Packers Finish Cut Downs, Reach Initial 53-Man Roster

Meet your 2020 Green Bay Packers.

The Packers officially have a 53-man roster.

While there may be some additional maneuvers wtihin the next few days, the team has at the very least produced an initial roster to begin the regular season after a series of cuts on Saturday.

Here's the list.

Quarterbacks (3): 

Aaron Rodgers, Tim Boyle, Jordan Love

Running Backs (4):

Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, AJ Dillon, Tyler Ervin

Wide Receivers (5):

Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, Malik Taylor

Tight Ends (4):

Robert Tonyan, Jace Sternberger, Marcedes Lewis, Josiah Deguara

Offensive Line (9):

David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Corey Linsley, Lane Taylor, Billy Turner, Rick Wagner, Lucas Patrick, John Runyan, Yosh Nijman

Defensive Line (5):

Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, Kingsley Keke, Tyler Lancaster, Montravius Adams

Interior Linebacker (4):

Christian Kirksey, Oren Burks, Ty Summers, Kamal Martin

Outside Linebacker (5):

Za'Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, Randy Ramsey, Jonathan Garvin

Cornerback (6):

Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Chandon Sullivan, Josh Jackson, Ka'Dar Hollman, Kabion Ento

Safety (5): 

Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Raven Greene, Will Redmond, Vernon Scott

Specialists (3): 

Mason Crosby, JK Scott, Hunter Bradley

 

TOTALS: 25 offense, 25 defense, 3 special teams

Go Pack Go!

 

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Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

September 05, 2020 at 04:55 pm

Malik Taylor is the surprise this year.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 05, 2020 at 10:24 pm

Not surprising to me. He has significant more upside than Kumerow. I would have been very dissapointed if matters were reversed. I was surprised about Dexter.

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Coldworld's picture

September 06, 2020 at 12:07 am

Malik Taylor surprised me. Physically intriguing, but still under the radar despite Gute’s comments at draft time.

Sadly Williams was not a surprise to me despite his running ability. If he accepts, would expect the PS to continue to try to master blocking and assignments as well as consistent catching.

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Lphill's picture

September 05, 2020 at 04:55 pm

I’m surprised at M Adams making the 53 .

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ShanghaiKid's picture

September 05, 2020 at 05:03 pm

It really is very shocking.

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mamasboy's picture

September 05, 2020 at 05:40 pm

Or very revealing. Not much to choose from.

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JohnnyLogan's picture

September 05, 2020 at 07:00 pm

Maybe plan to put him on IR. Doesn't he have to be on the roster for that to happen?

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Stroh's picture

September 05, 2020 at 06:03 pm

Somewhat. But the fact he is injured might have actually helped him. There is an unknown if he was going to improve over last years disappointment. There is a possiblity he was kept to put on IR then postpone the decision with him till he has had 2 weeks of practice after IR.

Martin will go on IR (Adams could as well) and the Packers could use the roster spot on another DL after cuts are made and they see who becomes available.

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Coldworld's picture

September 05, 2020 at 09:13 pm

Probably Ento too.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 06, 2020 at 12:57 am

Well, it helped Montravius' pocketbook.

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Stroh's picture

September 06, 2020 at 12:43 pm

LOL... no doubt.

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ShanghaiKid's picture

September 05, 2020 at 05:02 pm

What have Montravius Adams and Will Redmond shown to merit a roster slot? If the answer is, “There’s nobody better behind them” God help this season.

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optimisticfan's picture

September 05, 2020 at 05:46 pm

Redmond is a fairly good backup FS. M. Adams they are still hoping he takes a leap for the future? Though hope they scour the waiver wire for other DL. I am going to give the professionals whose job it is to evaluate these players the benefit of the doubt.

Excited for the season to start. This is going to be a good team.

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Coldworld's picture

September 05, 2020 at 09:24 pm

Redmond is decent deep safety depth (not box) based on last year, his first as a safety. He is also a special teams standout. Glad to see Scott, who sounds like he could back up Greene in future.

Adams may have shown something before his injury? He I agree was something of a surprise unless they want him available later in the year. They could have placed him on IR today if not.

