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5 Takeaways From the First Week of Packer Training Camp

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Football is finally back! The Packers kicked off training camp last Saturday and there are already some interesting storylines developing.

You have young receivers like Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis trying to show that they deserve playing time in a crowded receiver group. JC Tretter and Corey Linsley are vying to replace Evan Dietrich-Smith at center. And the Packers have a group of seven tight ends all fighting for a chance to be the starter.

But with the first week of training camp coming to an end, and the first preseason game just a little over a week away, here are the 5 storylines I am most interested in.

  1. The Safety Battle

    Micah Hyde continues to get reps with the first team defense on the other side of veteran Morgan Burnett, while 1st round pick, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix remains with the second team.  On Sunday, Mike McCarthy praised Hyde’s transition to safety as “seamless,” and by all accounts, he has looked excellent in training camp. Even if he isn’t able to beat out Hyde for the starting job, Clinton-Dix should still see plenty of playing time in the Packer’s sub packages.

  1. The Resurgence of Raji

    It’s been less than a week, but BJ Raji has looked more like his 2010 self, rather than the disappointing version the Packers have seen the past 2 years. He has routinely won his one on one battles, and he looks like a man on a mission.  Maybe the return to nose tackle has made the difference, or maybe having to sign back with the Packers on a one year prove it deal has motivated him, but whatever the reason, the Packers can only hope they have an explosive, motivated Raji once the season starts.


From The Benches: Camp Heats Up

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The boys are back and better than ever in a brand new show. The show begins with breaking news of a new contract extension for General Manager Ted Thompson, with speculation that an extension for Mike McCarthy is not tor far behind. Following that are a couple news tidbits about players coming off the injury lists, and an organization role for recently retired running back Johnathan Franklin.

After the news segment, the boys go behind the bench discussing whether the idea of Micah Hyde being the starting safety over first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix bothers them, before they check in on the tight end position battle in practice.

The summer conversation series continues this week with a discussion of the guys’ favorite pre-Ron Wolf era player, before Ryan discusses some of the starters on special teams in the show’s signature segment You’re Gonna Want To Cut That.

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Green Bay Packers Gearing for a Super Bowl Mindset

Peppers Matthews poised to be a dangerous defensive tandem

The 2014 preseason is under way, and the Green Bay Packers are setting their sights on a trip to Phoenix in February. Yes, that’s the goal of all 32 NFL teams every July, but this year the Packers bring a sense of urgency and hunger to that chase.

It’s been a little over three years since Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and company brought the Lombardi Trophy home. But the current incarnation is not that team.  Since then the Packers have surrendered that top spot where the other 31 are chasing them. Like that magical season in 2010, they are once again the hunter chasing the prey ahead of it, rested and ready to spring into action.

Since this past winter many have said that teams wishing knock reigning Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks from that top spot would need to have a punishing and physical defense like Seattle and find a Richard Sherman clone to fill its ranks. It seems like an impossible recipe to be recreated.

And to a certain extent, the pundits are right. The Packers’ defense needed to change. They needed to get to the quarterback more frequently. They needed to shut down the running game. And, God almighty, they needed a secondary that can actually intercept the ball.


No Huddle Radio: Packers Training Camp Views w/ Brian Carriveau of CheeseheadTV

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No Huddle Radio makes it’s 2014 NFL season debut as the Packers are three days in to training camp. Your hosts Jason Perone, Cory Jennerjohn and Adam Czech go over the news coming out of camp – who’s hot and who’s not.

Giving his own “railbird” impressions from camp will be Brian Carriveau of CheeseheadTV. Brian talks about what he’s seen so far and is put through the famous “Two Minute Drill.” A great listen – don’t miss it!

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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.


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5 Guys That Have to be Good: Brad Jones


Who is Brad Jones?  Most Packers fans will tell you that he’s awful.  Jones was a much maligned player last season.  He and AJ Hawk provided very little from the inside linebacker position.  Jones graded out on Pro Football Focus at a -4.0 score.  He ranked 28th of 55 qualified ILBs.  While this is not great, it certainly isn’t the abomination that it’s made out to be.  My theory is that maybe Jones doesn’t get any benefit of the doubt from media members because by all accounts he isn’t a very nice person.

But can Jones be more than 28th of 55? Can he be more than average?  He certainly was better than average in 2012.  Jones was a pleasant surprise that season.  Jones’ +11.4 grade that season was good enough for 10th place of the 53 qualified players.  That’s not only well above average but most would consider Jones a Pro Bowl alternate or close to it that season, checking in to the top 10 at his position.  Coaches and Jones himself blamed last season’s struggles on an injury and at age 28 during just his 3rd season at ILB it’s possible for Jones to continue to grow as a player.

So what if Jones becomes part of solution instead of part of the problem? I’m not saying that it’s going to happen or even that it’s likely but for 700 snaps in 2012 it did happen.  Jones was a positive presence on a defense that needed one.  Brad Jones and AJ Hawk have NEVER had 5 more talented players playing in front of them.  Matthews, Daniels, Raji, Jones and Peppers are a hell of a front.  4 1st round picks and a lunatic.  Jones and Hawk are out of excuses.