Category Archives: 2010 OTAs / Mini-camp

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August

This Just In… Packers’ Mason Crosby Finds the Answer to His Problems

After several years and much hard work, the Green Bay Packers and Mason Crosby today found the answer to his kicking problems – no defense. Yes, it seems that with no rush, Crosby is just fine, thank you.

Without a rush, Crosby was able to go five for five in field goals attempts at Tuesday night’s practice. When the Packers went to their full-team two minute drills, Crosby was given the opportunity to “win the game” with a last second 39 yard field goal. Of course, he missed.

Sadly, that wasn’t the shocking part. What ensued is fairly incredible. The Packers allowed Crosby to line up and take the kick again, but this time with NO DEFENSE. And of course, Crosby makes it.

Believe it or not, I’m not here to kill Mason Crosby. He’s certainly trying his best (we hope). No, I’m here to kill the Packers’ coaching staff and how they have handled Crosby. They have pandered to Crosby like he’s their supermodel girlfriend. Anything he wants. Anyway he wants it. No competition. Nobody to push his sorry ass and make him fight for his job.

It’s too late to call for anything to be done now. For better or worse, Mason Crosby will be the Packers’ kicker in 2010. What I’m upset about is the Packers’ blind faith in a guy who has so obviously underachieved for several years.  And to think he “earned” a 100% raise this season. Wouldn’t we all like a job like that?

It’s almost a certainty that several games this season will be won or lost on the leg of Mason Crosby. Think about that for a moment.

This isn’t a new complaint from me. I’ve written about this the last TWO offseasons.

2010: Mediocrity Rewarded

2009: Kicking Game

But alas, here we are on the cusp of a season with with so much promise, and several times this year, the Packers will hand their fate over to Mason Crosby. The visual on that does not make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside…

The Packers organization has done an awful job with special teams the last few years and the kickers, in particular. Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and Shawn Slocum, this is on you.

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August

Brett Favre Virus Returns to the Internet – Spreading Uncontrollably

Computer Security experts today are warning the public of a nefarious computer worm that has infected millions of computers. First identified in the wild a year ago, and dubbed the “Brett Favre” virus, this nasty piece of malware spams your computer with false and exaggerated Brett Favre content.

Favre news stories, articles, videos, blog posts, board posts—everywhere you surf, this virus will inundate you with everything Brett Favre. Has Brett Favre really retired? Will the Vikings offer him more money? Will Brad Childress be his personal chauffeur? Will he come back to “stick it” to Ted Thompson?

Will he play for the Vikings? Is he meeting with Brad Childress? Is he mowing his lawn? Evidently this virus has conjured up thousands of topics regarding Brett Favre and spread these alleged “articles” throughout the Internet.

The virus is believed to have first been planted on several popular Internet sports sites. As unknowing fans visited these sites, they were infected with the worm, which then started generating Brett Favre content and posting it on web sites throughout the Internet. Within hours, there were over one million Brett Favre articles on the Internet.

This virus is also the first to use Twitter to help spread its payload. Twitter fans everywhere report getting flooded with tweets about Brett Favre, with some claiming to be from Brett Favre himself.

“Blew out a wheel on my tractor,” read one tweet. “If Brad Childress really wants me,  let him come down here and kiss my feet,” read another. These and other obvious fake tweets are being generated non-stop by this hard-working worm.

In an interview this morning, Ronald Wolf of the the organization called C.E.R.T. (Computer Emergency Response Team) said “This virus has built an army of zombie computers, all generating Brett Favre content at an alarming rate. It’s a dangerous situation and it’s wreaking havoc with web servers and computer networks everywhere.”

“Just go to any Internet sports site,” Wolf explained, “you will see nothing but Brett Favre news stories and articles. Could real people actually be writing so much about Brett Favre? No, it’s obviously the work of these zombie computers.” Wolf went on to say he feels partially responsible, having first identified and developed this particular virus while working with an Atlanta company in 1992.

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August

Green Bay Packers 2010 Roster Overcrowding: Is Tight End the New Fullback?

