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Offensive Line Depth Stretched Thin

As the season approached the Packers felt as good about the offensive line as they had in a long time. "I'm excited about that group," said Mike McCarthy before training camp. "The offensive line, in my opinion, has the chance to be the best offensive line that we've had." Part of the reason for McCarthy's confidence is that he felt that the Packers had six linemen of starting quality. Three of those six players are now out of the lineup. (Continue reading)

Linsley Now Center of Attention

The Packers will start the 2014 season with different people standing over the football than they originally imagined. B.J. Raji and JC Tretter were slated to be the players lined up on each side the ball when snapped, but after a relatively injury-free training camp up to this point it now appears the Packers will have to break out the "next man up" mantra in full force. (Continue reading)

Five Observations from Packers-Rams

Some observations from the Packers' 21-7 preseason victory over the Rams: 1. Everybody else is more excited about Jeff Janis than Aaron Rodgers is. The most exciting play of the game (not called back by a penalty) was when Jeff Janis took a simple drag route and turned on the jets. In a blink of an eye the rookie from Saginaw Valley State found himself in the end zone, and even though he may not remember much (he said later that he "kind of blacked out" after scoring the touchdown) he burst on to the scene in a big way in his quest for a roster spot. (Continue reading)

An Optimist's Guide to the Draft

The 2014 draft for the Packers has been generally well-received by fans and "experts" alike. The team was able to address several key areas of need, and it was easy to understand the team’s strategy and thought process. But as with so many things in life, there may be a bit of a letdown after the big event actually happens. Whether we're in a wedding or winning a Super Bowl, once the dust settles many of us find ourselves thinking, "That was it? It’s over?" (Continue reading)

Rodgers Has Chance To Add To Legacy

Aaron Rodgers is already considered one of the best players in the league, and is paid handsomely for his efforts. That's not enough for him. He wants to add to his legacy. As the Packers enter a win-and-you're-in game against the Bears this weekend with the prize being an invitation to the big dance, Rodgers has a chance to ride in on a white horse and do something that will not be forgotten anytime soon. (Continue reading)

Packers Overcome Pivotal Interception Return

The fat lady was already warming up by halftime on Sunday, but she was never called to the stage. The fortunes for the Packers appeared bleak when an unfortunate bounce resulted in a pick-six just before the half. After that play, the momentum was heavily in favor of Atlanta. The season was very much on the brink. It was not unreasonable to think that such an unlikely series of events would have spelled doom for the Packers. Look no further than what happened another time these two teams played. (Continue reading)

Late Season Moves Nothing New for Packers

Ted Thompson may not be the most verbose general manager in the league, but the wheels inside his head are always turning. For evidence of that, look no further than the fact that he always tinkers with the bottom of the roster in December. This is almost certainly by design. The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) allows for a provision that is often overlooked but is likely very much a consideration for Thompson and the Packers front office as they shape their roster. (Continue reading)

Packers Down But Not Out

We've seen this script before. The Packers, missing their star quarterback, drop multiple games late in the season. Even though their signal caller may come back soon, their playoff chances are in peril. Hope is waning. The last time this story line played out was just three years ago. As Week 15 of 2010 came to a close, the Packers had just finished losing their second game in a row. At that time, their record was 8-6. Their season was on life support. Even so, the fat lady had not sung yet. (Continue reading)

Lacy a Workhorse for Packers

There are over one million dairy cows in the state of Wisconsin. Finally, there is a bell cow in Green Bay. Bell cow. Workhorse. Use whatever farm animal metaphor you’d like. Eddie Lacy fits the bill. As the pass-happy NFL continues to evolve, players like Lacy seem to become rarer each year. Ten years ago, offenses still ran through the running back. In 2003, no fewer than 13 running backs tallied 300 carries. In 2011, only two reached that mark. In Green Bay, the last time a running back carried the ball that many times was when the offense leaned heavily on Ryan Grant in 2008 during Aaron Rodgers’ first year at the helm. (Continue reading)