Pleased to see Nijman winning out over Light. Upside over not good every time, especially when we have others who can move outside.

Malik Taylor must have some upside we haven’t appreciated. That is surely a good thing. He brings genuine speed and can play the perimeter.

Now for a favorite of mine: PS formation. This year may mean more than usual. Also I can see perhaps 3 spots opening tomorrow as Ento and maybe Adams and Martin move to IR with the option to return. Will their be any successful claims too?

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 06, 2020 at 01:04 am

I agree completely (re: Redmond, Taylor, Scott), except about Montravius.

Adams was in a boot on August 11, which is prior to the first practice. He did attend some walkthroughs before he got hurt. Adams never had pads on. It may be that the coaches think he matured: he always had talent but underperformed it. Nijman has talent, and though it seems unlikely that he was able to show too much in the 3 or 4 practices he was able to participate in, one of which was strictly individual drills on the sideline, I agree that Light and Leglue should not have made the team.

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Bear's picture

September 05, 2020 at 06:18 pm

Redmond strong special teams leader

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ShanghaiKid's picture

September 05, 2020 at 06:39 pm

I forget about his ST contributions. The only memories I have of Redmond are getting absolutely destroyed by Goedert, and the PI against Kittle in the NFCCG.

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ricky's picture

September 05, 2020 at 05:11 pm

This is still a roster in flux. As other teams shed players, expect some movement, especially along the DL.

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optimisticfan's picture

September 05, 2020 at 05:33 pm

The last players in at most positions are on rookie (cheap) contracts for years to come.

GB needs to have money with the cap limit coming, and trying to resign Bahk and (maybe one of King, Williams or Jones since they probably don’t have money for them all). So that may be part of the reason that Tim Williams, Kumerow, Light, Tramon Williams, etc are not being prioritized to keep (obviously some of those are also due to ability).

Like the 53 overall. Would like to see added promising players for ILB and DL if Martin and M. Adams go on IR

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Demon's picture

September 05, 2020 at 05:58 pm

If the only requirement for making the team is that certain players are cheap, hell Im available! I would be happy with league minimum and a case of beer after every game.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

September 05, 2020 at 06:22 pm

Make it a 12 pack and you're in!

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dblbogey's picture

September 05, 2020 at 07:31 pm

I'd undercut you and do it for just the case of beer.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 06, 2020 at 11:08 am

Like me, you’d be broken early and then the Packers would have an unusable piece of cheap, broken junk.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 06, 2020 at 11:08 am

Nuts.

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optimisticfan's picture

September 05, 2020 at 07:48 pm

If it is a choice between a more experienced player like Tim Williams and relatively equally talented but more long term promising player like Garvin. They are going to keep Garvin. Talent is part of it, but part of it is also being cheap for years to come in a tight financial situation.

But I think you should all definitely make it. They could use people to pass around the beers/gatorade at no other cost than the 12 pack.

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Bear's picture

September 05, 2020 at 06:19 pm

Ento will go on IR after he had surgery Tuesday

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stockholder's picture

September 05, 2020 at 05:55 pm

11 Dbs? I think Williams could have replaced 3 of them.

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Stroh's picture

September 05, 2020 at 06:15 pm

I'm pretty sure the Packers think so too and I do as well. But Tramon would probably require a 5M salary/contract, which the Packers can't afford. He's also old, especially for a CB and they have to find out what young players can do and what potential they have.

Basically it comes down to Tramon at 5M per vs Sullivan on an udfa contract. The last 2 CB spots go to yound players who can develop.

You have to understand that! Its been going on for as long as the salary cap has been around. Sheesh...

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Coldworld's picture

September 05, 2020 at 09:28 pm

That includes 3 deep safeties, 2 hybrids and 6 cbs, one of whom, Ento, is not available and will likely move to IR tomorrow. The replacement may be at any position. Given the formations we use 8 DBs and 2 Hybrids doesn’t seem excessive to me.

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greengold's picture

September 07, 2020 at 08:11 am

10 DBs are a norm in today’s NFL very much like 10 OL. Incredibly important positions in a passing league.

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packerbackerjim's picture

September 05, 2020 at 06:32 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if Williams and CM3 were on speed dial on Gute’s phone. Nor if there were a few pickups from other teams discards.

