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Pulse of the Pack: Packers Super Bowl Edition

With Super Bowl 50 right around the corner, Jacob and Jason debate who the best players are at each position in Packers history.  The duo also discuss the news that Aaron Rodgers had More »

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Cheesehead Radio: Shattered Dreams with ESPNWisconsin’s Bill Johnson

  It all could have been so beautiful…another Hail Mary, another amazing win, another charmed playoff season on the road….until Larry Fitzgerald single-handedly stole the Packers’ mojo and ended their season, leading More »

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From The Benches: The Offseason Is Coming

Ross and Ryan return for the final episode of the season. They begin, as usual, with news. Then they painfully describe their feelings after the Packers’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The More »

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Pulse of the Pack: Offseason Ponders with Jason Hirschhorn of Acme Packing Co

The Packers offseason is upon us and already, there is a lot to discuss.  Jacob and Jason chat with Jason Hirschhorn of Acme Packing Co about Bob McGinn’s (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) assessment of More »

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TTSO Packers Podcast: Packer Hibernation

On this edition of Titletown Sound, Jeremy and Chris talk about the future of Eddie Lacy, the legitimacy of Jeff Janis, and they learn who won the season-long Fantasy Pick’em battle. Join More »

A Look at the Packers’ Unrestricted Free Agents

James Starks missed his senior year at the University of Buffalo has been a regular on injury lists since.

Below you will find a list of the Green Bay Packers’ upcoming unrestricted free agents. These players will be free to sign with any team starting on March 15th. I have assigned a priority level to each player (high, medium, low, or do not attempt to resign). These speak to the importance of each player to the 2016 roster and the Packers’ ability to assemble a team capable of returning to Texas to win Super Bowl LI. The priority is ranked in light of their possible contribution to the team overall, not just their talent-level. A highly-skilled but likely expensive player at a position of great depth will result in a lower resigning priority ranking.

 

Don Barclay – Do Not Attempt to Resign

Barclay is not the worst tackle in the league. He provides some flexibility to the offensive line, but his inconsistency against the pass-rush has torpedoed his reliability as a back-up. With Bulaga continuing to miss time due to reoccurring injuries, the Packers need to find a more stable back-up.

Mason Crosby – High

Crosby is one of the best kickers in the league. He’s shown that he can get it done in the cold weather of Lambeau, and the Packers brass went through a lot of trouble to keep him during his major slump in 2012. It paid off to ride out the storm. The Packers need to continue benefiting from that decision and resign him.

Brett Goode – Low

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John Elway is the Anti-Ted Thompson

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The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 yesterday with a completely different philosophy than the Green Bay Packers in how the team was put together and what the defensive side of the ball looked like.

The Packers are well known for Ted Thompson’s draft and develop philosophy and have enjoyed sustained years of success through that.  It’s the correct way to build the foundation and core of your roster. Most teams who go out and spend big in free agency come away disappointed and we have seen numerous examples of that over the years. However, as most are quick to point out when free agency doesn’t work out for bad teams, it must now be pointed out how John Elway won a Super Bowl with free agency as a huge tool.

Elway knew he had a limited window to win with Peyton Manning at quarterback and went all out to get this championship. The defense that mostly won him his Super Bowl was built in free agency a great deal with the signings of Aquib Talib, T.J. Ward, Darian Stewart and Demarcus Ware. On offense, Elway brought in Emmaunel Sanders, Evan Mathis, Owen Daniels and obviously Manning in via free agency. Elway supplemented some great draft picks with these signings and built a great team.

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2016 NFL Draft: Green Bay Packers Draft Board Risers and Fallers

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LAQUON TREADWELL – WR – OLE MISS

UP S.T.A.R. The type of receiver that gives the offense an identity. At 6’3 219, he has the tools and toughness to consistently make impact plays. In a below-average receiver class, Laquon is the cream of the crop.

The Packers have a remote chance of drafting him at pick 27.

JOEY BOSA – DE/OLB – OHIO STATE

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DOWNSome great college players just do not translate well to the pros. Bosa does a good job setting the edge and is often able to get full arm extension against blockers. What he does not do well is disengage from those blockers. He also struggles to locate the ball at times. Joey’s ceiling is as high as any because he has rare athleticism for his size (6’6 276), but where does he fit best as a pro? 

Bosa’s draft stock could fall due to those concerns, and if he is available at 27, the Packers should be wary of drafting another defensive lineman with position concerns.

