Desmond Bishop is one player the Packers have drafted and developed.
An interesting discussion about the Packers draft and develop philosophy broke out in the comments section of this post the other day.
The basic question that came out of the discussion was this: What does draft and develop mean to you?
Draft and develop might mean different things to different people. The various meanings appear to include:
Having players on the roster who can immediately and adequately fill in when a starter is injured.
When an upper-echelon player leaves the team (for whatever reason), there’s another player on the roster than can immediately play at a similar level of the departed star.
Accumulating as much young talent as possible.
There is no right answer to the question, but if I had to select one of the above, I’d select the third option. However, that answer is a little broad. There isn’t a team in the league that doesn’t want to accumulate as much young talent as possible. That franchise goal isn’t unique to the Packers.
Perhaps I need to add a fourth option: Accumulating as much young talent as possible and having the patience to stick with that philosophy and actually make it work.
Draft and develop has paid off for the Packers because they didn’t ditch it at the first sign of trouble. It’s also worked because the front office appears to be on the same page as the coaching staff, which is a lot more rare than we think. (It’s also worked because the Packers have Aaron Rodgers.) Read more...(481 words + 1 image, estimated 1:55 mins reading time)
It’s the week many Green Bay Packers fans have been waiting for.General Manager Ted Thompson will finally wake up from his offseason hibernation and will get to work setting the Packers up for another Super Bowl run in 2013.As usual, he largely ignored free agency and will rely on the draft to restock Green Bay’s shelves with fresh talent.
This offseason has been one of some discontent for some Packers fans.Donald Driver retired, Charles Woodson was released and Greg Jennings signed with the Minnesota Vikings.That’s three veteran leaders that Green Bay won’t have this year, not to mention three fan favorites as well. The Packers also hung onto Jermichael Finley, which drew considerable scorn from fans also.
Fear not, Packer faithful. It’s not all bad.Clay Matthews signed a five-year contract extensions and all signs point to Aaron Rodgers having his extension done before training camp.As long as Matthews and Rodgers are in Green Bay, the Packers should remain in the upper echelon of teams in the NFC.
That said, Thompson realizes both those players need talent around them to get Green Bay from being one of the best teams to THE best team and he will do that through the NFL draft.One could almost say, in recent years anyway, the draft has become Thompson’s personal playground. Read more...(812 words + 1 image, estimated 3:15 mins reading time)
Three-year starter at North Carolina State … Former head coach Tom O’Brien once called Wolff “the heart of the defense” … Graduated in three-and-a-half years with a degree in sports management … Led the team in tackles as a senior, finishing with 119 on the year … Finished second on the team in tackles with 113 as a junior … Finished third on the team with 91 tackles as a sophomore … Had seven forced fumbles during his college career … Redshirted as a true freshman in 2008 before starting four games as a redshirt freshman in 2009 … Was a high school running back at Hoke County High School, also a standout track athlete
What they’re saying about him: Read more...(577 words + 1 image, estimated 2:18 mins reading time)
CBSSports.com: “Possesses lean, muscular frame with long arms. Displays good play recognition, and nice initial straight-ahead burst. Takes sound angles to the outside against the run, and really uses his length well to close space and make the tackle. Wraps up nicely, and routinely approaches his target low. Exhibits a fluid backpedal and flips the hips with good timing in transition.”
Look how happy Ryan Pickett is about the Packers 2013 schedule being released.
The 2013 NFL schedule was released Thursday night and it included three Sunday night games and a Monday night game for the Green Bay Packers.
You can view the entire Packers 2013 schedule here. You can view the entire NFL 2013 schedule here.
Here’s everything else you need to know about the Packers 2013 schedule (or at least everything I could think of and lift from other people on Twitter): Read more...(575 words + 1 image, estimated 2:18 mins reading time)
The Packers once again open the season against the 49ers, this time on the road. We’ll find out right away if Dom Capers has learned how to stop Colin Kaepernick and the read-option.
Need an excuse to eat turkey for breakfast? The Packers play the Lions at 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving. I say stuff your face with food early, watch the game, then eat leftovers for dinner.
Let’s hope the Packers injury luck is better than last season. Green Bay’s bye comes in week four. That’s early.
We’ll find out a lot about the Packers right away. Their first three games are against 2012 playoff teams (@49ers, vs. Redskins and @Bengals).
After those first three games, the Packers get a bye, play a non-playoff team (the Lions, who are barely an NFL team, let alone a playoff team) and get right back into the grind with a week six matchup against the Super Bowl champion Ravens.
After nearly giving up on football and dropping out of high school, Williams gave the game another try during his junior year at Coffeyville Community College. He spent two years there (honorable mention JUCO All-American with 12.5 tackles for loss and five blocked kicks) before transferring to Chapel Hill. . became an immediate starter at UNC in 2011. . .still managed 42 stops in 2012 despite heavy focus from opposing offensive blocking schemes.. . earned First Team All-ACC honors from both coaches and the media with a career high 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks
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CBSSports.com: ”Possesses a naturally large, thick build. Possesses a very quick first step and a lethal swim move (both arms, if necessary) to slip past interior linemen. Varies his burst off the snap, lulling his opponent into relaxing and can make the explosive tackle behind the line of scrimmage before the ball-carrier has had time to make his first cut.”
Overview: To kick off the next series of evaluations on AllGreenBayPackers.com, the ALLGBP staff are going to be analyzing each position group starting off with the specialists. Overall, the specialists did a pretty good job keeping their names off the papers and blogs, outside of about 6 weeks of utter CROSBPOCALYPSE.
Where We Are Now
Here are the current suspects;
LS Brett Goode (Undrafted, 2008)
P Tim Masthay aka Ginger Wolverine (Undrafted, 2010)
So that’s where we are. Not much to report here; specialists are often drafted in the later rounds or not at all, and the Packers are no different, only using a 6th round pick on Crosby and picking up both Goode and Masthay off the free agent street.
Goode: Goode again finished the season without a bad snap and even recorded a tackle in week 9 against the Cardinals, a pretty hard feat considering Goode has the least idea of what’s going on on the field since his head is between his legs at the beginning of the play. Goode was also not responsible for any blocked or batted kicks which overall for a long snapper basically is a job well done
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Thanks to Aaron Rodgers, and the guidance of Mike McCarthy, the Packers are set at QB.
Packers quarterbacks: That Aaron Rodgers guy is pretty good. Should he ever get hurt for an extended stretch (God forbid), things could go south in a hurry. Most teams are in the same boat as the Packers when it comes to quarterback. If the starter gets hurt, they’re screwed. Fans like to get all worked up over the backup quarterback. “Bring in a good backup,” they yell. “I want someone with experience,” they cry. Well, if the backup QB was good, he probably wouldn’t be a backup in the first place. And bringing in a veteran? I’ll take a low-cost young guy with a high ceiling over someone with experience who is overpriced, washed up, and probably no good, anyway.
Aaron Rodgers: The most physically gifted quarterback in the game. By now, we all know what Rodgers is good at. If we wanted him to be even better, I suppose we could point to his tendency to hold the ball and ignore underneath receivers. Sometimes it feels like Rodgers is almost too talented for his own good. He’s always trying to wriggle around the pocket and keep his eyes downfield, hoping a receiver comes open deep for a bomb. Sometimes you want to shake Rodgers and tell him that there’s nothing wrong with a “normal” five-yard pass every now and then. That’s getting really nit-picky, though. It’s not like Rodgers never throws underneath and always holds the ball too long.
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