Packers 53-man roster predictions without Aaron Rodgers

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With Aaron Rodgers sitting out of the Green Bay Packers‘ mandatory minicamp this week, the holdout is underway.

Whether we like it or not, there is a real possibility that Rodgers won’t be playing for the Packers this season, regardless of whether he’s traded away or remains under contract. He’s held out this far. What if he just decides to not turn up when the regular season begins?

The Jordan Love era would begin, unless the team opted to roll with veteran Blake Bortles in the short term.

Unfortunately, it’s a scenario the Packers have to prepare for. While it’s no guarantee that Rodgers won’t play, it’s possible. And the team will need to get ready to play even without its three-time MVP. I don’t know how this will end. Few people, if any, do know.

With that in mind, here’s my attempt at predicting the Packers’ 53-man roster in a scenario in which Rodgers doesn’t return.

Quarterbacks (2)

Jordan Love, Blake Bortles

If Rodgers doesn’t return, the Packers will have to choose whether it’s time for Love, or whether Bortles gets the start with the second-year QB still developing.

In any case, I’d have the team sticking with just the two QBs rather than three. That means Kurt Benkert misses out.

If I had to guess — and that’s all it is, a guess — I’d go with Love starting and Bortles backing him up.

Of course, many Packers fans, including myself, hope Rodgers returns. But it’s possible he doesn’t. Obviously, the QB room would be the biggest change on the 53-man roster without the reigning MVP.