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October

Where Are They Now: Following Former Packers

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)

  • 2012 season: 343 snaps, 135 attempts for 464 Yds, 3.4ypc, 0 TDs, 1 Fum
  • 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.

Greg Jennings (Minnesota Vikings)

  • 2012 season: 416 snaps, 36 Rec for 366 Yds, 10.2 YPC, 4 TDs, 0 Fum
  • 2013 season (projected): 664 snaps, 56 Rec, 1,008 Yds, 18.0 ypc, 8 TD, 0 Fum
4

September

Does Ben McAdoo deserve blame for Packers’ backup QB blunder?

Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo was appointed to his role in 2012, despite having no prior experience at the position.

Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo was appointed to his role in 2012, despite having no prior experience at the position.

When the Miami Dolphins hired former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin to be their head coach in 2012, Tom Clements was promoted to offensive coordinator, leaving the team’s quarterbacks coach position vacant.

Ben McAdoo, who served under head coach Mike McCarthy in each of his previous two tenures with New Orleans and San Francisco, had experience coaching various offensive positions at the professional level. But prior to changing roles in 2012, McAdoo had no experience, at any level, working directly with the quarterback position.

Shortly after Philbin’s departure, Aaron Rodgers, who has given Clements a great deal of credit for his ascension to the NFL elite, was asked by Jason Wilde about how their relationship would change if Clements were, in fact, no longer his position coach.

“I don’t see our relationship changing a whole lot. I think if he were to get the coordinator job, he’d still want to spend some time with the quarterbacks,” Rodgers said. “I would guess they would look for someone to be the quarterbacks coach. I know when Tom originally got hired, that one of the names that Mike was interested in was Billy Joe Tolliver.”

Tolliver, whose playing career ended in 2001 after being beaten out by Doug Pederson in a competition to be Brett Favre’s backup, has never coached at the NFL level. However, Rodgers’ assumption that the team would look to a former quarterback to fill Clements’ role as the position coach suggests that he’d prefer to have a coach who has played the position.

Clements quarterbacked Notre Dame to a National Championship in 1973, finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1974 and played professionally for more than a decade, bouncing between the CFL and NFL. But with a quarterback-savvy head coach in McCarthy, along with an offensive coordinator (Clements) who had served as the team’s quarterbacks coach for seven seasons, the Packers opted to promote McAdoo to quarterbacks coach.

Prior to the move, McAdoo had spent the previous six years in Green Bay as the team’s tight ends coach.

The Packers are no strangers to making curious promotions on their coaching staff; wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett played running back in the NFL for eight seasons, running backs coach Alex Van Pelt played 11 seasons as an NFL quarterback, and tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot also coached tight ends in Green Bay despite a 16-year playing career at center.

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September

This year’s Packers Practice Squad Unusual for Ted Thompson

Ted Thompson looked outside of his own cuts to assemble this year's practice squad.

Ted Thompson looked outside of his own cuts to assemble this year’s practice squad.

Ted Thompson, almost to a fault, likes to keep “his guys” around for as long as possible. And this year’s practice squad looks very different than those of years past.

The team’s 2013 practice squad features four players from outside the Packers’ final cuts, along with wide receiver Charles Johnson, cornerback James Nixon, tight end Jake Stoneburner and wide receiver Myles White. Perhaps Thompson wanted some of his cuts to return to the practice squad before they were ultimately claimed by other teams.

Last year, seven members of the team’s practice squad spent training camp in Green Bay. Offensive lineman Chris Scott, signed from the Pittsburgh Steelers, was the lone member of the practice squad who didn’t spend the summer in Green Bay.

By the numbers, the eight-man practice squad tilts heavily towards the offense. Seven of the eight practice-squad spots are held by offensive players, leaving Nixon as the lone defender. On the other hand, the defense holds 28 of the 53 active roster spots.

Half of the practice squad spent the summer (or longer) with the Packers. Here they are:

WR Charles Johnson #17

A seventh-round draft pick from Grand Valley State, Johnson struggled to stay on the field throughout the summer. Hampered by injuries, the 6-foot-2 215-pound receiver showed flashes of his potential but didn’t show enough to merit a spot on the 53-man roster. It will be interesting to see whether or not Johnson or undrafted rookie Myles White is called upon if the injury bug bites the receiving corps.

CB James Nixon #25

Nixon was signed to the practice squad Sept. 20, 2012. A college running back and wide receiver, Nixon certainly has enough athleticism to make it at the professional level. He began his college career at Temple before transferring to the University of California in Pennsylvania for his senior season. After Mason Crosby, Nixon was the story of this year’s Family Night Scrimmage, thanks to an interception and a 66-yard return for a touchdown.

TE Jake Stoneburner #45

The former Ohio State tight end found himself buried on the training-camp depth chart behind veterans Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor. Stoneburner is not as athletic as Finley or second-year prospect Brandon Bostick, but he had a steady camp, which played a role in the team letting Williams walk. Thanks to his name, there’s a perception that Stoneburner is a throwback, in-your-face-type player, but he clocked a 4.53 in the forty-yard dash at Ohio State’s Pro Day.

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September

Where They’ve Landed: Cut Packers Signed by Other Teams

Former Packers making a safe landing

Former Packers making a safe landing

This isn’t an easy weekend for anyone, not the players nor team personnel (See Andrew Brandt’s story on that).

Some players get to ride the roller coaster of emotions by being cut one day and then signed by another team the next. To these Ex-Packers, we simply say, Good Luck (unless you’re playing the Packers).

