How Many RBs Will the Packers Keep On the 53-Man Roster

Patrick Taylor and Emanuel Wilson are fighting for a roster spot

The Green Bay Packers have a series of difficult decisions to make to define their initial 53-man roster. One of them regards who the third running back will be, behind Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, and if one or two of the backups will make the active roster. The average of RBs on the 53 since Brian Gutekunst became the general manager in 2018 is three, but there are exceptions. In 2020, the team kept four — but Tyler Ervin was mainly a special teamer and gadget offensive piece.

Twice, the Packers decided to keep just two. In 2018, Aaron Jones was suspended for the first two games, so they had just Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery. Last year, it was a true decision to keep just two, Jones and Dillon, with Patrick Taylor and Tyler Goodson on the practice squad.

RBs on the Packers initial 53-man roster under Brian Gutekunst
2018: Jamaal Williams, Ty Montgomery (Jones was suspended)
2019: Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, Dexter Williams
2020: Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, AJ Dillon, Tyler Ervin
2021: Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, Kylin Hill
2022: Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon

This year, it's yet to be determined how many the Packers will maintain. But the first two preseason games, against the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots, created another caveat: Emanuel Wilson has been impressive. He leads the league during exhibition games in rushing yards, yards per attempt, rushing touchdowns, missed tackles forced and rushing first downs. Preseason stats are not necessarily sustainable or predictive, but the fact is that Wilson has put himself in position to fight for a roster spot.

However, veteran Patrick Taylor is better in areas of the game in which Green Bay puts weight on to decide the third back: passing game, pass protection, and special teams.

"Not only does he have to run the ball, but almost more importantly, he has to catch it, be able to pass block, and be able to play a little bit of special teams," said Gutekunst. "Because if he's lacking in that area, if he can't play special teams, if he can't pass-block, it's going to be hard to use him on the 48-man roster."

So, what are the Packers options?

Keep two, elevate one
The most likely scenario at this point is the Packers using the same approach they did last year, keeping just Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. In this case, Patrick Taylor, Emanuel Wilson, Tyler Goodson, Lew Nichols, and Nate McCrary would all go through waivers. If they are not claimed by any other team, the Packers would be able to add them (how many they wanted, possibly two or three) to the practice squad. They could elevate each of them on game day up to three times during the regular season, and the player chosen would revert back to the practice squad after the game.

The risk here is small, but there is a chance that someone claims Wilson after such a promising preseason — the chances of someone getting interested is particularly high because he is a rookie.

Keep Taylor
Right now, the most useful running back 3 for the Packers is Patrick Taylor. He's experienced, is a good receiving back, solid pass protector, and useful special teamer. If he makes the 53-man roster, he'll probably be active on most Sundays, and this has value. Wilson and Goodson would be available on waivers, but one or both would be options to the practice squad if not claimed.

Keep Wilson
The smart move if the Packers want the upside is to keep Emanuel Wilson on the 53-man roster. He's the best pure runner among the options, and if one of the starters gets injured, he would be a real alternative to play regular season games. Moreover, Jones becomes expensive and Dillon will be a free agent in 2024. Therefore, it might make sense to keep a player with more upside projecting the future. Taylor will most likely clear waivers anyway, so the Packers would still have the option to elevate him three times during the season. While Jones and Dillon are healthy and available, Wilson could be inactive on Sundays, but protected on the 53-man roster.

Keep Taylor and Wilson
If the Packers feel both can be helpful at the same time for different reasons, the Packers could repeat what they did in 2020 and keep four running backs. In this scenario, Wilson would probably be inactive for most of the games, but he would be protected. Moreover, there wouldn't be limitations for how many games Patrick Taylor could be active, which makes sense considering how important he is for special teams.

The Packers still have one preseason game left, against the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. By then, Brian Gutekunst can have a better idea of what decision he will make to finalize the initial 53-man roster.

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Lphill's picture

August 22, 2023 at 11:13 am

tough call to make, I think Wilson runs with more aggression than AJ Dillon does, I never felt Dillion was a game changer especially when in goal line situations Jones is in instead of him.

