Breaking down 2019 Packers first unofficial depth chart
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We’ll start off here with the most obvious of positions. Aaron Rodgers as the No. 1, DeShone Kizer at No. 2 and Tim Boyle and Manny Wilkins listed at No. 3 (in that order). Nothing to see here, move on.
Aaron Jones listed as the starter and Jamaal Williams as the backup is as expected. But the No. 3 order is a bit interesting. Tra Carson, who played in six games in 2018 after being signed Oct. 31 but had no rushing attempts, is atop the grouping. Veteran Corey Grant, recently signed as a free agent, slots third (fifth overall) behind sixth-round pick Dexter Williams. Darrin Hall, claimed off waivers at the end of July and already with his third organization since May, brings up the rear. The depth chart was announced Aug. 4, so Keith Ford, acquired via waivers on Aug. 6, is not included. We’ll include the fullbacks here as well, all two of them: Dick Vitale (starter) and Malcolm Johnson (backup).
Here’s where things start getting really interesting. With two wide receivers listed, Davante Adams, of course, is one starter. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, a fifth-round pick in 2018 who had 38 catches for 581 yards, is the other. The No. 2s are Geronimo Allison, who perhaps some might have thought would be a No. 1 opposite Adams, and local favorite Jake Kumerow, a UW-Whitewater grad who played in five games for the Packers last season, recording eight receptions for 108 yards. One Adams’ side at the No. 3s, Trevor Davis heads the list (more on Davis down below) followed by Allen Lazard, a late acquisition in 2018, and undrafted free agents Darrius Shepherd and Malik Taylor. On the flip side, Equanimeous St. Brown, a sixth-round pick in 2018, is listed above J’Mon Moore, who was selected in that same draft in the fourth round. Teo Redding, signed late in 2018, and Jawill Davis, an offseason waiver claim, finish out the list.
A minor surprise as third-round pick Jace Sternberger is the fourth tight end listed, although that might just be a nod to the veterans ahead of him (and Green Bay under head coach Matt LaFleur easily could keep four at the position). The top three, to no shock, are Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis and Robert Tonyan. Evan Baylis and Pharoah McKever, both of whom were undrafted free agents in 2018, round out the grouping.
The starting unit is as expected: LT David Bakhtiari, LG Lane Taylor, C Corey Linsley, RG Billy Turner and RT Bryan Bulaga. Second-round pick Elgton Jenkins is listed as the backup left guard and not at all on the depth chart at center. Meanwhile, Justin McCray, who has only played guard and tackle in the NFL, is the No. 2 center. Alex Light, an undrafted free agent in 2018, is the backup left tackle. Jason Spriggs, second-round pick in 2016, was listed as the backup right tackle, but he was waived/injured Tuesday. Lucas Patrick, who has played 26 games with six starts in the past two years, is listed as the No. 2 right guard. Those at No. 3 are: LT Yosh Nijman (undrafted free agent), LG Adam Pankey (has played one game in each of the past two seasons), C Cole Madison (fifth-round pick in 2018 who stepped away from football last year), RG Anthony Coyle (practice squad in 2018) and RT Gerhard de Beer (signed to practice squad in November).
The Packers are young on the defensive line front, with Dean Lowry and Montravius Adams listed as the starters at defensive end with Kenny Clark at nose tackle; Clark and Lowry were draft picks in 2016 and Adams in ’17. The backups … not quite experienced (of course, Green Bay could shift, say, outside linebacker Z’Darius Smith to end as well). The No. 2 ends are Fadol Brown, who was claimed off waivers from Oakland in December, and rookie Kingsley Keke, a fifth-round pick. James Looney, a seventh-round selection last season, and Deon Simon, who spent much of the year on the practice squad, are the No. 3s. Tyler Lancaster (22 tackles in 12 games) is the backup nose tackle with recent signee and former Wisconsin Badger Olive Sagapolu third string.
Kyler Fackrell, who started seven games in 2018 and had 10.5 sacks, is now the backup to big free-agent signee Preston Smith on the outside. The other backup outside linebacker, behind the other big free-agent signing Z’Darius Smith, is first-round draft pick Rashan Gary. Clearly things could change here, especially with Gary. But that’s how things are listed in this first iteration. Reggie Gilbert, who played in all 16 games last season and had 33 tackles, leads one set of the No. 3s, ahead of undrafted free agents Randy Ramsey and Markus Jones. On the other side at No. 3 are Kendall Donneson, a 2018 seventh-round pick who didn’t play last year, and UDFA Greg Roberts. Blake Martinez and Oren Burks are unsurprisingly the No. 1s on the inside. Seventh-round pick Ty Summers and James Crawford (played in all 16 games in ’18) are the backups. The No. 3s are Brady Shelton, who was on the practice squad for part of 2018, and UDFA Curtis Bolton.
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Perhaps the biggest surprise in Green Bay’s first depth chart is former second-round pick Josh Jackson, who played in all 16 games as a rookie with 10 starts, listed as a No. 3 corner, behind Kevin King and veteran Tramon Williams. Chandon Sullivan, who played in five games for Philadelphia, and undrafted Nydair Rouse are listed behind Jackson. Along with King, Jaire Alexnader is the other starter at cornerback with Tony Brown, who played in 11 games with three starts in 2018, his backup and sixth-round Ka’dar Hollman and UDFA Kabion Ento the third-stringers.
Free-agent signee Adrian Amos is a starter, of course, along with first-round pick Darnell Savage. Josh Jones, who at one point looked like he was headed out the door, is one of the No. 2s along with Raven Greene, a UDFA who played in eight games last year. Natrell Jamerson, who played cornerback with Houston and the Packers in 2018, is a No. 3 along with Tray Matthews, who was signed to the practice squad in December. Behind Savage and Greene are Will Redmond, who appeared in five games for the Packers last year, and Mike Tyson, who was claimed off waivers from the Texans in May.
There’s not too much to go over here as there’s only one punter and long snapper in camp and, as expected, Mason Crosby is the No. 1 kicker and Sam Ficken No. 2. But there is some interest in the returners, where Trevor Davis, buried on the wide receiver depth chart, is the No. 1 punt and kick returner. If not Davis, then who? The backups are Darrius Shepherd (PR) and Corey Grant (KR) while Teo Redding is listed at No. 3 in both spots. Jawill Davis also is under Redding at kick return.