Here are the guys who have come in for a safe landing (at least for now):

Graham Harrell: NY Jets (signed after the Packers’ cut to 75 and still on the Jets roster)

Gilbert Pena: New England Patriots (signed after the Packers’ cut to 75 and just cut by the Patriots)

Alex Green: NY Jets

D.J. Williams: Jacksonville Jaguars

Patrick Lewis: Cleveland Browns

Terrell Manning: San Diego Chargers

Dezman Moses: Kansas City Chiefs

Matthew Mulligan: New England Patriots

Tyrone Walker: Seattle Practice Squad

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31

August

Meet Your 2013 Green Bay Packers

The Packers have confirmed their final roster cuts, as we’ve been tracking all day.

So, here they are, your 2013 Green Bay Packers (for now):

Offense (23)

QB (2): Rodgers, Coleman
RB (3): Lacy, Franklin, Starks
FB (1): Kuhn (6)
TE (4): Finley, Bostick, Quarless, Taylor
WR (5): Cobb, Nelson, Jones, Boykins, Ross
OT (3): Bakhtiari, Barclay, Newhouse
OG (3): Sitton, Lang, Taylor
OC (2): Dietrich-Smith, Van Roten

Defense (27)

NT (3): Raji, Pickett, Jolly
DE (4): Wilson, Daniels, Jones, Boyd
OLB (5): Matthews, Perry, Neal, Mulumba, Palmer
ILB (5): Jones, Hawk, Francois, Lattimore, Barrington
CB (6): Williams, Shields, Hayward, Hyde, House, Bush
S (4): Burnett, McMillian, Jennings, Banjo

Specialists (3):

Crosby, Masthay, Goode

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31

August

Time for the Turk: A Running List of Green Bay Packers Roster Cuts

The Turk pays the Packers a Visit

The Turk pays the Packers a Visit

The Green Bay Packers have started making moves to cut down their roster to the 53 man mark to open the regular season.

The following players have been released so far according to various reports and sources.  Any reported cuts will not show up here, however, if not reported by a verified member of the media following the Green Bay Packers:

QB Vince Young - Per his Twitter account, Young confirms that he has been released by the Packers. Who’s going to be the Packers backup QB? B.J. Coleman? Trent Edwards? Tim Tebow? Brett Favre? (LOL on the last two…I think.)

CB Loyce Means – Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports he has been released, but told he has a good chance of returning to the practice squad.

FB Jonathan Amosa – Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports a league source confirms Amosa has been cut. Also a PS candidate.

T Kevin Hughes – Via Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette, Hughes has been cut.

S Chaz Powell - Silverstein reports that Powell has been cut. Does this mean the Packers are keeping the Banjo as a backup safety?

C/G Garth Garhart - Hodkiewicz chimes in again and says Garhart is gone.

S David Fulton - Silverstein reports that Fulton is gone. Things are looking even better for the Banjo.

WR Charles Johnson - Bill Huber of Packer Report tweets.  Silverstein reports team will try to sign him to their practice squad if he clears waivers.

WR Tyrone Walker - Bill Huber reported.  Silverstein reports Packers will attempt to sign Walker to their practice squad if he clears waivers.

OLB Donte Savage - Silverstein reports that a team source has confirmed.

T Andrew Datko - Rob Demovsky at ESPN says Datko is gone. Does he come back for a second year on the practice squad? We shall see.

 OL Patrick Lewis – Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports he has been released.

WR Myles White – Silverstein reports White is gone, tweeting: “That leaves them with Jones, Cobb, Nelson, Boykin and Ross at WR.”

TE D.J. Williams - Per Williams’ Twitter account, he is not longer a Packer.

TE Jake Stoneburner - Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports he has been released, but told he has a good chance of returning to the practice squad.

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August

Talking to Tavecchio: Interview with Giorgio on Being Cut by the Packers

Giorgio Tavecchio talks about being cut by the Packers

Giorgio Tavecchio talks about being cut by the Packers

Giorgio Tavecchio speaks to Italian reporter Giovanni Marino, writer/blogger at Republicca.it about being cut by the Packers and what the future holds for him. Once again, only at ALLGBP.com, we translate this for you into English (free of charge, of course). You can find the original interview in Italian here.

The Interview:

NFL, Giorgio Tavecchio and hope for the Packers still burns.

It’s over. Indeed. Maybe. But not quite. You are cut, you’re out. But they may call you. AT any moment. Or never.

It would surely drive you mad, if you were directly involved in listening to the chaotic swirl of words and ability related to making an NFL roster. It touches all who engage in the quest to be part of the select group  of super athletes who will compete in the National football league.

And that is exactly what Giorgio Tavecchio, the man from Milan, is experiencing is experiencing after five months of genuine competition with the incumbent kicker kicker of the Green Bay Packers, Mason Crosby. The Italian American did pretty well by showing a better overall percentage over Crosby, but in the end, the coaching staff chose the veteran.

Technically, Giorgio, was cut. But never like this with so many perplexities. And not just from the Packer fans, which Tavecchio conquered with his dedication, his respect for others, his skills and his desire to always improve, but also of the coach, which, in essence hinted not to exclude the possibility of Tavecchio returning. It depends at this point, only on the performance of Crosby. If Crosby’s play does not instill confidence in the coaching staff, Tavecchio could return to the team.

These are complicated  days for Tavecchio, it would be for anyone who pursues a dream destination, and sees the finish line without being able to cut through it. Giorgio, however, once again, does not hide, and as he had previously promised (“I will always be ready to share with my Italian supporters every step of my experience in this world”) he speaks to  ”Playbook” with his usual clarity and authenticity.

Giovanni:  Georgio, compared to your experience with the San Francisco 49ers, you did much better. In kicking percentages, you actually beat Crosby. Still you didn’t get it done. Make a self-criticism: where do you think you went wrong?