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Untylu1968's picture

August 22, 2023 at 11:45 am

I'm hoping to see a different Dillon, with a QB that's more willing to take direct snaps from the center. I could be totally wrong but could see him being way more effective..

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 22, 2023 at 12:23 pm

Dillon has run hard and well during the preseason. Most because he is not taking snaps in delayed RPO/draw plays 8 yds deep, with Love under center.

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WD's picture

August 22, 2023 at 03:08 pm

Luckily our coaching staff does not take all comments from fans seriously. Including mine. Nor should they. They will certainly not cut Dillon. Clearly they keep Wilson as number 3. His stats in preseason are persuasive. He is also faster and more explosive. Moreover, his first step into the hole is off the charts. In addition he has a bit of shake and bake. I suspect the coaches have already made up their minds on this guy. He is a potential playmaker and his best days are likely still to come. I was very impressed with Emanuel Wilson. How could you not be?

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:14 pm

None of this means he gets RB#3 roster spot. He hasn't been given snaps on ST which is puzzling and borderline criminal at this point.

I've been a fan of 4 RBs on the roster for a while, this article might be the first time I've seen anybody else mention the possibility. Losing #31 to waivers would be a costly mistake.

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TKWorldWide's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:44 pm

Plus, a lot of good Packers have worn #31.

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dblbogey's picture

August 22, 2023 at 03:35 pm

I think Dillon admitted earlier that he needed to run harder and tougher. It's always good to have someone pushing you. Isn't Dillon in a contract year? Extra motivation also.

Mostly unrelated, but they cut Jake Hanson today. If they cut Royce Newman, I'll be happy and can quit complaining about them both.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:15 pm

That's good news! I haven't yet checked out any of the new additions, anybody good?

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Coldworld's picture

August 22, 2023 at 05:04 pm

But last year he was THE guy they said broke out in camp. I suppose wiser heads prevailed (or Gute intervened to undo his error like he did with Amari and Watkins).

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BuckyBadger's picture

August 22, 2023 at 11:20 am

Not that hard in the end. If you think Taylor clears waivers and Wilson won't you keep Wilson and put Taylor on the PS. Chances are they both could clear waivers, RBs are a dime a dozen and lots of teams have a UFA that they are excited about right now. If Wilson can pass protect than the point becomes mute.

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T7Steve's picture

August 22, 2023 at 11:31 am

" If Wilson can pass protect than the point becomes mute."

Let's keep quiet about it then.

Spell check sucks sometimes.

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TKWorldWide's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:47 pm

Spell Czech is won of my favored things!

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:17 pm

#31 Wilson also has to be good at ST to get the #3 RB roster spot. He hasn't been given a single snap :(

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greengold's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:20 pm

Wilson had 2 ST snaps v. NE. They cut the game short by about 10 and a half minutes... and, there went his ST opportunities. But, the important thing is he got the 2 snaps and they were trying him there, which means they like him.

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HawkPacker's picture

August 22, 2023 at 06:40 pm

Another thing Wilson has to do to be our number three RB is catch the football. He did that a few times Saturday night. He is my pick for the third RB as I do not think he will clear waivers based on his production so far.

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coolhand's picture

August 22, 2023 at 11:35 am

I lean to keeping Wilson, but haven't seen him on special teams, so that would be the difference maker for me between him or Taylor.

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greengold's picture

August 22, 2023 at 11:38 am

I think the Packers will keep all 4 of Jones, Dillon, Taylor & Wilson.

Josiah Deguara might be the odd man out. Sadly, but, he's apparently lost his effectiveness. Certainly not worth keeping Deguara over either of Wilson or Taylor, neither of whom survives waivers.

If it's a choice between Taylor & Wilson, I'll go with Wilson 100%.

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 22, 2023 at 12:34 pm

G&G, 4 RBs is possible and with a revived focus on MLF's Illusion of Complexity with more run plays and passes to the RBs, TEs, more 12 personnel, and passes to the middle of the field...RBs should have a larger role in the O.

