Packers 53-man roster predictions after second preseason game
Inside linebackers (5)
De’Vondre Campbell, Krys Barnes, Oren Burks, Ty Summers, Kamal Martin
Free-agent signing De’Vondre Campbell has started 70 games in five seasons and looks set to start next to Krys Barnes in Joe Barry’s defense.
There has been some uncertainty with the rest of the depth chart, but Oren Burks looks to have done enough to secure a spot on the 53. Burks was outstanding in the preseason opener and then left Saturday’s game early. That’s actually probably great news for Burks. Players competing for roster spots are more likely to play more snaps to show what they can do. The fact he was taken out early possibly suggests he’s in the Packers’ plans moving forward.
Burks plays a key role on special teams, which is the same for Ty Summers, which is why he also makes the roster.
It’s been a difficult summer for second-year Kamal Martin, who is part of the third team on the Packers’ unofficial depth chart, but it’s hard to see the team giving up on a player with his potential so soon.
Outside linebackers (4)
Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, Jonathan Garvin
We know the top three. Za’Darius Smith is the Packers’ best pass rusher coming off back-to-back Pro Bowls and double-digit-sack seasons. Preston Smith will be aiming to bounce back this year while Rashan Gary is a breakout candidate.
It’s not easy to predict who will be the fourth edge rusher on the roster. For now, I’m going with Jonathan Garvin. He’s currently listed as part of the second team on the unofficial depth chart, but things can change.
Tipa Galeai could easily be the choice ahead of Garvin, and Chauncey Rivers is a player to watch. This positional battle is far from over.