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Reactions to the 53-man Roster

  4 years ago     91 Views     Leave your thoughts  

The backup quarterback circus in Green Bay has stolen the media’s attention just days before the regular season kicks off. In all likelihood, this conversation won’t be nearly as relevant during the season as some of the decisions made at linebacker and wide receiver. The Packers have left themselves particularly thin at offensive line and safety but are padded with depth on the defensive front seven, where a number of unlikely names stuck. Defensive linemen Johnny Jolly and Josh Boyd faced uphill battles in cracking the final 53-man roster but ultimately prevailed, thanks to strong training camps and promising showings…

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2013 NFL Predictions

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Not even one week into the regular season, the injury bug has bitten the Packers, already down two starters for the entire season. Depth has traditionally been a staple to Ted Thompson’s rosters but is nowhere to be found at safety, wide receiver and offensive line this year. Without several household names – Greg Jennings, Desmond Bishop and Charles Woodson – Green Bay will need young guns like Randall Cobb and Morgan Burnett to step up this fall. The Packers face four 2012 playoff teams in the first five games of the season, three of which are on the road.…

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Injury to Harris Opens Doors for Other Backs

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                Add another Packer to the list of those not returning this season. After reinjuring his knee in the Packers’ third preseason game, DuJuan Harris will be placed on Injured Reserve, bringing his 2013 season to a close even before it began. In his short time with the Packers, Harris has added value as both a runner and receiver, leaving shoes to fill in the backfield. But with the running back position crowded to begin with, the doors are now open for other ball carriers as the preseason nears its end. Perhaps the biggest benefactor of Harris’ injury is third-year…

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Quiet Return of the Lambeau Field Mystique?

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In the late 1990s, the Packers were unstoppable on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field. Teams feared to come into our house and their fans, when predicting their team's season record, would religiously mark a loss next to any games their team played at Lambeau Field. In 1997, on their way to their second straight Super Bowl, the Packers largely walked through the regular season on their way to post season play and recorded all wins in the legendary stadium. But on October 5, 1998, the Vikings closed the door on a shocking win at Lambeau and created a crack…

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Training Camp Analysis: Linebackers

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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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