Packers: 3 veterans that may not make the 53-man roster

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CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 12: Lance Kendricks
CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 12: Lance Kendricks /

TE Lance Kendricks

This one might be a bit more of a surprise should it happen. However, it is not unrealistic.

Green Bay added one superstar and another high quality tight end this offseason in Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis. A big reason for the team going all-in on veteran tight ends has been the lack of production from the position since the 2013 season. Graham will look to take over the bulk of the tight end receiving workload in 2018.

Lewis is the perfect complement to Graham. Graham is expected to line-up out wide and primarily act as a receiver with little blocking responsibilities. Lewis, however, will be used more as an in-line blocker who can slip out into the passing game to keep defenses honest. I do not know where Kendricks fits in among this group. He does not excel at any one thing and is not noticeably bad at any other. This might be his downfall.

Ultimately, it is safe to assume that none of the three mentioned above are the long-term solution at the position. However, with the current group, the Packers can turn to really developing a player for that long-term.

That player could be Emanuel Byrd. Now, I am not saying that Byrd will be the next Jermichael Finley, but he could be a solution post-Graham and Lewis. Byrd is of similar build to Kendricks and has impressed thus far in offseason activities. Byrd would also be more of an asset to the special teams unit than Kendricks would be. If Byrd can continue to develop into a special teams role, he may be able to carve out a spot for himself on the roster.