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Packers announce initial 53 man roster for 2018 season

The Green Bay Packers were busy getting down to the mandatory number of 53 players for their regular season roster on Saturday. The deadline was 4pm EST, with the Packers sending out a press release roughly an hour later with the breakdown of the roster. Always remember that roster construction continues throughout the weekend, so there's a possibility that guys who are on the roster today may not be by Monday. 

With that said, here's how they look as of late Saturday afternoon. 

The position-by-position breakdown:

QB (3): 12 Aaron Rodgers, 9 DeShone Kizer, 8 Tim Boyle

RB (2): 30 Jamaal Williams, 88 Ty Montgomery

Released: 22 Aaron Ripkowski, 40 Joe Kerridge, 46 LeShun Daniels, 34 Joel Bouagnon, 36 Bronson Hill

Reserve/suspended: 33 Aaron Jones

Injured reserve: 32 Devante Mays

WR (8): 17 Davante Adams, 18 Randall Cobb, 81 Geronimo Allison, 11 Trevor Davis, 82 J’Mon Moore, 83 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, 19 Equanimeous St. Brown, 16 Jake Kumerow

Released: 10 DeAngelo Yancey, 13 Adonis Jennings, 1 Kyle Lewis

TE (4): 80 Jimmy Graham, 84 Lance Kendricks, 89 Marcedes Lewis, 85 Robert Tonyan

Released: 86 Emanuel Byrd, 49 Kevin Rader, 48 Ryan Smith

OL (9): 69 David Bakhtiari, 75 Bryan Bulaga, 65 Lane Taylor, 63 Corey Linsley, 64 Justin McCray, 74 Byron Bell, 78 Jason Spriggs, 62 Lucas Patrick, 70 Alex Light

Released: 55 Dillon Day, 77 Adam Pankey, 79 Kofi Amichia, 60 Austin Davis

Injured reserve: 68 Kyle Murphy

DL (5): 76 Mike Daniels, 96 Muhammad Wilkerson, 97 Kenny Clark, 94 Dean Lowry, 90 Montravius Adams
 
Released: 99 James Looney, 73 Joey Mbu, 95 Tyler Lancaster, 67 Conor Sheehy

LB (8): 52 Clay Matthews, 53 Nick Perry, 50 Blake Martinez, 42 Oren Burks, 93 Reggie Gilbert, 51 Kyler Fackrell, 48 Antonio Morrison, 54 James Crawford

Released: 45 Vince Biegel, 91 Kendall Donnerson, 98 Chris Odom, 58 Greer Martini, 56 Ahmad Thomas, 49 James Hearns, 46 Naashon Hughes, 59 Marcus Porter

CB (6): 38 Tramon Williams, 20 Kevin King, 31 Davon House, 23 Jaire Alexander, 37 Josh Jackson, 26 Herb Waters

Released: 39 Demetri Goodson, 28 Josh Hawkins, 44 Donatello Brown

Injured reserve: 24 Quinten Rollins

S (5): 21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, 29 Kentrell Brice, 27 Josh Jones, 35 Jermaine Whitehead, 36 Raven Greene

Released: 25 Marwin Evans

Spec (3): 2 Mason Crosby, 6 JK Scott, 43 Hunter Bradley

Released: 57 Zach Triner

 

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Samson's picture

I'll wait for the dust to settle.
Makes little sense - 8 WRs on the 53.
How many dress on game day?
Come Monday, there may be several changes, I'm thinking.
Don't get me wrong --- I still like Gute, (he's the antithesis of TT)

Turophile's picture

Possibly a young receiver will be shopped as trade-bait. Alternatively, it might be a way to minimise the chance of a valued WR getting picked up (one WR gets cut to allow Aaron Jones back in week 3).

