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From the Benches: Final Cuts

From the Benches Packers Podcast

The From The Benches team is back with a lot of new things to talk about. The show begins with a lengthy news segment leading off with the impact of the injuries to BJ Raji and JC Tretter. Following that, the guys discuss what has encouraged them, and what has them concerned from the Packers last two preseason games ( with a lot of praise for the first team offense).

The boys go Behind the Bench this week with a discussion on the backup quarterback debate, with questions of whether they should keep 3 QB’s, and who the backup QB should be.

The guys then discuss the plight of Carl Bradford, and whether or not he will make the team before previewing the final preseason game. Jacob wraps up the show discussing backup QB’s in the show’s signature segment “You’re going to want to cut that.”

From the Benches is a part of the Packers Talk Radio Network, serving up enough weekly podcasts to satisfy the most fervent of Packer fans. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe over at iTunes.

 

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From The Benches is one of the family of podcasts from the Packers Talk Radio Network, featuring hosts Jacob WestendorfRoss Uglem, and Ryan Hillesland. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe over at iTunes.

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Why it isn’t crazy for the Packers to keep 3 quarterbacks

Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien

With Aaron Rodgers sitting out the Packers’ last preseason game tomorrow against the Chiefs, Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien have been alternating time with the first team offense. On days Flynn gets the reps, the blogosphere declares the Packers have selected him to fill the QB2 shoes. The same can be said on days Tolzien gets the nod.

By this time last year, the Packer were already starting the never ending turnstile of revolving back-ups. Graham Harrell had already been shown the door, and in the first few days of last September Rodgers was the only QB on the roster while both BJ Coleman and Vince Young were cut loose and Seneca Wallace had yet to be signed.

The same cannot be said this year. The Packers have been reluctant to pare down that list aside from asking fourth string Chase Retting to turn in his iPad. The organization itself has been nothing short of cryptic and has been reluctant to name a QB. There are arguments on both sides to name Flynn or Tolzien the understudy quarterback.

For many years the Packers have held to a strict formula: the strongest candidate becomes the insurance policy if Rodgers should go down. The greener one is sent to the practice squad to grow and develop.

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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.

Quarterbacks (3)

Aaron Rodgers

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.

Running Backs (4)

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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