Re-examining the McLendon Courtship

The Packers are a team of homegrown talent. Nothing illustrated that more than the television graphic a few weeks ago that highlighted the fact that 50 of the 53 players on Green Bay's roster have never played a game for another team. Perhaps that is why it came as somewhat of a surprise last offseason when Ted Thompson and the Packers reportedly made overtures to sign Steelers defensive lineman Steve McLendon to an offer sheet. McLendon was a restricted free agent, and the Packers thought enough of him to bring him to Lambeau Field for a visit. (Continue reading)

Boykin Emerges As Legitimate Threat

There have been many stories written about the unsightly number of injuries to the Packers to this point of the season. Lost behind the weekly laundry list of players listed as questionable, doubtful, or unable to play toils a quiet, unassuming player who brings his lunch pail to work every day and has been able to help fill at least one void during this injury-riddled season. Through it all, Jarrett Boykin has emerged as a legitimate wide receiver. (Continue reading)

Rodgers Chooses Unique Cause

By wearing green shoes during Thursday night's game, Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall tried to bring awareness to mental health issues en route to a multiple-touchdown night. The league as a whole has visibly thrown its support behind the American Cancer Society's quest to raise awareness about breast cancer, and the color pink is ubiquitous in every NFL stadium during the month of October. Earlier this week, Aaron Rodgers chose to throw the considerable weight of his celebrity behind another very different cause. (Continue reading)

Packers Focus on Overcoming Adversity

In many ways, Mike McCarthy likes to keep the game of football as simple as possible. While fans and media often focus on yards and statistics, McCarthy just cares about the simplest form of production...scoring more points than the opponent. That was never more evident than earlier this week, when McCarthy was asked how he felt about the Packers snapping the frequently discussed 44-game streak without a 100-yard rusher. The coach's answer was almost comical. "If I didn't do a very good job the last 40-plus games illustrating I didn't care about it, then I apologize," said McCarthy. The smirk on his face was noticeable. McCarthy doesn't care about stats; he cares about points. (Continue reading)

Method To Roster Madness

When the Packers announced their 53-man roster two weeks ago, there were a few surprises. Letting go of Vince Young grabbed the headlines. Cutting ties with Alex Green turned some heads. Saying goodbye to Dezman Moses raised a few eyebrows. Perhaps one of the most surprising outcomes was the fact that when the dust settled, the Packers had 27 defensive players, versus only 23 offensive players. That was a first for Mike McCarthy. "From 27 (on defense) to 23 on offense is the biggest discrepancy I've ever been through," McCarthy told the Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn. "And I'm perfectly fine with it." (Continue reading)

McCarthy Makes Strong Statement

In terms of coaching success, Mike McCarthy is approaching rarified air. He has already won a championship, and is given credit for pushing all the right buttons during that injury-plagued season. Later this year, his win total will move him past Mike Holmgren into third place in Packers history. By the time his current contract expires, McCarthy is even on pace to win more games than Vince Lombardi ever did. McCarthy's position is secure. Having won 33 of his last 42 games, McCarthy is on a very impressive, if not historic, run. Perhaps that success is one of the reasons that he was able to make one of the more bold coaching moves you will see, just this last week in San Francisco. (Continue reading)

Packers Learn About Themselves In Loss

There are no moral victories in the NFL. A win is a win and a loss is a loss. The Packers were a five-point underdog going into Sunday's game against the 49ers (although "Nobody's Underdog" Mike McCarthy surely didn't see it that way). After such a disappointing showing the last time the two teams met, all eyes were on the Packers defense to see if they would show signs of improvement. The run defense certainly showed up. Even though Colin Kaepernick had a career day through the air, the Packers held the mighty 49ers and their star-studded offensive line to only 90 yards on the ground. (Continue reading)

Packer Nation Ready for New Season

There's a phrase being bandied about Packer Nation these days, and with good reason. "It. Is. Time." The dawn of a new season is upon us, and Packers fans are ready. On Twitter, we excited fans most about the start of the season. Some seem to enjoy the promise of a new beginning... (Continue reading)

Packers May Have To Alter Approach

The events of the past month have not exactly played out according to Mike McCarthy's plan. It was etched all over his face last week when he talked about DuJuan Harris' season-ending knee injury. "It's a tough one," said McCarthy. "He's definitely a young player that I felt was going to be an impactful player for us on offense." McCarthy went on to give a rare glimpse into his mindset going into this season. (Continue reading)

Packers Roster Takes Shape

The Packers pulled a few surprises on cutdown day, most notably when they cut the apparent shoo-in for the backup quarterback job, Vince Young. Young may not have been overly impressive during his crash course of the complex Packers offense, but with his pedigree and winning record as a starter it seemed likely he would be the choice as this year's understudy to Aaron Rodgers. That turned out not to be the case. Other cuts of note were two players from the 2011 draft, Alex Green and D.J. Williams. Both players showed occasional flashes, but never seemed to be able to put it all together for the Packers. (Continue reading)

Should Fans Feel OK About Mason Crosby?