Big Moe's picture

Exactly what I was thinking.

dblbogey's picture

They are shopping Trevor Davis.

ricky's picture

This roster is extremely fluid. There are still hundreds of other players who have been cut that the Packers might try to add. And is it likely the team will carry eight WR's for long. Who will be "odd man out"? When Jones is available to return, expect there to be one less WR or TE. What will be interesting is the makeup of the PS.

Bure9620's picture

Pretty surprised Pankey was released with his athleticism and versatility, they must really like Alex Light........

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I had him as a good bet. Very surprising with Murphy going to IR as well.

Minniman's picture

-Ricky, yes I too read this as 2 extra weeks to evaluate the WR's and TE's, with one being dropped when Jones comes off suspension.

- Interesting\strategic use of IR Gute - it may be useful in 6 weeks time (when they become eligible).

- perhaps the only surprise to me was the extra QB, but I suspect that GB are just waiting to see who gets cut around the league before they try and stash their 3rd QB on PS (maybe).

Coldworld's picture

I don’t think we can pull any back. To do that they would have to have been on an in season active roster. Being waived injured today means they never made it to the 53.

Minniman's picture

thanks coldworld, I checked before posting and may have misinterpreted the below link as suggesting that 2 players can return after 8 weeks

https://www.cincyjungle.com/2018/8/31/17797904/explaining-pup-nfi-ir-oth...

Jersey Al's picture

they can, but only if they were first put on the 53-man roster. So Murphy and Rollins are gone for the year.

Minniman's picture

Calling it out early that I'm dining out on crow tonight re Martavis Bryant --> looks like he's getting suspended (again).

Minniman's picture

Kind of congratulations to Sam Shields for making the LA Rams team -- fingers crossed for him re concussions.

Coldworld's picture

Linebacker James Crawford? He certainly crept completely under my radar. Alex Light at tackle was someone I was only a little more aware of.

Got to think there are some trades under discussion here.

PackfanNY's picture

I'll be honest. I don't even know who James Crawford is. I hope Gute is looking right there to add a veteran linebacker. I can't recall one thing this guy did? Anyone?

kevgk's picture

He had a monster hit on a kickoff return @ KC

LayingTheLawe's picture

Those were my same two also. Crawford I don't recall at all and the only times I remember Light is when I was watching him get beat.

Jersey Al's picture

Crawford looked good on special teams. I think that's why he stuck. At least for now.

mdt71's picture

What has Herb Waters done?, Also only 2 rb’s?

Coldworld's picture

Made the roster!

Not as big a surprise as Crawford at linebacker or even Light at tackle!

Honestly thought they would keep Goodson due to special teams, but Waters was close once Pipkins was traded.

Jersey Al's picture

what he's done is make steady improvement since converting from WR to CB. I had him on the 53. He's still a developmental guy, but offered more upside than Goodson, Brown or Hawkins, I thought.

Grandfathered's picture

Agree W/ Al. Hope the injury bug is behind him.

fthisJack's picture

Herb Waters was solid all preseason and in the games.

kevgk's picture

I remember he had a great camp last year then went on IR. They said he reminded the team of shields/tramon UDFA WR convert

Qoojo's picture

See the guys let go at CB is very good news.

One of those WRs has to go because they are way too light at RB, especially given Monty's injury history. They almost definitely are going to be adding another RB.

Coldworld's picture

Davis is quite possibly trade material as well. One way to circumvent Waivers is to agree to swap individuals kept on the initial 53.

Lare's picture

They'll have to add a RB before the first game. Also will probably make some additions to the LB and OT positions.

Thebearsstillsuck's picture

Yuck. This is a roster straight out of old Tt's playbook. 13 rookies, 4 of them UDFAs. I really hope there is some wheeling and dealing in the near future

Coldworld's picture

No, not TT! He would just keep all his signings. This looks very much like a work in progress based upon lack of balance and cleaning out the old backenders.

Can anyone give any insight into Crawford or even Light making the team?

