Annual 89-to-1 Roster Countdown: 40-44

Part 7 of our series leads off with record-setting punter Tim Masthay and includes DuJuan Harris and Davon House.

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.

RankPlayerPos.HtWtAgeYrSchool
40 Tim Masthay P6-1 200 275Kentucky
41 Letroy GuionDT6-4 315 277Florida State
42 DuJuan HarrisRB5-8 203 252Troy
43 Davon HouseCB6-0 195 244New Mexico State
44 Carl BradfordOLB6-1 252 21RArizona State

Masthay: To say Masthay broke the team’s record for net punting would be a broken record. In his four seasons with the team, Masthay tied the net record in 2010, broke it in 2011, broke it again in 2012 and broke it yet again in 2013. He finished the season ranked 21st in gross average (44.6) and net average (39.0) but is one of the most underrated punters in the league. According to ProFootballFocus.com, opponents returned 31.3 percent of his punts. That was the third-best rate in the NFL. His 22 inside-the-20 punts vs. five touchbacks was the worst rate in his career and ranked 20th in the league. With the team feeling queasy about kicker Mason Crosby, Masthay handled kickoff duties to start the season and recorded 50 percent touchbacks. “I thought his maturity level as a player, the game management, really continued to grow,” special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum said at the end of last season. “We had some challenging weather here through December and into the playoffs and I thought he did a really good job with that. He limited opponents’ returners opportunities, which I thought was good, and there were times when we might not have had the ideal coverage unit on the field and Tim did a good job trying to eliminate the returners’ production.”

Guion: Guion started 28 games the past two seasons for Minnesota but the Vikings released him rather than pay him his base salary of $3.95 million. He had 21 tackles, one sack and three tackles for losses last season. He ranked 34th out of 80 defensive tackles in ProFootballFocus.com’s run-stop percentage metric. For Green Bay, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound seventh-year pro will be in the mix as a backup nose tackle. “He brings a big body that can move,” defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said. “He’ll give us a good rotation in there. He’s a big kid that can move that’s got good fundamentals. He’s a taller and he’s a longer-armed guy that can get that arm out there and keep guys away from him. He’s a good football player.”

Harris: Harris went from selling cars, to the practice squad to the salvation of the run game in 2012. The sample size was small but, on 34 rushes, his 4.6 yards per carry ran circles around the rest of the team's backs in 2012. Compare that to the per-carry averages of 4.1 for Ryan Grant, 3.6 yards for James Starks, 3.5 yards for Cedric Benson and 3.4 yards for the team's leading rusher, Alex Green. According to ProFootballFocus.com, he averaged 2.82 yards after contact. The rest of the backs put together averaged 2.11 after contact. However, he missed all of 2013 with a knee injury. New running backs coach Sam Gash said he knew “nothing” about Harris upon taking over the job. “I was in Detroit the year that he played them (2012) and he just lit them up. Coach (Alex) Van Pelt told me, he was like, ‘You’ve got a little firecracker in DuJuan.’ And then he got injured and stuff. He’s a dynamic player. Got a very good skill-set.” At 5-foot-7 and 203 pounds, he’s an intriguing counterpuncher to Eddie Lacy (6-1, 230) and Starks (6-2, 218).

House: After playing in 11 games with five starts in his first two seasons, House played in all 16 games with five starts in 2013. It was a mixed bag, however, for the team’s only tall cornerback. He allowed 52.5 percent completions and matched his career high with 13 passes defensed but yielded a team-high five touchdowns, according to ProFootballFocus.com. He intercepted the first pass of his career but dropped three or four others. He led the team with 12 tackles on special teams. If everyone is healthy, House — who is purely an outside cornerback and not a nickel or dime — might be left out in the cold. Sam Shields and Tramon Williams probably line up on the outside, with Casey Hayward as the nickel (slot cornerback). Micah Hyde is the best fit as the dime (second slot cornerback).

Bradford: The fourth-round pick was one of the premier rushers in the college game. In 2012, Bradford had 11.5 sacks, 20.5 tackles for losses and three forced fumbles. He fought through the mental anguish of his father’s death to post 8.5 sacks, 19 tackles for losses and three forced fumbles in 2013. While some scouts — including the NFL’s head scout, Dave-Te’ Thomas — projected Bradford as an inside linebacker, he spent the offseason playing on the outside to take advantage of his pass-rushing abilities. Even at a deep position group, Bradford has a chance to earn a role on third-and-long. “I’m sure that once we get the pads on, I think he’s going to show himself really well,” linebackers coach Winston Moss said. “I think his game is going to be a lot of power and a lot of will. Just what I’ve seen so far, I think he’s going to be an impressive player once we get the pads on.”


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