Mike Vandermause roster analysis: Who makes the final cut

Aug. 29, 2013
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Look for Vince Young to win the backup quarterback job, while B.J. Coleman getting cut as the Green Bay Packers pare their roster to 53 players in the next two days. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
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Training camp is over. The preseason is finished. Organized team activities, minicamps and offseason workout programs are long gone. Itís time for the Green Bay Packers to cut 22 players and finalize their 53-man team.

Here is my best guess on what the Packersí roster will look like heading into the 2013 regular season:

Quarterbacks (2) Ė

Keep: Aaron Rodgers, Vince Young

Cut: B.J. Coleman

Analysis: Coleman threw a bad interception early in the preseason finale against Kansas City, further proof that he isnít ready to seize the backup job. He showed improvement in camp, and another year of seasoning on the practice squad could serve him well. In the meantime, the Packers must hand the No. 2 job to Vince Young, who is a proven winner in the NFL but is still struggling to learn the offense and was less than impressive against the Chiefs.

Running backs (5) Ė

Keep: Eddie Lacy, John Kuhn, Alex Green, James Starks, Johnathan Franklin

Cut: Jonathan Amosa

Analysis: The loss of DuJuan Harris for the season with a knee injury made this one of the easiest positions to trim. No longer are the Packers faced with keeping either Green or Starks. Both will come in handy in spot duty. Eddie Lacy will be the workhorse, and fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin showed some signs of life against the Chiefs but remains a work in progress.

Receivers (5) Ė

Keep: Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jarrett Boykin, Jeremy Ross.

Cut: Tyrone Walker, Myles White, Charles Johnson

Analysis: Itís doubtful the Packers would keep six receivers. Ross will likely handle some return duties, which makes him the most logical candidate for the No. 5 spot. His receiving performance against the Chiefs (3 catches, 50 yards) also didnít hurt his cause. Boykin has made strides and should be capable at No. 4. Walker was the best of the rest, and along with White and Johnson would look good on the practice squad where they can hone their skills.

Tight ends (4) Ė

Keep: Jermichael Finley, Matthew Mulligan, Ryan Taylor, Brandon Bostick.

Cut: Andrew Quarless, D.J. Williams, Jake Stoneburner.

Analysis: This is by far the toughest position on offense to trim. Behind Finley, Mulligan (for his blocking) and Taylor (for his special teams prowess) will stick. Itís possible they will keep five tight ends, but if not, Bostick, Quarless and Williams are fighting for one job. Bostick gets the nod based on his raw potential.

Offensive line (8) Ė

Keep: Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Evan Dietrich-Smith, David Bakhtiari, Don Barclay, Marshall Newhouse, Greg Van Roten, Lane Taylor

Cut: Patrick Lewis, Kevin Hughes, Garth Gerhart, Andrew Datko

Analysis: The Packers donít have a bona fide backup center, but then, thatís not the worst problem in the world. Newhouse will serve as the first tackle off the bench, and Van Roten and Taylor have shown enough in camp to fill out the depth chart at the inside positions.

Defensive line (7) Ė

Keep: B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, C.J. Wilson, Datone Jones, Johnny Jolly, Mike Neal, Mike Daniels

Cut: Josh Boyd, Jordan Miller

Analysis: It would be nice to find a way to keep Boyd, who showed some promise in camp and might get scooped up by another team if the Packers try to sneak him onto the practice squad. But there is no way you can keep Jolly off this team because he has a knack for making plays, something this defense sorely needs. Nealís value increased when he added outside linebacker responsibilities to his repertoire.

Linebacker (9) Ė

Keep: Clay Matthews, Brad Jones, A.J. Hawk, Nick Perry, Andy Mulumba, Robert Francois, Sam Barrington, Jamari Lattimore, Nate Palmer

Cut: Terrell Manning, Dezman Moses, Donte Savage

Analysis: Moses and Manning simply didnít make enough plays during training camp to merit a spot on the roster. A pair of rookies, Barrington and Palmer, arenít necessarily head and shoulders above the veterans, but they show more potential. Mulumba is another one of those undrafted gems the Packersí personnel department seems to find every year.

Cornerbacks (6) Ė

Keep: Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Davon House, Micah Hyde, Jarrett Bush

Cut: James Nixon, Loyce Means, Brandon Smith

Analysis: On his first play from scrimmage during the preseason, Williams intercepted a pass against Kansas City. Williams and Shields will provide a solid 1-2 punch at a loaded position, where Hayward, House and Hyde should make significant contributions. Bush once again sticks on the roster because of his special teams excellence.

Safeties (4) Ė

Keep: Morgan Burnett, M.D. Jennings, Jerron McMilliam, Chris Banjo

Cut: Chaz Powell, David Fulton

Analysis: Banjo wasnít on the roster at the start of training camp but worked his way up the depth chart and made enough plays to earn a job.

Specialists (3) Ė

Keep: Tim Masthay, Brett Goode, Mason Crosby

Analysis: Crosby withstood some early struggles and fought off not one but two challengers for the place-kicking job. He came on strong late in camp, then put an exclamation point on his work with 48- and 45-yard field goals in the preseason finale.

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