GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers wrapped up their offseason program last week and report for training camp on July 25 with the first practice on Ray Nitschke Field scheduled for July 26. Here’s a 53-man roster projection:
Notes: They kept three last year, with Scott Tolzien as the No. 2. But now that he’s in Indianapolis, they’ll probably just keep the third QB on the practice squad, whether it’s Joe Callahan, Marquise Williams or someone else.
Notes: The Packers don’t feel the need for two fullbacks anymore, which is why they haven’t re-signed John Kuhn. Rookie Don Jackson could push Crockett for the No. 3 halfback job.
Notes: There’s been some buzz about the possibility they might keep seven receivers, but last year they kept only five. At this point, Jared Abbrederis looks like the odd man out unless they feel like the rookie Davis, a fifth-round pick, isn't ready. Abbrederis hasn’t made the roster either of his first two years coming out of training camp but made an impact late last year after he was promoted from the practice squad.
Notes: They kept nine last year but given how banged-up this group was, the Packers should go with more insurance. Perhaps Josh Walker could get the nod over Barclay or Murphy.
Notes: Mike Pennel doesn’t count because he’s suspended for the first four games. If Price, an undrafted free agent, makes it, that would be three rookies in this group. Christian Ringo, a sixth-round pick in 2014, could make the jump from the practice squad.
Notes: It’s a little light on inside backers, but Matthews always could move back inside if needed. Jones could also be counted among the defensive linemen, but he’s worked mostly with the outside linebackers this offseason.
Notes: We won’t know until the preseason games if rookie Peter Mortell can give Masthay a run. By the time training camp rolls around, veteran snapper Brett Goode could be re-signed if his surgically repaired knee is healed.