10

February

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

Surviving Sundays With No Packers Football

Surviving Sundays With No Packers Football

Should it matter that Aaron Rodgers probably didn’t check in with the Packers before doing his schtick with Brett Favre last weekend?

It shouldn’t.

I doubt Ted Thompson or Mike McCarthy really cares about that kind of thing. And if for some reason they do, they shouldn’t.

If Rodgers wants to run off and do commercials, play in celebrity golf tournaments, host Saturday Night Live or share the stage with his predecessor, so be it. I don’t think public relations are at the top of McCarthy’s and Thompson’s list of offseason priorities. To those two, the only PR they need to worry about is winning in 2013.

Unless Favre goes completely crazy and tries another comeback, No. 4 has nothing to do with how the Packers will play next season.

I could see Mark Murphy maybe being a little irked. As the team president, part of his job is to try and manage the team’s image and handle situations like when to welcome Favre back into the Packers family. Perhaps Murphy had a plan on how to approach the issue, and Rodgers deviated from the plan without asking first.

Or maybe he didn’t. Who knows?

Either way, I’m glad it happened. I’m looking forward to the day when Packers fans can cheer Favre again and remember all the great things he did for this organization. After a few years of uncertainty, it looks like that day might actually happen sometime in the near future.

If it took the current Packers quarterback to deviate from the plan a bit to make it happen, so be it.

Packers News and Notes

  • Tyler Dunne at he Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel got in touch with Jermichael Finley to discuss the tight end’s future. Finley thinks is “50/50″ that he’ll remain with the Packers. Unless Ted Thompson can get a second-day draft pick for Finley, I think he stays. Finley is too much of an asset to just cut loose for nothing. Want to read more on Finley? Check out Zach Kruse’s excellent post at CheesheadTV.com.
  • Damn. The Packers schedule is tough next season. Non-division road opponents include the Giants, Cowboys, Bengals, Ravens and 49ers, all teams with a legit shot of making the postseason. Because it’s the offseson and I’m bored, here’s my early game-by-game prediction for 2013: Home wins: Bears, Vikings, Lions, Redskins, Steelers, Browns. Road wins: Lions, Giants, Bengals, Ravens. I guess I’m seeing 10-6 for the time being. Hopefully I find at least one more win in there somewhere over the next seven months.
18

April

NFL Draft Prospect Profile: FS/CB Trenton Robinson, Michigan St.

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: FS/CB Trent Robinson, Michigan State

FS/CB Trent Robinson, Michigan State

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: FS/CB Trent Robinson

Player Information:

Trenton Robinson, FS/CB Michigan State
5-10, 195 pounds
Hometown: Bay City, MI

NFL Combine:

40-yard dash: 4.46
Vertical Jump: 35”
Broad Jump: 10’5”
20-yard shuttle: 4.16
3-cone drill: 7.12

News and Notes:

Short for a safety, but a big hitter. … Started career at Michigan State as a CB, but moved to S after freshman year. … Once moved to safety, he played both SS and FS, eventually sticking at FS. … First team All-Big Ten in 2011. … The Spartans went from 112th among all 120 major colleges in pass defense in 2009 to 11th in 2011 after Robinson moved to safety. … Recorded 229 tackles, 12 pass breakups and nine interceptions at Michigan St. … Played eight games as a true freshman. … Started 32 of 46 games. … Team captain in 2011. … Not afraid to stick his nose in there despite lack of size. Packs a punch. … Reputation as a very hard worker in college. … A top CB recruit coming out of high school at Bay City Central High. … No major injury history.

 What they’re saying about him:

CBSSports.com: “Makes the easy interception, at times with hands away from his frame. Always find the ball quickly enough to at least a hand on it, has nice arm length and gives great effort to rip the ball from the receiver’s hands. Short stature, however, will hurt him downfield in jump ball situations against taller, stronger players.”

National Football Post: “Is coordinated and can keep his feet under him, but looks tighter when asked to turn and run. Tackles well and looks like at best a low end starter who needs to play in tighter areas to be effective in coverage.”

NFLMocks.com: “Hard-nosed, blue collar player with solid athleticism and good speed.”

Video:

Video Analysis:

  • May have been a big hitter in college, but delivering those hits with his small frame to NFL WRs, TEs and RBs will be much more difficult
  • He’s quick. Seems like he’d be better as a project CB instead of a S in the NFL.
  • Good instincts and very aggressive. If only he had the size to match…..
  • How about that interception at the 3:11 mark in the video? Good stuff.