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My 53

by Mark Daniels

Oh what's the use. Packers General Manager Ted Thompson claims we in the media never get it right, but it's worth a try. Here's my 2014 Green Bay Packers final roster. The cut to 53 must be completed by 3:00 PM CST Saturday.

Quarterbacks (3) Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien.

I have a better peace of mind with Flynn holding on to the number 2 spot even though Tolzien is three years younger and has a stronger arm. I've just seen too many poorer throws and decisions from the ex-Badger throughout camp.

Running backs (4) Eddie Lacy, James Starks, DuJuan Harris, John Kuhn.

LaDarius Perkins was the last of the healthy rookies and he gave it a worthy go in camp and played hard against the Chiefs. Michael Hill, a former practice squad member also battled for extra yards Thursday night but once Harris proved his season ending knee injury of last year was behind him, this group was all set.

Wide Receivers (5) Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis.

Going light here because there are better special teams players at other positions. Janis shook off his case of the shingles early camp by making one noticeable play every day. Kevin Dorsey would be my sixth as he was getting opportunities on first or second cover units. Myles White's lasting memory will be his touchdown against the Chiefs and Mr. Try Hard, Alex Gillett is a good football player, just not good enough to crack this bunch.

Tight Ends (4) Brandon Bostick, Richard Rodgers, Ryan Taylor, Jake Stoneburner.

Andrew Quarless battled injuries early in his four year stay but his overall limitations finally catch up with him. He just never kept improving. Justin Perillo is another who find a home getting plucked off the wavier wire. Stoneburner took advantage of his off-season, Taylor is too good of a special teamer, Rodgers is the heir apparent to Bostick who should start once healed from his lower leg injury.

Offensive Line (8) Bryan Bulaga, Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, David Bahktiari, J.C. Tretter, Corey Linsley, Lane Taylor, Derek Sherrod.

This is a roll of the dice. One more injury and this unit will be in trouble. Linsley will hold down the fort until Tretter returns. Sherrod was forced to play both tackle spots against Kansas City when Aaron Adams got hurt on the first offensive play. Sherrod has earned the swing tackle spot. Taylor can play both left or right guard and quite honestly, none of the other backups put up much of a fight. Garth Gerhart could return to the practice squad. There are dozens of guys like Jeremy Vujinovich, John Fullington,, Jordan McCary and Adams out there, or will be by Sunday.

Defensive Line (6) Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, Josh Boyd, Letroy Guion, Khyri Thornton, Mike Pennel.

The loss of B.J. Raji opened the door for Pennel. Thornton suffered a hamstring injury Thursday night and it might be serious enough (wink, wink) to land him on IR. Guion got well just in he nick of time and will need a couple of weeks to really get back into the swing. Carlos Gray and Luther Robinson were sluggers, but not much else.

Linebackers (10) Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Mike Neal, Nick Perry, Jamari Lattimore, Sam Barrington, Jayrone Elliott, Carl Bradford.

The toughest cut. Nate Palmer's injury against K.C. might be convenient enough to join the IR club and save Bradford the embarrassment of being a 4th round pick who got cut. Elliott just kept making plays off the edge, plays that Andy Mulumba made last year to earn a job. Mulumba had a very quiet camp this year. Adrian Hubbard and Jake Doughty were the odd men out.

Defensive Backs (10) Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Casey Hayward, Jarrett Bush, Davon House, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Sean Richardson, Chris Banjo.

This became a strength from a 2013 weakness and is maybe the most talented position group on the team. I lumped them all as DB's because only four are true safeties, Burnett, Clinton-Dix, Richardson and Banjo. Hyde will stay deep and creep into the slot in sub-packages. In any other year, Jumal Rolle would have won a job and hopefully the Packers can bring him back if no one else in the league noticed his work. Demetri Goodson is dealing with a concussion, but the former Gonzaga basketball player was better at hoops than he is as an NFL corner.

Specialists (3) Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Brett Goode.

All three had a stress free, competition free camp.

Practice Squad bonus picks: Now that NFL teams can sign as many as 10, their own camp players likely to return would be Gillett, Rolle, Hill, Goodson, Hubbard, McCray, Gerhart, Adams, Perillo and Robinson.

We'll see how it matches up with Ted's list due tomorrow afternoon.