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dblbogey's picture

September 05, 2020 at 07:34 pm

I wonder what their thinking is on not bringing in Veldheer. He came in handy last year, and I'd think the money wouldn't be too rich for what I think he'd bring to the team.

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Bear's picture

September 05, 2020 at 11:46 pm

After week 1 Veldheer contract won’t be guaranteed, that is probably why.

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greengold's picture

September 07, 2020 at 08:16 am

I know Charles Woodson, Gilbert Brown & Santana Dotson. They would grab their helmets in a heartbeat to jump back in. Are they on speed dial too?

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Alberta_Packer's picture

September 05, 2020 at 06:58 pm

If Adams off-field efforts, to avoid playing, was equaled by any of his on-field performances, the Packers may have another All-Pro. Also his inclusion speaks to the team's greatest weakness - their D-Line. Only Clark is a proven NFL lineman. Hoping Keke can be but after him a bunch of bench players. C'mon waiver wire!

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 05, 2020 at 11:52 pm

They tried to cover face but this guy should bee gone. Nobody drafted, nobody picked up in the off-season,so maybe the brain trust feels he can show something later during his contract year??

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Leatherhead's picture

September 06, 2020 at 11:15 am

Lowry has appeared in 64 games for three different HCs and two GMs. He had his contract extended. How is he not a proven NFL lineman?

I’m kind of surprised that Montravious made the team, unless they’re going to
Put him on IR and activate him mid season.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

September 06, 2020 at 04:01 pm

Teams constantly ran at Lowry last year - with much success. A big stuffed animal on roller skates would have been better at DE. Although lower-paid Lowry was OK. - higher- paid Lowry was not. But what does 7+ million/yr. buy you these days?

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September 06, 2020 at 05:21 pm

I am amazed that you can see what the Packer coaching staff and GM cannot, but people do tend to see what they expect to see.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

September 07, 2020 at 12:43 pm

So he didn't get steamrolled in the NFC Championship Game? Actually, pretty well all season. As for Gutie and company, I'm pretty sure there looking for an upgrade at the DE position.

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dpwiener's picture

September 05, 2020 at 07:01 pm

Okay, I'm happy with most of the decisions. I'm confident that most if not all of the cut players we want will make it through waivers and be signed to the Practice Squad. That includes surprise cuts like Hanson and Kumerow. With the new rules, there's no downside to stashing them on the PS rather than on the main roster.

Kabion Ento and Kamal Martin will go in short-term IR after spending a day on the active roster, thus immediately freeing up two slots. The Packers might possibly pick up some players on the waiver wire, but that's not too likely considering that they're picking at the back end of the order. No gems are likely to fall that far. But that leaves room to immediately sign one or two known-quantity free agents: Clay Matthews to bolster the Inside Linebacker position. Jared Veldheer to start or back up the right tackle position. Tramon Williams to bolster the CB position.

I don't think we need Tramon yet, but as soon as a starting cornerback gets injured he becomes the obvious solution. If Tramon's pride will allow it, we could sign him to the PS under the new rules, while paying him a much higher salary than the normal PS member. That would allow him to practice with the team, and get called up on game day if needed. I wouldn't be surprised if deals are already in place with Matthews and Veldheer, but they knew they'd need to wait until Sunday so as to allow Ento and Martin to go on IR.

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CoachDino's picture

September 05, 2020 at 08:22 pm

Interesting take on Tramon Williams and the Practice Squad. I think Chad Sullivan is already a better option, not a money issue. Ento over Sullivan is very interesting. Unfortunately with the camp restrictions and no Preseason games one has no idea why that decision was made.

I've read in the past week or so that signing FAs after week 1 has different Contract commitments than if signed before. Mainly that if you cut then you don't have to pay them, where as if signed before week 1 the team is committed to a full year salary.

There's better options at ILB than Clay, that will be more of a headache than its worth. He's not going to play special teams or take being non-active game day well. IMHO his day has come and gone.

