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The Green Bay Packers have just five players who have suited up for every snap on offense or defense this season [url=http://www.packersjerseyproshop.com/kevin-king-jersey/]Kevin King Jersey[/url] , as the team has shuffled the deck on a handful of positions throughout this season. Three offensive linemen, one inside linebacker, and a safety make the cut, with a second safety coming up just one snap short through the team’s first six games of 2018.That is just one of the sets of numbers that stand out so far this year. Injuries have clearly played a part at several positions, particularly wide receiver and cornerback, positions at which surprising names rank second. Then there are spots like running back and tight end that still leave some lingering questions about the strategy and decision-making of the coaching staff in dividing up playing time.Here’s our overall look at how the snap counts have been split up through the first six weeks of the year.QuarterbacksAaron Rodgers 420 (96.8%)DeShone Kizer 14 (3.2%)Tim Boyle 0As we all remember, Rodgers suffered a knee injury in the first half of week one against the Chicago Bears, and Packers fans feared his season would be over right away. Kizer came in for the remainder of the half and committed two turnovers. Then Rodgers returned to the field after halftime, led a comeback victory, and has not missed a play since.Running BacksJamaal Williams 202 (46.5%)Ty Montgomery 144 (33.2%)Aaron Jones 87 (20.0%)Remember that Jones was suspended for the first two games of the season when you look at these numbers. But even since his return, it has been practically an even three-way split of the snaps at the running back position, with Jones lagging slightly behind the other two backs on several occasions. Still, Jones is averaging 5.9 yards per carry so far — even better than his 5.5 from a year ago — while Williams averages 3.8 and Montgomery 4.1.Wide ReceiversDavante Adams 412 (94.9%)Marquez Valdes-Scantling 217 (50.0%)Geronimo Allison 211 (48.6%)Randall Cobb 188 (43.3%)Equanimeous St. Brown 95 (21.9%)J’Mon Moore 42 (9.7%)Injuries to Allison and Cobb have opened the door for some big rookie contributions, primarily from Valdes-Scantling. The target numbers still go Adams, Allison, Cobb, and MVS in order, but the rookie has clearly demonstrated that he deserves to get more playing time even when the veterans return from injury (hopefully this week in Los Angeles). St. Brown continues to play ahead of Moore when both are active.Tight EndsJimmy Graham 357 (82.3%)Lance Kendricks 131 (30.2%)Marcedes Lewis 79 (18.2%)Robert Tonyan 5 (1.2%)Graham is on pace to crush the Packers’ single-season receiving records for tight ends, as we discussed over the weekend. He sits in a comfortable second place on the team in targets and catches this season while increasing his yards-per-reception average to 12.9, back over his career average of 12.3 and well ahead of his 9.1 average a year ago. Kendricks has pitched in a handful of catches while working heavily out of the backfield as an H-back, while Lewis has struggled to find playing time as the Packers continue to prefer 11 or 21 personnel.Offensive LinemenDavid Bakhtiari 434 (100%)Lane Taylor 434 (100%)Corey Linsley 434 (100%)Bryan Bulaga 381 (87.8%)Byron Bell 231 (53.2%)Justin McCray 193 (44.5%)Jason Spriggs 41 (9.4%)Lucas Patrick 22 (5.1%)Alex Light 0The left side of the line has been steady and unchanged this season, with Bakhtiari continuing to play at an All-Pro level. The right side has been hit with injuries, however, as Bulaga has missed a little time in a few different games with a few different ailments. McCray’s injury seemingly cost him his starting job, as Bell has stepped in as the primary right guard in his absence.Defensive LinemenKenny Clark 321 (84.3%)Mike Daniels 250 (65.6%)Dean Lowry 184 (48.3%)Muhammad Wilkerson 115 (30.2%)Montravius Adams 21 (5.5%)Tyler Lancaster 3 (0.8%)Clark’s workload is staggeringly high for a nose tackle this season, as the third-year pro has had to help shoulder a heavier load due to Wilkerson’s season-ending ankle injury. Lowry’s snap count will continue to rise as he also picks up snaps in the base and sub-base defenses, while Daniels’ snap totals are actually up just a tick from last year, when he played just under 60% of the team’s snaps.Outside LinebackersClay Matthews 273 (71.7%)Nick Perry 216 (56.7%)Reggie Gilbert 174 (45.7%)Kyler Fackrell 120 (31.5%)The four-man rotation has seemed to work out well for the most part with all four players remaining healthy so far this season. Both Matthews and Perry are on pace to eclipse last year’s snap totals, but only by a bit — they both missed a few games a year ago but perhaps a heavier rotation with the backups is helping to keep them a bit healthier. Among this group [url=http://www.packersjerseyproshop.com/josh-jones-jersey/]Josh Jones Jersey[/url] , Fackrell actually leads the way with three sacks, all coming against the Buffalo Bills, while the other three each have 1.5.Inside LinebackersBlake Martinez 381 (100%)Antonio Morrison 87 (22.8%)Oren Burks (21.3%)Korey Toomer 12 (3.1%)James Crawford 1 (0.3%)Martinez continues his run as the every-down inside linebacker after taking the field for 93% of the team’s snaps a year ago. This will absolutely put him in the running to cash in next year under the NFL’s Proven Performance Escalator program, which offers bonus money to players drafted in the third round or later who play more than 35% of a team’s snaps in two of their first three years or over their first three years overall. (Lowry and Morrison are the other two third-year players currently on pace to make the cutoffs, though Morrison’s current workload would likely take him out of the running by the end of the year.) After missing the first few games, Burks is getting into the defense gradually, but he is clearly becoming the preferred option in the base defense over