Annual 89-to-1 Roster Countdown: 50 to 55

Part 5 of our annual roster cutdown has a special teams focus, including a tight end and two safeties battling for roster spots.

For the sixth year, Packer Report takes a bottom-to-top look at the Green Bay Packers’ roster. This list doesn't necessarily rank the players from best to worst, but we take into account the players’ importance on the roster and other factors such as contracts and potential.

50 Brett Goode LS6-1 255 297Arkansas 
51Sam BarringtonILB6-1 235 232South Florida 
52 Ryan TaylorTE6-3 254 264North Carolina 
53 Sean RichardsonS6-2 216 243Vanderbilt 
54 Chris Banjo S5-10 207 242SMU

Goode: Goode is Mr. Anonymous, mostly because his performance is only noticed when he messes up. Fortunately for the Packers, he hasn’t messed up. Goode is one of the more reliable snappers in the game, though he was a little less perfect in 2013 than he was in 2012. The major knock on him is he provides almost nothing in punt coverage. In six seasons, Goode has made just 12 tackles, including one apiece in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He’s under contract for the next two seasons and doesn’t have a challenger on the roster.

Barrington: A seventh-round pick last year, Barrington played in seven games before going on season-ending injured reserve with a hamstring. He didn’t play on defense and had two tackles on special teams. He worked exclusively with the second unit during the offseason practices. “Sam came in and tried to establish what he can bring to the table before we ended up putting him on IR, so there’s a lot of still unknowns about him. He’s working hard, great attitude. The only thing with Sam is you can just continue to give him as much opportunities as possible so that at the end of the day there’s going to be an opportunity to evaluate him.”

Taylor: With three seasons in the books, Taylor’s lot in life is pretty clear. He’s a special-teams player — and a darned good one — with limited ability to help on offense. He caught six passes for 30 yards — with a big drop of a potential long touchdown at home against Detroit — and five tackles on special teams. With injuries to Jermichael Finley early and Brandon Bostick late, he became the No. 2 tight end down the stretch. For his career, he’s got eight catches for 45 yards and a touchdown and 23 tackles on special teams while playing in 45 of 48 games. He’ll battle for a roster spot, with Andrew Quarless, Bostick and rookie Richard Rodgers the front-runners for three spots.

Richardson: Richardson’s career was in doubt after spinal-fusion surgery left him waiting (and waiting and waiting) for medical clearance. Finally, after about a full year out of action, he got it, and it took him less than a month to essentially replace M.D. Jennings as the safety opposite Morgan Burnett. However, after playing 115 snaps against Atlanta, Dallas and Pittsburgh, he saw his playing time reduced for the final two regular-season games and the playoff game. In six games, he tallied 13 tackles on defense (156 snaps) with only one miss. Impressively, he added four on special teams. Big (6-foot-2), fast (4.45 in the 40) and willing to hit, special teams will have to be the 2012 undrafted free agent’s calling card with top pick HaHa Clinton-Dix and rising second-year player Micah Hyde added to the mix at safety. "You’ve got some people who know my capabilities and know how good I am," said Richardson. "But it’s up to me. I’ve got to go out there and make a splash and make a play. It’s coming. It’s definitely coming."

Banjo: Banjo went undrafted in 2012 and didn’t make a roster, and he was cut by Jacksonville before the start of training camp in 2013. Signed by Green Bay, Banjo not only made the team but started one game and became a key performer on special teams. On defense, he recorded 15 tackles (192 snaps) but had three misses. On special teams, he ranked second on the team with 10 tackles. If you’re into counting players on the roster, Burnett, Clinton-Dix and Hyde are the locks at safety. Will the Packers keep four or five? If it’s four, it presumably will be Richardson vs. Banjo for the last spot. He’s not as big (5-foot-10) or fast (still-impressive 4.46) as Richardson.

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