Who Is Angelo Pease?
It's a name that wasn't heard on draft day, and it's unlikely it will be heard in September once the 53-man roster is announced. But for now, the name that kept popping up during the Packers rookie camp was an improbable one: Angelo Pease. The Packers brought in two high profile rookies in Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin to battle it out at that position, yet it was Pease who garnered unsolicited praise from Mike McCarthy. During the first press conference of the camp back on Friday, McCarthy was asked a general question about whether it was possible for players to leave strong impressions based on the rookie evaluation camp. McCarthy pointed out Pease right away, and even said that on one particular impressive play he thought he was watching Eddie Lacy at first. (Continue reading)
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A Personal Letter of Thanks
It seems hard to believe, but it has now been one year since we first launched Packerpedia. The journey has taken us places Dan and I never dreamed possible, and we have you to thank for it. The funny thing is, the whole thing really all started out of boredom. My wife was out of town visiting relatives for several weeks, and I found myself alone in the house every evening after work, staring at the walls. (Continue reading)
Lacy No Stranger To Challenges
In the weeks leading up to the draft, Eddie Lacy's name was linked to the Packers in countless mock drafts. The 230-pound bruiser from Alabama had left a strong impression after his stellar performance in the BCS National Championship game, and in many respects it made sense to choose him with the 26th overall pick because he offered something the Packers haven't had consistently: the threat of a reliable, physical run game. Several highly respected national writers penciled in Lacy to the Packers. Even so, when the Packers chose Datone Jones over Eddie Lacy in the first round it was difficult to argue the logic of the selection. (Continue reading)
Questions Emerge Due To Contract Concerns
As the draft approaches, countless mock drafts are linking a multitude of college prospects to the Packers in order to fill perceived needs. This begs the question...exactly what are those needs? And which of them are most pressing? When the Packers gave up 579 yards in their playoff loss to the 49ers, the obvious answer seemed that they needed more help on the defensive side of the football even despite investing heavily there in last year's draft. There may be more to the story, however. Ted Thompson and the front office staff have the task of making the moves necessary to field a winning team right away in 2013, but they also have to take into consideration what the team will look like three or more years from now. Sometimes that may result in a bigger picture view of team needs than what may appear at first glance. (Continue reading)
Charles Woodson Speaks
Charles Woodson doesn't have a team yet, but that didn't stop him from doing an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio's Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon. Woodson was asked about a variety of subjects, many of which may be of interest to Packers fans. The future Hall of Famer talked about his clouded future in the NFL, what else he's looking to accomplish before hanging up his cleats, and even reflected on his time in Green Bay. (Continue reading)
Turning to the Draft
Whether fans of the Packers like it or not, Ted Thompson and the Packers chose their usual course of action and remained on the sideline during the first few days of the annual free agency frenzy. They are upfront and clear about their vision for the organization. They are a draft-and-develop team through and through, and appear uninterested in deviating from that course. So perhaps it would be beneficial to step back from all that is happening in free agency (and the instant gratification it offers fans), and try to look at the type of impact player the Packers may be able to add during next month's draft. (Continue reading)
Finley and His Future
Two months ago, it appeared that Jermichael Finley's days in Green Bay were numbered. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel published a story by Bob McGinn in mid-December that suggested the Packers were ready to move on without the valuable-yet-vexing tight end. "Barring a shocking turn of events in the next month or so," wrote McGinn, "tight end Jermichael Finley is playing his fifth and final season for the team. There is no way the Packers will pick up the second half of the two-year, $14 million contract they gave Finley (last) February, according to sources." (Continue reading)
Youth Movement Begins Anew
It seemed like just another press conference at the time. After the Packers wrapped up their rookie minicamp last May, Mike McCarthy stood in front of the podium and was asked about what kind of impact could be expected from the newest additions to the team. In light of recent events the past two weeks, it is worth revisiting his answer. "I think the way our program is designed tells you how we feel about young players," McCarthy said. "It’s a young man’s league in my opinion...no disrespect to the older players. I think that’s a trend that’s only potentially going to pick up." (Continue reading)
When Kings Collide
For the most part, the NFL Honors show was anticlimactic. Reports of the award winners had already leaked out into the media, and there isn't much point of an awards show when you already know who the winners are. The NFL will need to re-think that. Even so, many Packers fans remained glued to their seats. Word had also been leaked that the unthinkable was happening. Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were making nice on stage. Their exchange lasted less than a minute, but it is a moment that will be talked about for days, weeks, months...probably even years.(Continue reading)
Thompson's Shrewd Move Paying Off
There can be no doubt that the Packers offense runs through Aaron Rodgers. Yet in their Wild Card victory over the Vikings, an argument could be made that the offense was actually more effective when it was running through DuJuan Harris. Harris is considered a first-year player since he spent so little time on the Jaguars' roster last season. He has been playing like anything but a first-year player for the Packers this year. Since his first game when he was only inserted into the lineup for seven snaps and ran the ball on each of those plays, the Packers have expanded and diversified his role more and more. He has been catching passes, picking up blitzes, and has made very few mistakes. (Continue reading)
The Most Powerful Man on the Packers?
There are several powerful people that make things happen within the walls of Lambeau Field. Ultimately, the buck stops with Mark Murphy. Since taking over as team president five years ago, he has had the final say on all business affairs. The Packers have been very successful on the field, but Murphy has spearheaded a period of unmatched profitability off the field for the Packers as well. Ted Thompson is the final authority in all personnel matters. (Continue reading)