The Green Bay Packers open their preseason on Friday night versus the San Francisco 49ers.
It is unlikely many of the Packers’ starters will feature in this game.
Head coach Matt LaFleur said backup quarterback Jordan Love will start, which means no Aaron Rodgers in this game.
And Rodgers will likely be joined by many of the Packers’ starters on the inactive list this week.
According to Andy Herman of Packer Report, a group of veterans had a meeting with Matt LaFleur on the practice field on Wednesday. Herman believes this could be an indication of which players won’t play in Friday’s preseason opener.
Here is a list of some of the players who were with LaFleur, according to Herman:
- Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
- Running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon
- Wide receivers Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins, and Randall Cobb
- Tight end Marcedes Lewis
- Defensive linemen Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, and Jarran Reed
- Inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell
- Edge rushers Rashan Gary and Preston Smith
- Cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Eric Stokes
- Safety Adrian Amos
It would make sense for each of those players listed to sit out of the game. They are all experienced veterans, and most of them are starters.
This list doesn’t include injured players like David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, and Christian Watson.
So, who could play?
We know Love will be out there versus the 49ers. We should also see plenty from rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs, who has been a standout performer this summer.
First-round picks Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt could also play a significant number of snaps throughout the preseason.
This will be a great opportunity for players on the roster bubble. With many of the starters likely out, there will be plenty of snaps to go around.
It is unclear which starters will sit out, but it seems the Packers will be without many key players in the preseason opener.