This would mean fewer pass plays to WRs and the need for fewer WRs. I know your first pass on the 53 listed 7 WRs...I don't see how you keep 4 RBs and 7 WRs especially since we both agree there should be 10 OLmen.

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greengold's picture

August 22, 2023 at 01:14 pm

LP, I’d keep those 4 RBs and use them often. I’d keep 8 WR, maybe 1 less ILB and 1 fewer TE, while cutting Deguara to make that initial 53. Then IR or PUP those players injured (Melton, Wicks) to save for later. The re-sign those more likely to clear waivers, or other FAs who might be better.

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HawkPacker's picture

August 22, 2023 at 06:42 pm

I would be surprised to see them cut Deguara.

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Coldworld's picture

August 22, 2023 at 07:13 pm

I don’t see a comparable player in the H back role LaFleur supposedly wants. I doubt they cut that to make way for a 7th WR or similar. Pearson is now dinged up and hasn’t been better.

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greengold's picture

August 22, 2023 at 08:34 pm

If the choice is Deguara or Wilson, I’ll take Wilson all day.

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HawkPacker's picture

August 22, 2023 at 10:44 pm

I will take them both!

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LLCHESTY's picture

August 22, 2023 at 02:00 pm

Your whole 1st paragraph just sounds like less scoring to me. I grew up in the 80's when the RB was king but that's not how you win in today's NFL. They have added a lot of speed in the last couple of years, I hope they use it to stretch the field and take big shots.

https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-explosive-plays-and-re-thinking-offensive-s...

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greengold's picture

August 22, 2023 at 02:27 pm

LL, I appreciate what you’re saying, and I’m on board 100%. My thinking, though, revolves around - being able - to run a more balanced attack. Being able to run anything and everything at will to exploit opponent’s weaknesses.

Wilson has been a rather sudden revelation, unexpected at that in leading the NFL in rushing during the preseason.

Taylor is our best blocking RB, who could easily pull some FB duties in LaFleur’s Jet concepts minus Deguara.

That’s why I keep both, along with Dillon & Jones. You might have seen I’ve proposed a way to keep all of the top 8 WRs in Green Bay, which I think would be really smart in case of injury during the 17 game schedule.

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croatpackfan's picture

August 22, 2023 at 05:27 pm

You are wrong on Deguara, greengold. They will not (rightfully) cut Deguara. They can keep more young OLs on PS than usually do, so with so versatile Zach Tom and Elgton Jenkins they might go with 9 OL only and keep 2 or 3 on the PS.

Also, ILBs are more prone to be injured, so keeping just 3 is pretty risky.

So is with DBs.

So, it is not so easy to construct the roster, are you agree?

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LLCHESTY's picture

August 23, 2023 at 09:40 am

Balance is fine, I'm onboard with that. It's the "ball control" part I have a problem with. The Eagles were 5th in rushing last year, a large part of that due to Hurts 760 yards on the ground. I'd say a bigger part of that offenses success was AJ Brown being 5th in explosive receptions(23) and DeVonta Smith tying for 9th(18). If Watson can come close to one of those numbers while Musgrave, Doubs and Reed can get close to the other as a group the Packers will have a successful season as long as the D doesn't completely tank.

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greengold's picture

August 22, 2023 at 05:01 pm

We keep thinking of the 53 with finality, and that’s NEVER the case.

We can keep 8 WR, put them on the 53, then take the 2 with hamstring injuries and either PUP or IR them for use later.

We’d have to waive 2 bottom of roster players at other positions to pull it off, but, WR is a far more valuable position.

Re-sign those cut or find better after WRs secured to IR/PUP to get to that “Final 53” a day or two later.

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Coldworld's picture

August 22, 2023 at 07:20 pm

Every year we think our depth players at WR are too good to get to the PS. It’s pretty rare we are right. I don’t think the risk is particularly high to be honest. Any claim means a team putting one on their 53.

