Each week we talk with the opposing SB Nation team blog about that week's game. This week that's Acme Packing Company and the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
Because the Chiefs and Packers share some similar interests -- John Dorsey comin' from there and all -- we talked about which Packers potential roster cuts could interest the Chiefs. I gave Tex over at Acme Packing Company four needs for the Chiefs -- inside linebacker, offensive tackle, defensive back and wide receiver -- and asked him if the Packers have any potential cuts at those positions that might interest the Chiefs.
APC: The Packers appear fully set to carry four inside linebackers - starters A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones, plus backups and key special-teamers Jamari Lattimore and Sam Barrington. Undrafted rookie Joe Thomas impressed early in camp but has been sidelined with an injury for the past two weeks. The other player who might work inside is fourth-round pick Carl Bradford, who had been targeted as a pass-rusher but was unimpressive there. Many have speculated that his best position would be inside, and though it would be a surprise to see Ted Thompson cut a mid-round pick, Bradford's lack of production in camp is glaring.
APC: Behind David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, Derek Sherrod will be the swing tackle, likely leaving Aaron Adams available. He was on the Packers' practice squad a year ago and could develop into a useful reserve tackle. If Don Barclay (torn ACL) were still around, that might have given the Packers a tougher decision on Sherrod, but as it it, he's not going anywhere.
APC: There are a few Packers defensive backs who could be appealing elsewhere. Second-year cornerback Jumal Rolle has been playing well, but might be a victim of too much talent at that unit in Green Bay. Sixth round pick Demetri Goodson is unlikely to make the team at this point, but unlike Rolle, it's due more to poor play than anything else. A few surprise cuts that could be available would be slot corner / reserve safety Jarrett Bush, who has made his name as a special-teams player and contributes occasionally in the dime package, and safety Chris Banjo, who surprisingly made the team out of camp a year ago and played well for an undersized, undrafted rookie. With a substantial influx of talent in the secondary, there will likely be one or two very useful players made available on Saturday.
APC: The big questions about the receiving corps are (1) how many will they keep and (2) what will happen with seventh-round athletic freak Jeff Janis. As you can see here, his speed is impressive for a 6'3 wideout, and he was among the best athletes in the draft class; however, his college experience at D-II Saginaw State dictates that he has a big jump to adjust to the NFL. Odds point to him being on the roster based on his ceiling, but there's still a slim possibility that Thompson tries to sneak him onto the practice squad.
Other wideouts competing for jobs include Myles White (who spent a few nondescript games on the active roster last year), Kevin Dorsey (who was on IR a year ago but has shown some flashes in camp) and converted quarterback Alex Gillett (star of this highlight from Friday's game against the Raiders).