Packers roster breakdown: Analyzing offense position by position
By Dillon Graff
Running backs (4)
Active: Aaron Jones, A.J. Dillon, Kylin Hill
PS: Patrick Taylor
An argument could be made that top to bottom, Green Bay has one of the deepest running back rooms in the NFL. All three of the active running backs are capable of earning carries in this offense.
Aaron Jones is a highly efficient runner whose added pass-catching chops mean so much to this offense. A.J. Dillon is a monster running back whose north/south running style is the perfect complement to Jones — not to mention, he’s capable of carrying the load of a feature back.
Then there’s seventh-round pick Kylin Hill, who has impressed since day one. He earned the RB3 role in a hurry and has himself in the discussion for playing time after a strong preseason where he showed a quick first step, good hands, and a suddenness this offense will be able to utilize.
In most years, Patrick Taylor would have been a great third option to keep on the active roster. This season the team has great depth and were lucky enough to retain his services via the practice squad. He’s a bigger back that hits the hole quick and can muscle for extra yards. His versatility will be an asset, and I’d expect he’ll be elevated at some point this season.
Wide receivers (9)
Active: Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Amari Rodgers, Malik Taylor
PS: Equanimeous St. Brown, Juwann Winfree, Chris Blair
This is a deep receiving room, not necessarily in individual talent, but in players that could fill specific roles should their number get called. The sum of this receivers room is greater than its parts, but the team has a good mixture of youth and experience on the roster. This group could go eight-deep in terms of players that could offer something to this offense.
Davante Adams is the best receiver in football, and MVS might be on the verge of a breakout heading into a contract year. Allen Lazard is a steady pass catcher who is an elite run blocker. Randall Cobb is a slot receiver with dependable hands, and he has Rodgers’ trust. Amari Rodgers is an exciting rookie the team traded up for that should be deployed in some unique ways. Malik Taylor is a core special teams player who has shown good development as a receiver.
Should anyone suffer an injury or miss time, the Packers feel good about their options on the practice squad. EQ has been in the system for years and even logged some meaningful snaps for the Packers. EQ hasn’t translated the natural ability into production, but is a nice option to have waiting in the wings.
Then you have camp darling Juwann Winfree, who may have missed an opportunity to make the team because of an injury he suffered in camp. He’s a receiver with a quick release and good hands and can also contribute on special teams. Chris Blair was a standout at Alcorn State and was worth retaining to see if he can be a downfield threat in the future.