The Green Bay Packers have set their 90-man roster. Here is a look at the upcoming battles on offense.
|8||Hill, Taysom||QB||6-2||221||26||R||Brigham Young|
With Rodgers and Hundley entrenched atop the depth chart, the undrafted Hill will attempt to unseat last year’s undrafted find, Callahan. “He belongs,” coach Mike McCarthy said of Hill last week. When healthy, Hill was highly productive: 6,929 passing yards and 2,815 rushing yards. But four of his five seasons ended in injuries, including his fifth-year senior campaign, when he suffered an elbow injury in the regular-season finale. Knee (2012), broken leg (2014) and Lisfranc foot (2015) were the other culprits. Callahan, however, turned heads instantly last spring and has a year of NFL training to build upon. If Callahan wins the job, Hill’s 4.46 speed could make him an appealing option at safety.
OFFENSIVE LINE: 15
|63||Linsley, Corey||C||6-3||301||25||4||Ohio State|
|79||Amichia, Kofi||G||6-4||304||22||R||South Florida|
|74||Gray, Geoff||G||6-5||315||22||R||University of Manitoba|
|64||McCray, Justin||G||6-3||317||24||1||Central Florida|
|65||Taylor, Lane||G||6-3||324||27||5||Oklahoma State|
|77||Pankey, Adam||G/T||6-5||313||23||R||West Virginia|
|67||Barclay, Don||T/G||6-4||305||28||6||West Virginia|
There is work to be done after losing Pro Bowl guard T.J. Lang and versatile J.C. Tretter in free agency. Presumably, veteran free-agent pickup Evans will replace Lang at right guard, though that battle has the potential to be a free-for-all. Sixth-round rookie Amichia is a player to watch. He ranked among the top pass-protecting left tackles in the nation as a senior at South Florida, according to Pro Football Focus, and is an excellent athlete. The other contenders: Patrick, who was on the practice squad last year, Murphy, a sixth-round pick last year who played left tackle at Stanford, and Gray, a top pick in this week’s Canadian Football League draft. The undrafted Pankey was a three-year starter who played left tackle as a sophomore, left guard as a junior and right guard as a senior. And if all else fails, there’s always Barclay.
RUNNING BACKS: 6
|33||Jones, Aaron||RB||5-10||208||22||R||Texas-El Paso|
|32||Mays, Devante||RB||5-10||230||22||R||Utah State|
|43||Stanback, William||RB||6-0||231||22||R||Virginia Union|
|30||Williams, Jamaal||RB||6-0||213||22||R||Brigham Young|
Montgomery is the obvious starter. He might as well be running a daycare while he’s at it, considering the youth and inexperience of the guys behind him. Five rookies will vie for carries behind Montgomery. Williams, a fourth-round pick, would seem to be the front-runner because of his well-rounded skill-set. Jones and Phillips are undersized but productive as the leading rushers in the history of their schools. Mays and Stanback bring the requisite beef to the battle.
Green Bay closed last season with the same duo. Ripkowski is the obvious No. 1 fullback. It will be up to Kerridge to prove he’s worth a second spot.
TIGHT ENDS: 5
|80||Bennett, Martellus||TE||6-6||275||30||10||Texas A&M|
|86||Peck, Aaron||TE||6-2||239||22||R||Fresno State|
|85||Sandland, Beau||TE||6-5||252||24||1||Montana State|
Behind Bennett, Rodgers and Kendricks are two intriguing prospects. Sandland, a seventh-round pick by Carolina last year, joined Green Bay’s practice squad in November. He’s got potential as a receiver and blocker. Peck was a standout college receiver who bulked up to play tight end.
WIDE RECEIVERS: 11
|17||Adams, Davante||WR||6-1||215||24||4||Fresno State|
|9||Crockett, Montay||WR||6-0||184||23||R||Georgia Southern|
|19||Dupre, Malachi||WR||6-2||196||21||R||Louisiana State|
|83||Janis, Jeff||WR||6-3||219||25||4||Saginaw Valley State|
|87||Nelson, Jordy||WR||6-3||217||31||10||Kansas State|
The Packers were overflowing with depth even before drafting Yancey and Dupre. McCaffrey, the son of former NFL standout Ed McCaffrey and the brother of Carolina’s top pick, Christian McCaffrey, showed excellent route-running skills during his month with the team at the end of last year. The 6-foot-2 Yancey plays with power; the 6-foot-2 Dupre plays with athleticism. The two undrafted rookies bring something to the party, too. Clark is 6-foot-5 5/8 with 4.53 speed. He played basketball at St. Francis (Pa.) before transferring to Marshall, where he caught 37 passes for 632 yards and five touchdowns during his one season on the football team. Crockett might be the fastest player on the team with his 4.39 in the 40. As a senior, he caught 24 passes for 339 yards and one touchdown, plus returned kickoffs and punts.