Green Bay Packers linebacker Tipa Galeai (40), linebacker Rashan Gary (52), defensive lineman Kenny Clark (97), defensive lineman Chris Slayton (60), linebacker La'Darius Hamilton (54), cornerback Kabion Ento (48) participate in drills during Packers Family Night on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

In advance of Friday's preseason opener, the Green Bay Packers issued their initial unofficial depth chart Monday.

Unofficial being the key word. That said, it's a glimpse into coach Matt LaFleur's thinking and a snapshot of the players available.

We examine it position-by-position and provide the skinny and any surprises:

Allen Lazard Sammy Watkins Yosh Nijman Jon Runyan Josh Myers Jake Hanson Royce Newman Marcedes Lewis Randall Cobb Aaron Rodgers Aaron Jones
Juwann Winfree Romeo Doubs Cole Van Lanen Michael Menet Cole Schneider Sean Rhyan Zach Tom Josiah Deguara Amari Rodgers Jordan Love AJ Dillon
Malik Taylor Danny Davis Rasheed Walker Ty Clary George Moore Caleb Jones Dominique Dafney Samori Toure Danny Etling Tyler Goodson
Tyler Davis Ishmael Hyman Patrick Taylor
Alize Mack B.J. Baylor
Sal Cannella Dexter Williams


Skinny: You've probably noticed the two humongous omissions -- David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins. Ideally, Green Bay gets its bookend tackles back sooner than later, but there's a fairly good chance the Packers will play meaningful football early in the season without one or both. A healthy Josh Myers, the team's second-round pick last year, for the duration of 2022 would help shore up an overtly young group.

Surprise: Royce Newman slotted as the starter at right tackle certainly is noteworthy. But we're not reading too much into it. The 2021 fourth-round pick from Ole Miss made 16 starts at right guard his rookie season and figures to slide inside once Bakhtiari, Jenkins or even Wake Forest rookie Zach Tom shows they're ready to drop anchor on the edge. For what it's worth, Jake Hanson has played six career offensive snaps. If we put money somewhere, we'd bank on Sean Rhyan getting the nod over Hanson if Newman is consigned to tackle.


Skinny: Former first-round pick Jordan Love, again, will hold a clipboard while four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers goes to work. Well, roles actually will be reversed during the Packers first two preseason contests when Rodgers rests and Love takes center stage. Yippee!

Surprise: Diverting from the script here, we were a little surprised Green Bay released third-string quarterback Kurt Benkert in June. Benkert seemed to have a good rapport with the quarterback room -- based off his social media -- and had some dual-threat tools that, in theory, would make for a sound signal-caller on the scout team. Free-agent signing Danny Etling has similar size and athleticism.


Skinny: What's better than one great every-down running back? Two. That's what Green Bay has in AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones. After rushing for 803 and 799 yards last season, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark feels wholly achievable for both players in 2022.

Surprise: No surprises here, but there are a couple names to watch: Tyler Goodson and Dexter Williams. The former went undrafted out of Iowa despite true breakaway speed and a breakout junior season. He could be a nice third wheel on dates with Dillon and Jones ... until Kylin Hill makes his return. Williams, who has a history in Green Bay -- the Packers drafted him in the sixth round in 2019 -- re-signed with the team Wednesday. General manager Brian Gutekunst was high on the Notre Dame back saying he's in "phenomenal shape."


Skinny: The Packers tight ends will get a boost whenever Robert Tonyan is cleared. In the meantime, a four-man rotation of Marcedes Lewis, Josiah Deguara, Dominique Dafney and Tyler Davis, who we took a closer look at recently, can specialize in varying areas.

Surprise: Maybe just the sheer number of tight ends on the initial depth chart is a shock. Then again, Green Bay needs bodies for preseason games and sets of hands and pairs of legs to take reps from Lewis, who has no business playing more than a few series.


Skinny: In case you forgot -- or in the case you've been living under a rock -- Davante Adams was traded in March to Las Vegas. That leaves Allen Lazard as the presumptive No. 1 option in the Packers passing game. Vets Randall Cobb and Sammy Watkins will be asked to step up ... and there's plenty of room for rookies Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson (currently on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list) to make a major impact.

Surprise: Injuries suck. And they're typically out of a player's control. Nevertheless, a setback for Watson -- the highly touted rookie from North Dakota State underwent minor knee surgery -- has opened the door for Doubs to shine in practice, and the Nevada disciple has done just that, earning praise from his quarterback and the top dog in Green Bay's secondary, Jaire Alexander, among others.

Dean Lowry Kenny Clark Jarran Reed Preston Smith De'Vondre Campbell Quay Walker Rashan Gary Jaire Alexander Eric Stokes Adrian Amos Darnell Savage
Jack Heflin T.J. Slaton Devonte Wyatt Jonathan Garvin Krys Barnes Isaiah McDuffie Tipa Galeai Rasul Douglas Shemar Jean-Charles Innis Gaines Vernon Scott
Akial Byers Jonathan Ford Chris Slayton Randy Ramsey Ty Summers Ray Wilborn La'Darius Hamilton Kabion Ento Keisean Nixon Shawn Davis Dallin Leavitt
Kingsley Enagbare Ellis Brooks Kobe Jones Rico Gafford Donte Vaughn Tariq Carpenter Micah Abernathy
Chauncey Manac Kiondre Thomas


Skinny: Unsurprisingly, Alexander regains his starting spot from Rasul Douglas, who figures still to play a starter-level role after his emergent 2021 campaign. Ascending speedster Eric Stokes, the club's No. 1 draft pick in 2021, mans the other side of the field, giving Green Bay arguably the top cornerback trio in the National Football League.

