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June 22, 2017

B.J. Raji

D-Line Top Priority For Packers

As much as the Packers need a tight end and an inside linebacker, adding a quality defensive lineman is the team’s No. 1 priority heading into next month’s draft. With B.J. Raji on “hiatus” and the crop of remaining free agents less than impressive, GM Ted Thompson almost has to use one of his top

Raji Won’t Play in 2016

Nose tackle B.J. Raji is retiring – at least temporarily – from the  NFL in the prime of his career. The former No. 1 pick from Boston College was an unrestricted free agent for the second consecutive offseason, but unlike last year, this time he was drawing interest from multiple teams, including the Packers. Here’s the

Move On From Mediocrity

Letting experienced players leave in free agency isn’t easy for any general manager – especially for a draft and develop guy like Ted Thompson. But sometimes it’s simply the right thing to do. Holding onto mediocre veterans might create a feeling of comfort, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t make a team better.

Re-signing Raji Is Risky

B.J. Raji had six sacks in 2010 and went to the Pro Bowl in 2011, but you can make a strong argument that this has been his finest season. The veteran nose tackle is playing harder than ever before and his production has been fairly consistent from week to week, which was seldom the case

Pennel Keeps Improving

The Packers’ run defense has been much better recently, and while there are a number of reasons why, none is bigger than the play of Mike Pennel. The former undrafted free agent from Colorado State-Pueblo, who began the season as a seldom used backup, is now an integral part of the defensive line rotation. In

Looking Ahead To Free Agency

With running back Eddie Lacy and 60% of the offensive line due to become unrestricted free agents in 2017, general manager Ted Thompson will face his most challenging offseason since the Summer of Favre. And while 2016 won’t be quite as imposing, it won’t be a walk in the park either. Six starters and kicker Mason Crosby

Playing Defense Like It’s 2010

In 1982, Prince partied like it’s 1999. In 2015, the Packers are playing defense like it’s 2010. It’s still very early, and Dom Capers’ guys have hardly gone up against a murderer’s row of QBs, but it’s hard not to be encouraged about what’s happening on that side of the ball. Sunday’s 17-3 victory over

Raji Off To Promising Start

There’s no denying B.J. Raji has been very good so far this season. There’s also no denying that Matt Slauson, Will Montgomery and Vladimir Ducasse of the Bears and Justin Britt, Drew Nowak and J.R. Sweezy of the Seahawks are among the worst trios of starting interior offensive linemen in the NFL. And while that

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. SEA

After “studying the tape” (that sounds a heck of a lot better than “turning on the computer”), here are 10 additional thoughts from yesterday’s game against the Seahawks: 1) Due to his lack of speed and quickness, Richard Rodgers will never be an elite player. That said, the second-year tight end proved Sunday night just

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 15 additional thoughts from yesterday’s game against the Bears: 1) Eddie Lacy is a much better runner than a year ago. His patience and vision continue to improve and his impressive one-handed catch in the second quarter

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