We aren’t keeping 8 WR. Perhaps 5 plus a TE/WR in Musgrave, one of which would likely be game day inactive. None of the depth are ST aces. 6 is a stretch with Musgrave, a LaFleur O and the fact that none are key STers.

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greengold's picture

August 22, 2023 at 08:37 pm

The “Final 53” would contain 6, as I pointed out.

“Stretch?” We kept 7 in 2022.

Is this or is it not a passing league? Please. GOOD WRs are a premium. Look around at some other team’s rosters.

I’m not begrudging instances of over valuing our own in years past, but this looks WAY different in 2023.

You think another team will steal Allen away? McDuffie? Would you trade one of them for Heath? DuBose? Wicks? Melton? Toure?

I’m just curious, because that’s exactly my point.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:19 pm

Look at #18 Heath. Speed about like Musgrave ...

What do you see being done with Goodson? (Once he's healthy) Does his injury stop anyone from claiming him so he's safe on the PS?

Reminder: we didn't just get Reed with the 50th pick, Gutey had traded down twice from 45 resulting in also getting Dontayvion Wicks and Karl Brooks :)

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HawkPacker's picture

August 22, 2023 at 06:45 pm

Goodsen will clear waivers like he did last year.

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Coldworld's picture

August 22, 2023 at 07:26 pm

That would be ideal, as he’s an excellent back up for Jones and possibly the option role.

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greengold's picture

August 22, 2023 at 08:29 pm

That shoulder probably makes that so, Hawk. That was my thinking. He’s a fantastic O weapon. Never know what the future holds.

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Coldworld's picture

August 22, 2023 at 11:45 am

I’d keep 4. Taylor for key 3rd down protection duties and STs and Wilson if we need a 3rd back to drive the offense.

That’s not to say Wilson can’t build an ST role, he was a standout in DIV II, but that gives him time and maintains Taylor’s contributions, which are unglamorous but important at the most critical moments.

I just don’t see us getting more value from a 6th or 7th WR in this offense than we’d get from 4 RBs this year. I don’t see a depth WR being more likely to be poached than Wilson—just look at the RB mess in Minnesota—with his film as a difference maker and ratings by metrics compilers. I don’t see a depth receiver making as much ST impact as Taylor either. With Davis down, Taylor’s STs become even more important.

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greengold's picture

August 22, 2023 at 12:14 pm

Great take, Coldworld.

I checked in on Wilson. He had 2 ST snaps, and I'm sure the plan was to get him more, but with the game stopped at 10:24 ish... looks like he and many others lost opportunities.

The fact that Wilson got 2 ST snaps tells me LaFleur's staff wanted to try him there, because they want to roster him. As for the 53 in general, I believe we are going to see some wild shuffling. Wild, wild, wild.

Are there any absolutely essential ILBs we must keep beyond Campbell and Walker? no. How about TEs beyond Musgrave & Kraft? no. Could the Packers keep just 4 Safeties on that INITIAL 53? yes. Are we going to see FBs on that 53? no. Are they essential? no. Are they going to get scooped up by other teams? no. Could they easily be replaced? yes.

That's what I mean. The initial 53 might look unconventional, until others can be designated to IR/PUP, with a handful of players we suspect will be more likely to clear waivers re-signed thereafter or replaced.

Example 1: keep 2 QB, 10 OL, 6 DL, 6 OLB, 8 WR, 4 RB, 2 TE, 2 ILB, 6 CB, 4 S and 3 Specialists. This is for protection purposes only. Secure those players at the most difficult & valuable positions to find - first and foremost.

WHY NOT MAX OUT YOUR BEST ODDS to secure the best of the best players back to begin the process?

Example 2: Quality 6-5 337lb NTs are hard to find. Solid, shifty RBs who run nearly 22 mph are hard to find. Sizable, tough as nails, fast, reliable WRs who run great routes and gain great separation are hard to find. etc, etc.

We know how it works. That initial 53 is never the final 53.

