Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel broke down each position on the Green Bay Packers roster based on who he believes will survive the final roster cuts. One of the interesting names in his “on the fence” category is rookie linebacker Terrell Manning.
Manning was a personal favorite of mine entering the draft, and many were shocked when he fell to the 5th round. He could have benefited from another year at N.C. State, but his raw athleticism is difficult to ignore. He was a big play waiting to happen in college, but reportedly hasn’t shown that playmaking ability so far in Green Bay.
While he remains an intriguing developmental prospect, the Packers obviously aren’t in a position to keep him around if they believe he will be a liability in the immediate future. The fact that Desmond Bishop appears to be out for the year increases Manning’s chances slightly, but he still needs to hold off former undrafted free agents Rob Francois and Jamari Lattimore.