Wednesday Jan 11

What We Learned Against the Raiders

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altThe situation at left tackle has become increasingly foggy. 

Clearly not content with Marshall Newhouse's play at left tackle, the coaching staff inserted rookie Derek Sherrod into the lineup on multiple occasions against the Raiders. Though it's apparent that Newhouse isn't fully getting the job done on Aaron Rodgers' blindside, the move may have something to do with the status of Chad Clifton. If Clifton is still weeks away from game day action, why not see what Sherrod can offer?

The Packers will be forced to pursue perfection without key players. 

Greg Jennings' injury put a damper on the excitement tied to the blowout of the Raiders and the clinching of a first-round bye. Also leaving the game early were running back Brandon Saine and defensive tackle Ryan Pickett. Green Bay is waiting on a number of other key contributors to get healthy, including guard Josh Sitton, linebacker Desmond Bishop and running back James Starks.

Jermichael Finley's stock has taken a dip. 

Finley put up a goose egg against the Raiders, failing to rip away a potential touchdown on his lone target of the afternoon. The quiet performance comes after Finley received some criticism on recent dropped passes. There is more than enough time to rebound though as Finley could become a greater part of the offense with Green Bay now without top target Greg Jennings.

The backfield can deliver big performances without James Starks. 

Fans were treated to a bit of vintage Ryan Grant in Green Bay's route of the Raiders. Grant showcased his home run ability while Saine continued to make strides as a third down back - even John Kuhn made some noise. While most everyone would prefer to have Starks healthy and receiving the bulk of the carries, it's hardly to complain about what's behind him on the depth chart.

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0 # Tarynfor12 2011-12-12 12:58
I'm not as worried about Newhouse as some may be.Getting Sherrod in was a smart thing to do even if Newhouse was dominate.The Clifton era closes with every passing game and Sherrod will get more time at LT with Newhouse for obvious reasons of depth and having them hopefully play equally adept in the weeks to come.
The RB senario is still fine and getting Starks healthy and even Saines concussion leaves us with Grant and Kuhn for now which is better than Jackson and Kuhn ever was.
Finley,Finley,F inley...where art thou Finley?The ball is in your court and you have the opportunity to play as you did early last year before the injury.Show us now how much you really want to EARN your Ring and the paycheck YOU feel deserving of next year.
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0 # Mike Davidsen 2011-12-12 21:51
Think that getting Sherrod some live action was good for him. You just run the risk of him blowing an assignment and Rodgers getting injured. But, you can only take small steps for so long. Sherrod needs to be ready to fill in as (or be) a capable starter next season. I wanted him starting in place of Newhouse this entire time but recognize that he's the type of tackle that takes some time to develop. So be it. But he should be NFL-ready next August.
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