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10/26/2020

Preview: Packers vs. Falcons

Here are four big questions heading into tonight’s game between Green Bay and Atlanta: 1) How much will the offense miss wide receiver Allen Lazard? More than it should, and that’s because GM Brian Gutekunst did so little to upgrade the talent at the position. Going into the season with Malik Taylor (0 career catches)

Players & Coaches

The Weekend Six-Pack

Every Friday or Saturday, I’ll be posting six videos from the game played earlier in the week. The videos won’t be of obvious plays like touchdowns, but of plays that I found either important or at least interesting. Here’s this weekend’s six-pack:   On Wednesday, coach Matt LaFleur opined that Jamaal Williams (#30) looks “twitchier.”

The Weekend Six-Pack

Every Friday or Saturday, I’ll be posting six videos from the game played earlier in the week. The videos won’t be of obvious plays like touchdowns, but of plays that I found either important or at least interesting. Here’s this weekend’s six-pack:   The end result of this play wasn’t pretty, but it sure was

And Then There Were 53

The Green Bay Packers will have to be down to 53 players by 4 ET on Saturday afternoon. Without being able to attend practices or watch preseason games, some of my projections are based completely off a player’s college tape. This makes the task far more challenging, but what the heck, I’m still going to

Doing The O-Line Shuffle

The most surprising news to emerge from the first few practices of training camp is the legitimate competition occurring on the right side of the offensive line. Veterans Billy Turner, Rick Wagner, and Lane Taylor are battling for two starting spots. On Saturday, Turner opened at right tackle and Taylor at right guard. Two days

Galeai Tops List Of Longshots

The Green Bay Packers signed over 100 undrafted rookies since 2010, and quite a few have become either stop-gap starters or useful backups. That list includes Don Barclay, Lane Taylor, Geronimo Allison, Tyler Lancaster, Mike Pennel, LaDarius Gunter, Kentrell Brice, and Raven Greene. But the only UDFA from last decade to become a quality starter

Remember The ‘2 Week Rule’

The way many members of the media gushed over Montravious “Reggie White II” Adams and Josh “Ronnie Lott Jr.” Jones in recent summers made me a bit nostalgic for the 80s. That was the decade I had my first beer, went to my first Springsteen concert, bought my first car and held my first real

Key Players To Watch

The Green Bay Packers open training camp this week, and if I were allowed to watch practices, here are the six players I’d be keeping an especially close eye on: RASHAN GARY – The exodus of Kyler Fackrell moves last year’s No. 1 pick up a spot on the depth chart, and that means he’ll

$ome Big Decisions Coming

General manager Brian Gutekunst didn’t have many difficult decisions to make in regard to his own free agents the past three offseasons, but that will change in 2021. Five of the Packers’ best players and potential No. 2 wide receiver Devin Funchess are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents next March. The following is a

Scouting Report: Kamal Martin

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” is an old proverb that GM Brian Gutekunst obviously took to heart in April’s draft. Only two years after trading up for inside linebacker Oren Burks, he picked an almost identical player in Kamal Martin. Both players are listed at 6-foot-3. Both players were used extensively

All’s Not ‘Right’ With O-Line

The right side of the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line has been a strength for the past 25 years. From Earl Dotson and Marco Rivera through Mark Tauscher and Josh Sitton through Bryan Bulaga and T.J. Lang, superstar quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers seldom had to worry about facing frontside pressure. But that probably

Heir To 12 Can Wait

Some experts believe the Packers will use the 30th pick in the upcoming draft on a quarterback, and they often use what happened in 2005 as foreshadowing. That’s the year former general manager Ted Thompson selected Aaron Rodgers late in the first round. It does make sense. Brett Favre was 36 at the time, and

Unsung Heroes Of 2019

There were a lot of reasons the Packers went 14-4 and reached the NFC Championship game last season. They were extremely resilient in finding ways to win close games. They remained healthy while many of their opponents were ravaged by injuries. And they received productive seasons from most of the players who were supposed to

Scouting Report: Za’Darius Smith

I didn’t include Za’Darius Smith among the 20 free agents the Packers should consider signing in the last newsletter. Not because I didn’t think he was a good young player, but because I didn’t think general manager Brian Gutekunst would be willing to pay $12 million per for an outside linebacker whose best season came

