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The 2014-15 Green Bay Packers Roster

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With Training Camp coming to an end, Ted Thompson was faced with the task of constructing a team which will lead the Packers back to the Super Bowl. As the clock ticked down to 3pm CDT yesterday, Packer fans across the world were wondering what this year’s team would look like. Would it have the caliber of talent to get the Packers back on top of the football world this season?

We are about to find out, as the season kicks off a mere 4 days from now.

Ladies and Gentlemen, here are your 2014-15 Green Bay Packers:


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.


Welcome Home Brett Favre

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At long last, it will be over.

On Monday afternoon, the Packers and the Packers Hall of Fame will make a joint announcement about Brett Favre’s induction into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2015. It is also expected that they will announce that his jersey will also be retired during the 2015-16 season.

The news, first reported by ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, was later confirmed by Favre via his website.


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The announcement will officially welcome Favre back into the Packers family in a formal manner.

Ironically, the announcement will take place exactly 6 years after Favre and the Packers agreed to part ways, after he and Head Coach Mike McCarthy met for several hours in McCarthy’s office.

Perhaps, in a weird, ironic way,  that is just the way it is meant to be.

At long last, Favre will once again be part of the Packers family. After six years of heartache, hand wringing, hoping, and wondering if this day would ever come, it appears as though it finally will.



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Whatever your personal feelings are about Favre, one cannot deny that the 16 seasons he spent with the Packers are among the most exciting time in the team’s history. A Super Bowl win. A Super Bowl loss. Perennial contenders. Three MVP awards. Countless memories. All of this is what Favre brought.


Riding Bikes and Making Memories at Packers Training Camp

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Players riding bikes to and from practice during Packers Training Camp is one of the greatest traditions in the NFL.

First instituted by Vince Lombardi, the thought was that this would bring the players and fans closer. Embracing the team concept that Lombardi emphasized on the playing field, this would also enforce the team concept to the Packer faithful. Without the support of the fans, the team would not exist. Without the team, fans would be forced to cheer for another team, one that didn’t reside in their backyards. They were united as one.

It was a stroke of genius by Lombardi, and has since become a tradition unlike any other.

As a result, there are countless stories about the impact of a player riding a fan’s bike. Memories that last a lifetime for the person because a Packer picked their bike to ride to practice. Jogging alongside the player, carrying their helmet, and all the while thinking about the stories they can tell their children about their experience at Packers Training Camp. That is what makes this tradition so great.

A few months ago, one of our loyal readers shared her children’s experiences during Training Camp. I’m going to let her tell her story in her words.



Packers DL Jerel Worthy Needs to Get Healthy ASAP

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Think back to the 2011 season for the Green Bay Packers.

They went 15-1, putting up points and yards at a ridiculous rate on their way to a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Unfortunately, we all remember how that season ended: a crushing, frankly embarrassing loss to the Giants at Lambeau Field in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Everyone knew what the problem was during the season. The defense, which had been the second ranked squad in the league just two years earlier, was a sieve. Unable to stop anybody during the season, it was painfully obvious to anyone watching the playoff loss to the Giants that something needed to happen on defense if the Packers were going to challenge for NFC supremacy again.

General Manager Ted Thompson knew this as well, and he went out and essentially restocked his team with a defense heavy draft in 2012 in an effort to stop the bleeding.

One of his selections was DL Jerel Worthy out of Michigan State in the second round. Sadly, in many ways, this has been the high point of Worthy’s career.

His rookie season was so so. Fourteen tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble. Not bad, but not great. Certainly not what most would expect from a second round draft choice who was expected to make a difference from day one on a defense looking for anything, but still something.


The Week in Review at Packers Talk Radio Network

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This past week at Packers Talk Radio Network:


Matt wrote about the unfortunate luck the Packers have had regarding neck injuries over the past 20 plus years.

Ian wonders whether we should buy into the hype surrounding rookie TE Richard Rodgers.

Ian also power ranked the Packers QBs. I bet everyone can guess who is at the top.

John shared a great video that is guaranteed to get everyone psyched for the upcoming season.

Richard continued the player profile series for our sponsor Mayfield Sports Marketing with a look at TE Andrew Quarless.


Be sure to stop by and check out this week’s edition of Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived. It is a must read every Sunday during the far too long NFL offseason (which is almost over, thank goodness).

We hope everyone had a great 4th of July holiday. To put an exclamation point on the holiday weekend, we need to borrow a few photos from Ross’ Football Friday article from this past week.







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Green Bay Packers Midweek Movie: “Mission: L.O.M.B.A.R.D.I.”

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During this dead time of the NFL calendar, it can be very difficult to get excited about the upcoming season.

Optimism about the upcoming season is high, but the reality is there is little to discuss about what the season brings until Training Camp begins.

Coaches and players use this time to enjoy their final days of time off before the grind of training camp. If there is any news about the Green Bay Packers it is viewed as a blessing during what is basically a non news period.

Have no fear-Packers Talk Radio Network is here to help you get excited about the 2014 NFL season.

Dale H. Decker returns with his latest Packers themed video, and the message is simple. The goal for 2014 is “Mission Lombardi”.

Take a few minutes and watch this excellent video. After viewing it, leave a GO PACK GO! in the comments to let everyone know you are ready for the 2014 season.




John Rehor is a writer at

He can also be heard as one of the Co-Hosts of Cheesehead Radio.

You can follow John on twitter at jrehor or email him at