Defensive Team Analysis

Training Camp Analysis: Linebackers

  4 years ago     63 Views     1 Comment  

Having to face Adrian Peterson and Matt Forte twice each season has forced Ted Thompson to stay invested in his linebacker corps over the years. Fortunately, he has been efficient in drafting the position in April, with the depth chart showing three first-rounder-turned-starters. However, after waiting until Day 3 of this past draft to select a linebacker and witnessing the sudden departures of Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith in the offseason, the Packers appear to be a tad shallow at the position. The lack of depth at outside linebacker and Mike Neal’s struggles as a down lineman prompted the coaching…

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Training Camp Analysis: Defensive Line

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Ted Thompson is well-aware of his less-than-stellar track record of selecting defensive linemen in the draft. He whiffed on Justin Harrell in the first round of the 2007 draft and has yet to capture any sort of return on second-rounders Mike Neal and Jerel Worthy. And yet Thompson has maintained his status as a buyer at the position, nabbing UCLA star Datone Jones in this April’s draft. Jones’ ability to make an immediate impact on passing downs will be key to the defense’s success in 2013. Also instrumental in generating pass rush will be B.J. Raji, who is in his…

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Training Camp Analysis: Cornerbacks

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Since Mike McCarthy’s arrival in Green Bay, the Packers have been nothing short of well-off at the cornerback position. Charles Woodson was a household name since signing as a free agent and was always paired with at least one other standout, whether it be Al Harris or Tramon Williams. Even without Woodson, this year is no different; the roster boasts impressive depth at cornerback entering the first full week of training camp. However, with great depth eventually come big decisions. These decisions start with Tramon Williams, whose stay in Green Bay may not be as long as we once anticipated.…

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Packers’ Lack of Talent on Defense Beginning to Take its Toll

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            The Dom Capers era in Green Bay got off to a booming start in 2009 when the defensive whiz turned a sluggish 4-3 unit into one of the NFC’s best. Without taking away from Capers’ accomplishments, the coordinator had a lot to work with. The Packers boasted at least five pro bowl-worthy defensive players in 2009 and 2010. Over the past two seasons, however, talent has seemingly disappeared from that side of the ball. Green Bay Packer Defense: Key Concerns The secondary has suffered the most severe demise, with noticeable declines in production out of Charles Woodson and Tramon…

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Bishop’s Injury an Opportunity for Walden

  5 years ago     117 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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