Packers could have two new starting corners: Kevin King and Davon House

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror, and organized team activities and minicamps in full swing, here’s a starting lineup projection for the Green Bay Packers:


QB: Aaron Rodgers: If Rodgers can start this season the way he ended last year -- with 18 touchdowns and no interceptions in the final seven games -- then he could be on the way to his third MVP award.

RB: Ty Montgomery: Coach Mike McCarthy proclaimed him the starter even after the Packers drafted three running backs. Of those rookies, BYU’s Jamaal Williams (fourth round) could push Montgomery for the job.

WR: Jordy Nelson: Some think a player is better the year after he returns from ACL reconstruction. Even if that’s the case with Nelson, it would be hard to imagine him topping the 97 catches, 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns he totaled in his comeback-player-of-the-year season in 2016.

WR: Davante Adams: Emerged in Year 3 as a consistent No. 2 receiver with career highs in every category (75 catches for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns). He’s heading into a contract year.

WR: Randall Cobb: The slot receiver hasn’t been able to match his 2014 production -- 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns -- but he has been slowed by injuries the past two seasons. It’s a critical year for him.

TE: Martellus Bennett: This key addition via free agency in the offseason should give Rodgers a huge, athletic target down the middle of the field. Another newcomer, veteran Lance Kendrick, will see plenty of action in two-tight-end sets.

LT: David Bakhtiari: Put together his best season last year after he signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension in September.

LG: Lane Taylor: Replaced Pro Bowler Josh Sitton without much trouble after the Packers dumped Sitton a week before the season opener.

C: Corey Linsley: The only question about Linsley is his ability to stay healthy. He missed the first half of last season because of a hamstring injury and underwent ankle surgery this offseason.

RG: Jahri Evans: This is perhaps the one starting job on offense truly up for grabs, but the edge goes to the veteran who was signed on the eve of the draft. The other options are Don Barclay, Kyle Murphy, Lucas Patrick and sixth-round pick Kofi Amichia.

RT: Bryan Bulaga: The veteran had one of his best seasons last year, when he played in every game for the first time since his rookie year of 2010. As long as his knees hold up, he’ll be fine.


DE: Ricky Jean Francois: Signed to a one-year, $2 million contract, the veteran brings some experience to a young defensive line group.

NT: Kenny Clark: The 2016 first-round pick became more of an impact player late in his rookie season after a slow start, giving the Packers reason to believe he’ll be more of a factor this season.

DT: Mike Daniels: The heart and soul of the defensive front, Daniels has improved each season and should be a candidate for his first Pro Bowl.

OLB: Clay Matthews: There’s a chance he could spend some time at inside linebacker like he did in 2014 and 2015, but either way the Packers need more than the career-low five sacks he produced last season.

OLB: Nick Perry: There will be a huge pressure on the former first-round pick to duplicate -- or even improve on -- last year’s career-high 11 sacks that led to the five-year, $60 million contract he signed this offseason.

ILB: Jake Ryan: It’s time for the third-year pro to show some play-making ability. In two seasons, he has no sacks, no interceptions, no forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

ILB: Blake Martinez: A promising rookie season took a turn for the worse when a late-season knee injury cost him three games. Joe Thomas will push Martinez and/or Ryan for a job.

CB: Kevin King: The second-round pick (No. 33 overall) gives defensive coordinator Dom Capers his tallest (6-foot-3) cornerback who could beat out 2015 draft picks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins. Either Randall or Rollins could end up in one of the sub packages.

CB: Davon House: The Packers brought back the veteran corner to provide a physical presence, and he should be more consistent than LaDarius Gunter was last season. There are a lot of options at cornerback but not a lot of clear-cut solutions.

FS: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: He posted a career-high five interceptions on the way to his first Pro Bowl, and the Packers expect him to keep getting better.

SS: Morgan Burnett: The Packers used him in a variety of roles last season, including as a linebacker in the sub packages. They drafted NC State’s Josh Jones in the second round to do some of those same things, but the veteran Burnett will should hold on to the job for now.


K: Mason Crosby: The all-time franchise scoring leader has made 86.8 percent of his field goals over the past three seasons, plus all but one of his 15 postseason kicks in that same stretch.

P: Jake Schum: He has competition from undrafted rookie Justin Vogel, but the Packers expect that he’ll improve upon his first season in Green Bay last year.

KR: Montgomery: The Packers like to use running backs to return kickoffs, so Montgomery could get the nod. But if they don’t want to use a key starter, then perhaps receiver Jeff Janis will do it, but he’s no lock to make the team with all the depth they have at that position.

PR: Cobb: With Micah Hyde gone to Buffalo in free agency, the Packers should return to their receiver who has two career punt returns for touchdowns.