GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers report to training camp on July 26 at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and practice for the first time on July 27 at Ray Nitschke Field in Green Bay. Here's a 53-man roster projection:
They could go with three if they feel like they have to keep Joe Callahan or BYU rookie Taysom Hill on the roster, for fear someone would claim them like the Saints did last year with Callahan. They were lucky to get him back after he was released at midseason.
Montgomery wasn't even a running back when last season began. Williams, Jones and Mays all were in college. Ripkowski, a fullback who hardly ever carries the ball, might be the most experienced among this group, and he'll have to get over his NFC Championship Game fumble.
Geronimo Allison won't count on the 53 during his Week 1 suspension and if the Packers believe he's worthy of a roster spot, perhaps they could sneak one of the younger receivers through the practice squad after the opener. Any of the young receivers could be on the bubble if the Packers don't keep seven wideouts for the second straight year. Keep an eye on Max McCaffrey -- the older brother of Christian McCaffrey -- who was elevated from the practice squad in the playoffs last season.
Rodgers would be the only holdover from last season, but the Packers want to use more multiple-tight-end sets this season after adding the two veterans in free agency.
Evans should replace T.J. Lang at right guard, but the Packers want to develop a younger, long-term replacement, which is why they could keep a 10th lineman -- perhaps rookie sixth-round pick Kofi Amichia.
The Packers don't have a lot of experienced depth after losing Julius Peppers and Datone Jones in free agency. Biegel, a fourth-round pick from Wisconsin, may not be ready for the start of camp because of foot surgery but is expected to be good to go by Week 1. If he's not, they may have to keep Reggie Gilbert, who spent all of last year on the practice squad.
The Packers could have two new starters -- House and King -- while Randall and Rollins should move into the slot and play in the nickel and dime packages. Pipkins is an undrafted rookie, and the Packers always keep one or two of those.
No one made more plays in the offseason practices than Jones, a second-round pick. Brice, a former undrafted rookie who stepped in last season, might be the hardest hitter of the group.
Vogel and Hart are far from locks as the punter and long-snapper, respectively, but there's no competition on the roster. Veteran Brett Goode could return as the snapper.