Just Say No To Joe

Two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers came out first in support of Joe Philbin. Pro Bowl wide receiver Davante Adams followed a few days later. And you can be sure other players will chime in after Sunday’s season finale against the Lions. None of this should be surprising, and none of this should mean a thing when

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Off The Field

Kizer Trade Was A Dud

Brian Gutekunst was named general manager of the Green Bay Packers on January 8, 2018. He’s made over 100 personnel moves since that time – some good and some not so good. I listed his 12 best moves earlier this month, and now I’ve spent the past few weeks counting down his worst moves. Here’s

Burks Looks Like A Bust

Brian Gutekunst was named general manager of the Green Bay Packers on January 8, 2018. He’s made over 100 personnel moves since that time – some good and some not so good. I listed his 12 best moves earlier this month, and now I’ve spent the past few weeks counting down his worst moves. Here’s

Cobb Was Never Replaced

Brian Gutekunst was named general manager of the Green Bay Packers on January 8, 2018. He’s made over 100 personnel moves since that time – some good and some not so good. I listed his 12 best moves earlier this month, and now I’ve spent the past few weeks counting down his worst moves. Here’s

Best Available Wide Receivers

Despite ending last season with only one wide receiver catching more than 35 passes, general manager Brian Gutekunst decided to bypass the position in the draft. His only addition was free agent Devin Funchess, who chose to opt-out due to Covid-19 earlier in the week. That leaves the Packers with essentially the same group as

Jackson Faces Make-Or-Break Season

Brian Gutekunst was named general manager of the Green Bay Packers on January 8, 2018. He’s made over 100 personnel moves since that time – some good and some not so good. I listed his 12 best moves earlier this month, and now I’ve spent the past couple of weeks counting down his worst moves.

Graham Added Little To Offense

Brian Gutekunst was named general manager of the Green Bay Packers on January 8, 2018. He’s made over 100 personnel moves since that time – some good and some not so good. I listed his 12 best moves earlier this month, and now I’ll spend the next couple of weeks counting down his worst moves.

Best Packers In Past 40 Years

As the NFL Network gets ready to run down its list of the top 100 players of 2020, here’s my updated list of the top 25 Green Bay Packers since 1980. Take a few minutes and enjoy the stroll down memory lane. Feel free to leave a comment. 25-tie] CB Tramon Williams (2006-2014, 2018-2019) –

Turner Needs To Be Better

Brian Gutekunst was named general manager of the Green Bay Packers on January 8, 2018. He’s made over 100 personnel moves since that time – some good and some not so good. I listed his 12 best moves earlier this month, and now I’ll spend the next couple of weeks counting down his worst moves.

Ex-Eagle Would Boost Defense

The Packers improved their defense last offseason by signing a little-known former Eagle. They can do the same this offseason by signing a much more accomplished ex-Bird. While Chandon Sullivan proved to be a pleasant surprise as a versatile backup, Nigel Bradham has the ability to make a far greater impact. Bradham was cut by

Moore Was Less Than Expected

Brian Gutekunst was named general manager of the Green Bay Packers on January 8, 2018. He’s made over 100 personnel moves since that time – some good and some not so good. I listed his 12 best moves earlier this month, and now I’ll spend the next couple of weeks counting down his worst moves.

Lowry Regressed After Payday

Brian Gutekunst was named general manager of the Green Bay Packers on January 8, 2018. He’s made over 100 personnel moves since that time – some good and some not so good. I listed his 12 best moves earlier this month, and now I’ll spend the next couple of weeks counting down his worst moves.

Black Position Coaches Matter

As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to sweep across the country this summer, the lack of Black head coaches and coordinators in the National Football League has once again become a hot topic of discussion in the media. We all know the disturbing numbers. Only three of 32 head coaches are Black, and only

Za’Darius Smith Was A $66M Bargain

Brian Gutekunst was named GM of the Packers on January 8, 2018. He’s made over 100 personnel moves since that time – some good and some bad. I’ve spent the past couple of weeks counting down his 12-best moves. Here’s No. 1: While Za’Darius Smith might’ve been the highest-paid of the four free agents signed

Elgton Rocked Rookie Season

Brian Gutekunst was named GM of the Packers on January 8, 2018. He’s made over 100 personnel moves since that time – some good and some bad. I’ve been listing his best moves over the course of the last few weeks. Here’s No. 2: I admit I wasn’t thrilled when Gutekunst drafted Elgton Jenkins with

