7 important takeaways from Packers 53-man roster

What did we learn from the Packers' final 53-man roster?
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6. Major shakeup on special teams

The Packers enter 2023 with a new kicker and punter and, for now, they have no long snapper. Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated reported that the Packers will re-sign Matt Orzech on Wednesday after releasing him. The move was made to create a roster space, but a player is expected to move to injured reserve.

Kicker Anders Carlson and punter Daniel Whelan replace veterans Mason Crosby and Pat O'Donnell. They have never played a regular season game. But this is exactly how the Packers are moving forward. They are getting younger and building for the future.

5. Packers safety competition settled at last

Green Bay had to make tough decisions at safety. In the end, free-agent addition Tarvarius Moore misses out.

The Packers only kept five safeties, and it's hard to argue with their choices. Rudy Ford will presumably start alongside Darnell Savage, with Jonathan Owens providing cover. Rookie Anthony Johnson Jr. is a player to develop for the future, while Dallin Leavitt is a core special teams player.

Between Savage, Ford, and Owens, Green Bay has enough experience to cover the starting positions on defense. Johnson can contribute as a backup immediately, and he has too much potential to risk losing on waivers. The Packers made the correct decision to keep him on the 53.