The Green Bay Packers are about to shake things up on their schedule, gearing up to dive into the preseason action against the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night.
With plenty of sweat and drills still ahead, we’ve gathered sufficient tidbits to kick off some well-informed speculation about the contenders vying for a coveted spot on the initial 53-man roster come the end of August. Drawing inspiration from the sweat-soaked training camp practices and our keen observations thus far, here’s a little crystal-ball gazing to forecast the potential members of the Packers’ opening 53-man roster if the decision were to be laid out today.
With the preseason schedule about to begin, let’s project who will make the Green Bay Packers’ initial 53-man roster.
Packers’ Offense Roster Prediction
The offense is ripe with pivotal decisions, especially when it comes to locking in the third running back, settling on the sixth wide receiver, and nailing down the last few pieces along the offensive line.
Tussling it out for the third running back role are Patrick Taylor and Tyler Goodson. While Taylor seems to have the edge thanks to his special teams prowess, there’s a strong argument to hand the nod to Goodson, who brings an extra dash of offensive playmaking flair. Green Bay can make up for the loss of Taylor’s special teams skills on other parts of the roster.
In the wide receiver department, the Packers are at a crossroads for the sixth slot. It’s a showdown between Malik Heath and Bo Melton, and Grant DuBose is determined to elbow his way back into the discussion now that he’s back on the field. Yet, with five vibrant young receivers already on the roster, slotting in a sixth with comparatively less sparkle doesn’t seem like a smart move.
Meanwhile, the offensive line debate is all about charting a course between the here-and-now and the future. Tackles Caleb Jones and Rasheed Walker have promise, but David Bakhtiari and Yosh Nijman’s looming question marks as early as next year add an extra layer of complexity to the puzzle.