Just about any Packers fan knows (and laments about) how Green Bay kept 3 fullbacks on the 2009 roster. Could tight end be the position for roster overcrowding in 2010? As I mentioned on Cheesehead Radio last week, I think there’s a decent chance. Let me expand on that thought…

In 2009, the Packers selected Quinn Johnson in the 5th round of the NFL draft. Johnson had a hot and cold college career, but was unquestionably looked at as a physical specimen with athletic ability and raw talent that will require some time to develop.

In 2010, the Packers selected Andrew Quarless in the 5th round of the NFL draft. Quarless had a hot and cold college career, but was unquestionably looked at as an immature kid with athletic ability and raw talent that will require some time to develop.

Sound familiar?

In 2009, the Packers did not want to lose Quinn Johnson, by taking a chance on putting him on the practice squad. Certainly, a team like Carolina, who signed Tyrell Sutton and then later had to use him at fullback, would have taken Johnson in a heartbeat. If Johnson can learn to use his skills wisely and improve his pass blocking, the Packers will be very pleased with this pick in a few years.

In 2010, they have drafted a tight end that has a similar skill set as Jermichael Finley, and fits the mold of the modern-day NFL tight end. Putting Quarless on the practice squad is probably not an option. Let me tell you, as a Penn State fan that has seen him play in person several times, the kid has talent. If he can grow up and focus on his job, the Packers will be very happy with this pick in a few years.

Sound familiar?

In 2009, the Packers were supposedly putting an emphasis on special teams (not to say that it worked, though). Not being very deep at talent in the running back position, rather than keep a 4th RB that would never see the field, they kept 3 fullbacks, holding on to Hall and Kuhn, special teams contributors.

In 2010, the Packers are putting a major emphasis on special teams again (no. really! Mike McCarthy said so!). This year, with the drafting of James Starks and signing of Quinn Porter, keeping 4 running backs and two fullbacks is a more logical possibility. That means they probably lose a special teams contributor (Kuhn or Hall) at FB, but can gain one somewhere else – the logical choice would be at tight end.

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July

Green Bay Packers Shareholders Meeting the Main Topic on Cheesehead Radio

This episode of Cheesehead Radio will feature the regular crew, C.D. Angeli, Alex Tallitsch, Holly Phelps and Jersey Al Bracco speaking to special guests Aaron Nagler and Corey Behnke of CheeseheadTV. Aaron and Corey both attended the Packers Shareholders meeting, and will be on hand to discuss the proceedings and take questions from callers.

Listen to the show LIVE at 8:00PM CST on Thurs. July 29th.

Call-in Number: (917) 932-8401 and Press “1″ to talk to the hosts…


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Can’t tune in because you’re on the road or away from your computer? No problem! Call 917-932-8401 on your phone and listen to the whole show LIVE! When you’re not listening to us, check out our blogs listed on our show page!

You can also listen to the show anytime over the next week by going to the Cheesehead Radio Page or you can listen anytime on itunes – just search for Cheeseheadradio.

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July

Packers Undrafted Free Agent OL Nick McDonald & Chris Campbell Vying for a Roster Spot

In the third of this multi-part series, I will examine the  Green Bay Packers 2010 undrafted free agent offensive linemen (Nick McDonald and Chris Campbell) and their chances of making the 53-man roster or practice squad.

You can find Part 1 of this series (Wide Receivers) HERE
You can find Part 2 of this series (Running Backs) HERE

Will one of these offensive linemen spin the wheel of fortune and land a big jackpot or will they hit bankrupt and go away empty-handed?

In each of the last five  years, at least one UDFA has made the Packers’ 53-man roster. In 2009, it was offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. Lets look at the 2010 UDFA OL candidates and evaluate their chances…

Part Three – OFFENSE – Offensive Linemen

Nick McDonald: Grand Valley State, 6’4”, 316lbs,  5.21 40yd time, 1.85 10yd time, 27” vertical, 27 reps@225lbs, and a 8’6” broad jump. He pulled a hamstring during his 40, so he could not participate in the short shuttle or cone drills.

