26 Packers Unlikely to Make Initial 53-Man Roster Going Into Training Camp

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Jonathan Ford (99) is shown during organized team activities Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Green Bay, Wis.
Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Jonathan Ford (99) is shown during organized team activities Tuesday, May 23, 2023 in Green Bay, Wis. /

As training camp approaches, the Green Bay Packers are on the hunt for potential hidden gems among their roster. However, among the current 90-man roster, there are 26 players who face challenging odds of making the initial 53-man roster.

Despite their talent, these individuals are unlikely to secure a spot when the dust settles after training camp. For a comprehensive overview, you can refer to our previous articles in this series below:

As the Packers gear up for training camp beginning on July 26th, a crucial month lies ahead for some players to make or break their careers. With the deadline to cut the roster on August 29th, these individuals have a limited timeframe to prove themselves and secure their spots on the team.

These 26 players on the Green Bay Packers are unlikely to make the initial 53-man roster as we head into training camp in one week.

Quarterback: Alex McGough

A brand new addition to the roster, McGough is most likely in Green Bay to spread the love of the practice reps during training camp. He might push Danny Etling for the third spot on the depth chart, but I wouldn’t expect him to do much more damage than that.

Running back: Emanuel Wilson, Lew Nichols III

The top of Green Bay’s running back depth chart is set with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. Tyler Goodson and Patrick Taylor are decent third and fourth options as well. That leaves limited opportunities for Wilson and Nichols, the latter who was a seventh-round pick this year.

Fullback: Henry Pearson

Listed at a dying position, Pearson wants to bring a versatile skillset to the roster. Unfortunately, Josiah Deguara can do a lot of what he does and better. There’s no reason to roster two fullbacks.

Wide Receiver: Jadakis Bonds, Duece Watts, Grant DuBose, Bo Melton, Jeff Cotton

In the wide receiver group, the Packers have a mix of locks, likely candidates, and players on the bubble heading into training camp. Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Jayden Reeds are considered locks, while Samori Toure is likely to make the roster. However, the situation becomes more intriguing with Malik Heath and Dontayvion Wicks on the bubble, leaning towards making the cut.

If Heath fails to solidify his position, it could open up an opportunity for one of the remaining wide receivers to step up and prove their worth for a spot on the initial roster. The competition is fierce, and the training camp and preseason performances will play a pivotal role in determining who gets the chance to shine in the Packers’ wide receiver corps.

Tight end: Camren McDonald, Austin Allen

Tight end is another position where there could be an opening. Tyler Davis hasn’t been consistent throughout his career, and if he hits a cold streak, McDonald or Allen could sneak their way onto the roster.

Offensive Line: Chuck Filiaga, Kadeem Telfort, Jean Delance

Green Bay boasts a deep offensive line, presenting a challenging task for this trio of players to secure a spot on the roster. While it’s not impossible, it will be a longshot for them to make a significant impact and work their way onto the team. They’ll need to showcase exceptional performances during training camp and preseason to stand a chance among the talented offensive linemen vying for a spot on the final roster.

Defensive Line: Antonio Moultre, Jonathan Ford, Chris Slayton, Jason Lewan

Unlike the offensive line, the Packers’ defensive line faces a lack of depth and proven talent beyond Kenny Clark. While rookies Colby Wooden and Karl Brooks are currently projected to secure spots on the initial roster, their positions are not set in stone. Any player on this list has the opportunity to make a strong case for themselves during training camp and preseason, potentially supplanting the rookies if they showcase standout performances over the next month. The defensive line is a position of uncertainty, offering a chance for these players to prove their worth and secure a place on the roster.

Linebacker: Jimmy Phillips Jr., Kenneth Odumegwu, Keshawn Banks

The Packers have invested heavily in the top of their linebacker depth chart, making it challenging for any player in this group to break through. While there is some depth behind the starters, the competition remains intense. To make their mark, these linebackers will need to prove their worth on special teams, as excelling in this area could open doors for potential roster spots. While the task is not easy, demonstrating their value on special teams could be the key to carving a place for themselves in the Packers’ lineup.

Cornerback: William Hooper, Tyrell Ford

There are roster spots to be had with the final two cornerback spots on Green Bay’s roster. However, Hooper and Ford have an uphill battle as training camp begins.

Safety: Benny Sapp III

Anything is possible at the safety position, the team’s weakest, by far, on the roster. Sapp could come out of nowhere to make himself a Cinderalla story. Then again, that’s unlikely.

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Specialists: Daniel Whelan, Broughton Hatcher

Whelan will push veteran Pat O’Donnell for the punting job, but Green Bay will be taking a holistic approach to the competition. Can Whelan help out as the holder as well? That’s something O’Donnell excels in. As for Hatcher, the cards are stacked against him considering the signing bonus and experience Matt Orzech has.