After restructuring his contract and turning in another solid performance in the final preseason game, it appears Mason Crosby has locked down the Packers kicking job. For the time being, at least. Anyone who has been paying attention to the Green Bay Packers during this offseason knows about the drama surrounding the kicker position. The strong-legged Mason Crosby has held down the role since the 2007 season. But last year, he went into a field goal slump that was about as bad as an NFL kicker could experience. (Continue reading)

Did Jennings Pull Back the Curtain?

Packers fans have a very different opinion of Greg Jennings than they did a year ago. Jennings was once one of the most popular players in Green Bay. Now he is persona non grata. One of the things that has rubbed many people the wrong way is that they now feel that they never really knew the real Greg Jennings. There are many diehard Packers fans who fully supported him for years, followed him faithfully on Twitter, and even bought his jerseys. Many of thse same people now feel like he just played the part of a really good guy in public, but must have been a different person behind closed doors. Perhaps fans should not have been surprised about Jennings' apparent bitterness that came to light after he left Green Bay. Perhaps there were signs all along. (Continue reading)

Banjo Dueling for Roster Spot

It didn't make headlines when the Packers signed an unknown safety off of the NFL scrap heap less than a month ago. By that time, training camp had already started. There were plenty of other stories more interesting than the latest camp body brought in for a look. Of course, nobody knew at the time that this player would become a nice summer surprise for the Packers. And most were not aware of the long and winding road he traveled before reaching Green Bay.(Continue reading)

Could Packers Offer a New Look On Offense?

Training camp and exhibition games do not always offer solid evidence about what to expect from a team in any given year. Historians often point to the fact that one of the most dominating teams of all time, the 1985 Chicago Bears, only managed a lackluster 1-3 record that August. Even so, the past two weeks may have offered some clues that could point to some possible changes in the Packers offense. The first clue came in the form of two plays against the Rams on Saturday night. (Continue reading)

The Lasting Effect of the "Fail Mary" Game

The "Fail Mary" game in Seattle will not be soon forgotten for fans not only in Green Bay but across the NFL landscape. It will go down in history as one of the most convoluted endings of a game in NFL history. But is it possible that when history looks back at the lasting effect of that evening, the final play may not turn out to be the most pivotal outcome of the game? (Continue reading)

Running at an Accelerated Pace

The Packers have consistently been a good team for several years now. They have won 28 of their last 34 regular season games. They are led by arguably the best quarterback in the league, who is in the middle of what is on track to be a Hall of Fame career. They are one of the most difficult teams in the league to beat. Even when they don't win a championship, a team like the Packers doesn't need to make wholesale changes in the offseason. Staying true to form, they didn't. The team signed their biggest stars to contract extensions, and like always they are counting on several young players to continue to develop and step up. So what might get the Packers over the proverbial hump and back to another Super Bowl? Perhaps a small adjustment may pay big dividends. (Continue reading)

Sherrod Looks To Step Out From Crowd

It is not easy for Derek Sherrod to get lost in a crowd. At six feet five inches tall and weighing in over 320 pounds, he stands out wherever he goes. In many ways, Sherrod is a physical marvel. At the Packers Hall of Fame, there was an exhibit last year that highlighted the player on the team with the biggest feet, hands, and wingspan. In each case, that player was Sherrod. There were examples of his handprints and footprints for people to compare their own, and inevitably visitors would marvel at how theirs were dwarfed by Sherrod's gargantuan features. His nearly seven-foot wingspan was outlined on the wall as well, leaving many fans shaking their heads in disbelief. But as big as Sherrod may be, he has almost been lost in the shuffle this offseason due to circumstances largely out of his control. (Continue reading)

Will "Third-Year Rule" Apply To Cobb?

