Packers 53-man roster predictions without Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers, Jordan Love (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Jordan Love (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Running backs (4)

Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, Kylin Hill, Dexter Williams

With the Packers entering 2021 with less experience at quarterback, Matt LaFleur would likely add a greater emphasis to running the football. With that in mind, I have them keeping four running backs.

Pro Bowler Aaron Jones is an easy choice after signing a new four-year deal. His partnership with second-year AJ Dillon would become even more important without Rodgers at quarterback. The Packers would need to be able to lean on their ground game, and that would provide additional opportunities for rookie Kylin Hill and potentially also Dexter Williams.

Wide receivers (6)

Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Devin Funchess, Amari Rodgers, Equanimeous St. Brown

While not having Rodgers might place a greater emphasis on running the football, I don’t think much would change at wide receiver. The Packers will keep their top five or six receivers regardless of who is throwing them the football.

That’s not to say Love won’t develop chemistry with a receiver that Rodgers might not, or vice versa. And that could impact things.

As things stand, I think the Packers’ top six at receiver almost pick themselves. The two exceptions could be Equanimeous St. Brown and Devin Funchess, who may face competition for a spot on the 53-man roster. But it’s difficult to imagine the other four won’t be part of the initial roster in September.