Grandfathered's picture

MM make a unsolicited statement several days ago praising Light's versatility

Oppy's picture

When you have a contract like A-rod's on the books.. get used to seeing a a lot of very young players on first contracts surrounding him.

Thebearsstillsuck's picture

Green bay is shedding a couple of terrible contracts next year and doesn't really have anyone coming up who is due for big money. Maybe Haha but he's going to have to improve a ton. They could have gotten creative if they wanted to

John Sigman's picture

You clearly don't understand the salary cap and the Rodgers hit to it. After signing the extension, his cap hit actually lowered. But thanks for coming.

Oppy's picture

You can go back and find my comments about Rodgers' extension having the potential to lower the cap hit this year almost as soon as the deal was done.. but in the meantime, you can read this article, John.. But thanks for attempting to call me out.

https://packerswire.usatoday.com/2018/08/30/aaron-rodgers-new-deal-wont-...

fthisJack's picture

you keep your best players....that's what they did.

dobber's picture

You didn't expect that the new GM--whose previous area was managing the draft under TT--was going to cut some of TTs projects and bring in his own (hence the turnover we're seeing that includes guys like Vince Biegel)?

Packer Dave's picture

I was disappointed to see Donnerson cut, but then remembered we have Clay and Nick at OLB so we should see lots of him this year.

I forecast a trade of a WR for a RB. Maybe Biegel gets a year on the PS to transition inside?

Coldworld's picture

One way or another we need some outside depth for sure. Donnerson was raw, but will they find better?

Ok, we are fine, I just found out that Crawford is an OLB?!

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Biegel is not the ki d of MLB Pettine wants.

fthisJack's picture

i think they can sneak Donnerson onto the PS!

dobber's picture

If they think they have anything in him, I hope they can!

Duneslick's picture

Packer Greg says taking TJ Watt may have been the right choice. Who knew they would be loaded at CB now. Biegel the equalizer in the trade is gone

Oppy's picture

Okay curiosity has got the best of me..

Who the heck is Packer Greg?

Jersey Al's picture

Biegel was never an "equalizer." I doubted he was an NFL player from day one. I too wanted Watt, but if King can stay healthy, I'll be very happy with a shutdown cornerback group.

Oppy's picture

I think we all know this roster won't be in its final configuration until after week two, but I expect to wake up to some moves tomorrow.

Lare's picture

Players like Crawford, Greene, Waters, Kumerow, Boyle, Light, Fackrell and Tonyan are all still on the bubble when it comes to final roster moves. Some of them won't even be active on game days if they're on the roster, some will be fill-ins if/when other players get injured.

Hopefully we won't have to see any of the above this season in actual game play (other than special teams). That would mean that the starters are able to stay healthy.

Oppy's picture

Guys like Kumerow/ESB, Tonyan, Davis, Looney, Pankey... It's players like these guys that could legitimately impact the season in 2018 that make me upset we're spending two roster spots on Back up QB's right out the gate.

I hope some of these guys get on/stay on the 53 and either Kizer or Boyle get released and signed to PS. (or not, I don't care if one of them gets exposed to waivers and picked up)

If Rodgers goes down, we need the strongest team around the QB- not more back up QB's- to give the Packers any chance to salvage a few wins.

Bearmeat's picture

IF Rodgers goes down for any length of time, this is not a playoff team regardless.

Which honestly, could be said of any team paying an elite QB on anything more than a rookie contract.

Oppy's picture

Bearmeat,
this is exactly why the Packers should never keep three QB's on the 53 unless one is so special he's considered the future.

1. Starter (Rodgers) 2. Solid Back up (we don't even have it in 2018, so we have to make due) That's all. ONLY use a 3rd roster spot to protect a QB that has legit potential to be a franchise QB. I know one guy around here who will argue the Boyle is that special. I think the rest of us would say he probably isn't.

dblbogey's picture

How are we going to re-sign Jeff Janis with 8 receivers on the roster? /sarc

Coldworld's picture

Make him
A running back.

