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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Brice Is Right

Rookie safety Kentrell Brice is going to have to play his way off the final 53-man roster in the next couple of weeks. That’s how impressive the undrafted free agent from Louisiana Tech has been since signing with the Green Bay Packers in May. I have yet to see Brice live, but longtime blog contributor

Players & Coaches

No Reason To Risk Rodgers

Mike McCarthy said on Saturday that backup QB Brett Hundley is unlikely to play against the 49ers on Friday. The former UCLA star has battled a nagging ankle injury for most of training camp. When asked whether Aaron Rodgers would play in the third preseason game, the head coach was noncommittal. Forget noncommittal, McCarthy should

Packers Would Be OK Without Clay

I have no idea whether Clay Matthews will be suspended by the league, but I do know one thing for certain – the Packers can win without their most dynamic defensive player. They’ve done it before. In the 9 games the six-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer has missed since 2012, the team

Breaking Down Blake’s Debut

Blake Martinez played surprisingly little in Friday’s preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns, but the rookie did a lot – both good and bad – in his 11 snaps. The fourth-round pick from Stanford was asked to cover six times. On two occasions, he picked up, and more importantly, stayed with talented Isaiah Crowell out

Janis Hasn’t Been A Disappointment

Truth be told, Jeff Janis has already exceeded expectations. Do you know what percentage of seventh-round picks play two years in the NFL? The answer is fewer than 3 in 10. Do you know how many seventh-round picks catch a TD pass with no time left to send a postseason game into overtime? I haven’t

Packers Practice Like It’s 2011

Jordy Nelson is still out, but the return of Jared Cook helped the offense enjoy its best practice of the summer on Tuesday. The veteran tight end, who was activated off the PUP list earlier in the day, looked to be in midseason form. The ex-Titan and Ram ran wild over the middle and down

Roster Battle: Tight End

Considering the lack of talent at the position, the Packers shouldn’t keep more than three tight ends. But that’s happened only one time this decade. Barring injury, veterans Richard Rodgers and Jared Cook are locks to be on the final 53-man roster. That would leave returnees Kennard Backman, Mitchell Henry and Justin Perillo and newcomer

Packers Have Slots Of Receivers

The Packers have six experienced wide receivers, but only two – Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams – are best suited to line up outside. The other four fit better inside. And while that’s no great revelation in regard to Randall Cobb and Jared Abbrederis, it might come as a surprise in regard to Jeff Janis

Roster Battle: Offensive Line

It’s difficult to remember the last time the Packers released an offensive lineman at the end of training camp who could actually play in the National Football League. Well, that’s probably going to happen a month from now. Even if GM Ted Thompson decides to keep nine at the position – something he’s only done

1-on-1 Drills Mean Little

There’s no more crowd-pleasing drill at practice than the 1-on-1s that pit O-linemen against D-linemen and linebackers, but truth be told, it’s also one of the most meaningless. And that’ll be the case for as long as football remains an 11-on-11 game. Fans love to watch and reporters love to keep score, but for veteran players

Slow Start For Fackrell

The “2-Week Rule” warns not to get too excited over a young player early in training camp. Well, it also goes the other way too. That’s why there’s no reason to panic over Kyler Fackrell’s extremely slow start. That said, you’d certainly like to see the rookie outside linebacker from Utah State pick it up

Notes: OK To Worry About Jordy

The “good” news is Jordy Nelson isn’t on the Physically Unable to Perform list due to his surgically repaired knee. The “good” news is what’s keeping the star wide receiver from practicing is tendonitis in his other knee. So with all this “good” news, why do so many Packers fans have an uneasy feeling in

Martinez Gets Quick Promotion

It didn’t take long for rookie Blake Martinez to jump ahead of Joe Thomas in the battle to be the starting linebacker in the dime package. After splitting reps the first two practices, the fourth-round pick from Stanford took most of the snaps on Thursday. Martinez didn’t stand out, but he also didn’t make any

Off The Field

Mock 53-Man Roster 1.0

The Green Bay Packers have to be down to 53 players on Sept. 3. A lot can and will happen between now and then, but here’s my projected final roster as of today: QUARTERBACKS (2) – Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley RUNNING BACKS (4) – Eddie Lacy, James Starks, John Crockett and Aaron Ripkowski TIGHT

Matthews, Peppers Face Ultimatum

The National Football League will suspend the two Packers at the center of the league’s performance-enhancing drug probe if they don’t provide interviews by Aug. 25. According to a letter obtained by USA Today, star linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers will be suspended beginning Aug. 26 if they don’t cooperate. Courtesy of USA Today,

Packers Kick Tires On Winslow

The Packers worked out free agent tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. on Sunday. The 33-year-old last played with the Jets in 2013. With no Hall of Fame game to review, I decided to spend some time watching tape from his last season in the league. I was pleasantly surprised at how Winslow looked in the 12

Nothing Wrong With Competition

Contributor to the site Robert Tahan answered your questions in an hour-long chat on Friday. Here’s a transcript: Have any of the rookie running backs impressed?  I’ve been attending training camp for almost 20 years and I can’t remember a less impressive group of rookie running backs. Unless Brandon Burks or Brandon Ross steps up

Rodgers Due For New Contract

Since Aaron Rodgers signed his five-year, $110 million ($54 million guaranteed) extension a little over three years ago, 15 players have received deals with more guaranteed money. The list includes a number of players who sure as heck won’t be wearing a yellow jacket in the future unless they buy one at Nordstrom. The latest

