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Five Packers Primed for a Breakout Year

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There is always opportunity for growth in a Packers organization full of youth and elite coaching. While it will be difficult for some players to top 2011 performances, there are others who have more than enough room to improve. Which Packers will be the Jordy Nelson and Bryan Bulaga of 2012? Morgan Burnett The Packers suffered against the deep ball last season when Charlie Peprah was paired with Morgan Burnett deep instead of Nick Collins. However, Burnett has endless talent and room to improve and should be looked at as a driver of secondary production in 2012. (more…)

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Does the Packers’ High-Powered Offense Make Their Defense Suffer?

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I was reviewing some stats from the 2011 season and one particular stat caught my eye... defensive scrimmage plays. I suddenly found myself wondering if the defense wasn't hitting the field tired halfway through the game because the offense was scoring so fast that there really wasn't much time for the defense to rest. (more…)

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Woodson a Lock at Safety in 2012?

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When the Green Bay Packers announced in April the release of former Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins, many Packers fans began to think of the inevitable: is this the time Charles Woodson moves to safety full time? A season after intercepting the most passes in the NFL while also giving up the most passing yards, there are many questions surrounding the Green Bay defensive backfield. Will corners Tramon Williams and Sam Shields return to their 2010 level? How will Morgan Burnett perform after playing his first full season? But the No. 1 question will be at what position the Packers'…

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Finley Situation the Perfect Rental Arrangement

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Athletic tight ends have become a hot commodity these days in the NFL. That’s why the Patriots have to be happy about locking up pro bowl tight end Rob Gronkonski for six more years at such a “reasonable” price. The Packers hit gold with the financially sound yet short-term contract they handed over to Jermichael Finley in February. However, there is a good chance that Finley will be unaffordable when his two-year contract expires. Finley’s history of injuries and “me-oriented” playing style make the short-term nature of the contract a positive. Further, players like Finley tend to approach their peak…

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Roster Depth Has Its Costs and Benefits

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            Just as offseason programs got underway, Ted Thompson and the Packers front office opted to bring back DWTS champ and aging veteran receiver Donald Driver. The decision produced mixed reactions from experts as practice squad standouts Tori Gurley, Diondre Borel and Shaky Smithson continue to wait their turn in joining the league’s premier wide receiver corps. Driver’s resigning doesn’t necessarily shut the door to the youngsters’ hopes in Green Bay; the Packers kept five tight ends on the Week 1 roster last season and - with their emphasis on special teams - could do the same at wide receiver…

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