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Packers 46-Man Roster Prediction for Week 1 at Seahawks

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Packers 46-Man Roster Prediction for Week 1 at Seahawks

Here's our best guess at predicting the Green Bay Packers' game-day roster for Sunday's Week 1 match-up at the Seattle Seahawks. Reminder, only 46 players can be active.

The entire roster is included. Those bold and italicized are predicted to be inactive...

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien

Running Back: Eddie Lacy, John Kuhn, James Starks, DuJuan Harris

Wide Receiver: Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis

Tight End: Richard Rodgers, Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor

Offensive Line: David Bakhtiari, Josh Sitton, Corey Linsley, T.J. Lang, Bryan Bulaga, Derek Sherrod, Lane Taylor, J.C. Tretter

Defensive Line: Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, Letroy Guion, Josh Boyd, Mike Pennel

Outside Linebackers: Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Mike Neal, Nick Perry, Jayrone Elliott, Andy Mulumba

Inside Linebackers: A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Jamari Lattimore, Sam Barrington, Carl Bradford

Cornerbacks: Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Davon House, Casey Hayward, Jarrett Bush, Demetri Goodson

Safeties: Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Sean Richardson

Specialists: Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Brett Goode


  • Bostick (fibula), Tretter (knee) and Goodson (concussion) have all been ruled out of the Week 1 game with injuries.
  • Jones (quadriceps) is listed as probable and is predicted to be active.
  • Tolzien, as the third quarterback, and inexperienced Bradford were the easy calls as part of the seven mandatory inactive players.
  • One inactive figures to come at the outside linebacker position between rookie Elliott and second-year Mulumba. Mulumba is more experienced but Elliott was the more electrifying player in the preseason.
  • It was a difficult call to predict Janis inactive after such a terrific preseason, but the thinking is the Packers won't want to put the rookie coming from a small college in a pressure-packed situation in Week 1, although they may not be able to keep him sidelined for long.
  • It's possible the Packers place Tretter on short-term injured reserve before Thursday's game. If so, they would be adding one more active player to their roster and one more player would have to be ruled inactive.
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Evan's picture

Hey Brian - what's the rule regarding emergency 3rd QBs again? They can dress and not count against the 46 but if you use them the #1 can't return or something? Or am I totally making that up?

Taylor O'Neill's picture

The 3rd QB Rule was abolished in 2011. It allowed for a 3rd QB not counting against the active roster to come into the game, following which the starter and 2nd string QB became ineligible.

But in 2011 the active roster was increased from 45 to 46 and the rule is no longer in place. You can now only play whoever is on the active gameday roster. So if Tolzien is inactive and both Rodgers and Flynn go down, we're going to see someone from another position playing QB. I think that the emergency QB is Cobb or Kuhn.

Evan's picture


Brian Carriveau's picture

They got rid of that rule a few years ago. Used to be a 45-man active roster on game days with a designated third quarterback. They've extended it to 46 players but got rid of the third quarterback designation. Either Tolzien will be active or can't play at all.

Evan's picture

Ah...thank you.

Evan's picture

And it's hard to argue with this prediction - as you said, I'd love to see Janis suited up, but looking over the roster I don't know who I'd sit in his favor.

RCPackerFan's picture

Honestly the only way I would see Janis activated right now is if he was going to be used as a return specialist.
From how it sounds, Cobb will be returning Punts and Harris will do KR.

ebongreen's picture

I would bet Mulumba is active over Elliott. I think Mulumba has been on special teams (and on the team) longer, and the Packers have enough depth ahead of him at OLB that the likelihood of the #5 OLB seeing many snaps (outside of injury) is slim.

packsmack's picture

I'm betting Lane Taylor sits in favor of Janis. We're gonna see Big 5 at some point to counter their 3 deep zone with man press.

Evan's picture

No back-up interior linemen? Seems like a recipe for disaster.

packsmack's picture

You're right. Pick one of Starks/Elliot/Barrington then.

Evan's picture

Yeah, I think Elliot or Barrington would be the most likely to sit for Janis.

8 LBs should be enough for game day.

steven10825's picture

How impressive is it that the majority of our line has cone from round 4 or later.

Evan's picture

I need to see how they perform before I go with "impressive."

pooch's picture

Sit Jones,start Barrington,time coaching staff makes a statement

Samson's picture

Janis could very well be active before Adams. Draft position is now a moot point. (once you've made the 53)

packsmack's picture

While this is true about moot draft position, Janis got a whopping 4 targets in the preseason, so I think it's a bit premature to put him ahead of Adams. By season's end, they might both be pushing for time though. Good problem to have.

jmac34's picture

Only Reason Janis could be active ahead of Adams would be because of Janis special teams ability. I could see Janis returning kicks before too long

FITZCORE1252's picture

I like going Elliott over Mulumba. Neither would see many snaps, but Jayrone has less film out there and has better splash play potential imo.

I would love to see Janis in there and just have him run a couple super deep go routes early to give the hawks something to think about. Don't care if they complete them or not.

pooch's picture

More bad news.Brad Jones probable for game tomorrow

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