Morrison — a good choice given Burks’ far superior athleticism. Morrison can have a role on this team, as he is worthy of snaps in obvious run situations, but that should be all for him on defense. The other players remain special teams-only options for now.SafetiesHa Ha Clinton-Dix 381 (100%)Kentrell Brice 380 (99.7%)Jermaine Whitehead 131 (34.4%)Josh Jones 4 (1.0%)Raven Greene 0The lack of snaps for Jones remains one of the most puzzling decisions of the season so far for the Packers, particularly given Brice’s struggles after the first week or two. Clinton-Dix is playing better than last year, to be sure, and especially so in recent weeks. However, he needs to still show more consistency to really be considered for a significant contract extension this offseason. Meanwhile, Whitehead has worked his way into the “do-everything” defensive back role that the Packers have utilized going back to the Dom Capers days. Playing largely in the slot, he has been on the field for over a third of the team’s snaps, a helpful contribution given the injuries that have hit the cornerback position.CornerbacksTramon Williams 378 (99.2%)Josh Jackson 235 (61.7%)Kevin King 204 (53.5%)Jaire Alexander 199 (52.2%)Davon House 29 (7.6%)Tony Brown 10 (2.6%)Bashaud Breeland 0Deante Burton 0Williams continues to be a stalwart on defense, missing just three snaps all year. Meanwhile, King and Alexander both have struggled to remain healthy, leaving second-round rookie Josh Jackson to help clean up the missing snaps. Thankfully, King and Alexander’s absences have not overlapped much.Breeland was signed a few weeks back as a free agent, but was unable to get fully healthy before the bye week thanks to a hamstring injury suffered early after signing. Hopefully a week off will be a benefit for him — his veteran presence could be a big boost to this unit that continues to see players moving in and out of the lineup.Packers 2018 Roster Prediction: No surprises on special teams Welcome to the end of the prediction section of the offseason. Over the past two weeks, Acme Packing Company has presented our overall roster predictions for the Green Bay Packers’ season-opening 53-man roster. Today, we wrap up the position groups with the Packers’ specialists.The Packers currently employ just four players who are dedicated specialists, but two of these players were additions on the third day of the 2018 NFL Draft. Not surprisingly, APC expects those players to make the team in their respective positions. Here’s a look at our predictions for the special teamers as we approach training camp.Kicker: Mason CrosbyYears of NFL Experience: 11Current Contract: Third year of 4-year contract; cap hit $5.25 million2017 Stats: 16 games; 15-of-19 field goals, 33-of-35 PATsWith no other kickers on the Packers’ roster, Crosby appears to enter another offseason without any competition for his job. His contract would dictate that the team would absorb over $3 million in dead money if he were to be released, due to prorated signing bonus money plus workout and roster bonuses already paid this offseason.Ultimately, however [url=http://www.packersjerseyproshop.com/montravius-adams-jersey/]Montravius Adams Jersey[/url] , Crosby had a down year in 2017. He failed to hit 80% on field goals, though he did have a particularly small sample size. Crosby had never attempted fewer than 28 field goals in a season before last year, when he had just 19 attempts. Crosby hit 15 of those, with one of the four misses being blocked. He also missed two PATs a year after missing three.Sure, issues with the trio of specialists a year ago may have contributed to the struggles, but Crosby probably needs a solid year in 2018 to guarantee that he gets to play out the final year of his contract. Can he finally find a groove and hit over 90% of his field goal attempts? Maybe not, but he should be expected to get back over 85% again.Punter: JK ScottYears of NFL Experience: RookieCurrent Contract: First year of 4-year rookie contract; cap hit $534,3892017 Stats (Alabama Crimson Tide): 54 punts, 2,320 yards (43.0 average); 1-for-3 FGs; 8-for-8 PATsScott was a fifth-round pick of the Packers’ in the 2018 NFL Draft, and his selection prompted last year’s punter, Justin Vogel, to request his release from the team to find a new job sooner rather than later. As such, it’s clear that Scott is the team’s punter of the future, and that he will be expected to be the guy in 2018.Last year, Scott’s gross punting average dropped from a stellar 47.2 the year before, but he actually increased his net average from 39.2 to 40.0 yards per punt.As the member of a family who has a home in Hayward, Wisconsin, Scott is familiar with the weather in the state and his recent focus on limiting returns should mesh well with Ron Zook’s philosophy.Long snapper: Hunter BradleyYears of NFL Experience: RookieCurrent Contract: First of 4-year rookie contract; cap hit The Packers have a pair of long snappers on the roster this summer — undrafted first-year pro Zach Triner and Bradley, one of the team’s seventh-round draft picks. Although Bradley appeared to struggle a bit in spring practices, the bet here from APC is unanimous that he will get it figured out in training camp and that the Packers’ draft pick investment in him will lead to him getting the job.Released: Zach TrinerYears of NFL Experience: None (entered NFL in 2016)Current Contract: One-year contract; cap hit $480,000Triner entered the NFL in 2016, but failed to land on an NFL roster until after the conclusion of that season when the Jets signed him to a futures contract. However, he was released in May around the time of New York’s rookie minicamp. The Packers picked him up for a practice squad spot late in the 2017 season then offered him another futures contract for 2018.For now, Triner is locked in competition with Bradley for the job. However, APC expects him to be on the move again with Bradley earning the spot to succeed longtime Packer Brett Goode.