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From the Benches: Favreisode with John Rehor

The amazing John Rehor joins the From the Benches gang in the Cheeseystudio for nothing more than a rousing reminisce of the Green Bay Packers (and HOF inductee) Brett Favre. From The More »

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From The Benches: The Dog Days of Summer

Ryan and Ross head to the Cheeseystudio to break down the Packers offseason approaches as they prepare for Favrepalooza and…finally…the start of training camp! From The Benches is a part of Packers More »

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Pulse of the Pack: Minicamp Murmurs

Pulse is back to recap the Packers recent OTA’s and Mini camp.  Jacob and Jason break down the battle at wide receiver and who has the edge for the final spot or More »

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Pulse of the Pack: We’re Back!!!!

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5 Guys That Have to Be Good- Casey Hayward

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For the last two years I’ve been making a list of 5 guys that have to be good.  This kind of list isn’t obvious.  You’re not going to find Aaron Rodgers on this list.  These are guys that you might not think of right away regarding the overall success of the Packers.

That’s the thing, though.  Aaron Rodgers is going to play well.  Clay Matthews, should he stay healthy is going to play well.  Eddie Lacy’s going to be good and so is the offensive line.  The players that we know are good are more than likely going to play well.

It’s the players that are “in the margins” that can make the difference between another 11 or 12 win team with a playoff “run” and a 13 or 14 win team and the 14th World Championship in Packers history.

There are few players that are as interesting a study as Casey Hayward.  Advanced statistics and guys that are big on film study think Hayward is a star.  I tend to fall in with that crowd.  Others point to Hayward’s extensive work in the slot and have concern that it may or may not translate to the outside.

The thing is, Hayward has to play outside because Micah Hyde probably can’t.  Hyde has always been a safety/slot cornerback type.  Hyde worked almost exclusively as a slot corner as a rookie, and as either a safety or slot corner a year ago.  There is no proof that Hyde can play outside.  There seems to be no question that the Packers’ best 5 DB set includes Hayward, Sam Shields, Hyde, Morgan Burnett and HaHa Clinton-Dix (who is going to be a Pro Bolwer but that’s a different article).

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Zach Miller A Possible Free Agent Tight End Candidate For Packers

Zach Miller

Last week we saw the Green Bay Packers bring in former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham. It would appear as though the coaching staff believes that there are improvements that the Packers could make from outside of their team.

Coming into the first week of training camp, the Packers currently only have 88 players on their roster. Here are some of the top candidates the Packers could be looking into signing since Gresham signed with the Arizona Cardinals.

Zach Miller is the clear cut winner among all free agent tight ends right now. He’s a seven year pro with four years experience with the Oakland Raiders and three with the Seattle Seahawks. Miller’s best season statistically came in 2009 when he caught 66 receptions for 805 yards and three touchdowns.

The following season was just as productive and Miller was elected to the Pro Bowl. After reaching two Super Bowls with the Seahawks in 2014 and 2015, Seattle released Miller after he failed a physical back in March. Had Miller returned to Seattle, he would have been blanketed on the depth chart behind Anthony McCoy, Luke Wilson, and recently acquired Jimmy Graham.

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CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 08: Zach Miller #86 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball as Jon Beason #52 of the Carolina Panthers tries to make a tackle during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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On the Bubble: Cornerbacks

D. Goodson

 

As the Packers approach training camp, like every team, there are players who are considered on the “roster bubble.” These players don’t have any guarantees and need to fight for their position or face the possibility of starting a new career. Today, we continue our look at the guys fighting for the final spots on the Packers roster.

With the Packers pretty set on offense, the defense is the focus again with the roster bubble. Many worthy players are fighting for a spot, and while some won’t make it, you can bet that teams will be looking at these final cuts looking for a gem. We have already looked at the linebackers, but now it’s time to move back a few yards and focus on what might be the position under the most scrutiny: cornerback

The top four true corners are set with Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Damarious Randall, and Quinten Rollins. And if you consider Micah Hyde a corner, then you have five. That leaves three players for probably one spot.

The first guy is Tay Glover-Wright. A second year player, Glover-Wright spent 11 weeks on the practice squad last season, putting him in the middle of the competition as far as experience goes. Spent his last two seasons of college at Utah State, and while he wasn’t a big turnover creator, he was assignment sure and a good tackler (52 as a senior). That trait is key for special teams, and he also has experience as a kick returner. The 6’0” 175 lb corner is a long shot but the coaches like him and that’s enough to give him a long look.

