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07/26/2017

Lane Taylor

O-Line Now Down Two Star Guards

Despite giving up close to triple the number of pressures as his predecessor, the Packers offensive line held up just fine in 2016 with young Lane Taylor replacing perennial All-Pro Josh Sitton at left guard. But expecting such smooth sailing this season without T.J. Lang at right guard might be asking too much. Give general manager

Positional Analysis: Guard

This is the seventh of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (D): Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang were the starting guards seven months ago. As of today, Lane Taylor and Don Barclay are atop the depth chart. That’s like going from Simon and Garfunkel to the Captain and Tennille. And while

Season Saved In Philly

The Eagles, who earlier in the season beat Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Atlanta at Lincoln Financial Field, were no match for the Packers on Monday night. Buoyed by Aaron Rodgers’ best game in over a year and a defense that finally figured out a way to get off the field on third down, Green Bay won 27-13,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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