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Packers Therapy Episode 232: A Few of our Favorite Things

BJ Raji is done for the season, sending Chris and Dave careening into some Nose Tackle hand-wringing. The fellas also lament the close calls officials are making this preseason, fearing that the More »

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Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Does PreseasonMatter?

This week Ol’ Bag of Donuts ask the question the seems to crop up every August, how much does the preseason matter? Chris and Adam then get into some the biggest battles More »

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Cheesehead Radio One-And-One with ESPN Wisconsin’s Bill Johnson

Subtitle: The One With Bill Johnson’s Wife The Green Bay Packers settled a lot of fears last week with a dominating performance by the first team offense and defense over the St. More »

No Huddle Radio from ALLGBP.com on Packers Talk Radio Network

No Huddle Radio – Preseason Part Deux

No Huddle Radio is back with Jason, Kris and Jay to discuss the Packers’ 21-7 win over the St. Louis Rams and the fallout from that win.   Joining the show tonight More »

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Packers Therapy Episode 231: Grasping for Air

With last week’s shakedown cruise behind them, Chris and Dave use Episode 231 to discuss manscaping, the Addams Family, and make multiple references that they find hilarious (but will probably leave you More »

Green Bay Packers Injury Roundup

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Well that certainly didn’t last very long did it? It seems like just yesterday that the boys of From the Benches were discussing that the Packers were finally going through a training camp without a high number of injuries.  The thought was that this might finally be the year that the team stays healthy and climbs back towards the 13 win number that would secure it a first round bye.  That good fortune turned and turned quickly.  Jared Abbrederis, Don Barclay, Colt Lyerla, BJ Raji and JC Tretter have all been lost for significant parts of the season.  All five of these players were on my initial 53 man projection.

While I understand that including Colt Lyerla in that projection was partly wishful thinking and might have been a bit of a long shot, the other 4 players were virtual roster locks.  2 of those players were unquestioned starters at the time of their injury.  I’m going to take a brief look at all of these injuries, what they mean for this season, what they mean for the big picture and what frame of mind these injuries should put Cheesehead nation in.

Jared Abbrederis- “Abby” tore his ACL in practice before even being able to step on the field in a preseason game.  While it was unclear whether or not he was going to win the #5 receiver spot, it was clear that he was the leader for the punt return position.  The loss of Abbrederis has more than likely thrust either starting safety Micah Hyde or starting wide receiver Randall Cobb into the punt return position.  There is an outside chance that both the 5th receiver spot and the punt return spot can be taken care of by Jeff Janis, but the Saginaw Valley State product is very raw.

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Green Bay Packers Roster Projection

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The Green Bay Packers have to cut their roster to 53 players by 3 p.m. on Saturday, and as always they will have many tough decisions. I like to do one roster projection per year, so this will be it for me.

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Matt Flynn

Scott Tolzien

Flynn playing poorly this preseason and Tolzien excelling has made this a lot closer call than most thought entering camp. Flynn going 2-2-1 for the Packers last year filling in for Rodgers should still count for something, even tough Flynn has not played well this preseason. Tolzien has the much better physical tools, but there is still some level of trust with Flynn since he has gotten the job done almost whenever called upon in Green Bay. With the way Tolzien has played there is no chance he will be exposed to waivers.

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Eddie Lacy

James Starks

DuJuan Harris

John Kuhn

Not much intrigue here. Raijon Neal had a chance to break in before his injury. The interesting thing will be  Harris’ role and whether he can challenge Starks for the first backup spot. Lacy doesn’t figure to come off the field much, but Harris is a much more effective receiver than Starks and has forced 10 missed tackles on 26 attempts this preseason.

Wide Receivers (5)

Jordy Nelson

Randall Cobb

Jarrett Boykin

Davante Adams

Jeff Janis

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Packer Rookies: The Studs and the Duds on Offense

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Last week I took a look at the players on the defensive side of the ball who have impressed and those who have disappointed, and now it’s time to look at the Packers rookies on offense.

Not surprisingly, given Ted Thompson’s track record of finding offensive talent in the draft, the offensive players have fared a little better than the rookies on defense.

Here are the rookies on the offensive side of the ball who have made a positive impression, and the ones that haven’t lived up to expectations.

Stud: Corey Linsley – Somewhat surprisingly, Pro Football Focus has actually graded out Linsley higher than JC Tretter through the first 3 preseason games. Granted Linsley has been facing a much lower level of competition, but being the 3rd ranked center in the NFL should give Packer fans a little peace of mind with Tretter expected to miss the start of the season.  Linsley will have his work cut out for him getting ready to play his first NFL game at the incredibly loud Century Link Field on opening day, but playing in between talented veterans Josh Sitton and TJ Lang should make his transition to the starting lineup a little easier.