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Previews & Reviews

Tale Of The Tape: Week 3 (NO)

Come time to interview new head coaches in January, perhaps teams should be looking for the “next Matt LaFleur.” Since being hired in January 2019, all the 40-year-old has done is win 17 of 21 games and take his team to the NFC Championship game. And win number 17 on Sunday night may have been

Preview: Packers vs. Saints

Here are four big questions heading into tonight’s game between Green Bay and New Orleans: 1) How good is the Packers’ offense? Ask me again in about 24 hours. After taking full advantage of inexperienced and injury-depleted defenses the first two weeks, Aaron Rodgers and company will be facing a much tougher test on Sunday

Tale Of The Tape: Week 2 (DET)

The Packers’ 42-21 dismantling of the Lions was coach Matt LaFleur’s eighth consecutive win against the NFC North. That, along with a 15-3 overall record, makes the 40-year-old’s first 18 games among the most successful in league history. Not bad for a guy who was interviewed by only one team following the 2018 season. And

Preview: Packers vs. Lions

Here are four big questions heading into today’s game between Green Bay and Minnesota: 1) How much will the Packers miss injured defensive lineman Kenny Clark? A lot. The run defense struggled last week, even with the Pro Bowl nose tackle on the field in the first half. Without him, Green Bay is left with

Tale Of The Tape: Week 1 (MIN)

With an abbreviated practice schedule and no preseason games, it was even more difficult to predict what was going to happen in week 1. That said, seeing the Packers put up 43 points and over 500 yards was still a surprise. Using enough motion to make even an experienced sailor seasick, Matt LaFleur had the

Preview: Packers vs. Vikings

Here are four big questions heading into today’s game between Green Bay and Minnesota: 1) Can the defense slow down Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook? I’m not sure the run defense could slow down Apple’s Tim Cook. The Packers struggled to contain Dalvin Cook (20 carries for 154 yards) at Lambeau early last season,

Preview: What To Expect In 2020

Sure, the 2019 Green Bay Packers benefited from unusually good health and a somewhat fortuitous schedule en route to the NFC Championship game, but 13-3 is still 13-3. That’s why anything less than another deep run in the playoffs would have to be considered a disappointment, especially for a team that returns all but two

Bold Predictions For Season

A prediction is bold until it doesn’t come true; then, it becomes stupid. But hey, that’s not going to stop me from making some for the 2020 season. Here they are: 1) AARON JONES WILL RUSH FOR LESS THAN 900 YARDS This has very little to do with Jones and almost everything to do with

Packers: Pros & Cons

The Green Bay Packers open the season in less than two weeks, and for a team that played in the NFC championship game less than eight months ago, hopes aren’t as high as might be expected. That’s probably because general manager Brian Gutekunst did so little in the offseason to improve the roster while other

If I Were The GM

I hate when a year or two after the fact people say they would’ve drafted this guy instead of this guy. It’s too easy. So I decided to pick along with GM Brian Gutekunst and make my selections right before he made his. These were my picks: Round 1 (#26) – As expected, Gutekunst traded

Quick-Snap Review: Jordan Love

The Green Bay Packers traded up in the first round to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. The cost was a fourth-round pick. Here’s a quick analysis: PROS 1) Love has the physical traits that get quarterbacks drafted in the top-10. He has size (6-4, 225), speed (4.7), and a rocket for a right arm.

Preview: 2020 NFL Draft

After missing the playoffs for two consecutive seasons, the Packers bounced back in a big way under rookie head coach Matt LaFleur. But getting from the NFC championship game to the Super Bowl will take more than another four months of fortuitous calls, close wins, and incredible health. It’ll take a really strong draft –

Gutey’s Got A Type

If the first three girls someone goes out with have long blonde hair, there’s no guarantee that the next girl will also have long blonde hair, but the odds are pretty good. Everybody has a type – be it a high school senior looking for a prom date or an NFL general manager looking for

Mocking The Packers

I‘ve never been a fan of mock drafts, but people seem to love them. So here’s my first effort at predicting what will happen next week. Green Bay picks 30th, and while general manager Brian Gutekunst will talk about taking the best player available, the reality is he’s going to try to fill a need

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