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Green Bay Packers Training Camp 2014: Predicting the Final Depth Chart

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Green Bay Packers Training Camp 2014: Predicting the Final Depth Chart

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With the Green Bay Packers training camp in full swing, it’s important for fans to keep a close eye on which players are making a difference and which players will wash out. More importantly, it is good to look at which players have a solid chance of making the active roster. Based on training camp, here’s a prediction of Green Bay’s final 53-man roster in 2014.

Quarterback (3)

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Quarterback (3)

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Aaron Rodgers
Matt Flynn
Scott Tolzien

Quarterback (3)

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The reason the Packers need three quarterbacks is because of what happened last year. Green Bay got lucky that 8-7-1 was good enough to make the playoffs. However, it is imperative that they are more careful in 2014. The hope is that Aaron Rodgers will last an entire season, but the reality is two backup quarterbacks are necessary.

Running Back (4)

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Running Back (4)

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Eddie Lacy
James Starks
DuJuan Harris
John Kuhn

Running Back (4)

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Eddie Lacy is the class of the running back position for the Packers. Ideally, he will take the next step in 2014 and provide an unstoppable air and ground attack with Rodgers. James Starks will be there to supply the 1-2 punch with Lacy. The most intriguing running back will be DuJuan Harris, someone the Packers are very high on. It will be interesting to see what he adds to the team this season.

Wide Receiver (6)

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Wide Receiver (6)

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Randall Cobb
Jarrett Boykin
Davante Adams
Jared Abbrederis
Chris Harper

Wide Receiver (6)

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There’s a good chance Green Bay will only keep five wide receives on the 53-man roster. However, the truth is there’s so much talent and depth at the position that putting six on the active roster isn’t a bad idea. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will lead the charge. Meanwhile, Jarrett Boykin should have a breakout year with the pressure on the top two receivers. I’m very excited to see what Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis bring to the table.

Tight End (4)

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Tight End (4)

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Andrew Quarless
Brandon Bostick
Richard Rodgers
Colt Lyerla

Tight End (4)

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With Jermichael Finley not expected back, Andrew Quarless is going to have to have a year to remember. The good news is he has the necessary experience to take his game to the next level. Brandon Bostick has the look of a Finley, while Colt Lyerla is loaded with potential. In fact, Lyerla could be the difference maker if given the opportunity.

Offensive Line (8)

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Offensive Line (8)

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David Bakhtiari
Josh Sitton
JC Tretter
T.J. Lang
Bryan Bulaga
Don Barclay
Derek Sherrod
Corey Linsley

Offensive Line (8)

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I fully expect the starting offensive line to be David Bakhtiari (LT), Josh Sitton (LG), JC Tretter (C), T.J. Lang (RG) and Bryan Bulaga (RT). Don Barclay is able to fill in at multiple roles, which is a great talent to have. The hope is that Derek Sherrod will provide some competition in camp, but I don’t see him beating out Bakhtiari, at least not right now.

Defensive Line (7)

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Defensive Line (7)

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Mike Daniels
B.J. Raji
Datone Jones
Mike Neal
Jerel Worthy
Khyri Thornton
Letroy Guion

Defensive Line (7)

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If healthy, Green Bay’s defensive line could surprise a lot of people this season. There’s enough talent for the unit to become one of the best in the league. If the Packers want to see success, they will need the D-line to step up. That means clogging running lanes and applying pressure to the quarterback. Expect big years out of Mike Daniels, Mike Neal and Datone Jones. Hopefully, B.J. Raji can show he deserves more than a one-year deal.

Inside Linebacker (4)

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Inside Linebacker (4)

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A.J. Hawk
Brad Jones
Jamari Lattimore
Sam Barrington

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In general, the linebacker unit has incredible depth. Every single one of the linebackers, whether it’s inside or outside, has the ability to bring something worthwhile to the table. That will allow head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers to utilize several different packages to slow down opposing offenses. A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones must step their game up, as it is their duty to slow down the running game.

Outside Linebacker (5)

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Outside Linebacker (5)

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Clay Matthews
Julius Peppers
Nick Perry
Andy Mulumba
Carl Bradford

Outside Linebacker (5)

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Clay Matthews is the best in the business when healthy, period. The biggest issue has been finding a consistent pass rusher to go along with him in order to remove some blockers from slowing him down. For that reason, the addition of Julius Peppers is a potential game changer. In fact, there’s nothing I’m more excited about than getting the ability to watch Matthews and Peppers work together to get after quarterbacks.

Defensive Back (9)

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Defensive Back (9)

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Tramon Williams
Sam Shields
Casey Hayward
Morgan Burnett
Micah Hyde
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Jarrett Bush
Davon House
Sean Richardson

Defensive Back (9)

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The safety unit was dismal last season, which is why the Packers drafted Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round. The hope is that Morgan Burnett will get back to where he should be and Micah Hyde will provide quality competition. What fans don’t realize is Green Bay’s defensive backs are underrated. There’s definitely talent, but it will only come to fruition if the overall defense improves. Takeaways will be important in 2014.

Special Teams (3)

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Special Teams (3)

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Mason Crosby
Tim Masthay
Brett Goode

Special Teams (3)

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The special teams unit remains the same as it has for years. Mason Crosby bounced back brilliantly after a career-low 2012 season. Also, Tim Masthay remains one of the best punters in the business, and there are no complaints about Brett Goode’s job as the long snapper.