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Coldworld's picture

August 22, 2023 at 02:53 pm

PFN’s Tony Pauline on Wilson—check out the last paragraph with respect to protection. He has the willingness and raw ability:

“Emanuel Wilson, RB | Fort Valley State
Strengths: Large, powerful ball carrier who was super-productive on the college level. Runs with proper lean and keeps his feet moving. Picks up a lot of yardage off initial contact and moves the pile. Rarely brought down by a single defender, doesn’t go down without a fight, and falls forward when tackled. Possesses solid short-area quickness, has a burst of speed, and runs with authority.

Patient, finds the hole and squeezes through the small openings of the offensive line. Shifty and shows the ability to bounce around defenders or piles. Makes defenders miss in the open field. Easily gets back to running balance off the initial hit.

Devastating blocker who shows excellent vision in pass protection. Sells out to stop the blitz. Stones defenders to stop them in their tracks and works blocks. Easily adjusts to the pass and reaches back for the reception.”

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greengold's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:25 pm

Agree 100%. The #2 most athletic RB in his class too. There's no way I'd keep a player at another position, like ILB with McDuffie, or Eric Wilson or Tariq Campbell over RB Emanuel Wilson. That is an easy choice.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:25 pm

CW, that sounds very much like what I've observed. All the media attention is kinda scary, they'd better roster him.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:24 pm

GG,

I like it :)

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GregC's picture

August 22, 2023 at 02:40 pm

I'm always worried about the Bears getting our WRs off the waiver wire. But the Vikings getting an RB would be just as bad. It's a dilemma. So maybe they need to find a way to keep 4 RBs and at least 6 WRs, if not 7.

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greengold's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:28 pm

That's why you keep all 8 WRs and all 4 RBs on the initial 53. Protect WRs Wicks and Melton, both with hamstring injuries, on PUP/IR. Then, re-sign the two players at other positions that might have been temporarily let go, like McDuffie, Carpenter or Allen. Or, sign 2 players released by other teams that are better fits.

Players like Heath, Wicks, Melton, DuBose look to be far more valuable than any of the 3 players mentioned above.

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davekenya's picture

August 22, 2023 at 12:32 pm

I think you have to keep Wilson due to his current RB talents and upside. Like every RB, he will learn pass-pro; and he seems a willing learner. He seems fine as a pass receiver. Not sure his ST value. He will undoubtedly get picked off waiver wire which would be tragic.

Taylor will (again) clear waivers so I'd keep Wilson over him.

We need 3 good active RBs this year to give Love more opportunities to have a balanced RB attack in games and not wear out Jones in the event we make the playoffs and need him fresher. Plus, if RB1 or RB2 is injured, I like Wilson filling in as he looks to provide something whereas Taylor not as much.

"Not only does he have to run the ball, but almost more importantly, he has to catch it, be able to pass block, and be able to play a little bit of special teams," said Gutekunst. "Because if he's lacking in that area, if he can't play special teams, if he can't pass-block, it's going to be hard to use him on the 48-man roster." -- this quote smells like many/most of Pete Carroll's quotes -- meaning -- what exactly are you saying? you seem to be talking somewhat in circles. I get what Gute wants to say, he just seems to be conveying in in an awkward, somewhat unclear manner (IMHO).

"With everything considered, Patrick Taylor still has the edge over the other competitors in the room, even with very little to write home about as a runner. He's rushed for 31 yards on 10 carries this preseason, including scampering for an eight-yard touchdown against the Patriots. Not only has he been with the team since 2020, but the Packers evidently appreciate what he's able to provide on special teams. He's third on the team in special teams snaps this preseason." -- Wilson has 2 ST snaps. --- whose fault is that? Stick his azz out there on STs and let him perform then. Who gives a flying f that Taylor is 3rd in ST snaps. I, Dave Kenya, could be 1st in ST snaps if you simply stick me out there. Everyone's talking about this-ism and that'ism...All I am saying...is give Wilson a chance...

