Football is all about scoring touchdowns. Granted the highest scoring players in the league are generally kickers, but no team wants to score a bunch of field goals in a game and very few games are won without scoring a touchdown.
If Packer fans had a choice, every pass Aaron Rodgers tossed in the air would result in a touchdown. Of course, that’s never going to happen, but just how many of Aaron’s passes DO result in a touchdown?
The answer might shock you. Continue reading
I’ve been wondering what Nick Perry will bring to the Packer defense in his sophomore season. Technically speaking, he isn’t a rookie any more. However, he spent most of last season on the sidelines, so he certainly doesn’t have the experience most rookies have of at least taking part in practice.
Still, Perry has had a year to absorb the defensive play book and study film and that alone should make him a better player out of the gates.
Let’s take a look at some clips of Nick from last season. Despite his short tenure on the field, there are some interesting things happening here. Continue reading
The selections of Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin in April’s draft bring both excitement and question to the Packers’ backfield for the coming fall. In Lacy, the Packers get the goal line force that they have lacked for years, and in Franklin, a three-down speedster. Both backs are virtual locks for the Week 1 roster, if they remain healthy. With these two rookies now in the mix, what becomes of James Starks, Alex Green and DuJuan Harris?
The Jets new offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, made a recent statement that he’s not worried about passer accuracy. For some time now, Packer fans have been proudly pointing out how accurate Aaron Rodgers’ passing is.
So, the question is, does it really matter?
Let’s look at the numbers… Continue reading
In 2012 Ted Thompson seemingly bucked his ‘best player available’ strategy by selecting six straight defensive players. This year’s draft showed much closer resemblance to the GM’s need-neglecting roots. While the Packers failed to come away from the draft with a safety or inside linebacker, the 11 additions to the roster are intriguing, to say the least.
Ryan Grant, Ahman Green, Dorsey Levens, Edgar Bennett… these are some names we all know well. Not only did these backs give the Packers the potential of a 20 yard explosion at any given time, they also had long tenures with the Packers.
Since Grant effectively closed out his career as the primary back at Green Bay, the Packers have been looking for someone to fill the void and become the next perennial running back.
Have the Packers finally found that back in Eddie Lacy? The following video clips show some of the potential Lacy brings to the green and gold. Continue reading
Many of the teams in the league are entering the 2013 draft in crisis mode. They have positions that absolutely need to be filled and they’ll be praying the draft will produce some picks that they can throw on the field right out of the gates.
The Packers are not one of these teams. Continue reading
For a roster regularly mentioned as one of the most talented in football, the Packers appear to have more than just a couple needs heading into the NFL draft. The wobbly defensive front and ailing safety position are two of several areas that fans would love to see addressed in this weekend’s draft. And while general manager Ted Thompson generally abides by his best-player-available strategy, we’ll ponder the options Green Bay has at each of their needs, should Thompson break away from his philosophy.
The Packers’ decision to cast Charles Woodson loose automatically made strong safety a top draft day need for the Packers. Free safety Morgan Burnett has shown promise but not perfection in his three seasons with the Packers and would benefit by playing next to Texas product Kenny Vaccaro. Provided that Vaccaro is gone by the Packers’ pick at 26, Thompson may eye a pair of SEC standouts in LSU’s Eric Reid and Florida’s Matt Elam. Reid brings the physical presence and tackling ability that the Packers have missed since Nick Collins’ career ended abruptly in 2011.
With the NFL Draft just weeks away, it’s worth looking back on the Packers’ recent draft classes. While one can’t expect a player to pay big dividends in his first season with the team, three years of minimal production doesn’t go unnoticed in a town like Green Bay. Below is a summary of players drafted by the Packers in the first three rounds of the past three drafts.
A continuation of our series on Packer greats from before the 1943 NFL helmet rule. If you missed the others in the series, you can find them here.
Clarke Hinkle was the Packers’ fullback/linebacker from 1932 to 1941. He earned the nickname of Battering Ram in college, and Packer fans soon found out why. Continue reading