Surprise: Obviously, preseason performance will dictate how this group is deployed Week 1, but for now it's at least notable that second-year corner Shemar Jean-Charles is penciled in above free-agent addition Keisean Nixon, who came over from Las Vegas. Nixon was oft-rumored to be the frontrunner for nickelback reps during the offseason. Jean-Charles had 37 defensive snaps in 2021 vs. 80 for Nixon.


Skinny: Kenny Clark headlines the listed starters, who offer a blend of size, speed, production and knowledge. Packers newcomer Jarran Reed has game-wrecking ability (see his 10.5 sacks and 31 pressures in 2018) but waltzed through a 2.5-sack campaign last season.

Surprise: We're not putting much stock into the likelihood that Devonte Wyatt, the No. 28 overall pick this year, cedes snaps at defensive end to Dean Lowry. While the latter, who's entering Year 7 in Green Bay, holds the upper-hand in experience in the Packers system and is coming off a season where he set career highs in sacks (5.0) and quarterback hits (9.0), his upside pales in comparison to Wyatt. Really, this isn't to knock Lowry, but a three-man front featuring Clark, Reed and Wyatt is more intimidating and has greater potential.


Skinny: All-Pro De'Vondre Campbell has a new running mate that pretty much mirrors his full-field range and four-down impact in Georgia product Quay Walker, who appears to have automatically leapfrogged Krys Barnes despite the former's rookie status.

Surprise: The pecking order of this group falls in line with what was expected after Green Bay made Walker its highest-drafted inside linebacker since A.J. Hawk in 2006. Is Barnes dropping on the depth chart a tiny bit surprising? If so, only because he's started 23 of 29 career games and has compiled 80+ tackles in back-to-back campaigns. Who are we kidding, though, the projection isn't shocking at all.


Skinny: The duo of Rashan Gary and Preston Smith is a carryover Packers fans are plenty familiar with -- Smith has helped anchor Green Bay's defense the last three seasons and Gary became a full-time starter in 2021, taking the reins from an injured Za'Darius Smith.

Surprise: OK, here's a guy we're high on and someone we anticipate will provide a pass-rush spark on third-and-longs and obvious throwing downs: fifth-round rookie Kingsley Enagbare. Of course, his lowly status on the depth chart just days away from the preseason proving ground could indicate one or more things -- Enagbare has underwhelmed physically at camp or struggled to grasp concepts. Or, perhaps it's a meaningless reflection of his late-round rank that's supposed to act as motivation to outperform those currently burying him.


Skinny: Approaching Year 4 roaming the deep together, Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage have the wherewithal to be one of, if not the league's best, safety tandems due to chemistry and skills. Neither had the type of 2021, however, that warrants that special distinction.

Surprise: It'd be silly to label his standing on the depth chart a surprise because he was chosen in Round 7, but rookie thumper Tariq Carpenter -- we're purposely calling him a thumper because he's 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, aka he's built like a linebacker -- is someone whose stock we think could skyrocket with a convincing preseason. Carpenter amassed 223 tackles and four picks at Georgia Tech.

Gabe Brkic Pat O'Donnell Pat O'Donnell Amari Rodgers Rico Gafford Jack Coco
Romeo Doubs Amari Rodgers
Rico Gafford Romeo Doubs


Skinny: Gabe Brkic, a Lou Groza Award finalist at Oklahoma in 2021, gets the unofficial nod at kicker because Mason Crosby is one of nearly 10 Packers on the PUP list. A perfect preseason for Brkic could, but likely won't, put Crosby's place on the 53 man in jeopardy -- the veteran connected on just 73.5% of his field-goal attempts a year ago, his second worst mark in 15 seasons.

Surprise: Steven Wirtel, who snapped for the Packers in nine games last season, was released Wednesday, leaving undrafted rookie Jack Coco from Georgia Tech as the lone long snapper on Green Bay's roster heading into Friday's first exhibition. Green Bay tried out a number of long snappers Tuesday, so Coco might want to keep renting.


Skinny: First-year Packers special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia clearly has an appetite for speed. Amari Rodgers, Romeo Doubs and Rico Gafford bring versatility and wheels to Green Bay's return game. Rodgers' explosiveness translates well to fielding punts, but he may be on a shortened leash after averaging only 8.3 yards on 20 returns as a rookie. Doubs posted one of the fastest max speeds at practice for the Senior Bowl this past winter. Gafford completed the 40-yard dash at Wyoming's Pro Day in 2018 at warp speed (4.22 seconds).

Surprise: We can't call Doubs, the talk of training camp, a total surprise. So, we'll roll with Gafford here. A cornerback who converted to receiver for three seasons with the Raiders, and switched back to defense after signing a futures contract with the Packers in January, Gafford is likely on the fringe of making the 53 man. His history with Bisaccia -- the two were together from 2018-20 -- might save him.