Packers Depth Chart: The Interesting Parts

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Nick McDonald

The Packers like Nick McDonald.

The Green Bay Packers have released their first depth chart of the preseason.

With a veteran team like the Packers, not much of it comes as a surprise. However, it does offer some interesting insights.

Here’s a breakdown by position.

Receiver: Not much unexpected here, other than the fact Chastin West is essentially the No. 6 receiver ahead of [intlink id=”596″ type=”category”]Brett Swain[/intlink], who was the team’s No. 5 last season. Rookie [intlink id=”1616″ type=”category”]Randall Cobb[/intlink] is the No. 5 now.

Tackle: The backups are listed as [intlink id=”1037″ type=”category”]Marshall Newhouse[/intlink] on the left and Chris Campbell on the right. Campbell was an undrafted free agent last year. It’s interesting that [intlink id=”583″ type=”category”]T.J. Lang[/intlink] isn’t in the backup mix at tackle.

Guard: First-round pick [intlink id=”1613″ type=”category”]Derek Sherrod[/intlink] is the No. 1 left guard. Lang is the backup. [intlink id=”1071″ type=”category”]Nick McDonald[/intlink] is the backup at right guard.

Center: McDonald, who the Packers obviously like, is also the backup to Scott Wells.

Tight end: Surprisingly, [intlink id=”1036″ type=”category”]Andrew Quarless[/intlink] is the backup, followed by [intlink id=”1236″ type=”category”]Tom Crabtree [/intlink] and [intlink id=”1624″ type=”category”]D.J. Williams[/intlink].

Running back: [intlink id=”64″ type=”category”]Ryan Grant[/intlink] is still listed as No. 1, followed by [intlink id=”1038″ type=”category”]James Starks[/intlink]. Most interesting is [intlink id=”1280″ type=”category”]Dmitri Nance[/intlink] is third, ahead of No. 4, third-round pick, [intlink id=”1618″ type=”category”]Alex Green[/intlink]. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers keep four halfbacks this year.

Defensive end: [intlink id=”1033″ type=”category”]Mike Neal[/intlink] appears to be penciled in as the starter on the right side because [intlink id=”1042″ type=”category”]C.J. Wilson[/intlink] is listed as the No. 2 on the left side. The Packers may be grooming Wilson to take over for [intlink id=”252″ type=”category”]Ryan Pickett[/intlink], but they’ve more or less handed a starting spot to Neal.

Outside linebacker: [intlink id=”1335″ type=”category”]Erik Walden[/intlink] is No. 1 on the right. [intlink id=”1058″ type=”category”]Frank Zombo[/intlink] is No. 2. [intlink id=”443″ type=”category”]Brad Jones[/intlink] is listed as the No. 2 on the left side.

Inside linebacker: The backups are rookie [intlink id=”1626″ type=”category”]D.J. Smith[/intlink] and Robert Francois.

Cornerback: [intlink id=”157″ type=”category”]Pat Lee[/intlink] looks like he’s back in the mix. Lee would be the Packers No. 4 cornerback right now. [intlink id=”88″ type=”category”]Jarrett Bush[/intlink] would be No. 5. Rookie [intlink id=”1622″ type=”category”]Davon House[/intlink], despite some strong early play, is buried.

Safety: [intlink id=”1034″ type=”category”]Morgan Burnett[/intlink] seems to have reclaimed his starting spot from [intlink id=”525″ type=”category”]Charlie Peprah[/intlink].

Special teams: Cobb is the No. punt returner. Green and Cobb are the top two on kickoffs.

Here’s the full Packers’ depth chart.

WRGreg JenningsJames JonesRandall CobbBrett Swain
Diondre Borel
Kerry Taylor
LTChad CliftonMarshall NewhouseTheo Sherman
LGDerek SherrodT.J. LangAdrian Battles
CScott WellsNick McDonaldEvan Dietrich-SmithSampson Genus
RGJosh SittonNick McDonaldCaleb Schlauderaff
RTBryan BulagaChris CampbellRay Dominguez
TEJermichael FinleyAndrew QuarlessTom CrabtreeD.J. Williams
Ryan Taylor
Spencer Havner
WRDonald DriverJordy NelsonChastin WestTori Gurley
Antonio Robinson
Shaky Smithson
QBAaron RodgersMatt FlynnGraham Harrell
RBRyan GrantJames StarksDimitri NanceAlex Green
Brandon Saine
FBJohn KuhnQuinn JohnsonJon Hoese
LDERyan PickettC.J. WilsonLawrence Guy
NTB.J. RajiHoward GreenJay RossChris Donaldson
RDEMike NealJarius WynnEli Joseph
LOLBClay MatthewsBrad JonesVic So’otoDiyral Briggs
LILBA.J. HawkRobert FrancoisCardia JacksonK.C. Asiodu
RILBDesmond BishopD.J. SmithElijah Joseph
ROLBErik WaldenFrank ZomboRicky ElmoreJamari Lattimore
LCBCharles WoodsonPat LeeJarrett BushBrandian Ross
RCBTramon WilliamsSam ShieldsJosh GordyDavon House
SSMorgan BurnettCharlie PeprahM.D. JenningsAnthony Bratton
FSNick CollinsAnthony LevineBrandon Underwood
KMason CrosbyTim Masthay
PTim MasthayMason Crosby
HTim MasthayRandall Cobb
PRRandall CobbShaky SmithsonDiondre BorelJordy Nelson
KRAlex GreenRandall CobbPat LeeSam Shields
LSBrett GoodeEvan Dietrich-Smith

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10 Comments on "Packers Depth Chart: The Interesting Parts"

  1. AZ Pack

    I’ve read great things about Shaky Smithson. Where does he fall in the depth chart? Maybe practice squad???

  2. TyKo Steamboat

    The scariest injury (other than Rodgers of, course) Would be if Mike Neal or Ryan Pickett went down…no real depth there…but wow, look at that receiving corps. and that stable of running backs!
    I am anxious to see Morgan Burnett, Mike Neal, Derek Sherrod and Randall Cobb in action! :)

    • Gilbert Burger

      I think Howard Green is an adequate back-up to Pickett. Like you said though, the Packers have a ton of depth, especially at WR, RB and in their secondary. 9/8 can’t come soon enough.

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