KENTRELL BROTHERS – ILB – MIZZOU

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UPTackling machine. Brothers’ knowledge of the inside linebacker position shows up on gameday. Does not have prototype size or athleticism, although he did weigh in at 6’0 249, at the Senior Bowl. He excels at locating the ball and taking away running lanes. Was also a productive special teams player in college, blocked 3 kicks in his senior season.

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Packers Offseason: Offensive Backfield

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The offseason will be officially be upon the NFL in just under 48 hours and that means it’s time to look inward at your own roster to see where you stand. And for the Packers, that stance is still pretty strong. They have a lot of strong spots on the 90-man, but that doesn’t means that these strengths cannot be augmented.

But like all teams, they also have weaknesses, and we will look at them as well. And like the first part in our position be position outlook, we will address potential free agent additions that make sense as well as draftable players that would fit the team. But instead of quarterbacks, we will be looking at the guys who reside in the backfield with him: the halfbacks and fullbacks.

We start with arguably the most scrutinized man in Green Bay over the past season:

EDDIE LACY

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2016 Green Bay Packers Draft Prospects: Top Tight Ends

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One of the highest priorities for the Green Bay Packers this off-season, was improving the lack of production from the Tight End position. However, General Manager Ted Thompson has never drafted a Tight End higher than the 3rd round. In 2008 Thompson took Jermichael Finley in the 3rd and in 2014 grabbed Richard Rodgers in the same round. Rodgers, Justin Perillo, and Andrew Quarless failed to provide a reliable receiving option for Aaron Rodgers throughout the 2015 season.

Would the Packers be willing to take a TE in the 1st or 2nd round pick to help turn around the offense? New position coach Brian Angelichio has demonstrated an ability to coach up lower round players (see: Jordan Cameron and Gary Barnidge), and Thompson could shock the world and sign a free agent to bolster the position (Barnidge was a free agent, but signed a 3 year contract extension in December). If the Packers decide to draft a tight end in the first three rounds, there are currently several targets that should appeal to Packer fans.

Arkansas’ Hunter Henry tops the list. Henry showed an ability to stretch the field with 51 receptions for 739 yards this season as a Junior. At 6-6 and 255, Henry not only has the size to impact the run game, but more importantly has demonstrated the willingness and ability to be an above average blocker. If Henry runs well at the combine he could work his way into late 1st round consideration.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: How To Care About the Super Bowl

Rodgers and Newton square off Sunday in a potential playoff preview.

This is easy for me to say.  For the second straight season I’m going to be at the Waste Management Open in Phoenix, Arizona pretending the “Big Game” isn’t happening after a devastating playoff loss.

You see Brett Favre broke me.  I haven’t really been able to watch the Super Bowls in which the Packers have made the playoffs but not the big game since the 2007 NFC Championship game.  It’s not really his fault.  I’m certainly not running Favre down, or trying to speak badly of him.  I’m just at the point now where I become so emotionally invested in each season that if the Packers don’t make it to the Super Bowl, I’m really not that interested in the ending to the story.

So what do you do if your’e like me?  Maybe not completely like me, because it’s probably not super healthy to care as much as I do at this point.  Do you not really care for Cam Newton, but at the same time aren’t ready for Manning to get ring #2 and for Denver to have any organizational success?

Here are a few ideas:

Bet the game.  It’s the easiest way to become emotionally (and otherwise) invested.  If you can get Denver at +6 or +6.5 that’s probably too many.  Carolina put Arizona down rather violently, but people forget that that Arizona team was pretty beat up, including missing Tyrann Mathieu.

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Prospecting Potential Pass-catchers: Sterling Shepard

Prospect Profile Sterling Shepard

Peaking at the right time. It’s usually a really lame narrative about teams heading into the NFL playoffs but in terms of draft stock, it absolutely applies to the former Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

Shepard drew many eyeballs at the Senior Bowl, where he earned Practice Player of the Week and made some highlight reel catches.

Labeled primarily as a slot receiver, the fit for Shepard in the Packers offense is arguable, given the presence of Randall Cobb. But there are elements to Shepard’s game that are still incredibly intriguing, regardless of the current makeup of the Packers roster, where you almost wonder if another slot weapon, and arguably a receiver who can play at any position, would be worth the investment of a second to third round draft pick, as Shepard’s current projections indicate.

At 5’10 191 lbs., he’s already been labeled a slot receiver and the greatest knock on him is size, strength, and ability to win in contested ball situations. These are legitimate concerns, to some degree. But there are also some “little things” that Shepard does that make you feel that he can get away with playing at a less than ideal height and weight for a receiver, regardless of slot or perimeter.

There are numbers other than his standard stats to prove that his production is right up there with some of the top receivers in the 2016 class as well.

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