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The Packers’ Forgotten Linebacker

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There has been a lot of talk in Packer Nation this off-season about the linebacker position. Questions still need to be answered about the OLB position, the veterans Clay Matthews and Nick Perry as well as up-and-comers Vince Biegel, Kyler Fackrell and Reggie Gilbert. Inside, Blake Martinez lived up to the name "Machinez" in 2017 and the Packers drafted Oren Burks in the third round who was brought in largely for his upside and ability to cover receivers. But one of the Packers' linebackers also had a good 2017 and got little credit for it. Let's talk about the Packers'…

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State of the North

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The NFC North looks to be one of the most competitive in the NFC if not the entire NFL this coming season. Everyone in Packer Nation knows the moves the Packers have made and many are likely quite excited. But it is a lot more difficult to keep up with the off-season moves of the other teams in the North so we at GPN decided to do that work for you as the Packers' success in the Division is largely indicative of their success overall. Let's take a quick look around the North and check out the competition with a…

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Multiple Fronts Could Give Opponent Fits in 2018

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Packers' new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine must have been happy with this year's off-season. Going into his first year, the team brought in Mo Wilkerson and signed Tramon Williams and Davon House. Then in the draft, the team's first three picks were defensive players including corners at the two top spots. But the addition of Oren Burks in the third round may be one of the more under-rated of the Packers' choices this year. Burks is an ILB with a lot of defensive back and hybrid experience. And coming from Vandy, in Pettine's simpler scheme...he could be part of a…

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3 Ways Reggie Gilbert Could Help Pettine’s Scheme

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Reggie Gilbert got the attention of Packers head coach Mike McCarthy during rookie orientation. Gilbert has flashed real pass-rush potential but on a roster that includes some significant draft picks, he has his work cut out for him. But if Gilbert can continue to shine, he has a realistic chance of passing up draft picks for reps in the 2018 season. The Packers have been looking for a possible pass rush beyond Clay Matthews and if Gilbert can perform he can help the Pack immediately. Here are three ways Gilbert can help Pettine's new scheme if he comes on this…

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3 Big Bodies That Could Excel in Coverage

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When coach McCarthy addressed the media last week, he made it clear that getting bigger and faster was a top priority. Now that the draft is in the books, the Packers have several big guys with speed that could be mode effective against tight ends, RB's out of the backfield but can track and run in the screen game as well. (more…)

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Aaron Rodgers 2.0?

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The question arose this week about what the Packers might do if Josh Rosen, QB from UCLA, were to fall to the 14th pick in the 2018 NFL draft. In this episode of the Quick Slant we discuss Rosen and contemplate what we would do if Rosen were to take the same fall that Aaron Rodgers did in 2005.

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