As many of you know by now…AJ Hawk, 5th pick overall…has been released by the Packers. This moves the Packers from a re-vamping year at inside linebacker to a re-building year. For all of his knocks (mostly due to the fact that he was picked number 5 overall) AJ was a consummate Packer, a phenomenal teammate, and an all around good guy. Just read his statement and you will see that AJ went out with dignity and class: Continue reading
It is always easier to love a sport when you understand it, so greenbaypackernation.com would like to help! We want to do a course on the basics of football, called “Football Fun-01″. This would provide the basics of the game and give anyone who struggles to understand what’s going on a chance to become a football guru! Ha! Well, not really but we want to approach the game with a reasoned, orderly approach that allows our readers/listeners/watchers to have their questions answered without the roar of the crowd and the next play coming and nacho cheese flying through the air. And we want you to be able to learn it, at your own pace, on your own time…anonymously. Continue reading
To start with, let’s take a look at the returning players from last year:
Aj Hawk came clean at the end of the season about playing with ankle spurs that required surgery. This would explain his less than par performance last year and if this surgery can give him back the speed he needs then his experience alone is a big factor for the teams success.
Sam Barrington has proven he can be the starter this year. Continue reading
After watching the NFL combine and watching more tape on the 3 top prospects, Benardrick McKinney, Denzel Perryman, and Eric Kendricks, I honestly don’t believe any of them are worth a first round grade when it comes down to it. With that said I believe we need to take a big guy on defense. There are a lot of rushers/run stoppers in this years draft worthy of first round picks and a few of them could be around at 30 like Eddie Goldman, DT-FSU, Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE-UCLA, Jordan Phillips, DT-Oklahoma to name a few. Continue reading
Michael Bennett has been considered by most to be a second round pick, largely due to his size. At under 300 pounds, he is less than ideal to be an edge rusher, much less a DE in a 3-4 in the NFL. But Michael may have moved up draft boards after a fine Combine performance. Bennett (6’2″ 288 lbs) don’t do justice to his ability to get up the field and his overall power.