Packers 53-man roster predictions after preseason
Running Backs (3)
Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, Dexter Williams, Danny Vitale
Running back is such a weird position. It’s a position that isn’t all that important in today’s NFL, no matter how much Matt LaFleur says they will use them. Yes, Aaron Jones is the guy and is a good running back, but all running backs are replaceable, at least with a player that is serviceable.
Dexter Williams was a little bit of a disappointment. He showed some decent explosiveness but his catching issues scare me. He did have a nice catch in the final preseason game on a screen pass from Manny Wilkins, picking up more than 20 yards. He also ended the drive with a touchdown run and his first Lambeau Leap.
I think between Jones, Williams, Williams, and Vitale, the Packers have all the backs they need for now. If an injury pops up, they can always sign a serviceable back off the street that is of equal or better talent as a player like Tra Carson.
Wide Receivers (7)
Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jake Kumerow, Trevor Davis, Darrius Shepherd, Equanimeous St. Brown*
Coming into camp, there were a few players who were virtual locks: Adams, Allison, and MVS. I think Kumerow built on what he did last preseason and really showed that he could be depended on, and it doesn’t hurt when Rodgers continues to talk you up either.
I think EQ also had a pretty shot at making the team again. Rodgers was talking him up too, saying he was a lock to make the team as well. When he got hurt last week, it may have opened a spot for Darrius Shepherd to get his foot in the door. It doesn’t sound like EQ’s injury will be a season-long injury, so there’s a chance he can come back. So I think the Packers will carry him on the 53-man roster and then place him on injured reserve and then come back later on in the season.
The aforementioned Shepherd has stolen the show this preseason. Fans are looking for any reason to keep him on the field, and so am I. He has a very similar game to Trevor Davis, who has also looked good this preseason when he has played. But it’s no secret that Davis has a history of injuries. If he were to go down, the Packers don’t really have another kick returner. Shepherd would be able to jump right in and fill the role Davis had occupied.