Here It Is: Your Initial 2023 Packers 53-Man Roster

The Packers' 2023 53-man roster is set - FOR NOW

Quarterbacks: (2)Jordan Love, Sean Clifford

Running Backs: (3) Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, Emanuel Wilson

Tight Ends/H-Backs: (3)Luke Musgrave, Tucker Kraft, Josiah Deguara

Wide Receivers: (6) Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, Malik Heath, Dontayvion Wicks, Samari Toure

Offensive Line: (11) David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Josh Myers, John Runyan, Zach Tom, Yosh Nijman, Rasheed Walker, Sean Rhyan, Royce Newman, Caleb Jones, Luke Tenuta

Defensive Line: (6) Kenny Clark, Devonte Wyatt, TJ Slaton, Colby Wooden, Karl Brooks, Jonathan Ford

Linebackers: (5) De'Vondre Campbell, Quay Walker, Isaiah McDuffie, Eric Wilson, Tariq Carpenter, 

Edge Rushers: (6) Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, Kingsley Enagbare, Lukas Van Ness, Brenton Cox, Justin Hollins

Cornerbacks: (4) Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, Keisean Nixon, Carrington Valentine

Safeties: (5) Darnell Savage, Rudy Ford, Jonathan Owens, Dallin Leavitt, Anthony Johnson

Specialists: (2)Anders Carlson, Daniel Whelan

 

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SinceLombardi's picture

August 29, 2023 at 03:41 pm

Glad Cox Jr made it. A little surprised at E. Wilson. Thought he was PS, but hopefully he will learn from the sidelines.

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:08 pm

Taking no risks on him getting poached. Good move!

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Starrbrite's picture

August 30, 2023 at 12:22 am

Eric Wilson is the only one I missed.

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Packers0808's picture

August 29, 2023 at 03:43 pm

Zach Tom listed twice and no long snapper imagine bring Ozerch [sp] back.

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SoCalJim's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:18 pm

Zac Tom is just that good to warrant a double mention. 😉

I read that the LS Orzech will be brought back after Wednesday, when the Packers will move one of the players (Dontayvion Wicks?) to in-season IR.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:53 pm

The reported plan is to IR Tenuta (yes another tackle and former SFA) so he can return in season, and then resign Orzech, who as a vet does not pass through waivers but can sign anywhere he wishes.

The bigger question is why. Why take the steps to keep Tenuta. He’s a depth tackle behind Bakh, Tom, Walker at the very least and probably Nijman and Jones. Unless they are going to make him the tallest G, what does 6 Ts tell us?

It’s pretty clear they are looking at TE, they may look at be looking at G, and for a slot. They had better be looking at S. This safety group is one rookie, a benched first rounder and a couple of 3rd or 4th safety STers and Leavitt. It’s quite honestly probably worse than the M.D. Jennings year after Collins shock loss to retirement. I’d have got Moore through, not a 6th T. Now we’d better be finding some upgrades or it may get ugly.

I know where I’d attack this team and it’s not on the edge. Let’s hope the FO have got something up their sleeves

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Bearmeat's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:23 pm

Agreed, CW. They need some help with Safety and a blocking TE immediately.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:56 pm

After Allen’s performance in the pre season. 2nd best offensive grade from PFF in the last game (essentially all blocking) and the 5th best run blocking TE in their view, over the preseason, I’d have thought they would just run with him. I’m mildly surprised that they didn’t. Probably the biggest surprise other than 4 corners and the determination to hang in to Tenuta. Let’s see who they find to improve on that as a blocker.

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Bearmeat's picture

August 29, 2023 at 07:02 pm

I think it's very likely Allen is a practice squad guy soon...

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cdoemel's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:53 pm

Always complaining

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:01 pm

Did you really think GB was not going to have a weakness? With the salary cap issues they have, I'm surprised the roster looks this good. They couldn't draft talent for every position; well they got a day 3 safety that might grow into the role. But they sure as heck couldn't afford much more than the Moore/Owens kind of safeties.

Huber says Tenuta can play guard or tackle. That's worth taking the steps to keep.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:41 pm

Actually, Tenuta profiles well in terms of his style as a G, as I’ve noted before, but he’s struggled with bend as a T, let alone G. At a position where leverage is key, that’s almost always fatal. In addition, he’s going to be a huge figure right in the QBs line of vision, also not seen as a positive. He played no G this summer, a time where we’ve been unusually short of candidates.

