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Observations From The Offseason

The Packers concluded their offseason program with last week’s three-day minicamp. GM Ted Thompson spent the past few months replacing veterans lost to free agency and fixing the secondary, with an eye on getting back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2010. The new-look roster will reconvene in five weeks for training camp. Here

Role Players Lift Defense

On a day when highly-paid stars Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers were mediocre at best, the Packers needed other players to step up on defense. Fortunately, Micah Hyde, Kenny Clark and Joe Thomas heeded the call. While the Cowboys managed to score 31 points and amass 429 yards, those numbers would’ve been much

5 Down, 1 To Go

It seemed like typical player-talk five weeks ago, but Aaron Rodgers’ “run the table” comment is now one game away from being a reality. Here’s another reality – the Packers are one win away from capturing yet another NFC North title. Sunday’s 38-25 pummeling of the reeling Minnesota Vikings featured Rodgers at his absolute best

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

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,

Tale Of The Tape: GB vs. CLE

The Packers opened the 2016 preseason with a 17-11 win over the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. I watched the tape so you don’t have to. Here’s what I saw: —Undrafted rookie guard Lucas Patrick did a solid job, especially considering he was playing with a club on his broken right hand. The former Duke star

Don’t Forget About Thomas

I decided to re-watch the wild card playoff game against Washington the other day. The No. 1 reason was to analyze the play of rookie Jake Ryan, but I found myself focusing more on another young inside linebacker. Joe Thomas played 44 snaps that afternoon – 38 in coverage – and he acquitted himself quite

Best Moves Of 2015

Now that another Packers’ season has come to an end, it’s once again time to look back at the best moves made by GM Ted Thompson in the past calendar year. 1) SIGNING JAMES JONES – Bringing back the veteran wide receiver may have seemed like a no-brainer, but hey, you’d be surprised by how many

Packers Rediscover Their Mojo

After sleeping for the better part of the past three months, the Packers’ offense picked the perfect time to wake up. Aaron Rodgers threw a pair of touchdowns, Eddie Lacy averaged over five yards per carry and James Jones caught seven passes in a convincing 35-18 wild-card playoff win over the NFC East champion Redskins. While

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