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optimisticfan's picture

September 05, 2020 at 08:57 pm

CoachDino,
Chandon Sullivan is on the 53 and will be starting in the slot likely. I think maybe you missed his name on the list. However, If you meant Stanford Samuels instead then yes they kept Ento over him. That was likely due to Samuels having a better chance at making it through waivers and Ento going to IR in a day. I would guess that they replace Ento with some waived player at another position other than CB (likely DL) and replace Martin’s spot with another ILB (some other team’s waived player).

I agree with everything else you said. There are ILB and DL possibilities out there who might be worth taking a chance on.

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Bure9620's picture

September 06, 2020 at 07:10 am

Yes signed after week 1 the salary is not guaranteed

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dpwiener's picture

September 05, 2020 at 09:52 pm

Let me just add that there's got to be a reason that Matthews, Veldheer, and Williams haven't yet signed with any team. They are all better than a large number of other players at their positions around the NFL (I'd guess better than at least 50% of other players). There are a bunch of teams they'd clearly improve. So what's the delay? The delay makes perfect sense if there are secret deals in place to come back to Green Bay, after the players going on IR open up the roster spots.

However, in digging into the 2020 Practice Squad rules a little deeper, I see that there are maximum salary limits and some activation restrictions which would make it impractical to stash a player like Tramon Williams on the PS. So I retract that part of my previous comments. Nonetheless, I think there's a good chance that one, two, or all three of those players end up playing for the Packers this year, perhaps as soon as Sunday.

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Bear's picture

September 05, 2020 at 11:52 pm

The full season guaranteed salary if signed before week one may be the problem. After week one the salary isn’t guaranteed.

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PackfanNY's picture

September 05, 2020 at 07:20 pm

I think the surprise guy making the team was Yosh Nijam. The Packers drafted 3 offensive lineman and only one breaks camp. They also added Wagner via FA. He (Yosh) beat the odds.

I will say a prayer every night for the health of Christian Kirksey. I am not sold on Burks and Martin is gonna be out awhile. Our run defense is a question mark and outside of Kirksey what’s changed? Dline is exactly the same.

Packers also need Sternberger to step up. Not what we have been hearing so far?

I am usually really optimistic this time of year. I think this is a 9 maybe 10 win squad. A little regression from last season. Anyone else a little uneasy with the first 53 roster? I still think we will see a couple of tweaks.

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September 05, 2020 at 08:36 pm

No idea what the record will be, there are so many uncontrollable factors, plus they now play a first place schedule. I do believe there are going to be a better team and are improved everywhere but RT.

The Draft picks were all IOL. Yosh is a OT. Keeping him tells me they feared he wouldn't make it back to the Practice squad, has the ability to play this year, Alex Light really is as bad as he looked and OT is a weak spot.

Keke and Gary will be able to play IMHO on snaps that often went to just 2 DL sets, replacing a DB. I sound like a broken record but it wasn;t just the Dline but a lack of execution by the entire team that lead to the the games where the run really hurt them.

That said I would like to see Upgrades over Lowery and Lancaster down the road. Tough to think Adams could be of help but "potential wise, he is a huge upgrade and would allow KC to move to end in some sets.

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September 05, 2020 at 08:00 pm

Anthony Chickillo was cut by the Saints and would be a great addition for us at ILB. He can take Martin's spot when he goes to IR tomorrow. I wanted us to sign him during free agency but NO signed him. He plays hard, hits hard, as is a great special teamer.

Then add Veldheer at OT and a guy like Benito Jones DT from Mississippi state just cut from Miami. They can take the roster spots of Ento and Adams as they go on IR. Shore up these 3 positions ILB-OT-DT and we will be solid.

How about kicking the tires on WR Hakeem Butler just released from AZ?

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September 05, 2020 at 11:27 pm

There are some cut players to go after out there. Good suggestions. If they want a younger but promising Mike linebacker they could put a claim in for Evan Weaver. At least to add more competition if they aren’t going to spend the money signing a FA ILB

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marpag1's picture

September 06, 2020 at 04:34 am

I think the Packers might want to look at Ryan Connelly as well. I know he blew out his knee last year, but looked great before getting hurt. Giants just cut him. I guess the big question is whether is knee is OK or not.