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WD's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:32 pm

Packers All News correctly listed Josh Nijman as one of the 11. Instead of listing Zach Tom twice.

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LeotisHarris's picture

August 29, 2023 at 07:41 pm

Pfft, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile.

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Esquetoi's picture

August 29, 2023 at 08:37 pm

Tom Tom.

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greengold's picture

August 29, 2023 at 03:46 pm

Jonathan Ford, Brenton Cox Jr., Anthony Johnson Jr. and Emanuel Wilson all rocking the house! Good for them. I'm anticipating 2-3 more roster additions to the 53 tomorrow. Maybe more.

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GregC's picture

August 29, 2023 at 03:50 pm

Maybe Jonathan Ford will get some playing time in short yardage situations. He was a healthy scratch in every game last year. They're not going to do that to him two years in a row, are they?

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greengold's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:54 pm

Nope. He showed really nice pressure up the middle on a number of occasions in preseason. His presence will be huge in rotation.

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Tundraboy's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:20 pm

I like this!

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greengold's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:56 pm

Me too. Hoping for more great additions soon.

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4thand10's picture

August 29, 2023 at 10:44 pm

I was happy to see it Greengold, and i felt somewhat vindicated on Wilson, Ford and Cox. Johnson is somewhat of a surprise for me, but I guess they feel confident he is ready.

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Tundraboy's picture

August 30, 2023 at 07:55 pm

I like this even more!

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Doug Madigan's picture

August 29, 2023 at 03:49 pm

nijman instead of one of the 2 Toms?

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davekenya's picture

August 29, 2023 at 03:50 pm

my guess...

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SoCalJim's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:22 pm

Makes perfect sense!

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GregC's picture

August 29, 2023 at 03:53 pm

Good catch, Nijman was not listed in the cuts, and the second Zach Tom is right where Nijman would be on the list.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:55 pm

Tom is so agile he can play both and still be better than Nijman and Myers. Maybe not Hanson/Newman good, but who is?

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cdoemel's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:55 pm

Newman should be gone

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:13 pm

I wonder if they'll be trying him at blocking TE.

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dobber's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:39 pm

First base, Bugs Bunny
Second base, Bugs Bunny
Shortstop...

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Since'61's picture

August 30, 2023 at 07:25 am

Dobber, more like Who's on First? Thanks, Since '61

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coolhand's picture

August 29, 2023 at 03:49 pm

They kept Newman? That's a shocker

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Packers0808's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:03 pm

Agree more 100%!

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stockholder's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:07 pm

No - They kept Hanson as long as they could.
To make him look good. 11 OL is a bad sign.

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Bear's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:36 pm

Tenuta will probably be put on injured reserve.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:58 pm

For now. They have to have 2 reserves. That could, should, change pretty fast, but I can see why not moving on with no in-house option to retain even temporarily was a no go.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:11 pm

At least for today. He might be one of the first cuts once they add a TE or S.

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Galacticat's picture

August 29, 2023 at 03:53 pm

Zach Tom is being counted twice in the article’s count of 11 OL.

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stockholder's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:13 pm

NIjman

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RobinsonDavis's picture

August 29, 2023 at 03:55 pm

We will see who goes on IR, waiver pick-ups, and eventually the practice squad tomorrow. I also think a trade is still in play along the lines of what TGR stated. I can't help but to think that starting with only 4 CBs and 2 true TEs is highly risky. Who is our back-up slot-CB behind Nixon?

Similarly, as of right now, you would have to think they are "protecting" Jonathan Ford again, as well as Emanuel Wilson, perhaps, Cox one or two OL, and more, when it comes to the game day inactive list. I KNOW this decision is still days off, but you do have to think about it, right? I would prefer to see two additional CBs on the game day roster when it comes time, and another TE. 11 Olinemen is way to many, so expect Tenuta on IR and/or a trade here, IMO.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:01 pm

I very much hope that they intend to play Jonathan Ford week one and any other game against a run heavy O. He may not be active every week, but he gives us the ability to be stouter against the run and fresher too.

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greengold's picture

August 29, 2023 at 09:02 pm

Agreed. Ford isn’t 6-5 338 lbs. of window dressing. That guy is huge and can play NT. They didn’t roster him and develop his technique for an entire season for nothing.