Dash Riprock's picture

I always thought Jeff Janis being the tough physical receiver/special teams guy that he is was potentially one of those players capable of changing positions. I was thinking his best shot at playing time would be bulking up and converting to a tight end. Todd Christensen did that with the Raiders in the 80's and was one of the best of all time. Janis I thought could also transition but it looks like we'll never know.

dobber's picture

If he couldn't run routes and didn't have a feel for the passing game at the NFL level as a WR, why would he as a non-blocking TE?

I still see him running clear down the sideline, having beaten a DB, and a beautiful ball dropping out of the sky and clanking off his facemask...

Lare's picture

We really do need the Packers to get a faster beer salesperson up in Section 124.

Jersey Al's picture

He would mess up his route and end up in Section 130.

Fordham Ram's picture

I don't ever remember 8 WR's on the team, but if that meant squeezing Kumerow uno on the squad, I'm all for it. Noticed he's last on the list. I thought his injury was going to send him off into the sunset. Guess there was no sashing this guy. Keeping 8 could turn into another Gute move.

Oppy's picture

From what others are saying, it sounds like "stashing a guy on IR" has been limited in some way now where they must be on the active 53 before going to IR -IF- you want the ability to bring them back to play in the given year, which makes sense considering the new rules about bringing guys back from IR. Maybe that's why the Packers are keeping 8 out of the gates.

Tom Silverstein also reported that the Packers are supposedly trying to shop Trevor Davis, which, even as a Davis supporter, seems odd to me. I would find it unlikely that a ST player who didn't practice all training camp due to a hamstring injury and whose only action was the final preseason game (and looked like a guy who hasn't played/practiced all training camp) would garner much interest as a trade prospect. Shopping a guy at cut-downs is like asking the other 31 teams to call your bluff.. or not.

sherrmann1806's picture

I too liked donnerson! i thought he was very good all the preseason games that he played! hopefully they will sign him to the practice squad!..........also.......why didn't they keep Thomas the lb?
As for beagal.............hope that he also gets signed to the practice squad!

Jersey Al's picture

beagal

4thand1's picture

Snoopy?

Oppy's picture

No; Beagal.. Steven Beagal. He's under siege.

Minniman's picture

Well one half of "the Biegrell" is still on the team!

NMPF's picture

For the first 2weeks I can see them going with 2 RB's. If it comes down to it, Cobb can receive 5 -7 RB touches per game. That should be enough to spell Williams and Monty for 2 wks. The 8 LB's and 4 TE's actually has me more perplexed. The LB makeup actually looks more like a 4-3 except only 5 DL were kept. As far as the TE's go with no FB on the 53 usually a TE can play H-back if needed. I'm not sure any of the 4 is built for that. IN GUTEY WE TRUST!!!!

fthisJack's picture

he stated that they don't slot positions....they keep their best players.

dobber's picture

As long as they aren't radically undermanned somewhere (you know, like they will be at RB for two weeks), a good coaching staff should be able to adapt and make it work.

Rebecca's picture

Alas, some of the guys cut played really well from where I sit 10 feet from the tv and stuck with whatever fool is handling camera direction. I sure hope whatshisname makes it to the practice squad. Don Barclay's on his way to GB an anonymous source told someone. Anyway, this is a solid 53. Who'll be the first player injured on opening night? I'm betting Davis on the kickoff. Or Montgomery.

Grandfathered's picture

I like sarcasm, but am wondering what your'e drinking?

Rebecca's picture

It's interesting to see so many opinions about players based on a few preseason games. The camera focuses the attention on the ball which makes it difficult to assess players' abilities not around the ball. Assuming every player has a role to play, those off camera can't be accurately measured.

dobber's picture

Sadly, many are based on Combine numbers and hype. I can admit to being guilty of it, too.

