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Packers' 46-Man Roster Prediction for Week 5 vs. Lions

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Packers' 46-Man Roster Prediction for Week 5 vs. Lions

Here's our best guess at predicting the Green Bay Packers' game-day roster for Sunday's Week 5 game against the Detroit Lions. Reminder, only 46 players can be active...

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

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Seneca Wallace

Running back: Eddie Lacy, John Kuhn, James Starks, Johnathan Franklin, Michael Hill

Wide receiver: Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jarrett Boykin

Tight end: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor, Brandon Bostick

Offensive line: David Bakhtiari, Josh Sitton, Evan Dietrich-Smith, T.J. Lang, Don Barclay, Marshall Newhouse, Greg Van Roten, Lane Taylor

Defensive line: Datone Jones, B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, C.J. Wilson, Johnny Jolly, Mike Daniels, Josh Boyd

Outside linebacker: Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Mike Neal, Nate Palmer, Andy Mulumba

Inside linebacker: A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Rob Francois, Jamari Lattimore, Sam Barrington

Cornerback: Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde, Davon House, Jarrett Bush

Safety: Morgan Burnett, M.D. Jennings, Jerron McMillian, Chris Banjo

Special teams: Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Brett Goode


  • Casey Hayward, James Starks and Greg Van Roten have all been ruled out for Sunday's game and officially won't play.
  • All other players dealing with injury issues are listed as "probable" and are pretty much guaranteed to play, including Clay Matthews, Morgan Burnett, Jermichael Finley, Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin, John Kuhn and Jarrett Bush.
  • The final three inactive predictions were difficult decisions: Nate Palmer, Brandon Bostick and Michael Hill.
  • With Lacy, Franklin and Kuhn all coming off various injuries, the Packers might keep Hill active as an insurance policy if nothing else.
  • If there's any active prediction incorrect, it might be defensive lineman C.J. Wilson. The Packers have plenty of depth on the defensive line and Wilson has already been inactive once this season. It might come down to who makes the biggest special-teams contributions between Wilson, Nate Palmer and Brandon Bostick.
  • Rookie offensive lineman Lane Taylor figures to be active for his first regular season NFL game with Van Roten out due to injury.
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RC Packer Fan's picture

Yeah, I agree with you Brian. I think its a coin flip between CJ Wilson and Michael Hill.

I think with depth at DT, I would probably lean towards them putting Wilson down and using Hill this week. All 3 RB's are coming off of injury's.
Plus they might be able to get more use out of Hill on special teams.

Alex in SC's picture

I'm ready for Bostick to get in on the passing game. Any chance we will see him soon?

Brian Carriveau's picture

As long as Jermichael Finley is healthy, I wouldn't bet on anything more than a bit role.

A Dude's picture

Why not use two-tight end sets? Bostick and Finley split from the line in passing plays. If Bostick is any good that can create some matchup problems. Just saying.

Stroh's picture

They use some 2 TE sets, tho not many and its always Finley and Quarless. 2 TE's w/ Finley and Bostic would basically announce its going to be a passing play as neither is what would be considered a good blocker.

fish and crane's picture

I'd like to read someday how Seneca Wallace is doing.
ALso, how is Boyd progressing?
ANd how are the practice squad players looking?

Morgan Mundane's picture

I have a hunch whoever is the kick returner he will be busy. I see a Lions blowout coming. O line cannot protect Rogers which takes the passing game out and our running game is not any better.
Defense is pourous and will give up a ton of yards. Not pretty on Sunday.

Stroh's picture

Returners on both side will be busy. The Packers still have a high powered offense and score a lot of points in case you haven't noticed. I don't know what Packer games you've been watching but the Packers rank #3 in total offense, #9 in RUSHING offense and #2 in scoring per game!

Try actually watching the games you might not make yourself look like an idiot so much!

Jamie's picture

^^^ This comes across as a 12 y/o's fail at trolling. Really lame.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

A few weeks ago McGinn wrote an article about a scout's assessment of the packers' roster. The scout listed Lane Taylor as a "reject." There was no comment on that in McGinn's article and I have not seen much since, yet Taylor is predicted to be active tomorrow. Can Taylor play? I suppose Barclay will slide inside in the event of injury, with Newhouse replacing Barclay.

Brian Carriveau's picture

More than likely, we won't find out if Taylor can play. It would take two injuries for him to see time on offense.

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