Remember The ‘2 Week Rule’

The way people gushed over Trevor “Jerry Rice II” Davis the past few days made me a bit nostalgic for the 80s. That was the decade I had my first beer, kissed my first girl, went to my first Springsteen concert and held my first job. What does this have to do with a rookie

Murphy Can’t Let Wolf Get Away

The Seattle Seahawks agreed to a contract extension on Sunday with general manager John Schneider. The deal runs through 2021 and all but eliminates him as a potential replacement for Ted Thompson. That makes director-football operations Eliot Wolf an even more prohibitive favorite for the job. The only promotion left for Ron’s son is to

Physicals Today, Practice Tomorrow

Ninety players will arrive at training camp on Monday, but it remains to be seen how many will actually be practicing on Tuesday. Based on the offseason, the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list could be pretty crowded to begin the summer. Wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery, tight end Jared Cook, offensive linemen

How Ted Spends His Money

Thanks to the huge contracts given to Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews in the past few years, it should come as no surprise that quarterback (12.97%) and linebacker (23.44%) account for over a third of the Packers’ 2016 salary cap. Here’s a complete breakdown of the other positions on the current 90-man roster: defensive back

SOS: Support Our Site

I‘ve been writing about the Green Bay Packers on the internet for over 10 years and can count on one hand the number of times I’ve asked my readers for donations. Well, I’m asking now. Between hosting the site, traveling to training camp and designing a new (free) downloadable app, costs are rising. If you

Most Likely To Get Tagged

Last Friday was the deadline for franchise players to sign long-term contracts, and it got me to thinking about which Packer is the most likely to be tagged in the next few years. By the way, this hasn’t happened since Ryan Pickett in 2010. The best players on a team are usually the ones who

Packers Roster By The Numbers

The 2016 Green Bay Packers currently have 89 players under contract with less than two weeks to go before the start of yet another training camp. The following is a much closer look at the roster – by the numbers. Number of 1st round picks – 9 Bryan Bulaga, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Kenny Clark, Datone

Previews & Reviews

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. OAK

The Green Bay Packers improved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 20-12 win over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night at Lambeau Field. Once again, I watched the tape so you don’t have to. Here’s what I saw: —I’m a big Corey Linsley fan, but it’s impossible not to be impressed by JC Tretter,

Packers Fans Are The Best

What were the first 3 questions I was asked during last night’s game? If you think they were about Jordy Nelson’s knee, Corey Linsley’s hamstring and the ongoing PED investigation involving Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, well, you’d be wrong. The first 3 questions were about running back Brandon Burks, wide receiver Geronimo Allison and

Players To Watch vs. OAK

Green Bay plays its second preseason game tonight, and while the media fixates on the wide receivers and the draft choices, here are 3 less obvious players to keep an eye on (I focused only on positions that can be analyzed on TV): DON BARCLAY – The four-year vet deserves credit for playing nearly the

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. CLE

The Packers opened the 2016 preseason with a 17-11 win over the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. I watched the tape so you don’t have to. Here’s what I saw: —Undrafted rookie guard Lucas Patrick did a solid job, especially considering he was playing with a club on his broken right hand. The former Duke star

Packers Win Preseason Opener

I get that newspaper writers and talking heads have a job to do, but analyzing a preseason exhibition game – especially the first one – is kind of like reviewing a rock concert after listening to the sound check. You can do it, but what’s the point? Sure I got excited when third-round pick Kyler Fackrell,

Players To Watch vs. CLE

The Packers open the preseason tonight against the Browns, and while the media fixates on the receivers and the draft choices, here are 10 less obvious players to keep an eye on (I focused only on positions that can be analyzed on TV): BENIQUEZ BROWN – He flashed a few times on Wednesday after being

10 Questions Heading Into Camp

Training camp is only a few days away, and few teams are more stable than Green Bay heading into the 2016 season. General manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy have been together for over a decade, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been running the offense for nine years and the defensive staff – aside

Offseason Review: OTAs And Minicamps

I wasn’t able to attend any of the minicamps or OTAs (darn job!), but Robert Tahan, Packers Notes’ best only correspondent had a chance to see multiple practices. The following is his exclusive position-by-position analysis of the team: QUARTERBACK – Brett Hundley has the look of a future starting quarterback. The second-year player from UCLA handled himself like

Draft Review: Roster Analysis

With the draft now history, here’s a position-by-position look at the Packers’ 90-man roster: QUARTERBACK – After hitting on Brett Hundley last year, it came as no big surprise that general manager Ted Thompson passed on selecting a quarterback this time around. Expect UDFA Joe Callahan and street free agent Ryan Williams to battle for a

Draft Preview: Roster Analysis

With the draft now just a day away, here’s a position-by-position look at the Packers’ roster: QUARTERBACK – The Packers stole Brett Hundley a year ago, so there’s no need to draft a QB until the late rounds – if at all. Wisconsin’s Joel Stave is a player GM Ted Thompson might consider in the seventh or as a

Deja Vu All Over Again

“I’m just very proud of this team as far as their ability to continue to overcome adversity. It hit us at every turn, it hit us again today and these guys just keep fighting and fighting.” The above quote isn’t from Saturday night. It’s from 2014, and it was said immediately after the Green Bay