Ranking the roster, part one: The bottom

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Last week, we graded the Green Bay Packers by position groups as part of our season wrap-up.

This week, we’ll go a little deeper and rank the roster as it stood at season’s end.

The rankings will include 64 players and are based on how those players performed this season -- not their overall importance to the team.

We'll start at the bottom of the roster and work our way up.

Today we’ll address players 51-64:

51. Marshall Newhouse, T: Demoted after starting at left tackle in 2011 and 2012, the fourth-year pro started two games at right tackle after Don Barclay injured his knee and played in spot duty in three other games (including some snaps at right guard). After allowing 18 sacks in the previous two seasons combined, according to ProFootballFocus.com, he allowed three sacks and committed two penalties in essentially six games this past season. An unrestricted free agent who likely won’t be offered a contract to return.

52. Jake Stoneburner, TE: Undrafted rookie who was promoted from the practice squad on Oct. 15. Played mostly on special teams (29.3 percent of the season snaps), where he had three penalties (including two personal fouls). His role diminished late in the season. Played only 10 snaps on offense, and despite a reputation as a good receiver did not catch a pass. Could develop into a receiving threat.

53. Robert Francois, LB: Journeyman backup and special teams player tore his Achilles’ tendon in Week 5 against the Lions in his first action on defense. He played 12 defensive snaps in relief of Brad Jones and made two tackles before getting injured. Was placed on injured reserve the next day. An unrestricted free agent who could return for another minimum contract.

54. Seneca Wallace, QB: Signed on Sept. 2 after the Packers deemed B.J. Coleman, Graham Harrell and Vince Young unfit to back up Aaron Rodgers. Was forced into action when Rodgers broke his collarbone on the first series against the Bears on Nov. 4 and played decently until he tore a groin muscle on the first series the next week against the Eagles and was done for the season. At age 33 and an unrestricted free agent, he’s not likely to return.

55. Kahlil Bell, RB: Veteran was signed on Dec. 3 as insurance after rookie Johnathan Franklin (neck) was placed on injured reserve. Did not appear on offense but played on most special teams units, where he had two tackles and one kickoff return for 22 yards. With all the depth returning at running back, it’s unlikely he will be back next season.

56. Casey Hayward, CB: Second year was derailed from the start when he pulled his hamstring in a pre-training camp workout. Re-injured it two more times and played in only three games before landing on injured reserve. A year after leading all NFL rookies with six interceptions, he was a non-factor.

57. Jerel Worthy, DE: Second-round pick in 2012 was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Nov. 23 after tearing his ACL in Week 17 of his rookie season. Made his season debut with nine snaps the next day and then was a healthy scratch for four straight weeks. Played just four more snaps the rest of the season. So far has been a major disappointment.

58. Sam Barrington, LB: Rookie seventh-round pick played seven games almost exclusively on special teams before a hamstring injury on Nov. 4 ended his season. Could be in the mix for playing time at inside linebacker next season.

59. Derek Sherrod, T: Former first-round draft pick was activated off PUP on Nov. 5 and saw his first action since he broke his right leg on Dec. 18, 2011 when he played on special teams against the Giants in Week 11. Played only six snaps on offense (all at right tackle) in the late stages of the Thanksgiving game against the Lions. Will have a full offseason to work out and compete for a job for the first time since his injury.

60. Chris Harper, WR: Rookie was claimed off waivers on Oct. 18. Was originally a fourth-round pick by the Seahawks. Appeared in just three games, mostly on special teams. He played only two snaps on offense but at 6-foot-1 and 228 pounds, he has good size and will be worth developing.

61. Greg Van Roten, C/G: Second-year pro won a roster spot coming out of training camp and was a backup at all three interior positions. Sustained a season-ending foot injury in practice and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 15. Depending on whether starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith is re-signed, Van Roten could be in the competition for that job next season.

62. James Nixon, CB: First-year player was promoted from the practice squad on Oct. 7 and played in three games before sustaining a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 11. If the injury doesn’t cost him any of his remarkable speed, he could be in the mix again next season.

63. JC Tretter, C/G: Rookie fourth-round pick broke his ankle in offseason workouts in May and did not return to practice until Nov. 19. Was activated of PUP on Dec. 10 but did not suit up for any games. Late-season practice time could help him compete for the starting center job.

64. Jumal Rolle, CB: Rookie was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 8 and promoted to the roster on Dec. 27 but did not appear in a game. At 6-0 and with decent speed, he has a chance to compete for a backup spot next season.

Not rated because they were placed on injured reserve prior to Week 1: Bryan Bulaga, T; Kevin Dorsey, WR; Sederrick Cunningham, WR; DuJuan Harris, RB.

Coming Tuesday: Players 41-50.