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March 29, 2017

Positional Analysis: Center

This is the eighth of a 15-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starter (B): Corey Linsley returned from a hamstring injury just in time to rescue the Packers. The former Buckeye moved off the PUP list and into the starting lineup in week 10 after JC Tretter suffered a sprained knee. The O-line

Players & Coaches

Scouting Report: Davon House

Davon House can blame a scheme change for his problems in Jacksonville – a theory the lazy media seems more than willing to accept – but a study of the tape tells a different story. Green Bay’s kinda new cornerback wasn’t asked to play much differently in 2016; he simply didn’t play as well as

Ty Shouldn’t Be THE Guy

I don’t see Ty Montgomery as a true No. 1 running back, and as maybe the only person to project the former Stanford star as a ball carrier and not a ball catcher on the day he was drafted in April 2015, I think I have a pretty good feel for No. 88. I know

Scouting Report: Lance Kendricks

There’s a reason it’s important to watch tape – it’s the only way you can give a truly informed opinion on a player. For example, if I didn’t watch almost every snap Lance Kendricks played last season I would never have known the newest Green Bay Packer is such an effective run blocker. In fact,

Scouting Report: Martellus Bennett

General manager Ted Thompson was very close to re-signing Jared Cook on Thursday morning. Less than 36 hours later Martellus Bennett was the team’s new starting tight end. Hey Packers fans, welcome to the wacky world of free agency. Bennett, who turned 30 on the same day he joined the Packers, signed a 3-year contract

Tale Of The Tape: Bennett vs. Cook

The Packers surprisingly swapped tight ends over the weekend. Hours after breaking off talks with Jared Cook, the team signed Martellus Bennett. So is this an upgrade, and if so, how much? Here’s a comparison of the players based on watching a lot of tape from last season: BLOCKING: Cook will never be as good

Line Would Miss Lang

Since the offensive line functioned just fine without one Pro Bowl guard, it’s easy to assume it would do the same without another Pro Bowl guard. Well, you know the old saying about what happens when you assume. Unless GM Ted Thompson signs a proven veteran or uses a high drat pick at the position,

Guion Should Be Gone

I didn’t think Letroy Guion was worth bringing back even before Tuesday, so imagine my surprise to find out the team was sticking with the veteran nose tackle even after he was suspended for the first 4 games of next season for PEDs. Since 2014, the 29-year-old former Florida State star has more suspensions (2)

Notes: Latest On Lang

T.J. Lang wants to stay with the Packers, and the Packers want to keep the Pro Bowl guard. Now the two sides need to compromise to make it happen. The player will have to take a less money, and the team will have to spend more than it wants. Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reported over the weekend

Perry By The Sack

Nick Perry is going to be a fascinating player to watch in the next few weeks. How much should Green Bay or any team pay a 3-4 outside linebacker who’s averaged only 6 sacks per season, but had 11 in 2016? The answer would be around $10M per if you believe last season was a glimpse into the

Murphy Should Be Tried Inside

Assuming either T.J. Lang or JC Tretter leaves in free agency, the Packers will be very thin at guard heading into the draft. One option to reinforce the position would be to move tackle Kyle Murphy inside. The former Stanford star has never played the position before, but it could be the best spot for

Notes: Shields Was 1 In 200

The Packers released Sam Shields last Wednesday. After suffering his fourth concussion in September, it was only a matter of when. The move clears $9 million against the cap, giving the Packers close to $45M to spend heading into free agency. As much as the Packers could use an extra $9M – think of all

Notes: Veteran Depth Is OK

Last week was the 20th anniversary of Super Bowl XXXI, a game in which the Green Bay Packers captured their third Lombardi Trophy by pummeling the New England Patriots. Looking back, I had almost forgotten how experienced that historically great team was, especially at a number of key backup positions. Prior to that magical season, Hall

Off The Field

Free Agency: Quick Takes III

Free agency is slowing down in most places around the NFL, but not in Green Bay (can’t believe I just wrote that). In the past 10 days, general manager Ted Thompson re-signed two of his own and finally secured a defensive lineman he first flirted with four years ago. Here are my quick takes on what’s

Block, Forrest, Block

It’s difficult to imagine GM Ted Thompson passing up an edge rusher or a corner with the 29th pick in next month’s draft, but he might at least be tempted to do just that if offensive lineman Forrest Lamp is still available. That’s how good a player the former Western Kentucky star is, and how

Free Agency: Quick Takes II

Free agency is less than a week old, but the Packers already look like a much different team than the one that played in the NFC Championship game. GM Ted Thompson has re-signed a few players, bid adieu to a few others and welcomed home an old friend. Here are my quick takes on what’s

Free Agency: Quick Takes

Free agency is only a couple of days old, but the Packers already look like a much different team than the one that played in the NFC championship game. GM Ted Thompson has welcomed a few players back, bid goodbye to a few others and swapped tight ends. Here are my quick takes on what’s

Tough Decisions Await Thompson

It’s probably a good thing Ted Thompson decided to stick around for at least one more year because the Green Bay Packers will be facing some incredibly tough decisions in the coming days and weeks. The team’s most talented free agents (Jared Cook, T.J. Lang, Nick Perry, JC Tretter and Eddie Lacy) all come with

Potential Bargains At Linebacker

Free agency begins in 11 days, and while nobody is asking general manager Ted Thompson to spend crazy money on big names like Stephon Gilmore or Calais Campbell, it would be nice to see him add a few solid second-tier players to a team that relied way too much on the brilliance of Aaron Rodgers

