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09/21/2017

Aaron Ripkowski

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)

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

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

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

Let It Rip At Fullback

The Packers are the ultimate draft and develop team. It’s time to do just that at the fullback position. Whether veteran John Kuhn returns or not –  and I expect him to be back – the bulk of the snaps this season should go to young Aaron Ripkowski. Kuhn was solid last season, although his

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. PIT

After “studying the tape” (that sounds a heck of a lot better than “turning on the computer”), here are 14 additional thoughts from yesterday’s game against the Steelers: 1) Undrafted free agent Alonzo Harris probably played himself off the 53-man roster by dropping a couple of easy passes. The 240-pound former Louisiana-Lafayette star has shown

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. NE

After “studying the tape” (that sounds a heck of a lot better than “turning on the computer”), here are 12 additional thoughts from last night’s game against New England: 1) If excelling on special teams is his ticket to the 53-man roster, rookie fullback Aaron Ripkowski might want to start looking for a home in

Ty Moves To Head Of Class

Ty Montgomery wasn’t the Packers’ first pick in the most recent draft, but he’s been the best pick after two weeks of training camp. With Family Night now a memory and the preseason opener just a day away, here’s our initial rookie report card: WR TY MONTGOMERY – I rolled my eyes when Packers scout

Time To Rethink Punt Returns

Packers Notes will provide updates from training camp whenever we have a person in attendance, so check back for the latest news. This info was compiled by Robert Tahan. –It’s early so maybe things will change, but for now Micah Hyde and Randall Cobb appear to be the top choices to return punts this season.

Notebook: Will Clay Get His Way?

I realize everyone was consumed by the draft late last week, but I was still really surprised that not more was made of some information reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn on Wednesday night. Here’s what he wrote as part of a story on general manager Ted Thompson possibly trading out of the first