Video:

Scouting Report: Quick and strong – often leads ‘around the corner’ on sweeps. 300+ pounds but still agile and able to get position on LB/DBs. Makes solid contact and destroys his opponent. Great footwork and mechanics in pass protection against some of D-II’s best pass rushers.
McDonald played special teams and multiple positions along the line during his career, making him a versatile player that should make a roster because of his versatility and ability to help in multiple positions.

Signed by Green Bay as a non-drafted free agent on April 30, 2010… A four-year letterman, he played in 44 games with 29 starts during his career at Grand Valley State (Allendale, Mich.)… Started all 15 games at LT for the Lakers as a senior, and was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year… Was named Division 2 first team All-American, Helped the Lakers rush for 227.5 yards per game (11th in the country) and have two RBs eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season… Anchored a line that allowed only 0.6 sacks per game, which ranked No. 3 in the nation… Earned second-team All-GLIAC honors as a junior in 2008 when he started all 12 games at RG… McDonald had a better 40 time then top guard prospects, Iupati, Petrus, Johnson, Beadles.  Only Iupati had a better 10 yard time at 1.84 seconds.

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July

Cheeshead Radio Episode #3: Training camp Countdown, Thur. July 22th, 2010, 9:00PM EST

Cheesehead Radio brings you a jam-packed hour of Green Bay Packers news, debates, interviews and fan call-ins.  Our special guest this week is Brian Carriveau of CheeseheadTV.com and editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. Brian will be talking Packers and taking fan call-in questions. So tune in to Cheesehead Radio for

Is Madden spot on with their Packer ratings? Is Brandon Jackson a lock at #2 running back? All these questions and more will be discussed and debated with you and your hosts, Packer bloggers C.D. Angeli, Jersey Al Bracco, Alex Tallisch, and Holly Phelps.  Brian and your regular hosts will take your calls…dial 917-932-8401. Can’t tune in because you’re on the road or away from your computer? No problem! Call 917-932-8401 on your phone and listen to the whole show LIVE! When you’re not listening to us, check out our blogs listed on our show page!

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July

Packers Undrafted Free Agent Running Back Quinn Porter Looking to Surprise

In the second of this multi-part series, I will examine the only Green Bay Packers 2010 undrafted free agent running back (Quinn Porter) and his chances of making the 53-man roster or practice squad.

(You can find Part 1 of this series HERE)

Will Porter’s spin of the wheel land the Packers a big jackpot or will they hit bankrupt and go away empty-handed?

In each of the last five  years, at least one UFA has made the Packers’ 53-man roster. Will Porter be the one to continue the trend in 2010? Lets take a closer look at Porter and what he is up against.

Part Two – OFFENSE – Running Backs

The Packers kept three running backs last year, stashed Kregg Lumpkin on the practice squad, and of course kept the now infamous trio of fullbacks.  While many are assuming they won’t do the same this year, I say it’s just as possible as it was last year.

UDFA Rookies:

Quinn Porter,  Stillman College, 6’0″, 205 lbs, 4.48 40yd time. Signed by Green Bay as a non-drafted free agent on April 30, 2010……

VIDEO: (FF to 2:30 mark)

AUDIO INTERVIEW:

Originally walked on at Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) before eventually earning a scholarship and lettering all four years. After spending his redshirt season and first four games of his freshman year at WR, asked the coaches if he could move to RB due to injuries at that position… Made his collegiate debut at RB at Miles College (Sept. 24), and stayed there for the rest of his career.  Rushed for 2,788 yards and 24 TDs on 511 carries (5.5 avg.) in 37 games… Added 68 receptions for 887 yards (13.0 avg.) and 12 TDs and posted a 32.0-yard average on 19 kickoff returns. Porter was also the starting punter soph & junior years (35 yd avg) and was 2 for 2 on passes thrown for over 50 yds each and 1 TD.

As a senior, received honorable mention All-America honors from D2Football.com. His average of 138.1 rushing yards per game ranked fifth in Division II. Posted a 39.8-yard average on 10 kickoff returns, highlighted by a pair of 90-yard TDs.