Oppy's picture

Davis would be a solid guess for lack of practice, but then, I also assume he's probably as limber as he could be at this point, spending a lot of time in rehab.

I have a guess as to who would be most likely to get injured on the opener.. but there's no way I want to jinx it. That'd be way too big of an injury. Can't have that hanging over my head : ^|

Rebecca's picture

I'm guessing a hamstring. That seems to be popular in recent memory. Which player besides Davis is a toss up between Matthews and one of the other linebackers.

Since '61's picture

Keeping 8 WRs and only 2 RBs is a surprise for me but we'll probably see a few more changes over the weekend. Looks like a pretty solid 53 to me. OL Alex Light came out of nowhere to me.

Jonathan Spader sorry about Day and Hawkins but I saw more upside with Bell and Waters and apparently the coaches did as well. Hopefully neither is required to make a major contribution. Also, maybe Day and Hawkins make it to the practice squad.

Thanks, Since '61

fthisJack's picture

i thought that Greene and Waters deserved a spot on the 53. what surprised me is Crawford and Light.....i don't think i ever heard Crawford's name called in a game.

Coldworld's picture

Crawford was signed August 8th. Can honestly say he is the darkest horse to secure a roster spot I remember. I can’t even figure out if the former college DE (234 pounds) is an OLB or an ILB conversion project.

Jonathan Spader's picture

Since 61' I didn't think Hawkins or Waters did much in preseason. I hope Waters develops into a decent CB. For Day I thought he showed the most at backup center. Makes me wonder who the Packers start as a center now if Linsley goes down.

I still think Bell was the worst decision Gute has made in his time as GM. I see 0 upside in a player on his 3rd time 3 years with a terrible preseason. With his experience I don't see him getting better unlike the younger OL he was competing with.

I agree that if the Packers are down to Bell or Waters we're in trouble. Hopefully waters can contribute on STs. I'd like to see Day on the PS. I'd cut Hawkins who has had time to develop on the PS already and move onto someone else with more upside.

Since '61's picture

Jonathan - I think Lucas Patrick is the backup Center. But I need to check the depth chart. As for Bell, Day, Waters and Hawkins, they are all interchangeable at their level of play.

Good posts from you as usual. Thanks, Since '61

dobber's picture

Bell might be the new Barclay: can play every position on the OL, but you don't want him to play any of them. Still, that gives him value in figuring who to make active on game days...isn't that sad?

Jonathan Spader's picture

Since 61' always appreciate the back and forth you're a class act. Because Bell and Day are interchangeable I'd rather have a younger player with a lower cap hit. TGR has suggested that the half a mil guaranteed signing bonus of Bell put him on the roster and he was right.

sonomaca's picture

Cuts are sometimes made with an eye toward who will be claimed and who will not. Perhaps they think Donnerson would make it to PS, but St. Brown would not, even though they’d rather have Donnerson in the roster.

sonomaca's picture

In fact, I think other teams might actually make it known they’re interested in Packers player X, just as a courtesy. The Pack, in turn, might tell another team who they’d claim.

Tundraboy's picture

Pretty Gutsey moves. Like it.

Coldworld's picture

Gutsy Gutesy

PAPackerbacker's picture

Once Jones is back from suspension I can't see the Packers keeping 8 receivers. And maybe the Packers pick up an OL off waivers and only keep 3 TE's. For sure this isn't the final 53. The practice squad will be interesting to see develop over the next couple of weeks. I am a little surprised at some moves. Keeping Fackrell and Crawford and releasing Thomas, Donnerson, and/or Martini was one of them. Perhaps once everything settles down after waivers things will fall into place and make more sense, For sure with the Bears signing Mack the NFC North will be more competitive. Will be an interesting season. I'm still sticking with the Packers to win the NFC North regardless. Go! Pack! Go!

Bure9620's picture

I think they planned on cutting Day as he is primarily a west coast offense center and does not fit many teams schemes. Gute felt confident they can get him through waivers to the PS.