LaFleur has also indicated that Wilson's conditioning needs to improve now that he has experience as an every-down tailback at the professional level. "There are moments I can tell he was pretty gassed," he said, "That's one thing he can continue to improve upon is just that conditioning." I'm glad he's now considered an every-down tailback (and thus needs to get his conditioning up) -- apparently he'll be a starter! Oh, wait, as a non-starter, he's mainly evaluated on ST contributions (where he's not being given a chance).

I swear, it's almost like the brass is trying hard for reasons to NOT have him on the roster. Let's instead keep Taylor and his amazing 3.1 yard average as a RB...because we're giving him more chances on STs than we are Wilson.

(Does Goodson merit getting stashed on IR)

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:31 pm

Correct, #31 needs his chances on ST.

Yes, #39 Goodson absolutely should be stashed on IR. He's the only sub-200 # RB we've got and can do things the others can't. Hopefully we don't need him but better to have him and not need him than to need him and not have him. I'm sure MLF can scheme up something that just WORKS.

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Coldworld's picture

August 22, 2023 at 07:31 pm

Put him on IR now and he’s done for the season. To go on in season IR and be eligible to return he has to be on the initial roster. Right now I think he’s just waived and they try to sign him to the PS.

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 22, 2023 at 12:43 pm

Small body of work from the Div II Wilson...but he is a big back with speed but also has very quick feet, vision and balance...not AJ quickness and balance...but surprisingly good.

There are no secrets in the NFL. Before Friday I thought Wilson would make the PS. Now? I think he has to be on the 53 (4 RBs) and instead try to stash more WRs on the PS.

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stockholder's picture

August 22, 2023 at 02:13 pm

Give me three- I'd trade Dillion for Taylor-
He's been given permission Seek a Trade.
Final 3 - Jones , Dillion, Taylor.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

August 22, 2023 at 02:38 pm

Trying to eat your cake and have it too?
😃
We assume you meant Final 3: Jones, Taylor, Wilson.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:33 pm

Ya have to admit, that'd be pretty sweet. I can't imagine we have cap space for Jonathan Taylor.

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jannes bjornson's picture

August 22, 2023 at 02:55 pm

They want a One pick for Jonathon Taylor. Maybe a player(s) and pick combo deal. Not likely in winsome land.

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HawkPacker's picture

August 22, 2023 at 06:50 pm

Dillion?

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

August 22, 2023 at 02:36 pm

Personally, I’m leaning toward keeping Wilson on the 53. They kept Ford on the 53 last year and never activated him; do that with Wilson if he isn’t good enough for ST.
I’d keep DuBose and Heath, and I think they can be decent replacements for Taylor.
Maybe they use a few more starters on STs. Let Dillon do what Taylor did.

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Ima Payne's picture

August 22, 2023 at 02:38 pm

Its a no brainer with the exception that the coaching staff has a mantra the thrid rb has to be able to play on special teams. Two jobs. Otherwise Wilson has beat out Taylor who I like but its time to say adios.
If they dont let Wilson play on special teams this week he will be on the practice squad, someones practice squad. Fact, he may not need the packers.

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crayzpackfan's picture

August 22, 2023 at 03:03 pm

My only question on Wilson (though he's been impressive), is our human condition (prisoner of the moment) completely knee jerking the heck out of this prospect? Is he the next big thing or just one of many preseason darlings (Kyle Sloter-Broncos-Vikings) who made an entire NFL career out of preseason games yet never started a regular season game? Yet...
My take is worth absolutely nothing, but here it is. Stop giving the NFL film on Wilson and try to hide him on the PS. Put Taylor on the 53. Try getting at least Goodson on the PS with Wilson and then the PUP (Goodson) if that can even be done to protect him after he clears waivers. I think Goodson is worth it. He just needs the chance.

Off topic: I would like to somehow keep Bo Melton in a GBP uniform. I truly see him, if given the chance, having a 3-4 year run with very productive numbers.