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Bearmeat's picture

September 05, 2020 at 08:25 pm

This roster looks an awful lot like the 2019 roster. I don't think they got better. We'll see if they can hang onto the luck they had last year, or this will be a quick tumble down the win column.

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September 05, 2020 at 09:31 pm

I think it looks rather different on offense and better depth on paper on D. Of course, paper is often misleading. We’ve never seen some of these in a game (and more outside if special teams).

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September 06, 2020 at 07:06 am

I meant in quality. The same roster weaknesses are there, and a couple new ones to boot. TE will be better by default this year. WR is no different, which is shocking. DT is no different. Also shocking. ILB could be better. Kirksey has more upside, but is riskier than Blake. WILB looks just as bad. RT is way worse.

This was a good team in 2019, but not a great one. It hasn't made the jump to great IMO, and I don't know that it's any "more good."

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September 06, 2020 at 10:10 am

The roster is largely the same; so methinks improvement hinges on the second and third year development of our offensive and defensive schemes, respectively

At the very least, I'm excited to see "potential" players (Gary, Burks, Jackson, etc.) playing and not sitting. Time to see what we have, finally

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September 05, 2020 at 09:37 pm

There’s still work to be done, the PS is now at 16 more of an extension of the 53 this season. Some guys to be put on IR and corresponding moves made to the 53. A lot of these young guys Savage, Gary, Kingsley, Jenkins, Lazard, MVS are all vets now and should be coming into their own. Can’t wait! Go Pack!

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September 06, 2020 at 11:35 am

If you believe it was luck that we went 13-3 and that we didn’t improve then you’re gonna be worried. If you think we went 13-3 because we protected the ball and executed in the red zone and that Sternberger, Jenkins, Savage, Dillon, EQ, Lane Taylo and Rashan Gary might have improved from last year, then you probably realize we were a good team that got better.

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September 05, 2020 at 10:48 pm

I haven't been able to follow all the talk on the twitter sphere but Kabian Ento, Vernon Scott and Randy Ramsey were surprises I don't recall hearing much about. Are they high upside guys that won't make it through waivers or at least with Ento and Ramsey guys on the 2019 practice squad they prefer because they know the system?

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Bear's picture

September 06, 2020 at 12:00 am

Ento had surgery Tuesday and will go on IR. Ramsey had positive write ups....stayed with rbs. & te on pass routes.

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Coldworld's picture

September 06, 2020 at 12:15 am

Scott made some plays in camp and showed instinct. Significantly, he did so playing in Greene’s hybrid position not deep. Greene needed a back up. Scott was seemingly drafted with that in mind and looks to have some potential. I don't find it surprising.

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September 06, 2020 at 01:36 am

OTC lists Treyvan Hester and Will Sunderland as being on IR.

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September 06, 2020 at 05:01 am

I'm excited that Nijman made the squad; he needed to play well enough to be thrown in a real game, so apparently his technique etc. have developed enough to not just be an "athlete." Vern Scott had an excellent camp, in fact, based on reports, he has the potential to develop into a starter in a year or two. Malik Taylor is an interesting guy with his 4.46 speed and RB build; he's got some poor-man's-Sterling-Sharpe to him.
I wonder who the starting ROT will be in Minnesota? It may be Nijman, especially if they plan to run a lot, but I've also wondered if they've done any cross-training of Runyon; he's certainly got the right tools and background to be a stop-gap there.

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September 06, 2020 at 10:31 am

"I wonder who the starting ROT will be in Minnesota? It may be Nijman, especially if they plan to run a lot,"

Just don't think that's going to happen. He was a PS guy last year who ended up on IR and only has had a handful of practices this year with no camp. Being active on game day will be the first step for him. If he is active, they might line him up as an extra blocking TE?

I'd be betting on Wagner as the week 1 RT. He's returned to practice and appears to be ready.

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September 06, 2020 at 08:15 am

This thing is still in flux. I like many of their decisions, wish they had chosen differently with a couple of guys, but overall this looks like it will suffice.

