Green Bay Packers Offseason Roster Analysis: Offense

The Packers are overflowing with depth at wide receiver and offensive line. The other positions on offense? Not so much.

Now that the heavy lifting of the offseason is in the books, here’s a look at the Green Bay Packers’ offseason roster and our projected depth charts on offense.

QUARTERBACKS

NO.QUARTERBACKSPOSHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEEXP.COLLEGE
12 Rodgers, Aaron QB 6-2 225 32 12 California
7 Hundley, Brett QB 6-3 226 22 2 UCLA
9 Williams, Ryan QB 6-4 215 NA R Miami (Fla.)
6 Callahan, Joe QB 6-1 216 22 R Wesley

The top of the depth chart is set in stone, with Aaron Rodgers back for his ninth season as the starting quarterback and Brett Hundley assuming the mantle of primary backup. Rodgers remains the NFL’s all-time leader in passer rating with a career mark of 104.1, but his 92.7 mark last season was almost 20 points less than what he posted in 2014 and almost 30 points less than his MVP season of 2011. Hundley, who led the NFL in preseason passer rating last year, takes Scott Tolzien’s place as primary backup. Hundley’s progression from the start of August to the start of September last year was remarkable. Watching Ryan Williams battle Joe Callahan for the No. 3 spot — whether No. 3 is on the roster or the practice squad — will provide the only drama.

RUNNING BACKS

NO.RUNNING BACKSPOSHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEEXP.COLLEGE
27 Lacy, Eddie RB 5-11 234 25 4 Alabama
44 Starks, James RB 6-2 218 30 7 Buffalo
38 Crockett, John RB 6-0 217 24 1 North Dakota State
26 Jackson, Don RB 5-10 208 22 R Nevada
34 Burks, Brandon RB 5-9 208 22 R Troy

All eyes will be on Eddie Lacy when fans and reporters are allowed to watch OTAs on May 24. After averaging 1,159 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns during his first two seasons, an overweight Lacy lumbered to 758 yards and three touchdowns on the ground last season. Lacy apparently has accepted the challenge to shape up. “Eddie’s a lot further ahead than he was this time last year,” coach Mike McCarthy said at the draft. Lacy and James Starks again will top the depth chart. Three undrafted players will compete to be the No. 3 back — John Crockett, who rushed for 21 yards on nine attempts last season, and rookies Don Jackson and Brandon Burks.

NO.FULLBACKSPOSHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEEXP.COLLEGE
22 Ripkowski, Aaron FB 6-1 246 23 2 Oklahoma
40 Squirewell, Alstevis FB 6-0 265 NA R Newberry College

At fullback, the wild card is John Kuhn. Kuhn remains unsigned but his locker was still intact last week and there’s one open spot on the roster. As it stands, Aaron Ripkowski, a promising sixth-round pick last year, is the No. 1 fullback, with the only competition being undrafted rookie Alstevis Squirewell, a defensive lineman at Division II Newberry.

WIDE RECEIVERS

NO.RECEIVERSPOSHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEEXP.COLLEGE
87 Nelson, Jordy WR 6-3 217 30 9 Kansas State
18 Cobb, Randall WR 5-10 192 25 6 Kentucky
17 Adams, Davante WR 6-1 215 23 3 Fresno State
88 Montgomery, Ty WR 6-0 216 23 2 Stanford
83 Janis, Jeff WR 6-3 219 24 3 Saginaw Valley State
84 Abbrederis, Jared WR 6-1 195 25 3 Wisconsin
19 Williams, Ed WR 6-0 196 25 1 Fort Hays State
10 Johnson, Jamel WR 6-2 217 24 1 Alabama State
11 Davis, Trevor WR 6-1 188 22 R California
81 Allison, Geronimo WR 6-3 202 22 R Illinois
13 Robinson, Devonte WR 6-1 188 22 R Utah State
16 Waters, Herb WR 6-0 188 NA R Miami

This might be the deepest position on the team. Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery are back from season-ending injuries, which should help Randall Cobb return to form. Jeff Janis, for his special-teams prowess alone, is a lock to make the roster, as well. It will be a shootout to fill out the depth chart, with Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis and fifth-round pick Trevor Davis being the top candidates. Adams is the wild card. Which way will his career turn after an early-season ankle injury ruined his season? Ed Williams spent last season on the practice squad, Jamel Johnson spent the end of last season on the practice squad and undrafted rookie Geronimo Allison offers 6-foot-3 of potential.

TIGHT ENDS

NO.TIGHT ENDSPOSHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEEXP.COLLEGE
82 Rodgers, Richard TE 6-4 257 24 3 California
89 Cook, Jared TE 6-5 254 29 8 South Carolina
80 Perillo, Justin TE 6-3 250 25 3 Maine
86 Backman, Kennard TE 6-3 245 23 2 Alabama-Birmingham
85 Henry, Mitchell TE 6-4 252 23 1 Western Kentucky
49 Pierce, Casey TE 6-3 248 24 1 Kent State

By essentially swapping out Andrew Quarless for Jared Cook, this position is in much better shape than it was last season. Cook’s presence should help Richard Rodgers, as well; Rodgers played far too many snaps last season and would be much better using his assets in a part-time role. The battle for No. 3 will be interesting. Justin Perillo made a few splash plays last season. Is Kennard Backman ready to emerge after being put in mothballs as a rookie? Can Mitchell Henry and Casey Pierce, a pair of undrafted free agents last year, make some noise?

OFFENSIVE LINE

NO.CENTERSPOSHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEEXP.COLLEGE
63 Linsley, Corey C 6-3 301 24 3 Ohio State
73 Tretter, JC C/G 6-4 307 25 4 Cornell
57 Flores, Jacob C 6-3 300 NA R Dartmouth
NO.GUARDSPOSHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEEXP.COLLEGE
70 Lang, T.J. G 6-4 318 28 8 Eastern Michigan
71 Sitton, Josh G 6-3 318 29 9 Central Florida
65 Taylor, Lane G 6-3 324 26 4 Oklahoma State
79 Walker, Josh G 6-5 328 24 2 Middle Tennessee State
74 Rotheram, Matt G 6-5 325 23 1 Pittsburgh
50 Kowalski, Vince G/T 6-4 305 23 1 Villanova
62 Tucker, Cory G 6-4 315 NA R Slippery Rock
NO.TACKLESPOSHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEEXP.COLLEGE
69 Bakhtiari, David T 6-4 310 24 4 Colorado
75 Bulaga, Bryan T 6-5 314 27 7 Iowa
78 Spriggs, Jason T 6-6 301 21 R Indiana
67 Barclay, Don T/G 6-4 305 27 5 West Virginia
68 Murphy, Kyle T 6-6 305 22 R Stanford
72 James, Josh T 6-5 314 NA R Carroll

Maybe offensive line, not receiver, is the deepest position on the team. The key will be Jason Spriggs, the second-round pick. Can he get up to speed to provide a capable backup plan should left tackle David Bakhtiari or right tackle Bryan Bulaga be out of the lineup? While the Packers went 4-0 with Don Barclay starting for Bulaga, they went 1-2 (including playoffs) without Bakhtiari. With the starting five intact, the battles will be for depth. And those battles should be epic. Beyond the starting five, Spriggs and J.C. Tretter are the only locks but the competition will be fierce with guards Lane Taylor, Josh Walker and Matt Rotherham joining Barclay and sixth-round pick Kyle Murphy.

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