Gazing into crystal ball

Prediction of which 53 players will begin 2007 season for Packers

Training camp has not even begun, but some of us are wondering who the Green Bay Packers will break camp with to open the 2007 regular season.

Lots of things can still occur. Ted Thompson may find a player or two that can help the Pack in 2007 on other rosters or via free agency. Also, lots of guys can look pretty good in shorts (mini-camps), but falter when the pads come on (training camp). Finally, the Packers will most likely bring back WR/KR Koren Robinson in late September when his suspension is over, if Commissioner Roger Goodell is satisfied with his penance.

Nick Barnett might also be facing some sort of suspension due to his recent nightclub incident. Anyway, let's name the 53 players that will open up the season against Philadelphia at home on September 9:

Quarterback (3)
Brett Favre
Aaron Rodgers
Ingle Martin

Running Back (3)
Vernand Morency
Brandon Jackson
Noah Herron

Fullback (2)
Brandon Miree
DeShawn Wynn

Wide Receiver (6)
Donald Driver
Greg Jennings
James Jones
Ruvell Martin
Carlyle Holiday
David Clowney

Tight End (3)
Bubba Franks
Donald Lee
Clark Harris

Offensive Line (9)
Chad Clifton
Daryn Colledge
Scott Wells
Jason Spitz
Mark Tauscher
Tony Moll
Tony Palmer
Allen Barbre
Junius Coston

Defensive Line (8)
Aaron Kampman
Ryan Pickett
Corey Williams
Cullen Jenkins
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
Justin Harrell
Michael Montgomery
Johnny Jolly

Linebacker (7)
A.J. Hawk
Nick Barnett
Brady Poppinga
Abdul Hodge
Korey Hall
Juwan Simpson
Desmond Bishop

Defensive Back (9)
Al Harris
Nick Collins
Marquand Manuel
Charles Woodson
Marviel Underwood
Aaron Rouse
Will Blackmon
Frank Walker
Patrick Dendy

Long Snapper (1)
Rob Davis

Kicker (1)
Mason Crosby

Punter (1)
Jon Ryan

One of the receivers will go when/if Robinson comes back. Clowney needs to beat out Shaun Bodiford, so he needs to show some kick return ability.

I think Hall will go back to linebacker as opposed to fullback. He makes the team because of his special teams prowess, as does some other linebackers.

There will be some veteran cuts like Robert Ferguson. I also have all 11 draft picks from 2007 making the team. My practice squad would include Bodiford, RB/FB Corey White, LB Rory Johnson, S Atari Bigby and TE Zac Alcorn among the squad.

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