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ASU alum MD Jennings makes Packers 53-man roster

Green Bay (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) - Here's a look at the makeup of the Packers' roster:

QBs (2): Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn

RBs (4): Ryan Grant, James Starks, John Kuhn and Alex Green

TEs (5): Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, Tom Crabtree, Ryan Taylor, D.J. Williams

WRs (5): Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Randall Cobb

OL (8): Chad Clifton, T.J. Lang, Scott Wells, Josh Sitton, Bryan Bulaga, Marshall Newhouse, Derek Sherrod and Evan Dietrich Smith.

DL (6): B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, Mike Neal, Howard Green, Jarius Wynn and C.J. Wilson

LBs (10): Clay Matthews, Desmond Bishop, A.J. Hawk, Erik Walden, Frank Zombo, Vic So'oto, Jamari Lattimore, Brad Jones, Robert Francois, D.J. Smith.

DBs: (10): Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Nick Collins, Morgan Burnett, Sam Shields, Jarrett Bush, Pat Lee, Charlie Peprah, M.D. Jennings and Davon House.

Specialists (3): Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Brett Goode

Analysis: Athletes, athletes, athletes. That's what GM Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy focused on with their 2011 roster.

What other conclusion can you come to when a team keeps five tight ends, 10 linebackers and 10 defensive backs. They clearly kept players they think can have an impact on special teams and make them a far more athletic team than they were a year ago.

Of course, only 46 players can dress on a given day, and you can be sure the competition to be on the list will be pretty fierce, especially among those competing for special teams jobs.

Just consider the athletes they added: Randall Cobb, Alex Green, D.J. Williams, Ryan Taylor, Vic So'oto, Jamari Lattimore, M.D.Jennings and Davon House. The Packers like big bodies who can run down the field and cover kicks and that's what they have.

They have plenty of starters to handle the other duties, so special teams is where the new guys will have the most impact. But you could definitely see So'oto, Taylor, D.J. Smith and Jennings filling in if their are injuries. So'oto should get a chance to play linebacker from the get-go.

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