What I like is both Ford and TJ Slaton were friends growing up in Florida. What I like more, given that, was how much work Slaton said he did on his hand usage. Betting Ford did the same. He’s a size/strength guy who is hard to move, with incredible snap timing to occupy his opponent, with violent hands. That’s his role at NT. Jerry Montgomery has to like what he’s seen.

Slaton’s a mountain too, but his calling card was his burst & explosion. Lining up both Slaton and Ford in goal line/4th and short, along with Clark? A lot to like. Nearly 1000 lbs of it!

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4thand10's picture

August 29, 2023 at 10:55 pm

The weight math adds up. Plus I remember that titans game where they wanted to shut down Derek Henry and ran with 4 big DL on the line..it worked out well. I’m all about the big body DL and less Tweeners that couldn’t stop a cold. Course this is about a decade overdue i. terms of keeping an adequate amount of DL relief on the roster. Should improve run defense greatly. That’s handy when facing running games like SF, Detroit and Tennessee. Force those marginal QBs to throw to win games.

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greengold's picture

August 30, 2023 at 04:59 am

4thand10, it really is long overdue.

For more than a decade we failed to give DL more than 1 good player, surrounded by a bunch of jags, but never enough for a rotation. Mike Daniels & Kenny Clark, surrounded by a wasteland of nothingness, for 10+ years. Things only began to change when we lucked into TJ Slaton in R5 of 2021.

6 DL should be a minimum from now on to spread out quality reps amongst the entire rotation to both improve overall play and save wear & tear for the playoffs.

I mean, look at how many times we entered the playoffs short handed at DL, only to be run over. No more.

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pack69go's picture

August 29, 2023 at 07:51 pm

Its about keeing the best layers, with that being said I caa't see why Newman and Owens we kept!

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mnbadger's picture

August 30, 2023 at 11:45 am

don't forget Leavitt
with Teluta going to IR, that's 4 players that can be replaced with new S, TE, G, etc.
GPG!

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SoCalJim's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:24 pm

I like it!

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:04 pm

He is a move TE. This summer he actually blocked well for one, having been barely willing to consider it previously, but he’d be another Musgrave not a blocker. I think they got a minimal something from the Eagles for him before he was cut. He would be a better offensive piece than Kraft at this point, but we still would have needed a blocker.

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cdoemel's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:56 pm

He signed elsewhere

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Bearmeat's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:09 pm

Royce Newman? LOL.
And no Long Snapper…

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:06 pm

Deal with Orzech to sign tomorrow. Some risk of a bid war, but probably not great and we apparently need to keep Tenuta for some reason.

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KKB's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:09 pm

Until a LS is signed - there is NOT ONE regular season snap in the GB specialists.

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GregC's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:22 pm

When they cut Orzech, it was noted that they are going to sign him tomorrow. It's just so they can slip in another player with an injury designation or something like that.

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CheesedDeadHead's picture

August 29, 2023 at 09:09 pm

or crackle or pop!

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stockholder's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:10 pm

4 Cbs- This will come back to bite them.

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cdoemel's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:02 pm

Why do some people need to be reminded EVERY F***ING YEAR that this is the “initial” roster? Good lord it’s like beating your head against the wall!

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:16 pm

Right?

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Leatherhead's picture

August 29, 2023 at 07:47 pm

I saw a little kid beating his head against the wall. I asked him why he did it and he said "because it felt so good when he stopped".

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Iain's picture

August 29, 2023 at 08:31 pm

Yeh, maybe they know what they are doing.

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greengold's picture

August 30, 2023 at 05:05 am

Exactly. Expect some dynamic additions today. I’m coveting a serious 4-5 players to be claimed and awarded to GB or signed as veteran FAs.

The Packers will be better than they were yesterday.

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4thand10's picture

August 29, 2023 at 11:16 pm

Why stockholder? we have no clue what the plan is for defense. As the roster looks now we can go 4-3, 3-4, 5-2 or extra safety umbrella. Lots of potential for versatility on the D in addition to run stopping ability and limiting TEs .How many teams in this so-called “ passing league with all these young QBs are going to be running 4 or 5 wide spread offenses?? Don’t answer that cause i can tell you…none zero zilch. The days of manning, Brady, Favre, Breese, Rivers and Rodgers are gone..well with the exception of AR. The college game has fully infiltrated the NFL…misdirection, double TE sets, potential wildcats is officially the mainstream NFL now. I seriously doubt we face a team that splits 4 wide or runs a spread offense. those days are gone. Now With saying that..they might stash a couple on PS. I’m guessing Ballentine would be one.

