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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. CHI

After “studying the tape” (that sounds a heck of a lot better than “turning on the computer”), here are 10 additional thoughts from Thursday’s game against the Bears: —Last Thursday was the Ty Montgomery show. Forget for a minute the 10 catches for 66 yards. The second-year player also contributed 60 yards on nine carries. That would

Players & Coaches

Scouting Report: Knile Davis

For the first time since acquiring Anthony Smith from the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010, general manager Ted Thompson has traded for a veteran player. With starter Eddie Lacy hobbled by a sprained ankle and backup James Starks out for a few more weeks following knee surgery, the Packers on Tuesday dealt a conditional late-round pick

New Plan Needed For Sam

The decision makers in Green Bay would be wise to reconsider how they use Sam Shields once the team’s best corner returns from the fourth concussion of his NFL career. The temptation – especially with the defense ranked 29th in opponent passer rating – would be to have No. 37 on the field as much as possible, but that probably wouldn’t

Notes: Starks Looks Slower

It’s probably too soon to judge running back James Starks, but to be fair, I did mention during training camp that he looked about a half-step slower. The fact he’s touched the ball only 15 times in 3 games suggests the coaches see the same thing. That’s what made the decision to pass on veteran

Best At The Bye

The Packers played only 3 games prior to their bye, and while things will obviously change between now and January, here are the 10 best players as of today: 1. Mike Daniels – The veteran defensive lineman was named the team’s MVP last season, and he’s well on his way to going back-to-back. He’s the main

Shields Faces Uncertain Future

Even if Sam Shields is cleared to return to action this season – and reports suggest he will be – there’s no guarantee the team’s No. 1 corner will be back in 2017. Such uncertainty comes when you combine multiple concussions with a big salary. Shields is currently recovering from a concussion – his second

Does Aaron Miss Tom?

It seems as if everyone has a theory on what’s wrong with Aaron Rodgers, so I’ll join the party. Perhaps the two-time MVP and future Hall of Famer isn’t getting the same quality of instruction from Alex Van Pelt – both during the week and on Sundays – that he received from Tom Clements and Ben McAdoo,

Offense Will Be OK

It’s easy to panic after Sunday night. Heck, you wouldn’t be a fan if you aren’t panicking at least a little after Sunday night. The offense, which hasn’t been good for nearly a year, hit rock bottom in a nationally televised game against a division rival. But as bleak as things may appear, I wouldn’t

Lacy’s Weight Begins

General manager Ted Thompson has already extended one key potential free agent and he’s almost certain to try to lock down another before the end of the regular season, but don’t hold your breath waiting for Eddie Lacy to be that player. Despite working with noted personal trainer Tony Horton in the offseason, Lacy still appears to

The Bakhtiari Effect

There was a brief time after the Packers traded up  in the second round to draft Jason Spriggs that I thought left tackle David Bakhtiari might not be back in 2017 – and then I remembered who makes decisions for the organization. General manager Ted Thompson simply doesn’t let good young starters get away. Bakhtiari’s

Notes: Pressley Adds Speed

I‘ve always believed a No. 3 running back should either possess a unique physical trait or the ability to return kicks. Brandon Burks was 0 for 2 in that regard. That’s why I was against keeping him on the 53-man roster, and it’s why I give a very big thumbs up to GM Ted Thompson’s decision

Ain’t That A Schum

One of Ted Thompson’s worst personnel decisions since taking over as general manager came in the summer of 2008 when he replaced longtime punter Jon Ryan with journeyman Derrick Frost. What do they say about those who don’t learn from history? On Tuesday, the Packers replaced longtime punter Tim Masthay with journeyman Jacob Schum, who

Tough Month For ‘Mr. August’

Jayrone Elliott is having a very disappointing training camp. It’s largely gone unnoticed since Green Bay is so deep at his position, but the third-year outside linebacker has done next to nothing – both  on the practice field and in the two exhibition games. I started referring to Elliott as “Mr. August” a few months

Off The Field

Offense Neglected For Too Long

Green Bay’s defense has been better than its offense for about a year now, and to be perfectly honest, it probably shouldn’t be a huge surprise. That’s because in the first three rounds of the past five drafts, general manager Ted Thompson has selected 15 players, and 10 of them have been on the defensive side of the ball.

Former Execs Finding Success

The five men who worked under Ron Wolf and who are now general managers in the NFL have a combined record of 15-7 this season. When you consider how good Ted Thompson, John Schneider, John Dorsey, Reggie McKenzie and Scot McCloughan are at their jobs, it’s hard to imagine how the Packers of the mid-90s ever made

Appy Day At Packers Notes!

