By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on July 7, 2014
The Green Bay Packers have several players already in place who are primed and ready to make a difference this year. With that being said, there are also a few positions that need to have the proper personnel on the depth chart in order to ensure success. Here's a look at five dark horse candidates to make the 53-man roster for the Green Bay Packers.
Scott Tolzien filled in at quarterback for the Packers last season. So, how is it possible that he is a dark horse candidate to make the team? Green Bay is content with Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn as their two quarterbacks. However, last season proved that they might have to carry three on the active roster. Tolzien showed potential, which is why the Packers will want to hold on to him one way or another.
If there is one position the Packers still need help it’s inside linebacker. That’s where Jake Doughty enters the scene with a chance to make a name for himself in Green Bay. His 148 total tackles ranked second in the FBS last season, which has to open the eyes of many considering the Packers have struggled at tackling for years. When it comes down to it, Green Bay needs a playmaker in the middle of the defense and that’s what he can provide.
Myles White appeared in seven games for the Packers in 2013 in which he caught seven passes for 66 yards. Unfortunately, White has his work cut out for him if he wants to make the 53-man roster this year. I believe Green Bay will carry five wide receivers on the active roster. There are five players ahead of White who have a better chance to make the team. However, he’s fast and he has shown potential, which means he has a legitimate shot.
It’s crazy to think that a dark horse running back candidate could make the team with three talented players already in place. The thing is the Packers need a change-of-pace running back who has a quick burst and consistent speed to keep defenses honest. With all of the power currently at the position thanks to Eddy Lacy, James Starks and DuJuan Harris, LaDarius Perkins could be the man to give the Packers what they need.
Colt Lyerla has all of the makings of using his natural talent and faith that the Packers have instilled in him to become a superstar in the NFL. On top of that, Green Bay has a huge question mark at the tight end position, which means the door has been opened for him to excel. Lyerla has his work cut out for him. However, I believe he not only will make the 53-man roster, but also will have quite the impact this season.
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