They clearly like Yosh Nijman, and if he turns out to be anywhere near as effective as he was with Virginia Tech, he'll be to #1 steal of UDFA from 2019. Maybe unnoticed by many, but they fiercely protected him last year while they developed his technique work. He's got a great resume, having held these ACC pass rushers over 3 years, all 1st Round picks, to ZERO sacks on a crappy VT team: #4 overall pick Ferrell, #7 Allen, #13 Wilkins, #16 Burns, #17 Lawrence. He also has insane athleticism for his size at 6-7 314. In 2018 playing RT, Nijman earned a 75.7 pass blocking grade, allowing just 12 total pressures (10 hurries, one hit, one sack) in 639 pass blocking snaps at VT. Previous 3 years he had 22 consecutive starts at LT, 1844 pass blocking snaps with similar results.

The freakish athleticism? Yosh ran a 4.83 40 at his Pro Day, a 4.50 short shuttle (2nd among all OL), 114” broad jump and a 8.07 3-cone. At 6-7 314. RAS: Great size, Elite Speed, Elite Explosion, Good agility - OVERALL 9.8 - His 3 cone on his Pro Day would have put him as the highest rated offensive tackle ever in RAS.

As for Montravius Adams and Malik Taylor, we're talking about 2 guys at the very bottom of the Packers 53 man roster. Think about that. This is a pretty solid team, loaded with playmakers (that said, I still need to see a shit ton more from Lancaster, Lowry and Adams). Trusting Kingsley Keke will be a force this season, and he'll be given a serious amount of reps to prove his worth and development. I can see Ty Summers doing just fine alongside Christian Kirksey until Kamal Martin returns. Plenty of OL rotation pieces at RT if need be, not knowing Wagner's status.

Insanely rich at RB. All 6 WRs in year 2 of LaFleur's system, further developed. Super deep TE group, loaded with talent and versatility. Freakishly deep DB and OLB groups. DL could use some help, still. Martin & Burks injuries troubling.

Could see adds in the next 24 hours at any of DL, ILB, WR, OT. I fully expect Samuels back on roster by tomorrow. He was my biggest surprise cut.

A couple of the additions I was happiest about were Jonathan Garvin and Randy Ramsey. I think both players will factor heavily in their roles this season. Ramsey has insane length, speed and versatility to drop into coverage. He's a solid pass rusher. Garvin seems to have a knack for getting after a QB with big TFL numbers on his Miami resume. 97 tackles, 26 TFL and 10.5 sacks, 43 run stops, 12 QB hits and 33 QB hurries in just two seasons. He's only 20 years old. That OLB group is TAF. Rock solid rotation.

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optimisticfan's picture

September 06, 2020 at 07:12 am

Well said. Hope we can get some players at DL and ILB off waivers or as last min FA reduced deals who will contribute.

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CoachDino's picture

September 06, 2020 at 09:29 pm

Thanks for the insight on Yosh. I've been wondering about him since they brought him up from the practice squad last year and just couldn't find out to much about him. He was such an intriguing prospect. It would be a huge win for the Pack if he pans out. Really opens up their draft for 2021 as of now I just keep thinking OT with the first pick.

Thanks again, really good stuff.

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Bure9620's picture

September 06, 2020 at 07:19 am

Not really surprised about Nijman or Malik Taylor....the only cut that was a bit surprising was Lovett....I would not have exposed him to waivers...SF tried to claim him as well...clearly Gute feels differently....maybe Lovett does not offer enough special teams value...I also was afraid of exposing Lazard to waivers last year...hopefully Malik Taylor will not be the mistake Shepperd was...
Samuels was a little surprising too but clearly Gute believes he will be able to get Samuels to the PS.

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Lacy's picture

September 06, 2020 at 07:40 am

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Lacy's picture

September 06, 2020 at 07:42 am

WR a big concern .. San Fran released Kevin White for #7 pick overall.. let give him a look

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greengold's picture

September 06, 2020 at 08:05 am

Lacy, I seriously think it will be FAR LESS of a factor than many are proclaiming. I believe Matt LaFleur's system will employ a hell of a lot more touches for our incredibly deep TE group of Big Dog, Sternberger, Tonyan and Deguara. We will also see a lot more RB targets in the passing game.