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Matt's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:50 pm

Interesting that Wilson finally made the roster. I thought Taylor is out of reach with what everybody says: versatility and availability.

11 linemen? Royce Newman? 4 CBs? Many important questions only insiders could answer.

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greengold's picture

August 29, 2023 at 04:59 pm

NFL on Newman! Ha.

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stockholder's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:48 pm

Pff grades. - He had 11 miss tackles.
Most yardage.

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MainePackFan's picture

August 29, 2023 at 07:00 pm

My guess is they probably feel they have a better chance of retaining Taylor on the PS as they have in the past. The right move in my ever so humble opinion. Time will tell.

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stockholder's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:07 pm

Al’s- 53
Offense-
So Al got Wilson, Right.
Newman, Telfort, DuBose, wrong.
Defense-
Right- Ford, Cox Jr., McDuffie
T. Ford, T. Carpenter, D Leavitt wrong

Must of been a mis-print here or there.

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splitpea1's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:25 pm

Wow, only four CBs--they must have the utmost confidence that Valentine can do it all.

We have room to pick up a player or two for other positions if the opportunity arises with such a glut of OLs, so I'm not getting agitated about anything yet.

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KKB's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:31 pm

Zack Kuntz was cut today.

I know that would make 3 rookie TE, but I think he is worth a shot.

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Coldworld's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:09 pm

The jets found he could not block at even a basic level. He’s as athletic as you like, but he was so raw they couldn’t use him on O. He’d be a pick up for 2 years ahead maybe. That wouldn’t help us now though.

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Since'61's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:47 pm

Surprised the Packers chose Wilson over Goodson and/or Taylor. Goodson probably because of his injury. Taylor hopefully gets to the PS tomorrow.

Very surprised about only 4 CBs. That is a risky proposition.

Happy to see the 6 DLs and 6 Edge.

There will be more moves over the next day or 2. I don't believe that this is the final 53 yet. It will be interesting to see who makes it to the PS and who starts the season on IR.

Thanks, Since '61

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Packers0808's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:31 pm

Agree final roster in action will not not be done yet!

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coolhand's picture

August 30, 2023 at 11:03 am

Keeping only 4 CBs makes me think they expect Stokes back real soon.

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Bure9620's picture

August 29, 2023 at 05:48 pm

Thankfully, Emanuel Wilson is on the active roster. I believe this will turn out to be the right decision. Wilson was clearly the 3rd best back on the 90 man roster, and it was not particularly close.

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Packers0808's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:33 pm

Actually to me he looks as a great comparison to Dillon, especially when Wilson rounds up to be better physical shape.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:39 pm

I'd love to see him show what he can do with the #1s against Chicago. Let him do some of the pounding.

Every now and then a guy comes along and just forces his way into the lineup. The RB unit has been pretty stacked but he managed to crawl up to #3, and he passed some good RBs in the last month. He might get waived after the first game and then resigned to the PS, or he might get 10 touches and turn them into 100 yards and a TD.

Who knows? I remember back when Green and Davenport and Fisher all averaged over 5.0 ypc and I'd love to see the load being spread among 3 backs, if they're all good players. I like what I saw from him when guys got blocked, and I think we're going to get guys blocked this season.

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LeotisHarris's picture

August 29, 2023 at 07:51 pm

Had visions of a hamper drift through my mind when I read Davenport's name so close to the phrase "the load being spread." Just me?

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greengold's picture

August 29, 2023 at 09:36 pm

I wonder if they screen for that now?

#sorrynotsorry

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pack69go's picture

August 29, 2023 at 06:58 pm

Buffalo just waved a saftey I hope the pack claims him and sends owens to the curb!

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CheesedDeadHead's picture

August 29, 2023 at 07:40 pm

Atlanta waived TE Parker Hesse, who has a reputation as a very good blocking TE. The Cardinals also waived TE Noah Togiai, but don't know if he has any prowess in blocking.

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Lphill's picture

August 30, 2023 at 05:49 am

Cox is a big deal he was on the cover of draft magazines 2 years ago and was a projected number 1 pick .

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