I‘m excited to announce that the Packers Notes’ official mobile app is now available for download. It’s fast, easy to navigate, and best of all, it’s 100% free. The app will also include features not found on the blog. In Packers Notes Plus, I’ll be breaking down more coaches tape as well as analyzing the

Packers Get Down To 53

Cutdown days in Green Bay are usually pretty boring, but that wasn’t the case this year. From the release of an All-Pro to keeping 12 defensive backs and no long-snapper, the 53-man roster is very interesting. Here are 6 things worth a closer look: —Cutdown day is usually about the players at the bottom of

Mock 53-Man Roster 3.0

The Packers have to be down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. Here’s my final projection: QUARTERBACKS (2) – Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley Hundley’s ankle sidelined him for most of the preseason, but he should be fine for the opener in 9 days. That means Joe Callahan will likely be waived – unless Ted Thompson is afraid

Packers Deal McCray To Buffalo

Choosing between linebackers Jayrone Elliott and Lerentee McCray was one of the hardest things I had to do when predicting the 53-man roster, but Ted Thompson made things a lot easier on Tuesday by trading McCray to Buffalo. The Packers will get a 2018 draft pick – most likely late and conditional – in return.

Mock 53-Man Roster 2.0

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

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

Previews & Reviews

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Here’s what we know about the Packers after 6 games – they’re better than the Jaguars, Lions, Giants and Bears and not as good as the Vikings and Cowboys. What will that get them? Probably another trip to the playoffs and another quick exit. Look, it’s OK to feel good about a win. As head coach

Preview: Packers vs. Bears

If any game before Halloween can be described as a must-win, tonight’s battle against the 1-5 Bears at Lambeau Field fits the criteria. Minus their top running back, top corner and franchise quarterback (I have no idea who’s wearing No. 12 these days), it’s difficult to imagine the Packers getting to the postseason without a victory

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. DAL

After “studying the tape” (that sounds a heck of a lot better than “turning on the computer”), here are 10 additional thoughts from Sunday’s game against the Cowboys: —Sunday was Aaron Rodgers’ poorest performance since I starting watching the All-22 coaches tape. He’s put up much worse stats, but I can’t remember a game in which he

Packers Humbled At Home

Given a chance to win a regular season game against a good team for the first time in a year, the Packers – wearing their unfamiliar throwback unis – laid an egg in front of a national TV audience that must’ve thought it was watching the Browns. That’s how bad Green Bay was in a

Preview: Packers vs. Cowboys

There’s a reason every team other than the Packers has at least three running backs on its 53-man roster. It’s not only an important position, it’s also one of the most physically demanding. That’s why general manager Ted Thompson’s decision to go with only James Starks behind starter Eddie Lacy never made much sense. With

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. NYG

After “studying the tape” (that sounds a heck of a lot better than “turning on the computer”), here are 10 additional thoughts from Sunday’s game against the Giants: —Jordy Nelson is 31 and coming off a torn ACL, so it’s probably unfair to expect him to be the explosive receiver who terrorized opposing defenses in

Defense Flexes Its Muscle

On a night when Aaron Rodgers had a passer rating of just 65.0 and the offense sputtered once again, Dom Capers’ defense did something it’s rarely done since 2010 – it dominated an opponent for 60 minutes. And that’s why the Packers came away from Lambeau Field with a hard-fought victory over the Giants. Playing

Preview: Packers vs. Giants

The Packers defense has been outstanding against the run and terrible against the pass. This should come as no real surprise. Under coordinator for life Dom Capers, playing well vs. the run and the pass at the same time almost never happens. Given the choice, you’d rather have the pass defense playing at a high

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. DET

After “studying the tape” (that sounds a heck of a lot better than “turning on the computer”), here are 10 additional thoughts from Sunday’s game against the Lions: —General manager Ted Thompson has an extremely difficult decision to make in regard to the future of T.J. Lang, and the veteran guard is doing all he can to

A Tale Of Two Halves

This is actually the second draft of my postgame review. I started writing the first draft at halftime with the Packers up 31-3. After watching Mike McCarthy for over a decade, I should’ve known better. As per usual, the head coach played not to lose, and if not for a key scramble by quarterback Aaron

Preview: Packers vs. Lions

The way the Packers are playing on offense has left fans with sad eyes, but surprise, surprise, I expect this afternoon to be the start of better days. Call it a leap of faith. The easiest way for the Packers to recapture their glory days on offense is to give the rock more often to

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. MIN

After “studying the tape” (that sounds a heck of a lot better than “turning on the computer”), here are 10 additional thoughts from Sunday’s game against the Vikings: —This was the best game of Jake Ryan‘s brief NFL career. The second-year inside linebacker was strong against the run and effective in coverage. It was hard to know what to