Packers training camp saw its regular share of injuries and UDFA surprises, all of which have given way to an interesting round of final cuts. The Packers will be without nose tackle B.J. Raji, offensive tackle Don Barclay and rookie receiver Jared Abbrederis for the entire season and will be missing tight end Brandon Bostick and center J.C. Tretter for multiple weeks.
It’s certainly possible that GM Ted Thompson makes an unexpected move or two before next Thursday’s season opener in Seattle. One such move could be the addition of a veteran O-lineman, which I’ve incorporated into my 53-man roster predictions below. Or, Ted could entertain the trade of outside linebacker Nick Perry, whose playing time should be suppressed by free agent acquisition Julius Peppers.
After a long and arduous training camp, four pre-season games, and numerous bumps and bruises, many hopeful young man awake this Saturday not knowing their future. Will they be invited to play on the most storied franchise in the history of football, or will they be seeking work elsewhere with another team or outside of football altogether.
So first, congratulations go out to all the young men who tried out for this team. Packernation is excited, however, to see what the exact makeup of this year’s team will be. Here are my pleas for this year’s roster cuts.
Wow! The season is here and the Packers offense looks to be in prime condition. We have Eddie Lacy and two other running backs who can be difference makers. We have Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin and…well…whomever the Packers keep after that.
And…we have Aaron Rodgers. This guy is a favorite for league MVP and one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. How did we get this rich??? Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy have kept the right players for the Pack!
But the defense has been criticized…suspect even… Continue reading
The Packers v. Seahawks game is a week away! I have to hand it to the NFL for creating a winning matchup in week one. The reigning Super Bowl Champions play host to a team that a LOT of people have slated for the Super Bowl this year. This is an important game for Green Bay as a chance to start with a splash and strike fear in the hearts of NFC North teams…all of which the Packers will face within the first five games.
So here’s the straight skinny. For the Packers to win, they must… Continue reading
Well, Al Harris may have cut his long hair, but he has not cut his ties with the NFL. The two-time pro-bowler and former Packers shutdown bump-and-run corner will return to Lambeau tonight, this time as assistant d-backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Harris is responsible for many great memories at Lambeau Field and with the Packers in general. Continue reading
Ted Thompson spoke to the press today in a conference regarding the final preseason game and the impending roster cuts.Thompson expressed a good deal of empathy for guys who “have done a good job but will not make it past this weekend”.
As far as the final cuts go, Thompson made it clear that while the assistant coaches have already made their opinions known, the final conversations will be between Ted and coach McCarthy. Green Bay’s scouts, for their part, are doing their due diligence in follow up with other team’s cuts. Looking for players cut by other teams that could contribute in Green Bay goes back to each players college evaluations as well as their preseason work. “Trying to figure out who the bubble players are…It’s an interesting time to be a scout. A lot of projection.” Continue reading
The Green Bay Packers have done some good things in the preseason. Aaron Rodgers looks fit and sharp and the no huddle offense looks to be ready to impose itself on defenses from the start of the year. The defensive pass-rush has already shown improvement even though they are playing things close to the vest right now and Julius Peppers looks to be a guy that can help us get to the next level in that regard. The backfield is still suspect and we still show a weakness when ILB’s end up in pass coverage but really…that will always be a problem because that is exactly the kind of mismatch offenses try to create.
But there is one problem that has not gone away and it WILL hurt us against the Seahawks… Continue reading
The Packers have already been bitten by the injury bug. How telling that player interviews include linemen saying that they are “used to” it…that injured starters are expected on this team. Somethin’s not right Packernation.
Mike McCarthy is as good at player management as any coach in the league and more forward thinking than many but we still seem to start each year hurting and expecting to miss more players than other teams as the season progresses. Continue reading
Well with the regular season just 11 days away, Packernation is starting to set its sites on the Seattle Seahawks. This week’s preseason game will be one last chance for the young guys to show that they belong on this team but the cuts have already begun. There could be no tougher test for the Green Bay Packers, no better team by which to measure…than the Seahawks. This will be an epic game.
Of all the things that the Packers did NOT show in the preseason, here is one thing that they DID show: Continue reading
This is what the Green Bay Packers are about to do to the Seattle Seahawks…and everyone else in their way this coming season…