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10/17/2019

About Michael Rodney

Packers Notes is the creation of Michael Rodney, who has been writing about the Green Bay Packers for close to 30 years. His first blog, Packer Update, hit the internet in 2006. Before becoming a public educator, Rodney worked as a journalist for a couple of newspapers in his home state of New Jersey. He's had numerous articles on the Packers published and he's been featured on both television and radio over the years.

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Preview: 2019 NFL Draft

After making the playoffs for eight straight seasons, the Packers have fallen on hard times recently. It was easy to blame an injury to Aaron Rodgers for the 7-9 finish in 2017, but there was no such excuse for the 6-9-1 debacle of 2018. That record was well earned. Uninspired coaching and a series of

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

Preview: Free Agency

Free agency officially begins on Wednesday, and if the Packers are going to rebound after back-to-back losing seasons, general manager Brian Gutekunst is going to have to perform a lot better than he did a year ago. Signing younger players would be a good way to make that happen. The Packers acquired five free agents

Subscribe To The Offseason Newsletter

Thanks to the enthusiastic response to the newsletter, I’ve decided to continue the venture throughout the offseason. Starting on Feb. 15, I’ll be publishing every other week until the beginning of training camp in late July. The newsletters will include in-depth player analysis, free agent scouting reports via the All-22, the latest news, hot takes, draft previews, and

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

Pre-Camp Preview: Tight Ends

This is the third in a series of position-by-position previews of the 2018 Green Bay Packers following the OTAs and minicamps. Training camp begins on July 26. EMANUEL BYRD – The former undrafted free agent from Marshall picked the wrong summer to try and make the 53. While he’s probably a better long-term prospect than

Pre-Camp Preview: Running Backs

This is the second in a series of position-by-position previews of the Green Bay Packers following the OTAs and minicamps. Training camp begins on July 26. JOEL BOUAGNON – His college tape is so impressive you wonder how the former Northern Illinois star went undrafted in 2017 – until you check out his 40 time

Pre-Camp Preview: Quarterbacks

This is the first in a series of position-by-position previews of the 2018 Green Bay Packers following the OTAs and minicamps. Training camp begins on July 26.  TIM BOYLE: The undrafted rookie has ideal size and a strong arm, but his college stats were horrific. The former Eastern Kentucky star completed only 55% of his

Best Packers In Past 40 Years

As the NFL Network runs down its list of the top 100 players for 2018, here’s my updated list of the top 25 Green Bay Packers since 1977 (feel free to comment): (tie) 25] CB Al Harris (2003-2009) – One of Mike Sherman’s few good personnel decisions as general manager, the former backup with Tampa Bay and Philadelphia

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