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Green Bay Packers Face Stiff NFC Competition

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The Green Bay Packers have the highest of expectations with training camp set to begin tomorrow. It’s Super Bowl or bust yet again, as the only satisfactory end to the 2105 season is to bring the Lombardi trophy back home. They have all 11 starters back on offense and only lost one on defense. Even though Green Bay is perhaps the most talented team in the NFL, the NFC has numerous challengers and poses a much tougher threat than the AFC would if the Packers resided there.

The AFC saw the Indianapolis Colts make its championship game last season, and they lost in resounding fashion to the New England Patriots 41-7. Andrew Luck is an amazing young talent, but it was clear the Colts belonged nowhere on the field with them with many holes on the team. Look at the contrast in the NFC Championship game between Green Bay and Seattle. Clearly, New England had not one legitimate challenger last year in the AFC, and they haven’t had one in their own division either for the better part of the last decade and a half. This is why it was pretty surprising to me when New England beat Seattle in the Super Bowl. I suspect health had a lot to do with it or maybe the Packers took a lot out of Seattle in that NFC Championship game.

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Breakdown of the 2015 Packers Tight Ends

Packers Tight End Richard Rodgers

Given the star power present in the Green Bay offense, the tight end corps of the 2015 Green Bay Packers has received relatively little attention.  Although NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers’ most potent weapons are certainly his bevy of young, albeit proven talent at the wide receiver position, the tight end position is certainly more of a question mark, especially with the recent off-field issues of veteran Andrew Quarless.  Head coach Mike McCarthy has always valued the tight end position on this team, however.  In order for the Packers offense to improve on its high marks from last season one or more of these young players below will have to step forward and show themselves to be worthy of targets (at least as a secondary option) and capable in the pass and run blocking game.

Below I will take a look at each of the tight ends currently on the roster and make predictions on their possible contribution to the team this season.  Green Bay has kept 4 tight ends on the active roster over the last three seasons, and there is no reason to think that this trend will change.  All predictions will assume, of course, that the players will remain healthy.

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Can Barrington, Ryan Change Green Bay Packers’ ILB Fortunes?

Packers Linebacker Sam Barrington

The Green Bay Packers have done a good job addressing areas of need in recent years. When the run game ranked near the bottom of the league in 2011 and 2012, the Packers drafted Eddie Lacy to rejuvenate the backfield.

In 2013, Green Bay was the only team to not record an interception from the safety position. The Packers addressed that by selecting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with their first round pick, and he now appears to be a long-term fixture at safety.

This offseason, the Packers’ biggest need was the inside linebacker position. Green Bay parted ways with veterans A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones, leaving the team with an extremely young corps of inside linebackers.

When the season begins, the likely starters at inside linebacker will be Sam Barrington and Clay Matthews. Matthews will have had more time to learn the nuances of playing inside after being forced into that role last year, but the team would still prefer if he can stay outside, where he is one of the best in the league. Either way, Matthews will switch between playing inside and outside linebacker, especially at the beginning of the season.

Barrington will probably begin the season as the Packers’ fixture at inside linebacker. In 2014, he became the starter in Week 13 and held that spot through the end of the season. As the 2015 season approaches, Barrington appears ready for a more prominent role on the Green Bay defense.

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On the Bubble: The Linebackers

Jayrone Elliott

As the Packers approach training camp, like every team, there are players who are considered on the “roster bubble.” These players don’t have any guarantees and need to fight for their position or face the possibility of starting a new career. Today, we continue our look at the guys fighting for the final spots on the Packers roster.

After looking at Adrian Hubbard earlier, we need to look at his stiffest competition on the roster. Linebacker, despite being considered a position of weakness by the mainstream media, has a lot of depth and competition to it. Specifically, there are four guys who are competition closely with Hubbard for two of three spots.

Andy Mulumba, Nate Palmer, Jayrone Elliott, and Joe Thomas, are all second or third year player who are either coming off a major injury or, in Elliott’s case, a numbers game last season to get on the field.

Mulumba is a third year outside linebacker from Eastern Michigan who was the surprise of camp back in 2013, making the team as a pass rusher and seeing action in 14 games while starting 3. During that season, he recorded 30 tackles and a single sack, getting extensive action in the playoff game against San Francisco. The 6’3”, 260 pound product is a converted defensive end from the Congo who came into last season with high hopes and made the roster out of training camp, but suffered a serious knee injury after two games. He looks to regain the form that made him a rotational player this camp.

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