Completely off topic: Just seconds ago, I burped up a 14 year aged Wisconsin Cheddar. It was nothing like I remembered it back when I ate it. I don't post often here, but I do read a lot. I appreciate the site authors and the inspiring fans rebuttals. Between StockHolders Slam Poetry, and that dumb ass Fubar troll's scribes, the in-between on this forum is special. Thanks for giving me shit to read. This fan family here f'n rocks!!
GPG

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dblbogey's picture

August 22, 2023 at 03:49 pm

I agree about Goodson. Very talented running back that I think they put on the PS. There seems to be 4 guys ahead of him, and he's got a shoulder injury, but in case of emergency he could do the job.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:37 pm

CF,

+1 on #80 Bo Melton! Our fastest WR and he works his tuckus off in practice. Draft and develop 😎

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MooPack's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:23 pm

"...if the Packers want the upside is to keep Emanuel Wilson on the 53-man roster. He's the best pure runner among the options, and if one of the starters gets injured, he would be a real alternative to play regular season games..."

That's the key for me. He's looks to be the best RB of the bunch. Had a couple pass catches already, one for a pretty good gain. Doesn't seem like he is afraid of blocking or contact from reviews. Put him out there on ST's. This is rocket science.

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HawkPacker's picture

August 22, 2023 at 06:52 pm

Totally agree. Plus he will not clear waivers.

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4thand10's picture

August 23, 2023 at 11:49 pm

In addition Moopack….when you see a RB light up a safety with pure speed for 40+ yards, the kind that you cannot teach you keep him. When i had seen him against the Bengals…I’m like yeah it’s a fluke. Then he did it to NE and i’m like “ nope, not a fluke, dude is legit.That is game back breaking speed that Wilson has. I wanted to see more Goodson cause last preseason he did really well. But Wilson seems to have that, “ yeah he can run against a stacked box factor”….and that has value in the NFL. Similar situation with Heath…a WR #1 job is catching footballs. I don’t give 2 poops what they do at a combine, what their 40 is…if they can catch, get open, make contested catches…that is literally their job…catching balls you keep ‘em. Has anyone seen Toure make contested catches like that in live game action? I haven’t. There are other options on PR/KR. I mean just look at Lazard…he wasn’t the fastest dude, nor the tallest but he at least did the job of a basic WR…catching footballs.

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greengold's picture

August 22, 2023 at 04:38 pm

Real quick pop here from today's practice... from my former Packers beat writer friend:

11 on 11. Love finds Watson in flat for a nice chunk reception.

Love drops a dime deep to Reed on a fade ball R seam. Reed got behind Nixon, ball placed perfectly over Reed's shoulder for a 78 yd TD. Said it couldn't have been placed any better.

Love steps up in pocket to buy time, finds Doubs breaking open towards R sideline v. Douglas. Love threw it across field to a place only Doubs could catch it. Ryan Wood: :hell of an unscheduled play from QB1."

Love went 5-6 during that 11 on 11 session, which he ended on a well-blocked screen to Aaron Jones who took it a long way to the house for a TD.

*****

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 22, 2023 at 05:13 pm

Thanks for the recap, GG!

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JosephR's picture

August 23, 2023 at 11:00 am

Patrick Taylor has cleared waivers multiple times...I definitely see that happening again.

While Wilson wasn't drafted, he had multiple suitors calling at the draft's conclusion, I can't verify this but the number was somewhere around 7-10. He started with the Broncos and then ended up with the Packers so that brings it down to possibly 6-8 teams. So let's say realistically after the preseason he's had there could easily be 4-6 of those teams still interested...and that's not counting the other 15-20 or so teams around the league who may have said, "Wait a minute, who's this guy?" Now they're waiting to see what the Packers do.

I like Taylor, I like Goodson, but neither looks like a bellcow running back. Wilson is just different. A good half a season of coaching him up in the passing game and it's anybody's guess who's leading the RB room in 2024.

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4thand10's picture

August 28, 2023 at 05:57 pm

I’m glad you said it Joseph, cause you know football and evaluations. I thought the same thing, but hearing it from you let me know i wasn’t the only one thinking it. I’ve liked your imput during draft watch parties….you put a ton of work into it.

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