"Packer Preview" Returns On KFAN This Sunday; Here's What First 53 Might Look LikePosted:Sep 2nd, 2011 2:28 pm
We're back for a 16th season this Sunday morning at 8am and for the first time we'll hear our favorite Packer songs in glorious FM, since KFAN recently switched to 100.3 FM. For those outside the Twin Cities, we'll still be found on the same stations along the Fan Radio Network and at kfan.com.
We'll look at the 53 man roster, preview the season, the Saints game, hear from nephew Zach and we'll play the new BoDeans song, "Lambeau Let's Go." The band sent me the song this week and it's a rocker...they should play it for the crowd right before kickoff...it sure beats Kid Rock in my book.
Another bit of news regarding this site, I'm adding a post-game podcast each week, my Monday morning Podcast. For years I've previewed the games, but my only chance to comment on the games comes on the "Border Battle" Monday mornings with Paul Allen on KFAN. This way I can control the mike and do my thing. Watch for it the morning after each Packer game. I will count on your comments/questions on my post-game blogs to use within the podcast, so please continue to post your comments and I'll treat them like emails on my radio show.
Now, on to the roster. Here's my guess on how it looks late Saturday afternoon:
QB (3): Rodgers, Flynn, Harrell
RB (4): Grant, Starks, Kuhn, Green; I think the Pack gambles by carrying one less back, allowing them to carry the extra tight end. Like they did with Nance, they can find a guy if they need one
WR (6): Jennings, Driver, Jones, Nelson, Cobb, Gurley; There's been some speculation of a possible Jones trade--I wouldn't mind seeing it, though it seems unlikely. Carrying a sixth receiver is something Thompson doesn't usually do, but Gurley has proven he deserves a roster spot and may eventually replace Jones or Driver on the depth chart.
TE (5): Finley, Crabtree, Quarless, Williams, Taylor; Still not totally sold that Quarless makes the team. But Finley's injury history probably guarantees him a spot. Crabtree provides some flexibility with the thin RB corps--he can play FB in a pinch. The two rookies appear to be locks.
OL (9): Clifton, Lang, Wells, Sitton, Bulaga, Newhouse, Sherrod, Dietrich-Smith, Schlauerdaff; not a lot of proven depth here. It wouldn't surprise me to see Thompson add a veteran guard off the waiver wire and cut the rookie Schlauerdaff loose. Nick McDonald's poor performance Thursday night sealed his fate.
DL (6): Raji, Pickett, Neal, Green, Wilson, Wynn
LB (8): Matthews, Hawk, Bishop, Walden, Smith, Francois, So'oto, Zombo; Brad Jones is the biggest name cut from the squad. They like what they see in Lattimore and hope to add him to the practice squad. Or they could elect to IR Zombo. So'oto's eye-popping performance against KC makes him the second undrafted guy to stick (Gurley's the other).
CB (6): Woodson, Williams, Shields, House, Lee, Bush; Lee's on shaky ground here. PAck look scan the wire for a CB or safety.
S (3): Collins, Burnett, Peprah
SP (3): Crosby, Masthay, Goode