Roster prediction

With the first round of roster cuts coming up, a number of players will get their final shots at making the team based on their performances in tonight's game against the Cleveland Browns and Firday night's game against the Tennessee Titans.<p>

Because the Packers have eight NFL Europe exemptions, they must reduce their roster to a maximum of 73 players by 3 p.m. (CT) Tuesday. Here is a look at Green Bay's roster by position, including players that are locks to make the team, on the fence or have no chance followed by a comment:

Quarterback

Locks: Brett Favre, Doug Pederson, Craig Nall

No chance: Marcus Brady

Comment: Brady has only gotten a few snaps here and there in training camp. He may be a practice squad candidate.

Running back

Locks: Ahman Green, William Henderson, Rondell Mealey

On the fence: Tony Fisher, Jason Brookins, Najeh Davenport, Ki-Jana Carter

No chance: Herbert Goodman

Comment: Carter probably will not make the roster. Goodman hasn't gotten much of a chance in training camp, then injured his knee. He's probably on the way out as well. Davenport has to show that he belongs on the roster in the final two exhibition games, or he could wind up on injured reserve.

Offensive line

Locks: Chad Clifton, Mike Wahle, Mike Flanagan, Marco Rivera, Mark Tauscher, Frank Winters

On the fence: Jeff Blackshear, Kevin Barry, Tim Stuber, Earl Dotson, Bill Ferrario, Chris Watton

No chance: Mike Houghton, Andy Eby, Reggie Nelson

Comment: The Packers will probably keep 10 offensive linemen, but the remaining four spots are very unsettled. In fact, there's a strong possibility that the Packers will have to go on the free agent market or make a trade for a suitable backup, especially at tackle. If Earl Dotson does not rebound quickly from his recent knee surgery, he may remain on the physically unable to perform list and miss the first six weeks of the season.

Tight ends

Locks: Bubba Franks, David Martin

On the fence: Tyrone Davis, Bill Seymour

Comment: Look for the Packers to keep Seymour, a rookie out of the University of Michigan. He has showed versatility by playing fullback in training camp. Davis has not made many big plays this preseason, but that could change if he comes through in the final two exhibition games.

Wide receivers

Locks: Terry Glenn, Robert Ferguson, Donald Driver, Javon Walker

On the fence: Charles Lee, Karsten Bailey

No chance: Chris Jackson, Kerry Hood, Brian Haugabrook, Andy McCullough Comment: If Bailey has a strong finish in exhibition games this week, it is possible that he could unseat Lee for the fifth and final roster spot at wide receiver. Otherwise, Lee has the inside track on that spot. Hood is a solid candidate for the practice squad.

Defensive linemen

Locks: Joe Johnson, Vonnie Holliday, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Cletidus Hunt, Gilbert Brown, Aaron Kampman, Billy Lyon

On the fence: Steve Warren, Rod Walker, Jamal Reynolds, Jared Tomich

No chance: John Gilmore, Aaron Fields, Ken Kocher

Comment: Interesting battle for the backup nose tackle spot going on here. Do the Packers keep Warren or Walker? It is hard to believe that they will retain three nose tackles. Reynolds probably will make the team but nothing is guaranteed at this point. If not, Tomich is a solid player.

Linebackers

Locks: Na'il Diggs, Nate Wayne, Hardy Nickerson, Torrance Marshall

On the fence: Paris Lenon, Rob Holmberg, Algie Atkinson, Marcus Wilkins, Anthony Sessions Comment: There's a fierce battle going on at this position for the sixth and final roster spot. It is possible that Wilkins will be placed on the practice squad because he has been playing a little at defensive end in recent weeks. Holmberg and Lenon have practiced with the first-team defense, which give them the inside track on the final roster spots.

Cornerbacks

Locks: Tyrone Williams, Mike McKenzie, Bhawoh Jue, Tod McBride

On the fence: Keith Thibodeaux, Erwin Swiney, Hurley Tarver

No chance: Seneca McMillan, Jason Suttle

Comment: Swiney has made some big plays in training camp but also some big mistakes. Thibodeaux has missed the last week of practices with a finger injury. It will be a close call between Swiney and Thibodeaux.

Safeties

Locks: Antuan Edwards, Darren Sharper, Matt Bowen, Marcus Anderson

No chance: Todd Franz, Gana Joseph

Comment: With Scott Frost on injured reserve, this position is set.

Specialists

Locks: Ryan Longwell, Josh Bidwell, Rob Davis

No chance: Louie Aguiar

Comment: The Packers brought in Aguiar to provide relief to Longwell and Bidwell. There was some talk that Aguiar might be used for kickoffs, but Longwell has displayed good hang time and distance since the team's second exhibition game at Arizona.


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