Defensive Player Analysis

Packers’ Risky Signing of Woodson Paid Off

  4 years ago     83 Views     Leave your thoughts  

When the Packers cut a deal with Charles Woodson in 2006, they were taking a big chance on a player that had struggled through most of his career with the Raiders. The risk turned out to be well worth it as Woodson has not only become a very productive player but also well loved by Packer fans. (more…)

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As Projected, Walden Making an Impact for the Defense

  5 years ago     54 Views     Leave your thoughts  

In the Packers' 30-20 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, the team's leading tackler was a player many fans didn't want to see on this year's roster: outside linebacker Erik Walden. Back in August after starting inside linebacker Desmond Bishop got injured, I suggested that Walden would make a good candidate to replace Bishop on the inside. I remember many some not liking that idea. And without D.J. Smith now, I still think it's a good idea for Dom Capers to get all three of his best outside linebackers on the field in passing situations. Before injury, Smith…

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Positions with Vacant Starting Spots Could Prove Vital

  5 years ago     42 Views     1 Comment  

The Packers hardly looked like recent world champions as they fell 35-10 to one of the league’s least talented clubs in their second preseason game of 2012. It is, of course, the preseason, with ample opportunities to tune up for the games that matter. Two positions that can help keep the team in its winning ways are running back and cornerback. The question is figuring out which players will start in those spots. Ted Thompson stunned the football world with the signing of Cedric Benson after James Starks injured his toe in the preseason opener. Benson’s addition comes as a…

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Bishop’s Injury an Opportunity for Walden

  5 years ago     120 Views     Leave your thoughts  

With the prospects of Desmond Bishop being out for several months, or even the entire 2012 season, the Green Bay Packers could be in a pinch at inside linebacker. Second-year man D.J. Smith is the logical choice to line up next to A.J. Hawk in the Green Bay 3-4 alignment, but there's another guy on the roster who I feel could make an impact in Bishop's place. That player is Erik Walden. With rookie Nick Perry replacing Walden on the outside, the former starter actually has better size for an inside 'backer in a 3-4 and his athleticism would be…

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Nothing Set in Stone on Defense

  5 years ago     95 Views     Leave your thoughts  

Dom Capers' defense finished the 2011 season 32nd in total defense and 32nd versus the pass. Perhaps it's not surprising that - despite the six defensive players added in the draft - the unit enters training camp with questions all over the place. The Packers have responded well from defensively challenging seasons in the past (2009) and must do so in 2012 to have a shot at returning to the big game. (more…)

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