With the 2013 season now a quarter of the way over, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at all the Packers who played for the 2012 team who are now playing somewhere else. Have the Packers really missed them? Have they made a contribution to their new teams? (note: snaps are only counting offense and defense, not special teams)
Alex Green (New York Jets)Read more...(2309 words + 1 image, estimated 9:14 mins reading time)
2013 season (projected): 40 snaps, 28 rushing attempts for 60 Yds, 2.1ypc, 0 TDs, 0 Fum
Alex Green never really was able to overcome the ACL injury he suffered as a rookie and became one of the few high draft picks to be quickly dumped by the Ted Thompson regime. Green quickly found a new home with the New York Jets, one of the teams that curiously have been linked to the Packers (numerous trades of picks, Caleb Schlauderaff and of course Brett Favre). As of yet, Green hasn’t been able to make much of an impact even with an apparent opening at the running back position with the Jets; Chris Ivory has been hobbled with injuries, Mike Goodson just returned from suspension and KR/RB Joe McKnight was sent packing. At the moment, Green is projected as the 3rd running back and is on pace for about 60 yards rushing with a 2.1 average. For the Packers James Starks has played pretty well and Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin have both showed promise. the Packers are fine at running back without Green.
DJ Williams, Brandon Bostick, James Starks, Alex Green. All these names were brought up by the media and fans as possible trade bait that the Packers could dangle for future draft picks. Ultimately, none of that came to fruition as Bostick and Starks made the team while DJ Williams and Alex Green were cut and subsequently found homes in Jacksonville and New York. Some of you might be thinking, if the DJ Williams found a home in Jacksonville so quickly, why didn’t Thompson get a draft pick out of them? It does seem like every year fans and media alike gush about the depth that the Packers’ offseason roster contains and start day dreaming about how great a draft Ted Thompson could have if he had more draft picks. Overall Ted Thompson rarely trades players at all (save for the whole Brett Favre thing and the “tag and trade” of Corey Williams, and truth be told the odds are against Thompson in making trades right before the 53 man roster cut.
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First off, as with every year that I do this, I would like to say upfront I have no idea what I’m doing. I don’t pretend to able to prognosticate 53-man rosters any more than I can delve in the mind of Ted Thompson. That being said, this is still a fun yearly exercise and I’m sure we’ll all have a good laugh at my expense about this next week. Anyways, I wrote an article last year about the 10 points of making a 53 man roster and I’ve tried to follow my own advice.
Quarterback (2): Aaron Rodgers, Vince Young
The Packers typically keep 2 quarterbacks on the roster with a 3rd on the practice squad, and with Graham Harrell cut and no longer practice squad eligible, Vince Young becomes the de facto backup. I’d say it’s a 50-50 split as to whether they keep Coleman on the practice squad; my take is his quick demotion after Family Night signified that he didn’t show enough to warrant further development, and if the Packers were truly trying to “hide away” Coleman’s talent’s they would have kept Harrell for the last preseason game to bury Coleman’s playing time. But barring any other surprise options they might have to wait for the draft to find their next developmental quarterback.
Running Back (4): Eddie Lacy, Alex Green, John Kuhn, Johnathan Franklin Read more...(1845 words + 1 image, estimated 7:23 mins reading time)
The Green Bay Packers were 15-1 during the 2011 regular season, a truly monumental feat considering their defense was ranked last in the NFL as well as worst in the team’s history. After a quick exit in the playoffs against the Giants, one thing has been stuck front and center in Ted Thompson’s mind; find some defensive linemen that are more than just space eaters.
After the shock of that loss wore off, there was plenty of talk from the Packers defensive coaches during the early spring of 2012 about needing some “juice” out of the defensive line. Basically, finding a guy or two that can be more of a disruptor than a “hold your ground” guy. Someone who can collapse the pocket from the inside and help the Packers pathetic pass rush. Thompson has been trying ever since.
In March of 2012, Thompson took the unusual path (for him) of bringing in a few free agents, albeit low-risk gambles like Anthony Hargrove and Daniel Muir. He followed that up by drafting Jerel Worthy and Mike Daniels a month later and then signing yet another free agent in May, Philip Merling.
Referring to the free agents, Hargrove showed little and was cut in camp. Daniel Muir had a surprisingly impressive training camp and was somewhat of a surprise cut on the final week. Merling stuck around until Mike Neal returned from his 4 game suspension and then was cut. No juice attained from those three. Read more...(788 words + 3 images, estimated 3:09 mins reading time)
Today was the day Packers fans and players alike have been waiting for – the first full padded practice of the 2013 training camp. Since we both couldn’t be there, I’ve culled through the hundreds of tweets by Packers beat writers (so you don’t have to) to bring you what I consider the most important happenings and observations of the day: Enjoy!
We have done it my friends. We have survived the dreaded football off-season. This coming week NFL teams will begin pouring into Training Camps with about 90 players per team ready to compete for jobs on 2013 regular season rosters. The Green and Gold will be amongst them obviously with high expectations and goals, but lots of questions to be answered as well. Not to be considered all inclusive by any means, here are some topics that come to mind for yours truly.
Nice to see that MARK MURPHY continues to wield the financial magic wand that continues to reap revenue and profit to keep the franchise competitive with the power brokers like JERRY JONES down in Texas. With the South end zone expansion project well on its way to completion local revenue should get a nice boost for future seasons. My only question in that regard is one for the entire NFL: At what point does your thirst for money hit “the wall” because of fan saturation/exposure and expense of access to your game?
Still can’t help but wonder whether Free Agency and Salary Cap haven’t left the team dangerously thin of proven NFL talent at the LB and S positions? Of course some younger players will get better and contribute more, but is the organization counting on more of that phenomenon than is reasonable? We shall see. Read more...(1742 words + 3 images, estimated 6:58 mins reading time)