Offensive Line Depth Stretched Thin
As the season approached the Packers felt as good about the offensive line as they had in a long time. "I'm excited about that group," said Mike McCarthy before training camp. "The offensive line, in my opinion, has the chance to be the best offensive line that we've had." Part of the reason for McCarthy's confidence is that he felt that the Packers had six linemen of starting quality. Three of those six players are now out of the lineup. (Continue reading)
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Linsley Now Center of Attention
The Packers will start the 2014 season with different people standing over the football than they originally imagined. B.J. Raji and JC Tretter were slated to be the players lined up on each side the ball when snapped, but after a relatively injury-free training camp up to this point it now appears the Packers will have to break out the "next man up" mantra in full force. (Continue reading)
Five Observations from Packers-Rams
Some observations from the Packers' 21-7 preseason victory over the Rams: 1. Everybody else is more excited about Jeff Janis than Aaron Rodgers is. The most exciting play of the game (not called back by a penalty) was when Jeff Janis took a simple drag route and turned on the jets. In a blink of an eye the rookie from Saginaw Valley State found himself in the end zone, and even though he may not remember much (he said later that he "kind of blacked out" after scoring the touchdown) he burst on to the scene in a big way in his quest for a roster spot. (Continue reading)
An Optimist's Guide to the Draft
The 2014 draft for the Packers has been generally well-received by fans and "experts" alike. The team was able to address several key areas of need, and it was easy to understand the team’s strategy and thought process. But as with so many things in life, there may be a bit of a letdown after the big event actually happens. Whether we're in a wedding or winning a Super Bowl, once the dust settles many of us find ourselves thinking, "That was it? It’s over?" (Continue reading)