By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on August 26, 2014
The Green Bay Packers have one of the deepest rosters in the NFL in 2014, which could be one of the main reasons why they win the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, deep rosters also means quality cuts in the last week of the preseason. Here’s a look at 15 players who won’t make the final cut for the Packers this season.
Defensive end Luther Robinson is on the outside looking in. Since the Packers aren’t expected to keep more than six defensive linemen, Robinson will just barely miss out on a roster spot. Don’t be surprised if Green Bay considers putting him on the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Even with Don Barclay and JC Tretter out with injuries, Green Bay still has decent depth on the offensive line. Offensive tackle Aaron Adams has shown good potential in camp. With that said, the Packers plan to only keep one backup offensive tackle, and that job has been earned by former first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod.
Like Adams, offensive guard Andrew Tiller has shown a decent measure of potential in camp. It truly has to give the Packers confidence about their offensive line situation. Also like Adams, I believe Tiller will be placed on the practice squad, where he can prove himself next season.
A player that was an early favorite to be a roster surprise was inside linebacker Joe Thomas. Regrettably, a knee injury early on has prevented him from excelling in camp. For that reason, Green Bay will have no choice but to cut him, which is definitely a shame. At this point, don’t be surprised if the Packers place him on injured reserve to keep him around for next year.
Green Bay is expected to keep four tight ends this season. However, tight end has emerged as a position of strength in training camp, which means a couple of talented players will be the odd men out. Justin Perillo has looked solid in his opportunities, but it just hasn’t been good enough to unseat the quality players ahead of him on the depth chart.
The Packers are incredibly deep at wide receiver, which is certainly a good problem to have considering who plays quarterback. However, that also means at least four quality receivers are going to get the axe. Alex Gillett has definitely made some solid plays during the preseason. In fact, he has the second most receptions and receiving yards among Packer receivers through three games. Unfortunately, the depth is what’s going to get him cut.
Jake Stoneburner was decent on special teams for the Packers last season. However, an emergence of tight ends this year has put him in a difficult position to make the team. Stoneburner is someone I believe will be placed on the practice squad, which means he will have a chance to prove himself again down the road.
Demetri Goodson has been far too inconsistent this preseason to garner a roster spot. Not to mention, there is just too much talent ahead of him on the depth chart. Being buried behind six cornerbacks is not a good position to be in with only one preseason game left.
Despite being the biggest area of weakness for the Packers in 2013, the safety position has seen a tremendous amount of turnaround in the preseason. Since there is so much talent emerging at the positions, there simply is no room for players such as Tanner Miller.
Jumal Rolle has been outstanding for the Packers in training camp and the preseason. It certainly is a shame that Green Bay will be forced to cut him due to the quality of the five cornerbacks ahead of him on the depth chart. Through three preseason games, Rolle has seven tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Even though he could be a surprise to clinch a spot, it’s more likely that he will be placed on the practice squad.
Outside linebacker is a position that the Packers will be forced to make some difficult decisions when it comes to cuts. The emergence of Jay Elliot (four sacks, five tackles, one forced fumble) has made it very unlikely that Carl Bradford will not make the 53-man roster. Despite being drafted in the fourth round this year, he simply hasn’t done enough in camp to be worthy of a roster spot.
Outside linebacker Nate Palmer is facing a similar fate as Bradford. Elliot’s production has simply been too good in the preseason. He has answered the call several times over. The biggest issue for the Packers with Palmer is that he too has shown a good amount of potential in camp. The difference for him is Green Bay will most likely choose to keep Andy Mulumba over him.
Green Bay hopes that Kevin Dorsey can emerge as a stellar wide receiver one day, but unfortunately, that day has yet to come. There’s a good chance he will clear waivers and be placed on the practice squad.
The most difficult cut the Packers will have to make is running back LaDarius Perkins. The running back position is the deepest on the team, if not the NFL. What it comes down to is if Green Bay feels they need veteran John Kuhn on the team. Personally, I believe he’s too important on special teams, blocking on offense and being a leader to cut. Therefore, Perkins will be the odd man out.
Some people may call me crazy, but I believe the Packers will cut ties with Matt Flynn and keep only two quarterbacks on the roster. The reason is because Scott Tolzien has shown more in training camp and in the preseason games. Not to mention, Flynn won’t get picked up elsewhere, which means the Packers can call him if they need him. The fourth and final preseason game will decide which player Green Bay keeps.
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