And just like that, it is already the last week of the preseason.
A few weeks ago I wrote a premature Packers 53-man roster prediction. In it, I noted players that would be on the bubble heading into roster cut-down day. As the Packers head into their final preseason game and roster cut-down day shortly after, I’d like to revisit where players on the bubble stand heading into Week 3 of the preseason.
Inside the Bubble:
Davis has had an excellent camp. The 5-foot-11 safety was initially drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth-round of the 2021 draft, before being cut from the Colts practice squad last September. Throughout camp, Davis has continuously made plays including a fumble recovery and return vs the New Orleans Saints as well as snagging multiple interceptions during the teams portion of camp. With the release of Vernon Scott, Davis is a lock to make the roster.
Tyler Davis has practically been trying to get cut this preseason. In the first preseason game vs. the San Francisco 49ers, Davis dropped a pass on a slant from Jordan Love in the red zone which bounced off his shoulder pads leading to an interception. In the second preseason game, Davis fumbled and the Packers lost possession of the football.
However, on Monday Packers coach Matt LaFleur echoed that the team still has a lot of confidence in him.
“We still have a lot of confidence in Tyler, LaFleur said. No.1 his value on teams alone is definitely noticeable. He’s still a young developing player. There’s a lot of growth there for him and we haven’t lost any confidence with him over two plays.”
On the outside looking in:
Toure has shown flashes of his big play ability that he displayed at Nebraska including a 50+ yard touchdown on family night. In his lone season with the Huskers, Toure caught 46 passes for 898 yards while scoring 5 touchdowns.
Unfortunately for Toure, Juwann Winfree has played better through two preseason games. Winfree has had more opportunities to make plays this preseason, leading to more receptions and more yards than Toure.
Toure has had opportunities to make plays, albeit limited, but he hasn’t always capitalized. Last week, he had a chance to make an over-the-shoulder catch against the Saints but he couldn’t maintain control as he went to the ground. While it wasn’t an easy catch, he should’ve come down with it.
If Toure has a great game against the Chiefs he could earn a spot on the 53-man roster, but if he doesn’t make the roster, he will likely be signed to the practice squad and elevated to the active roster if the Packers receiving core takes a hit due to injuries.
Summers is entering his fourth year with the Packers. The 6-foot-1 linebacker has played a crucial role on special teams since being drafted in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL draft. However, second-year linebacker Isaiah McDuffie has outplayed him this preseason. McDuffie has been a field general and tackling machine this preseason, racking up 12 total tackles in two preseason games. Summers hasn’t played well this preseason and if the Packers only keep 4 linebackers, McDuffie will get the last spot over Summers.