Reviewing the Undrafted Rookies

After the draft, the Packers signed several undrafted free agents. At that point I took a shot at a 8 UDFAs who would have a chance to make the roster or the practice squad. Let’s take a look at how I did:

 

Every year the Green Bay Packers seem to find a hidden treasure from their undrafted rookies. This year there are 21 players who didn’t hear their names called in the draft, who will fight to become the next Sam Shields, Jayrone Elliott, or Ladarius Gunter. One or two of these players may make the opening day roster, and we know several will make the practice squad.

Here are the players I believe have the best chance to succeed:

 

RB Don Jackson, Nevada

Jackson possesses decent size for the position and some surprising burst. His greatest asset may be that he is a patient runner who will wait for his blocks to set up. He could push John Crockett (another UDFA) for the 3rd Running Back position, but is more likely a Practice Squad candidate.

 

Swing and a miss on the first try. Even then I wasn’t sure if Jackson or Brandon Burks would take advantage of the snaps behind Crockett. Jackson didn’t even make it to August, and Burks has looked really solid so far. Burks has a chance to make the roster if the injury to John Crockett is serious, but he should be a safe bet to make the practice squad. Meanwhile, Don Jackson will look to make a team outside the NFL for this season.

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Packers Therapy #276: Packers (also) Make Niners Pay, Pal!

In between embarrassing pleas to hit their PayPal account, Chris and Dave review the Packers roster decisions in the wake of Green Bay’s 21-10 win over San Francisco. Should GB keep Joe Callahan on the 53? What should the team do at DB? What about that newfangled kickoff rule? The boys chat about it all…and would really like you to send them some cash via PayPal (PackersTherapy@yahoo.com).

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Pulse of the Pack: Panning for Rookie Gold

The dream of 23-0 stays alive as the Packers knocked off the San Francisco 49ers to improve to 3-0 on the preseason.  With the first roster cutdowns coming this week, who helped their cause and who should start cleaning out their locker?  How did the starters look and are they ready for Jacksonville in two weeks?  Justis Mosqueda of Playmaker Mentality joins Jacob and Jason to discuss the rookie class and how they’re faring so far.  Where does each fit in with this current Packers roster and are any of them in danger of not making the final 53-man?  Which undrafted free agents have stood out and which player’s roster spots are hanging in the balance going into this last preseason game?  All of that plus answers to listener questions on this latest Pulse of the Pack podcast!

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Cheesehead Radio: Send In The Drones with Ryan Wood

What’s that hovering over the north end zone? Is it an Aaron Rodgers bomb? Is it Bill Bellichek scouting the Packers? Is it Jeff Janis’s 15 minutes of fame? No, it was actually a drone, which draws the attention of a lot of people. The Cheesehead Radio gang are here this week to give some advice on how to NOT let your Packer addictions land you in jail, as well as a ton of other great Packers news and opinions you won’t find anywhere else!

Joining us is the amazing Ryan Wood of PackersNews.com. He’ll also provide his opinions on all things happening in Packer Nation. Don’t miss a second of this week’s Cheesehead Radio.

Jersey Al, Jayme, Michelle,  and CD bring you your latest Packers news, tweets, and intrepid analysis that you always expect for the Cheesehead Radio crew.

Are you ready? GO PACK GO!!!

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Packers Post-Game Post Mortem

Filling in for the usual post-game analysis, so I guess it is time to pull the autopsy slab out of the lab and dissect the third preseason game of the year. It’s always a special treat when it’s the 49ers that are getting the proverbial autopsy. We got our first look at a nearly-intact first team offense. No one left in a body bag, and there were no major injuries. Regardless of the score, I would definitely call that win.

  • Guess who’s back? Back again. Aaron’s back. Tell a friend.
  • Okay, we all got finally see Aaron Rodgers. Happy now? He looks like exactly who we expected him to be. Now can we put him back in bubble wrap so he doesn’t get broken between now and Week 1?
  • That said, it took a little bit for Rodgers and the offense to find a rhythm. But once it happened, Rodgers proved he ain’t dead yet and is ready to take the helm with the opening snap of the season. Sharp, crisp. It doesn’t matter that Jordy Nelson was out there or not. They already have chemistry. He trusts him. Besides, I totally take Rodgers’ word when he says that timing and chemistry is formed in consistent practice and not in a quasi-meaningful preseason game.
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Packers vs 49ers in 3…2…1…

Two weeks are down in the 2016 preseason and we are starting to see what the Packers will all be about. They have run the ball extremely well early on and have shown a strong defense, especially in coverage. After dismantling Cleveland and Oakland in back-to-back weeks at Lambeau, Now they travel across the country to San Francisco to take on a recent nemesis in the 49ers.

The starters, including Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Randall Cobb are slated to play for the first (and likely only) time this preseason. And like the other two games, the key here is to get out of San Francisco healthy. In previous years, it has been Week 3 that has been a serious issue for the Packers for injuries. But this is the last chance for some guys to make a statement before roster cuts Tuesday. And that leads us to this week’s edition of 3…2…1…

For those of you who didn’t read here last year, the 3…2…1… series is a countdown of things the team needs to do to win. I highlight 3 key players (usually not big name guys), 2 bold predictions, and 1 key stat that the Packers need to win. But before I jump into it, let’s take a quick look at last week. Once the regular season starts, I’ll start keeping track week to week to see if I have been effective in predicting the Packers keys. Usually these articles will be on Saturday before the game, but with preseason in the middle of the week, it’s a little different for the timing.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: What to Watch For Tonight

Tonight is the all important third preseason game.  The game in which the starters play the most.  The dress rehearsal.  Fortunately for displaced Packers fans like myself it’s also the only live broadcast on NFL Network this preseason.  Tonight will be the first time in the 2016 preseason that Packers fans will get to see their quarterback play.

There isn’t much else to discuss on this fine Football Friday, because I don’t want to talk about PEDs or Al Jazeera or really anything that has to do with the NFL or the Commissioner’s office, so I’m going to offer some viewing tips for this evening’s game against San Francisco.

Appreciate the chance to watch Rodgers.  It really is a beautiful thing and he won’t play again until the opener in Jacksonville.  He’s hopefully healed from all of the maladies that caused him to be less efficient than in seasons past.

We as Packers fans are probably going to get two quarters of QB1 until he’s wrapped up in bubble wrap again until the opener.  Will we get to see the magic from the 2014 season, if even for just a little bit?

Pay attention to the offensive line.  I think we’ve got a battle here folks.  Matt Rotheram was once considered for a roster spot, but was recently released by the Packers with an injury settlement.  That doesn’t mean the competition is over.

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