive linemen on the depth chart.
Outside Linebacker: Brenton Cox Jr., LaDarius Hamilton, Jonathan Garvin
Green Bay’s outside linebacker room is suddenly crowded and there isn’t room for everyone. Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, and Lukas Van Ness are roster locks, with Kingsley Enagabare and Justin Hollins likely to make it. How many will they keep? Cox is an intriguing prospect given his previous status as a 5-star recruit, but he was kicked out of two major collegiate programs. Can anyone separate themselves and force Green Bay’s front office to keep six outside linebackers?
Cornerback: Kiondre Thomas, Shemar Jean-Charles
Thomas and Jean-Charles will have to catch and surpass Corey Ballentine and/or Carrington Valentine if they want to earn a spot on the initial roster. That’s an uphill battle for a couple of players who have been unable to separate themselves from the pack in the couple of years they’ve been in Green Bay.
Safety: Anthony Johnson Jr., Innis Gaines
Anything is possible at the Packers’ safety spot. They have a bunch of mediocre at best safeties at the top of the depth chart. All it would take for Johnson or Gaines to make the roster is a strong training camp and preseason. Green Bay is in desperate need of someone who can show either short or long-term potential to make an impact.