There’s an old axiom in the NFL. If you’ve ever played fantasy football, you may have even built your draft around the strategy. Bet on wide receivers entering their third year in the league to have a breakout season. Having already set the franchise record and leading the league in all-purpose yards in just his second season, it seems like Randall Cobb has already had his breakout year and is already a star. That may be true, but many of those all-purpose yards were gained on special teams. It appears that the Packers will be giving other players every opportunity to take Cobb’s place in the return game, so he can focus solely on his role in the offense this season. With that in mind, is it possible that going into his third year Cobb’s game might ascend to another level? Can he become a premiere wide receiver? (Continue reading)

A Packers Fan's Offseason Survival Guide

We have now gone several weeks without any real news about the Packers. We have already read everything we could about the new draft picks, free agent acquisitions (or lack thereof), and undrafted rookie free agents. We refreshed our memories on the promise we saw from last year's training camp surprises and practice squad players. We gobbled up every bit of information available on the OTA practices and minicamp. (Continue reading)

Favre, Rodgers, Records, and Reality

Over the last two years, little-by-little, we have seen the ice, formed from the frosty relationship between Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers since Favre's retirement and un-retirement in 2008, begin to melt. It started with little statements that would be made from time to time, by both Favre and Packers officials, hinting at the likelihood of an eventual reunion. Favre also began making more positive public statements about Aaron Rodgers' abilities as a top-level NFL quarterback (even if it seemed at the time to carry a little bit of an asterisk about Rodgers' years of learning under...ahem...Favre, and the top-level talent surrounding him which...ahem...Favre felt he never really had). (Continue reading)

Packers on Mount Rushmore

You have to hand it to Pro Football Talk. Right now they are going around the league and naming which figures would be on each team's proverbial Mount Rushmore. Although narrowing this down to four people may seem like an impossible feat with the Packers, it sparks discussion. Because the team has been around for over 80 years, it may be reasonable to take this exercise further. There are enough key figures from each era that fans could come up with a Mount Rushmore from each period in Packers history. (Continue reading)

Packers Hope To Avoid Deja Vu

Baseball legend Yogi Berra was the king of quirky one-liners. After watching his Yankees teammates Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris hit back-to-back home runs, something they did no fewer than ten times, Berra once famously quipped, "It's deja vu all over again." There may be a strangely familiar feeling in Green Bay as well these days, in terms of how this year's roster is shaping up. Packers fans may not need to try very hard to channel their inner Yogi. A year ago, the Packers went into the offseason with an unproven group of running backs. This year the Packers are essentially making the same gamble, but this time around the uncertainty surrounds the safety position. The two situations offer several parallels. (Continue reading)

Who Is Angelo Pease?

It's a name that wasn't heard on draft day, and it's unlikely it will be heard in September once the 53-man roster is announced. But for now, the name that kept popping up during the Packers rookie camp was an improbable one: Angelo Pease. The Packers brought in two high profile rookies in Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin to battle it out at that position, yet it was Pease who garnered unsolicited praise from Mike McCarthy. During the first press conference of the camp back on Friday, McCarthy was asked a general question about whether it was possible for players to leave strong impressions based on the rookie evaluation camp. McCarthy pointed out Pease right away, and even said that on one particular impressive play he thought he was watching Eddie Lacy at first. (Continue reading)

A Personal Letter of Thanks

It seems hard to believe, but it has now been one year since we first launched Packerpedia. The journey has taken us places Dan and I never dreamed possible, and we have you to thank for it. The funny thing is, the whole thing really all started out of boredom. My wife was out of town visiting relatives for several weeks, and I found myself alone in the house every evening after work, staring at the walls. (Continue reading)

Lacy No Stranger To Challenges

In the weeks leading up to the draft, Eddie Lacy's name was linked to the Packers in countless mock drafts. The 230-pound bruiser from Alabama had left a strong impression after his stellar performance in the BCS National Championship game, and in many respects it made sense to choose him with the 26th overall pick because he offered something the Packers haven't had consistently: the threat of a reliable, physical run game. Several highly respected national writers penciled in Lacy to the Packers. Even so, when the Packers chose Datone Jones over Eddie Lacy in the first round it was difficult to argue the logic of the selection. (Continue reading)

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