Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived

Surviving Sundays With No Packers Football

Surviving Sundays With No Packers Football

I’m filling in today for Adam Czech, who is away enjoying the great outdoors in the wilds of Minnesota. Adam’s got a pretty good arm, so hopefully he’s not kidnapped by desperate Vikings fans looking for a real quarterback. We’ll keep you posted.

This is one of only a few more Surviving Sundays you’ll see this year, as the Packers open their training camp next Friday. What I thought was going to be a long hiatus seems to have flown by. I suppose being incredibly busy with work, a kitchen remodel project and running multiple blogs and a podcast network  will make the time pass quicker.

But here we are, the NFL 2013-2014 season is upon us. If by no other means, I can tell that by the string of excellent training camp battle and positional groups articles I’ve been reading all week on ALLGBP.com and PackersTalk.com. (That sentence was brought to you courtesy of the “Shameless Self-Promotion Department.”)

Of course, there are plenty of other fine sources of information about our Green Bay Packers, and some will be featured in the links below. But first, I want to give a plug to a publication that is near and dear to my heart, and brings back many fond memories, The Packer Report.

Back in the pre-internet days, it wasn’t easy being a Packers fan in NJ. Local newspapers covered, yes, the Giants and Jets, two teams I couldn’t care less about. There wasn’t even a national paper like USA today, where you might hope to see a little snippet about your team. But there was, as it was called back then, Ray Nitschke’s Packer Report.

Once a week during the season and less frequently during the off-season, the Green and Gold covered newspaper would arrive in my mail, usually on a Tuesday. That would have been fantastic if it was covering the game that just happened, but alas, by the time I got it, it was talking about the game that happened two Sundays ago. Still, it didn’t matter. It was information about my Packers I could get nowhere else.



CheeseheadRadio News 08-28-12: Final 53-man Roster Edition, With Bill Huber

Weekly Green Bay Packers News from Twitter and other Sources by Al Bracco and Jayme Joers (As heard on Cheesehead Radio – 08/28/12 ). Special Guest was Bill Huber of Packer Report and together we analyzed the Packers roster and predicted the final 53.

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Al: It’s that nerve-wracking time time of year in the NFL. The time when marginal NFL players are holed up in their rooms praying there isn’t a knock at the door. With each NFL team having to pare rosters from 90 players to 53 over the course of five days, that means almost 1200 players will lose their jobs on Friday.

Jayme: Coach Mike McCarthy spoke about the rigors of this week from the coaches’ perspectives. Having to evaluate so many players and choose a roster that covers all the team needs is painstaking from a workload perspective and painful from a personal perspective. McCarthy called this week the worst part of the job, specifically having to tell young men their NFL dreams are over, at least for now.

Al: For those fringe players whose dreams are still alive this week, they have one more chance to convince the coaches they are worth keeping. The Packers will face the Kansas City Chiefs this Thursday night at Lambeau Field, with starters being used for one series at most. Once the game is over, the Packers will have less than 24 hrs to make their final roster moves and get the roster down to 53.

Jayme:  One new player that is assured a spot on the Packers roster is recently signed running back Cedric Benson. Benson got his first playing time in last week’s game against Cincinnati and looked sharp, averaging over six yards per carry in 10 attempts. With Benson as a legitimate running threat in the Packers’ backfield, opposing defensive coordinators will have some tough choices to make.

Al: As will the Packers when it comes to running back James Starks, who was injured in the first preseason game and hasn’t seen the field since. Mike McCarthy bemoaned the fact that Starks’ recovery from turf toe has been slow, saying, “He hasn’t made a whole lot of progress here of late.” At the same time, the Packers are removing snap count limits from Alex Green and McCarthy said he’s looking for some real production out of Green.