Add in Adams is a rock star, Lazard and MVS sound greatly improved. That alone is going to be huge for this offense. Getting EQ back healthy, and the confidence they have thrown towards Ervin as a versatile feature weapon with speed, and this group looks pretty damned good.

Malik Taylor may surprise all of us, as he's been in system for a full year on PS running scout team work. They know what they have with him, and he's tough.

Lazard becoming more of a feature piece in the offense for a full season will be big for the Packers. His Catch% already eclipsed that of any Davante Adams season last year. Lazard, with progression in that one category will be jumping into Jordy Nelson/Gregg Jennings territory. MVS increasing his into the high 60's or into the 70s will simply be too much for opposing defenses to handle.

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Lacy's picture

September 06, 2020 at 09:36 am

I meant to say Kevin white former #7 pick overall.. obviously BG knows more than me but he has to have more upside than Malik Taylor... check out his college highlights.. don’t get me wrong I love your optimism... I do love Lazard and I’m excited for EQ .. I’ll believe the hype about MVS when I see it in a game

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greengold's picture

September 06, 2020 at 09:56 am

Fair. Dude, I was one wanting GB to draft 2 WRs this past draft!

Just really encouraged from what we've heard about Lazard, MVS and EQ and their steady improvement in TC. EQ to a lesser extent, as he was out a bunch. Don't know anything about Ervin as a WR, but I like that his big claim coming out of college was toughness. All of the WRs in this group have that, which will be great to see. No doubt.

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greengold's picture

September 06, 2020 at 07:51 am

From a pure "development" standpoint, I think we are in for a treat this 2020 season.

1. Rashan Gary. I think this kid is going to completely terrorize OL & QBs this season. He has to be our most improved player coming out of TC.

2. MVS. Remarkable work this offseason addressing his ONE NEED: Increasing his Catch%. I'm confident this will carry over into the season.

3. Darnell Savage, Adrian Amos, Kevin King, Jaire Alexander & Chandon Sullivan: Jerry Gray. What more is there to say? The guy will get the absolute most out of these players. I am 100% confident that each and every one of these players will be greatly improved in 2020, and that is going to be fun as hell to watch. Expect an epic pick fest this season from this group.

4. Aaron Jones & Jamaal Williams. All reports point to Williams being another standout in the development area, and both players will benefit greatly from being in Year 2 of Matt LaFleur's system.

5. Tim Boyle. WOW. He also screamed in the development department during TC. He's possibly the best backup QB we've known in GB since the days of Mark Brunell, judging by the reports we've received.

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September 06, 2020 at 08:22 am

Like Ted, Gutey loves his own picks and hangs on to them forever hoping they will eventually blossom. I was hoping they would jettison M. Adams, Burks, and Jackson but I hope at least one turns into a real player. The trouble is, for every late bloomer like Davante, you get five like Quinton Rollins.

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Coldworld's picture

September 06, 2020 at 08:47 am

Burks was safe as soon as Martin went down. Interesting thing will be is he before or after Summers?

Jackson apparently had a pretty good camp. I don’t see a CB cut that had made an argument to unseat him.

M. Adams I grant is a head scratcher. It is possible that they see him as being worth stashing as a possible in season fill in from IR: there are few around then. Potentially, they could have seen that as a zero cost move since Hester is on IR already it seems and previllon not good enough. As TGR pointed out, he didn’t make it as far as practices, so can’t argue he showed something there, so that’s all I Ccan come up with as a theory.

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greengold's picture

September 06, 2020 at 09:50 am

Been insanely disappointed in both Burks and M. Adams. Both on the verge of being declared 3rd Round busts.

Your point on Adams is pretty sound. Also good to consider Montravius is going to he playing for his NFL life with every snap he gets. I'm looking at him on this roster as just a big space eater, but he had a ton of promise when drafted. If he can crank it up, we all might be surprised.

Would not doubt they drop Adams like a hot rock though if a quality NT or 3-4 DE gets released.

