Well, I was close. The Packers put their roster together today by waiving 18 players and moving four more to injured reserve. After comparing my predictions with General Manager Ted Thompson's final product, there were only a couple of differences. We both kept three quarterbacks, had 24 offensive players and 26 on defense. My position breakdown on offense was the same, four backs, five receivers, 4 tight ends and 8 offensive linemen. The only difference on our offensive rosters was I kept Jake Stoneburner over Andrew Quarless. The Packers kept Quarless because Stoneburner was one of the four moved to IR. Not bad, 23 of the 24 right on the offense.
We had a couple of differences on defense. I had six defensive linemen, Ted kept five. I had Khyri Thornton on my squad but he was another IR arrival. The Packers kept 11 linebackers while I had 10. Andy Mulumba made the Packers cut, he didn't survive mine. In the secondary, we both had 10 and the only difference was I kept Chris Banjo, the Packers did not, going with draft choice Demetri Goodson who I was not very impressed with during training camp.
50 out of 53, not too bad.
As for the 2014 collection who'll gather tomorrow for the first time, a couple of really good stories. The debate about the number 2 quarterback might continues because Thompson kept two backups for the first time since 2008. I argued Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien were among the best 53 overall and the Packers apparently agreed. How about Jeff Janis? The Saginaw Valley, Division 2 receiver who endured the shingles and a late start to camp made the team. V-12 as Davante Adams, a fellow draft pick to stick called him, may be the primary punt returner in Seattle Thursday night. On the offensive line, J.C. Tretter was carried injured with Derek Sherrod and Lane Taylor the only healthy backups available.
On defense, to long shots beat the odds. Linebacker Jayrone Elliott and Mike Pennel both made the team, deservedly so. Pennel made plays almost from the start of camp, even though he came out of Colorado State-Pueblo, he was a big time D1 recurit at Arizona State at one time. Elliott waited until the second pre-season game to turn it on. He followed up that lightning strike, ,three sack in four play series with quarterback sacks in each of the final two pre-season games. Carl Bradford barely survived after a late move to inside linebacker. He had better be a demon on special teams.
For the record, here are the final roster moves. To season ending injured reserve, now with 10 names in the club. Nate Palmer, Jake Stoneburner, Khyri Thornton and Aaron Adams,
Hitting the streets were three players who were active last year with the team, Chris Banjo, Myles White, Jumal Rolle. The others, 2013 7th round pick Kevin Dorsey, Jake Doughty, Jeremy Vujinovich, Garth Gerhart, Alex Gillett, Carlos Gray, Michael Hill, Adrian Hubbard, Jordan McCray, Tanner Miller, Ryan White, Justin Perillo, Luther Robinson, Ryan White and LaDarius Perkins.
Keep in mind there could be some roster alterations on Sunday. The 24 hour waiver claim period will come up and if there's a veteran and versatile offensive linemen available or defensive nose tackle, Thompson might cut his team a little deeper to make room.
Also Sunday, the bigger, 10 member practice squad can be assembled. Don't be surprised to see Perillo, Gerhart, Perkins, Rolle and Dorsey return.