All 32 NFL teams must reduce their squads to 53 active players by 15:00 on Saturday. CT. This means that this weekend about 1,000 players in the league will be cut off.
Expect Green Bay Packers GM, Brian Gutekunst, to be actively in the rubble. He could file several waivers to consolidate his roster before the first week.
In fact, since the beginning of April, Gutekunst has claimed eight players from waivers. This is a preferred method of player recruitment for the GM of the second year.
Here are the five most likely positions he will seek exemptions this weekend:
Do packers have a capable and reliable number 3 to fall back on? the roster? Rookie Dexter Williams fights to be ahead of Tra Carson in the depth chart, and Carson is a replacement class talent. Trainers do not trust Williams completely. It is certainly possible that Packers third residue is currently on the squad of another team. Many good backs should be available.
The Packers claimed on Sunday that veteran Nicholas Grigsby had waived. The position of the center-back is very painful, especially if Oren Burks (chest muscle) and Curtis Bolton (knee) are likely to miss a significant amount of time. Grigsby gets a shot to secure a squad place, but do not be surprised if one or two more options are added after the cuts.
Alex Light has turned out to be the team's # 3 offensive tackle, and Billy Turner can play the right tackle if necessary, but the Packers would probably not mind having another offensive attack on the list, especially with Bryan Bulagas injury history. The trick is that teams do not often go from offensive duels to substitute levels, so finding a capable player out of the wreckage can be tricky.
The packers have their first three securities, but after Adrian Amos, Darnell Savante and Raven Greene, it's unclear whether Mike Pettine has a fourth security for Week One. Ibraheim Campbell remains on the PUP list and may not be ready for the 5th of September, Josh Jones was released on Sunday and neither Natrell Jamerson nor Will Redmond has really risen and has secured a service position. It may make more sense to roll dice with Jamerson, Redmond, or Tray Matthews until Campbell is ready, but if a capable player is out there to claim, Gutekunst could apply for a stopgap.
Pass-Rushers are always in demand. It is possible that the Packers believe they could do better than Reggie Gilbert and upgrade the list with a waiver. This fifth place outside the linebacker should be seen this week. Rashan Gary was injured in Winnipeg against the Raiders and if he can not compete in Chicago in the first week, the Packers will probably either have to keep Gilbert or find another player to get the upper hand.