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September 06, 2020 at 01:23 pm

I'm pretty sure Summers is the backup to Kirksey and Burks and Martin play the same position. The 2 ILB positions are much different than people think and are not all that interchangeable. The strong ILB is the playcaller and needs to be great against the run, takes on more OL and be able to not be a liability in coverage. The Weak ILB (Martin and Burks) are more like a 43 Will. They should be able to run sideline to sideline to chase ball carriers and excel in coverage.

Obviously injuries can move a guy like Summers to Weak ILB if need be, but otherwise its a mistake to say the jobs are the same. Summers would be a last resort as the Weak ILB and they might prefer to move Krys Barnes off the PS if needed behind Burks.

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September 06, 2020 at 10:26 am

RE: Gutey vs Ted. Interesting discussion comparing the two. There's no doubt BG has great respect for Ted, but IMHO, he's a bit different thus far. There is simply no way Ted would have made the moves to acquire the 4 he did in the Spring of 2019, thus spending the cash in FA. Right??!
I do know where you're coming from though in keeping "mistakes" and here it appears Gutey is a little tougher and seems willing to move on. I wish they'd show players like Burks/M. Adams the door though. Personally, we fans don't really know all what goes on, but it's confusing to me how they are keeping Burks around due to his ST play...i think they were going to keep him even if Martin didn't get hurt. From my view, he just doesn't seem to have the skill set to play an effective ILB. Let's all pray Kirksey doesn't get hurt!!

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September 06, 2020 at 01:31 pm

Early in his GM career in GB, Thompson signed Woodson, Pickett and another guy (a Safety who's name I don't recal) in FA to bolster the roster in IIRC his 2nd season as GM. Now early in his career Gutey (again his 2nd season as GM) signed 4 FA that became heavy contributors and in some cases became defensive playmakers. Sure you don't want to reconsider that comment that Thompson wouldn't have signed the Smith's, et all...

Thompson signed Woodson and Pickett as integral parts of his Defense. Gutey signed P and Z Smith along w/ Amos as intergral parts of his Defense.

Playing out earily similarly if you ask me!

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September 06, 2020 at 08:42 am

I read there comments and to me it comes down to, If we had drafted better, we wouldn't be nit picking so many who can and cant play. St Brown missed all of last year and did zilch the year before and he is a keeper?
Tramon is ready for nursing home and were begging for his return.
Seems what I'm reading is a few early injuries here or there in key areas and this team is in real trouble. You just cant expect your 3,4,5 and 6 round picks to be starters on a playoff bound team.
Last there are a lot of three year hope they mature and show something this year players on this squad.

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September 06, 2020 at 10:17 am

"Tramon is ready for nursing home and were begging for his return"; IMHO there Payne, i'd disagree here as this insinuates you believe our DBs can't perform as well as the aged TW. Tramon was a great Packer and had a stellar career contribution. Acquiring coach Gray will make a huge difference this year and you have 2 high draft picks holding down the edges. Additionally, i'm excited about the back end as well. Picking up Amos was an immediate improvement and we haven't seen the best from Savage yet.

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Qoojo's picture

September 06, 2020 at 09:55 am

- Kumerow gone is a good thing. That means that the bottom level for WR increased. I am good with the WR group if preseason hype is true.
- DL is still "Clark and the JAGs". Same group as last year.
- Why is Adams still on the team? Off-field issues and silence during preseason.
- ILB: I have to think that Green is going to be used as much or more than Burks or Summers. Hence, 5 Safeties. Green is ILB/S.
- TEs are also FBs. Perhaps Williams and Dillon see a little FB action too?
- Kirksey: Please stay healthy!

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September 06, 2020 at 10:37 am

I agree in that Kumerow looked pretty much maxed out. In 2019, after a great camp, he had the chance to emerge out of a nondescript group of backup WR and seize a job. He couldn't do it. I wish him well.

I think Burks will get to fill that Antonio Morrison/BJ Goodson base and early down role in the defense. Someone's gotta do it until Kamal Martin comes back. This is Burks' last best chance.

Would love to see more 2 RB sets with Williams/Jones/Dillon. Two good pass-catchers there and a piledriver.

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September 06, 2020 at 11:53 am

It's a very strange year after seeing zero preseason play.

Is Burks angry enough to fulfill the Morrison/Goodson role? He doesn't strike me as physical enough.

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