These rankings are not simply based on skill. Players were ranked on their importance to the team. Skill, a player's position, the depth of his position group, the odds he contributes, salary and draft history all play a part in how a player is ranked. More than the ranking itself, hopefully you will learn a little something about each of the 89 players in the process.
No. 40 (tie): Rookie receivers
Day after day during the Packers' offseason workouts, No. 16 and No. 17 stood side by side, trying to learn a complicated offense through watching rather than repetitions.
The seventh-round picks, Maryland's Kevin Dorsey and Grand Valley State's Charles Johnson, sat out organized team activities and the minicamp due to undisclosed injuries. It wasn't the best of starts as Dorsey and Johnson join returning players Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross and five other rookies in competing for two or three spots alongside the established trio of James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
Dorsey and Johnson both need the work. Dorsey barely saw the ball as a senior, due to the rash of injuries that left a linebacker playing quarterback in 2012. Johnson, a big-time athlete, has a big adjustment to make after playing two years of Division II football.
"Physical reps," receivers coach Edgar Bennett said when asked what Dorsey and Johnson missed. "They've certainly gotten their share of mental reps but it's always different as far as physically being able to do it. You definitely want to get them out there and get them working toward the ultimate goal. What have they missed? They've missed some reps but they're still in a great position to get out there and compete."
No. 42: The White stuff?
While Dorsey and Johnson were rendered bystanders, Myles White stood out as the team's top rookie wideout. The undrafted rookie, who got lost in star Quinton Patton's shadow at Louisiana Tech but still managed 56 catches for 718 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, quickly stood out to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
When Packer Report asked quarterback Aaron Rodgers about White, he talked for a full 2 minutes without even mentioning White's talent, quickness out of his breaks and good hands. Receivers coach Edgar Bennett focused on many of the same things.
"The most impressive is the preparation because that's the starting point in my mind," Bennett said. "The foundation has to be with his work ethic and how he prepares. When you prepare that way, you're able to just go out and play, it's not a lot of thinking, and that helps. We work from a fundamental technique standpoint so now you can just apply those principles without having to always try to think them through. You can just react. That's what we're trying to get down."
No. 43: He's pretty Goode
Brett Goode might be the most anonymous player on the team. That's not a bad trait when you're the team's long snapper. In five seasons, Goode hasn't had a single snap that has doomed a kick. If you want to nitpick, Goode has recorded just 11 tackles in 80 career games.
He's been everything the team could wish for after plucking him off the scrap heap after J.J. Jansen's knee injury in the 2008 preseason finale. Goode, who took the call from the Packers while working on a construction site on a 98-degree day in Arkansas, joined the team without the benefit of a training camp or preseason.
"Construction's not doing good right now so I'm glad I got out of it," he said last season. "I was doing that to go finish my degree and hopefully one day I was going to be able to get into coaching at a high school. I'm in no rush to do that."
No. 44: Richardson's opening
Sean Richardson, a big, athletic safety from Vanderbilt, made the team as an undrafted rookie last summer after posting a team-high 16 tackles in the preseason. Richardson missed the first six games with a hamstring injury, then returned for five games.
He played mostly on special teams, other than a 15-play stint at safety at Detroit on Nov. 18, before going back to special teams for the Nov. 25 game against the Giants. He was injured covering the opening kickoff of that game. He thought it was a sore back; tests revealed a herniated disc. He had surgery in January — done by the same surgeon who fixed Peyton Manning's neck problem — and was held out of the offseason practices. Richardson said he expected to be cleared for training camp.
"I still do (like him)," safeties coach Darren Perry said. "It's just a tough call right now. You like him, and I hope like hell we can have him, but some things are out of our control and we just have to wait and see on him. Obviously, he's a guy that when you look at him, you see a lot of potential. When (Charles Woodson) went down, I think he was starting to get some opportunities, and I think he showed why he belonged on our football team. But we just have to kind of wait and see. My fingers are crossed for him. I hope we can have him. but you just don't know at this point."
Richardson sees the opportunity in front of him, with neither M.D. Jennings nor Jerron McMillian distinguishing himself last season. With 4.48 speed in the 40 and the size to be a physical presence, he has potential in a full-time capacity or as a spy against athletic quarterbacks.
"It's always tough to be on the sideline," Richardson said. "You always want to compete. Being a big competitor like I am, that's all I do and that's what got me here is working hard. I wasn't always the best player on the field but I always worked for it, always competed, and I play with a passion. That's what got me here and that's what's keeping me going and that's what helped me through this surgery and the rehab. I just keep faith and keep pushing. I'll be back out there."
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