Well here we are, 7 days away from kicking off the 100th NFL season with the league’s two oldest teams. There’s still quite a bit to watch for tonight, especially concerning the offensive line. There’s fierce competition at the Guard spots as well as the Wide Receiving corps—LG incumbent Lane Taylor has found himself in a battle mainly because he’s above average, but he’s not that much better of an option than everyone else, but costs significantly more money…the writing is essentially on the wall. However, the Packers are in good shape regarding the cap and still need depth at O-line, so we’ll see, I’d keep him.
Wide Receiver is a bit more intriguing because there seems to be decent depth. There’s a chance they could keep 7 WRs, but if that happens it’s likely because Equanimeous St. Brown begins the season on IR. Your Packer receiver, in order of depth (of what I believe SHOULD happen):
- Davante Adams #17
- Jake Kumerow #16
- Marques Valdez-Scantling #83
- Geronimo Allison #81
- Trevor Davis #11
- Allen Lazard #13
- Equanimeous St. Brown #19
I like Darrius Shepherd #10, but he’s 5’11” vs. Lazard who stands at 6’5”, so it’s likely Lazard makes the team vs. those two as Shepherd would be “easier to clear waivers” and to stash on the Practice Squad when Davis gets hurt. Yes, when…dude gets hurt on arm-tackles.
Other than that, there’s not much else—OLB Reggie Gilbert was traded yesterday to the Tennessee Titans for a 7th round draft pick, which is nice to get a return when the guy was likely getting cut. OLB is a position in a 3-4 defense where you can never have enough talent, but it’s obvious he was getting cut so keep an eye on who plays there tonight as those guys will (should) get every chance possible since we know the starters are the Smiths (Za’Darius #55 and Preston #91) are locked in starters. Rookie Rashan Gary #52 needs to stop playing like the last guy that wore #52 and needs to play more like the last guy that wore #92…smh