The Green Bay Packers are set to open training camp this week for the first time under new head coach Matt LaFleur. After missing the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, it’s time for the proud franchise to turn things around and get back into contention. In order to do so, the Packers will have to field the best roster possible.
Unfortunately, there are going to be some tough decisions that have to be made in Green Bay. They have acquired a lot of talent this offseason and already had quite a few young pieces with lots of room to grow.
Training camp is a time for payers to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Young players can earn roster spots and some veterans can lose their spot on the team. Green Bay has a good mixture of youth and veterans and it will make for quite a bit of competition when it comes time to trim down the roster.
LaFleur is in his first year as an NFL head coach. He has never had to make those difficult roster decisions before.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at three players who could be facing cuts during or immediately following training camp.
3. Tim Boyle, Quarterback
Obviously, not many fans are going to care too much about this potential roster cut. Tim Boyle is a talented quarterback, but there are simply too many players ahead of him with more talent.
Behind Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are going to have DeShone Kizer as their primary backup. The team also signed undrafted free agent Manny Wilkins, who played at Arizona State. Boyle simply won’t be able to beat Wilkins out to stay on the roster this year.
2. Will Redmond, Cornerback
Next up on the list is 25-year-old cornerback Will Redmond, who has seen some looks at safety. Green Bay has been looking to beef up their secondary, which led to giving Redmond a look. While he is a solid depth player, the Packers have a ton of talent at the cornerback position.
Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson, and Kevin King are the clear-cut starters, with names like Tony Brown, Tramon Williams, and Ka’dar Hollman on the roster. Redmond is not a bad piece and may be able to claw his way to a roster spot, but he certainly has an uphill battle facing him.
1. J’Mon Moore, Wide Receiver
Standing in at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, many thought J’Mon Moore could be a steal for the Packers with the No. 133 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Despite the expectations and hype surrounding him, Moore was unable to find a role last season in Green Bay. He struggled with drops and consistency issues.
Moore ended up with just two catches for 15 yards in his rookie season. With second-year wide receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Jake Kumerow all showing improvements, Moore’s job could be in jeopardy. The franchise still likes him which gives him some hope, but he is certainly on the hot seat right now.