Oppy's picture

By WCO center, what do you mean? More athletic than brutish?

Bure9620's picture

Yes, more agile with lateral quickness.

Oppy's picture

isnt that generally the trend in the NFL with the way the game is going in general towards more pass-friendly rules?

White _tornado's picture

Just saw what the raiders got from the bears for mack ha ha ha great train robbery Gruden!
Herschel walker trade chapter 2

fthisJack's picture

the Bears mortgage their future AGAIN?

dobber's picture

The trade works for the Bears until they need to pay Tea-biscuit. A couple years down the road, they'll have to make some hard decisions.

Coldworld's picture

Lol, and on draft day 1 2019 and 2020

dobber's picture

I think Pace has demonstrated he's out of his depth running that team.

White _tornado's picture

The bears get Mack and a 2020 2nd rd pick
The raiders get2 first round picks a 3rd round and a 6th round

dobber's picture

Bears got a 2020 5th also.

PatrickGB's picture

“Run game? We don’t need no stinking run game”! Line up in four receiver sets all the time. Maybe even four tight ends. Or two quarterbacks in a wildcat. We have the players for it now.

Oppy's picture

Be careful what you wish for. The league might be closer to that than we want to believe.

Coldworld's picture

Well we used to do 5 receiver sets regularly a few years back. With Monty in a swing role we are well set up for a 1RB and blend of 4 TE/WRs, one of whom could even play as an H back. Rodgers calling the combination at the line. That will keep teams guessing.

Duke Divine's picture

Safety is the weak link.

Duke Divine's picture

I'd love to take bets on who is cut when Jones comes back in week 2. I'd put my money on whitehead, greene, or Crawford. Injuries pending of course.

dobber's picture

Someone at the bottom of the roster will suddenly be stricken with a nasty hangnail, yes.

JohnnyLogan's picture

Bears made a good deal. Their D is going to be scary. They have new receivers who are pretty good and two good running backs. If Trubisky turns out to be good we've got problems. Our D, aside from the DL, is made up of jags and young CBs that will have to learn on the run. Pettine is going to have to be a magician with what TT left us on the D side of the ball.

stockholder's picture

Light and Crawford.= No way. I would have kept Rip first. But the thing that was outstanding is keeping all the WRs. Game Time and we get to see who A-Rod chooses now. With 8 Wrs; it's a sure bet Cobb ,Allison and Davis better get their act together. Go Long A-ROD! After Adams improvement, they all are being given a chance. Moss ,Moss, Moss. He should have been Canned. The LBs are a revolving Door.

Coldworld's picture

Rip was a favorite of mine. Thought he was going to be good. Last year he seemed like a shell of himself as a blocker, protector, runner and passing outlet, and continued that way in camp. He did not justify a roster spot. Sad but the way it turned out.

Minniman's picture

It just occurred to me that there's now only one player from the 2015 draft still on the active roster - Ty Montgomery......with Jake Ryan on IR.

GVPacker's picture

Only two RB's yikes!

PAPackerbacker's picture

Just for 2 games until Aaron Jones returns for his suspension. Then look for one receiver to be cut to make room for him. Wouldn't be surprised if one of the TE's are used in the backfield on occasion, or even a WR.

Kb999's picture

I'm going to miss Rip

porupack's picture

Excellent. This is very close to my 'I would keep list. Have doubts on fackrell...but guess they had to keep a body. Hope they shop TDavis for an on or olineman.

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

For months now, we've all debated feverishly over which receivers should be kept.

Turns out we were all right.

dobber's picture

...either that, or none of us were! ;)

Andrew Lloyd Peth's picture

No, I'm very sure I was right. I just spent all night going through and editing 2 months of comments.

Nailed it.

porupack's picture

Excellent. This is very close to my 'I would keep list. Have doubts on fackrell...but guess they had to keep a body. Hope they shop TDavis for an on or olineman.

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