By tomorrow afternoon, the dreams of 22 men hoping to play for the Green Bay Packers will be dashed as the team cuts to the final roster limit of 53. In the wake of the 17-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night, here's one man's opinion (mine) of who might stay and who will go.
On offense, the Packers will probably stick with just two quarterbacks so Graham Harrell will go, but not for long. If not picked up elsewhere, he'll return to the practice squad. No change at the running back position, two halfbacks, three fullbacks with Kregg Lumpkin the odd man out. Brett Swain has held off the charge of Charles Dillon and Patrick Williams for the final wide receiver spot. Chastin West and Jason Chery will also move on. Despite a tight competition at tight end, Green Bay won't keep all five and despite a nice camp, Tom Crabtree gets cut but he's another good practice squad possibility. On the line, draft picks Brian Bulaga and Marshall Newhouse are better than Alan Barbre, Brenno Giacommini, Nick McDonald and Chris Campbell. There may be shoppers for Jason Spitz.
On defense, Justin Harrell had no issues with his back in Kansas City but there are issues with his play and it's time to move on. Defensive line depth appears shaky with Mike Neal the only ready to play reserve. Ronald Talley Anthony Toribio will also go. Despite a nice showing coming from the indoor league's Green Bay Blizzard, Maurice Simpkins won't make it at linebacker, nor will Cyril Obiozor, Alex Joseph and Robert Francois. In the secondary, the easy cuts are D.J. Clark and Anthony Levine. Jarrett Bush may have saved his job with a solid game, Charlie Peprah could be replaced with a safety cut somewhere else and Will Blackmon's knee is a big enough concern to consider the PUP list and possibly IR. Finally, Tim Masthay outkicked Chris Byran to win the punting job.