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Packers vs. Chiefs Preview: Roster battles to watch in Green Bay’s preseason finale The Green Bay Packers have their starting lineup essentially set for the start of the 2018 season. Although a few injuries here and there may affect the specifics of who takes the field on the first snaps of the team’s week one game against the Chicago Bears www.greenbaypackersteamonline.com , the general structure of the lineup is set. The back end of the roster, though? That remains very much in flux, with plenty of question marks to be answered. The last chance for players to audition for the roster comes tonight, with the Packers in Kansas City for their preseason finale against the Chiefs.Here are four positions that should have roster spots decided by the play of those Packers who will get significant playing time on Thursday evening.Wide ReceiverIt’s probably obvious, as the receiver battle seems to get more attention than any other position battle on the Packers’ roster this year. However, Thursday is the last chance for the three rookies and Trevor Davis to audition for the 53.In week one, Marquez Valdes-Scantling exploded and Equanimeous St. Brown had a very solid game. The second game saw the arrival (and injury) of Jake Kumerow. J’Mon Moore finally broke out last week. Whoever impresses most tonight will likely sew up a spot, but an awful game for any of these players could result in a surprise roster cut. Kumerow’s expected absence probably leaves him hoping that a rookie drops the ball (literally and figuratively) in order to make the team.Then there’s Davis, who has yet to play this preseason. His contributions to the team would likely come on special teams, so a game-breaking return or big tackle on punt coverage could get him on the team again for a third year.Running BackWith Jamaal Williams locked in as the starter, Ty Montgomery banged up, and Aaron Jones suspended for the first two games, the Packers will probably need to keep a third tailback on the 53 to start the year, at least until Jones’ return. Who will take that job is anyone’s guess.Devante Mays finally returned from an injury this week to get some game action and show that he deserves the spot. Can Joel Bouagnon show more burst and explosiveness than he did through three games? Perhaps LeShun Daniels builds on a brief but intriguing performance last week. Alternately, If none of these players impress, they could all be left off the roster, with the Packers instead looking outside the organization for another body on the waiver wire this weekend.Offensive LineJason Spriggs is the primary backup tackle, while Lucas Patrick appears to be a top option at all three interior spots. Behind them, however Green Bay Packers T-Shirt , myriad questions plague the reserve group.Just how bad is Kyle Murphy’s injury, and does the team trust him to play well enough if he gets healthy to deserve a roster spot? Is Byron Bell just washed up? Can Adam Pankey hold up against starting-caliber players if called upon? Is Dillon Day just a center, or can he add some good reps at guard to make him more useful overall?The Packers probably need at least two of those players on their final 53, and tonight will help decide which players make it.Inside LinebackerWhat do the Packers do at the linebacker position? The only sure things are starter Blake Martinez and third-round rookie Oren Burks. For one thing, Burks’ shoulder injury will probably keep him out of the game and it has him questionable at best for week one. Who will start in his place and who will play the critical backup and special teams roles?There are three realistic candidates, all of whom are fighting with each other and with players at other positions for roster spots. Ahmad Thomas is the rangy coverage linebacker who has seen action with the first-team defense on passing downs. Run-stopper Antonio Morrison will likely get significant playing time, having just arrived from Indianapolis on Sunday. And undrafted Greer Martini is probably the best special-teamer of the bunch but could be the odd man out if Morrison impresses.Watch this group closely — if the team feels good about Burks, they could keep as few as three players, but that number could just as easily be five instead. When drafted in the second round out of the University of Washington a year ago, Kevin King entered the NFL with a versatile skill set, having played both cornerback and safety for the Huskies. In league circles, there was some uncertainty about which position would better suit the athletic King, who boasted impressive size-speed-length traits in pre-draft workouts.A little over a year into his injury-limited professional career, King has been inconsistent at corner for the Packers. He has made some splash plays in coverage, including an interception last week against San Francisco that led to the offense’s game-winning drive. He’s also had moments where he has been beaten badly, such as an inside slant for a touchdown versus Minnesota earlier in the year. After playing cornerback exclusively for only a couple years in college, King is experiencing the youthful ups-and-downs of playing corner in the NFL. Coming off perhaps the best game of King’s career in which he intercepted his first NFL pass, it might be an odd time to be discussing his future at a different position. But with the Packers’ troubles at safety, would King be a better fit in the short and long term to move back to the position that he played as a college freshman and sophomore?Green Bay has seen a severe level of inconsistency from Kentrell Brice after replacing Morgan Burnett Green Bay Packers Hats , who was a versatile player in his own right while with the Packers. Brice’s struggles on deep pass plays down the field, along with the lack of trust the staff has in Josh Jones, make safety a priority for improvement. Factor in the inevitable loss of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix next offseason and the Packers are looking at a position that needs help in coverage this season as well as in the coming years. While the Packers arguably played Damarious Randall out of position during his time in Green Bay, they could avoid a similar situation early with King while Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson are in the fold.A move to free safety would not restrict King from coverage responsibilities, of which he has been slightly above-average according to Pro Football Focus. In fact, King’s ball skills could be utilized heavily in coverage from the slot, with his 6-foot-3 height a good matchup against large receivers and tight ends. His tackling is adequate and, though his nagging shoulder and groin injuries are a bit concerning, King has shown physicality at times in run support despite a wiry frame. His 4.3-timed speed also could give him the long recovery ability to patrol the back half.Furthermore, while relatively inexperienced, one-on-one press coverage has proven to be an issue for King when alone on the outside as seen in the videos below. His long arms would figure to give him help in press coverage, but too often he is caught flat-footed when not providing an initial bump at the line. King has enough talent to succeed at corner and has had his moments of standout play against top wide receivers like Julio Jones. But he remains very much a work in progress.It would be a tall task to assume King would be ready for and capable of polishing a position change by the end of the 2018 season. It’s also difficult to see the Packers deciding to actually make a swap within its cornerback group that is routinely in limbo every season. Frankly, Josh Jones should be given first chance to show his worth after being picked just after King in the second round last season. But should King’s issues in man coverage persist over the rest of the season, he would make for an intriguing safety candidate. King surely would make for one of the most athletically-gifted safeties in league history, as seen in this link from MockDraftable.If the Packers move forward with their two rookies and extend recent pickup Bashaud Breeland after the season, the Packers could have enough bodies to consider at least a few certain defensive packages for King at free safety. With decisions at the position already looming in the spring of 2019, King could be a dark horse name to keep an eye on.

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