6 players who won't be on Packers 53-man roster come Week 1

  • Which backup QB won't make the 53?
  • Recent third-round pick may miss roster spot
  • Two rookies face uphill battle
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3. Lew Nichols III

It's a similar situation for rookie running back Lew Nichols III.

Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon are roster locks and will play the majority of the snaps at running back. The Packers likely only have one running back opening on the 53-man roster, and Nichols faces tough competition for the spot.

Second-year Tyler Goodson was impressive in the offseason workout program.

Aaron Jones is a fan. The two worked out together this offseason, with Jones saying that Goodson is "going to be a special player."

Goodson played well in the preseason a year ago. If he has made improvements in pass protection and can contribute on special teams, he will become the clear favorite for the No. 3 job.

Nichols also needs to outperform veteran Patrick Taylor, who held the RB3 job last season. He is a solid contributor who can hold up in pass protection and also chipped in with plenty of special teams snaps.

Earning a roster spot over Goodson and Taylor isn't an easy task. Nichols needs to prove himself over the next couple of months, showing why he is ready to be the Packers' main backup behind starting running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.

But with Goodson impressing and Taylor having more experience, Nichols may have to spend a year on the practice squad first.