10

October

Packers Sign Gerhart to Practice Squad, Release Dunn

Garth Gerhart

Gerhart rejoins the Packers practice squad

The Green Bay Packers announced that they have signed center Garth Gerhart to their practice squad.  The Packers signed Gerhart to the practice squad during last year’s postseason and after he had spent all of 2012 on the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad.

Gerhart spent training camp with the Packers this past summer and was let go during some of the team’s last cut downs.

The signing likely means that the injury to Greg Van Roten’s foot is going to keep him out for a while longer and the team currently had no true centers behind starter Evan Dietrich-Smith.

The backup plan, in the event that EDS were to get hurt, was to utilize one of Don Barclay, TJ Lang or Josh Sitton at center and move Marshall Newhouse into the mix.  Even with Gerhart waiting in the wings, that plan may still be the main contingency.

Once Van Roten is able to return, it is likely that Gerhart could be let go again, but any time a former Arizona State Sun Devil is on Green Bay’s roster, this alum jumps at the chance to spread the news.

In order to create a spot for Gerhart, the Packers released receiver/kick returner Reggie Dunn.  Dunn was signed last week after the team released Jeremy Ross, and in the hopes that he might be able to emerge as the primary kick returner.  That wasn’t the case, and the Packers will continue to search out their best option in the return game.

 

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1

November

Week 9 Packers Stock Report: NFC North Edition

Through eight weeks, Matt Forte might be the runner-up to Aaron Rodgers for NFC North MVP.

While the Green Bay Packers were enjoying their bye week, some potential challengers for the top seed in the NFC struggled on Sunday. The Saints laid an egg against the Rams. The Giants had to rally to beat the Dolphins, and the Cowboys got destroyed by the Eagles.

Meanwhile, the Lions overcame the power of Tebow to improve to 6-2 and the 49ers took care of business aginst the Browns to improve to 6-1.

In other news, the Vikings got a little bit of good fortune to win their second game and the Bears joined the Packers in taking the week off.

Even though the Packes didn’t play, their stock went up. If you watched any football at all this weekend, you’d be hard pressed to find a team that could beat the Packers right now. But instead of spending another stock report praising all that is right in Cheeseland, lets devote some attention to other stocks throughout the NFC North.

Which players in the NFC North are on the rise and could give the Packers some fits down the stretch? Which players are playing at a steady level and which have dropped off a cliff?

Rising

Matt Forte
Bears RB
A new contract might not be in his immediate future, but that hasn’t stopped Forte from carrying the Bears’ offense. In addition to 672 rushing yards and 5.4 yards-per-carry, Forte also has 38 catches for 419 yards. To put those receiving numbers in perspective, the only Packers player with more receptions is Greg Jennings (42). The only Packers receivers with more yards through the air are Jennings (677) and Jordy Nelson (465).

I know the Packers offense doesn’t rely solely on one or two players, but those comparisons are still eye-opening.

Calvin Johnson
Lioms WR
Speaking of eye-opening, Calvin Johnson has left many DBs wide-eyed this season. Johnson is averaging six catches for 101 yards and over one TD per game. More importantly, he makes defenders and coaching staffs feel helpless when trying to stop him.

How do you stop a guy that’s bigger than some TEs, runs faster than a lot of WRs and jumps higher than a lot of NBA players? Tramon Williams, Charles Woodson and Dom Capers better figure something out.