Tramon Can Still Play

After ex-Packer Tramon Williams was released by the Cleveland Browns earlier this month, I spent a few days analyzing the 33-year-old’s play in 2016. I was fully expecting to see a dottering old man barely able to keep up with young wide receivers. Instead, what I saw was a still capable defensive back. While Williams

Linebacker Is Reddick-ulous

I never give an opinion on a college player unless I’ve seen him play at least 4 games. Even then, it’s hard to be overly confident without the benefit of either having access to the All-22 or seeing the prospect live. Since I was able to do the latter a number times in the case of Haason

Packers’ Offseason To-Do List

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell is a really smart guy, but his “Five moves the Packers should make this offseason” story wasn’t all that impressive and proved just how hard it is to closely follow all 32 teams. So here’s a “Five moves the Packers should make this offseason” story written by a person who closely follows

$izing Up Free Agents

Free agency begins in 22 days, and the Packers currently have 11 players ready to hit the open market. After taking into consideration age, performance and contracts around the league, here’s what I think a fair deal for each player would look like: OL DON BARCLAY – The human turnstile can line up at all

Could House Come Home?

The Green Bay Packers need to add a veteran cornerback between now and the start of training camp, and it’s hard to imagine general manager Ted Thompson paying big bucks to any of the top unrestricted free agents. And the list of second-tier players isn’t particularly impressive. So where might Thompson look to upgrade his

Sharpe Belongs In Canton

Another Pro Football Hall of Fame class was announced on Saturday night in Houston, so it’s time for my annual early February rant. I wrote last year about LeRoy Butler not getting the respect he deserves from the voters. Well, thanks to former Bronco Terrell Davis’ induction, this year’s post will be about Sterling Sharpe.

Previews & Reviews

Positional Analysis: Guard

This is the seventh of a 15-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (D): Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang were the starting guards seven months ago. As of today, Lane Taylor and Don Barclay are atop the depth chart. That’s like going from Simon and Garfunkel to the Captain and Tennille. And while

Positional Analysis: Offensive Tackle

This is the sixth of a 15-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (A-): Last September, GM Ted Thompson signed left tackle David Bakhtiari to an extension worth $12 million per. Amazingly, he got a bargain. That’s how well the 25-year-old played last season. The former Colorado star was terrific in pass protection,

Positional Analysis: Wide Receiver

This is the fifth of a 15-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (B): Jordy Nelson was a good, not great No. 1, Davante Adams was a good, not great No. 2 and Randall Cobb was a good, not great No. 3. Nelson put up impressive numbers (97 receptions for 1,257 and

Positional Analysis: Tight End

This is the fourth of a 15-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starter (B-): Jared Cook finished the season strongly, but let’s keep things in perspective. The soon-to-be 30-year-old dropped four passes in the playoffs, did very little after the catch and was a pedestrian blocker. That said, he was also the

Positional Analysis: Fullback

This is the third of a 15-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starter (B): General manager Ted Thompson’s decision not to re-sign popular veteran John Kuhn was validated by the play of Aaron Ripkowski. The 24-year-old from Oklahoma proved to be far more dangerous with the ball in his hands (4.3 yards on 43 carries)

Positional Analysis: Running Back

This is the second of a 15-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starter (C+): Ty Montgomery made the switch from wide receiver after injuries sidelined Eddie Lacy and James Starks and quickly stabilized the position. The second-year pro from Stanford averaged an impressive 5.9 yards on 77 carries and showed surprisingly good instincts. He ran with patience and was

Positional Analysis: Quarterback

This is the first of a 15-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starter (A+): Aaron Rodgers struggled a bit early, but ended the season playing the position about as well as it’s ever been played. New England’s Tom Brady will likely win the Lombardi Trophy and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan will probably win the MVP, but

Packers Dom In By Defense

Let’s be clear, the highly drafted young corners from two years ago played poorly all season and the inside linebackers still aren’t good enough. That’s on the front office. But for the third time in eight years, a Dom Capers defense didn’t even compete in the playoffs. If Sunday’s embarrassment against the Falcons in the

Preview: Packers vs. Falcons

The Packers upset Dallas thanks in part to the significant contributions of role players. They’ll need that and more to beat Atlanta on Sunday afternoon and earn a second trip to the Super Bowl in six years. With wide receivers Jordy Nelson (ribs), Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) battling injuries and LaDarius Gunter

Crosby Kicks Packers To Atlanta

Fans of the Green Bay Packers couldn’t take another January heartbreak, and thanks to huge plays by a handful of players in the final minutes of an incredible divisional round game against the top-seeded Dallas Cowboys, they didn’t have to. Instead, they were able to enjoy one of the most thrilling wins in franchise history.

Preview: Packers vs. Cowboys

The Packers figure to have 19 of their 22 preferred starters available for today’s playoff game against Dallas. That’s pretty good after 18 weeks of banging bodies. But what’s not pretty good is who won’t be in uniform. Eddie Lacy, Sam Shields and Jordy Nelson began the regular season as three of the team’s top

Packers Slay Giants

It was a sequence that would’ve crushed a lesser team. First, a failed 4th and 1. Then, just two plays later, a long TD pass cut a 14-6 lead to 14-13. But these Packers aren’t a lesser team. These Packers are a gutsy team. And now these Packers are headed to the divisional round and