Dud: Davante Adams – By no means am I calling Adams a bust, but after 3 preseason games he hasn’t done anything to stand out and he certainly doesn’t look like he will be pushing Jarrett Boykin for the 3rd receiver spot any time soon. Adams should still contribute to the Packers offense this year, but don’t expect him to make the same type of explosive plays he made at Fresno State on a weekly basis, at least until he has a firm grasp of the Packers playbook.

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Packers News & Notes: Tretter Out “Multiple Weeks”

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- The bad injury news was not done today for the Green Bay Packers, even after the news that B.J. Raji would have to miss the season due to torn biceps.

Head coach Mike McCarthy announced today that starting center J.C. Tretter will miss “multiple weeks” with a knee injury. According to ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde, Tretter suffered no ligament damage and is expected to miss five to six weeks. Rookie center Corey Linsley will start in his place.

“He [Linsley]took all the snaps today,” said McCarthy. “His confidence will grow each and every day. He’ll be ready when we step on field for Kansas City. Corey has a very good understanding of our offense. It won’t change us anything from how we approach games moving forward. I feel good about him.”

Tretter was having a terrific summer and the injury certainly hurts, but it is far from some kind of death sentence and nothing the Packers can’t overcome. They will be on their fourth center in four years and have had no problems having a great offense with Scott Wells, Jeff Saturday and Evan Dietrich-Smith. None of them were upper-echelon NFL centers when they were with the team.

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Packers Therapy Episode 232: A Few of our Favorite Things

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BJ Raji is done for the season, sending Chris and Dave careening into some Nose Tackle hand-wringing. The fellas also lament the close calls officials are making this preseason, fearing that the torrent of yellow flags is making the game disjointed, less fluid, and harder to watch. Finally, in honor of Richard Rodgers (Packers TE and writing partner of Oscar Hammerstein II) the boys celebrate Dave’s 45th birthday by recounting “a few of their favorite things…”

Posting its first show in 2005, Packers Therapy is the longest-running Packers podcast on the Internet. Hosts Chris and Dave began the show as a way of capturing the spirited chats the two co-workers had about the team around the office. The two have no pretense about being experts: they are just two opinionated shareholders  who love the team, follow it closely, but don’t always see the Packers fortunes eye to eye.

The guys encourage comments and questions via their Twitter feed @PackersTherapy and read and respond to as many as they can during each show.

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The Packers Will be OK Without BJ Raji

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Everyone suspected the worst when they saw Packers NT BJ Raji standing on the sidelines midway through Friday’s game against the Raiders.

Without his uniform, and his arm wrapped in ice, it was reported that Raji had suffered an arm injury during the game. The extent was not yet clear. Yet because of the Packer injury history over the past few seasons, anyone who follows the Packers always thinks worst case scenario anytime someone on the team gets injured.

These worst case thoughts were confirmed yesterday, when it was reported that Raji had torn his bicep, and would most likely be lost for the entire 2014 season.

This season ending  injury completes a full circle for Raji over the past three seasons.

He had gone from riding high after Super Bowl XLV, to somewhat of a down season in 2011, to two very uninspiring seasons in 2012 and 2013. Raji had gone from budding superstar to budding draft failure.

Some will say that he suffered playing out of position for the past two years. After playing at a high level as a NT in 2010, he was moved to DE, and became nearly invisible.

Despite some rather unimpressive stats, the Packers still offered Raji a longterm contract offer which would have paid him close to $8 million a year. But Raji passed on this offer, deciding to play the final year of his rookie deal and hoping to capitalize on interest in free agency.

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Getting To Know: Jarrett Bush

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Packers Talk Radio Network continues its Player Profile Series for our sponsor Mayfield Sports Marketing with a look at Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush.

It’s August, the annual host month to football training camps in small towns and big cities spanning all fifty states. Football players of all levels are strapping their pads on, braving the elements and drowning out the barking commands of a football coach behind his omnipresent clipboard.

For those that don’t like August for its uncertainty and its cheap comparison to September football, just as many enjoy the season for its promise and introduction to fresh faces. Fans don’t watch preseason games because it’s football-lite. They watch their teams preseason games to see stories develop, new talent emerge and try to predict whose performance has earned them a roster spot.

Everybody watches the game differently, but it’s hard to imagine any fan –especially one spending their Friday night watching a Packers preseason game– not watching for bone crushing hits and acrobatic catches to note the number on the back of the jersey. Everybody knows what to expect from number twelve when he drops back in the pocket. When a new player stands out you may not be familiar with his name, but you can quickly associate the player’s performance –good and bad– to his number.

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