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Saturday, September 24, 2016

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,

Players & Coaches

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

Three’s A Crowd At Running Back

Unless John Crockett or Brandon Burks really shines between now and final cuts on Sept. 3, I see no reason for the Packers to keep a third running back on the 53-man roster – especially when you consider the plethora of talent at other positions. Would it be risky to keep only two running backs?

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

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

Off The Field

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

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

Previews & Reviews

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

What’s Wrong With Rodgers?

It’s been almost a full year since the Green Bay Packers looked like a good offensive team, and during that time I blamed Tom Clements, Edgar Bennett, Alex Van Pelt, Eddie Lacy, Mike McCarthy, Don Barclay, the tight ends, the wide receivers and Heinz Field for the inability to move the ball and score points

Preview: Packers vs. Vikings

Sam Shields won’t play tonight due to the concussion he suffered in the season opener. The Packers dropped 3 of 5 games without the former Pro Bowl corner a year ago, and while only quarterback Aaron Rodgers is truly irreplaceable, Shields is among the top handful of players this team can least afford to be without.

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. JAX

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 Jaguars: 1) Damarious Randall was the Packers’ best player on Sunday. The former No. 1 pick from Arizona State was terrific in coverage and more than adequate against

Packers Find A Way To Win

The Green Bay Packers didn’t play particularly well on either side of the ball, but they were still able to beat the improving Jacksonville Jaguars on the road. That’s the mark of a good team. But to be a great team come January and hopefully February, the offense will need to throw the ball a

Preview: Packers vs. Jaguars

Predicting games is never easy, and it’s especially hard in week 1. Add in variables like the heat and the uncertainty surrounding Jordy Nelson, and it’s darn near impossible to get a feel for what’s going to happen in Jacksonville later today. Green Bay is clearly the better team, but that doesn’t always mean much

Déjà Vu All Over Again?

With one glorious exception, Januarys have been very predictable since GM Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy joined forces a decade ago. Make the playoffs and then exit the playoffs – often in heartbreaking fashion. The 2007 Packers lost in overtime at home. The 2009 Packers lost in overtime on the road. The 2011 Packers were blown

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. SF

The Green Bay Packers improved to 3-0 in the preseason with an impressive 21-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Friday night. Once again, I watched the tape so you don’t have to. Here’s what I saw: —I’m not a big John Crockett fan, but the second-year running back from North Dakota State played

Injuries Could Impact Opener

The Packers won a fake game on Friday night in San Francisco, but suffered three real injuries that could impact the team in the regular season. Chris Banjo and Jayrone Elliott pulled their hamstrings covering kicks and Jason Spriggs played the entire second half with a club on his right hand. The team did not

Players To Watch vs. SF

The Packers play their third preseason game tonight against the 49ers. Here are 7 players to keep an eye on (I focused only on positions that can be analyzed on TV): KENNARD BACKMAN – With new “Mr. August” Justin Perillo all but guaranteed the No. 3 job, last year’s sixth-round pick from Alabama-Birmingham must do

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