26

July

Packers Sign Free Agent Guard Greg Van Roten – Video Highlights Included

Newest Green Bay Packer, Greg Van Roten

Newest Green Bay Packer, Greg Van Roten

The Green Bay Packers’ team IQ went up a few points yesterday after signing Ivy League guard Greg Van Roten of the University of Pennsylvania. The three-time All-Ivy Selection was originally invited to the Packers rookie mini-camp, but a conflict with the Jets’ camp kept him from participating. Van Roten also attended the San Diego Chargers’ camp but received no offers from either team.

Van Roten kept in contact with the Packers throughout the summer, and they brought him in for a tryout on Monday. The Packers liked him so much, they wouldn’t let him leave, asking him to stay in Green Bay overnight, while they figured out a way to make some room for him. By the next morning, the Packers had released Charlie Peprah along with offensive guard Grant Cook, and Van Roten was a Packer.

Contacted b y the Daily Pennsylvanian, UPenn’s offensive coordinator Jom McLoughlin commented, “I’m so happy for Greg. This opportunity is a real testament to him and all the hard work he’s put in. Coming out of high school, he was told by several coaches that he couldn’t play at the Division I level, and he always used that as motivation.”

Van Roten played left tackle for the Quakers until halfway through his senior season, when injuries on the offensive line necessitated a move inside during some games. The offensive line didn’t miss a beat, continuing to lead the way for the Quakers’ 3rd highest Ivy League scoring offense while allowing the league’s third fewest sacks for the season.

Greg Van Roten at theNFL Regional Combine:

 

Greg Van Roten Game Highlights (Warning – Adult Language):

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26

July

Packers Pre-Training Camp Grades: Offense

Josh Sitton is part of a talented Packers offensive line.

It’s time for Packers training camp. Soon, your Sundays will be filled with Packers football instead of whatever other boring thing you do on Sunday’s without football.

Before camp officially kicks off, here’s how I grade the Packers position group by position group. We’ll start with the offense this morning and check out the defense later today.

How different will these grades look after camp? Who knows, but for now, this is where the team stands in my eyes.

Quarterback: A+
There’s not much more to say about Aaron Rodgers, the reigning MVP, that hasn’t already been said. Even if he regresses a little, Rodgers is still an ’A’ quarterback. I suppose I could dock the Packers a little for having backups with no experience, but I’m not. I’m sick of that debate. Backup QBs with “experience” are usually just bad QBs. I’ll take my chances with a young guy that can still be developed.

Link: Ron Jaworski ranked Rodgers the No. 1 QB in the NFL during a top-to-bottom review of NFL QBs on ESPN. Check out a summary of Jaworski’s thoughts on Rodgers in Kevin Seifert’s ESPN NFC North blog.

Running Backs: C-
James Starks, the projected starter, is fragile and the two backups have a combined 21 NFL carries. On most teams, this would be a reason to freak out. On the Packers, it’s a reason to, I don’t know, shrug your shoulders a bit. Yeah, it’d be nice to have a 1,200-yard rusher, but it’s not necessary. If Starks and company stay healthy, pass block and do enough to help maintain leads late in games, that’s good enough. A ‘C-’ sounds like a fair grade to me entering camp. It’s slightly below average because this group hasn’t done much to warrant an above-average grade. But it’s not a failing grade because in the Packers offense, running backs don’t have to do that much work to pass the class.

Link: If you would like a little more insight into the X’s and O’s in the Packers run game, check out Brian Carriveau’s examination of possible Packers scheme changes in 2012.

15

July

Packers Video: How the 2012 Season Will End for Green Bay

 

Go Pack Go!

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1

July

Green Bay Packers Video: Randall Cobb Interview & Packers 2012 Analysis

Randall Cobb does a nice job in this interview, butI have to laugh at the poll in the second half of this video. The question was “What is the Packers biggest weakness?” 46% of responders said running back, 29% secondary, 17% pass rush, 7% offensive line. So the Packers’ pass rush was just a minor problem, huh? Shaking my head…

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23

June

Funny Packers Video: Move Over Donald Driver, Josh Sitton Can Dance Too

I’ll bet he thought nobody would see this. Packers’ hulking offensive lineman Josh Sitton shows he has “Moves Like Jagger.” Hilarious…

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17

June

Green Bay Packers Video: Clay Matthews Voted #27 of NFL Top 100 Players, Hair Gets Dissed

Clay Matthews (and his hair) was voted #27 on the NFL’s list of top 100 players of 2012. That represents a drop of 8 spots from his 2011 ranking of #19. Former teammate Cullen Jenkins disses his hair.

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12

June

Green Bay Packers Video: Donald Driver Charity Softball Game – 2012

Thanks to Fox-11 Online for this 20-minute video compilation of the 2012 Donald Driver Charity Softball Game:

 

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