From the Benches Packers Podcast

From the Benches: Hyde Your Kids

The guys are back with special guest Jason Perone, who is pinch hitting in place of Ryan for this week. They start off the show by discussing the news that friend of More »

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NFL Draft Talk: No Huddle Radio with Ourlad’s Dan Shonka

Your No Huddle Radio hosts are back to preview the NFL Draft coming up in May. They bring in one of the most knowledgeable draft experts on the planet, former college coach More »

From the Benches Packers Podcast

From The Benches: KUUUHHHHNNNNN!!!!

The Boys are back and better than ever. The show begins with a recap of the John Kuhn re-signing, and the guys give their opinions on the role of the running back More »

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Cheesehead Radio: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes with Packer Sean Richardson

The Cheesehead Radio team comes together during this long offseason to recap everything going on with the Green Bay Packers, and welcome back special guest and Packer safety Sean Richardson for some More »

From the Benches Packers Podcast

From the Benches: Elephants are Everywhere!

From the Benches returns with a vengeance. After the NFL Meetings the boys had a lot of things to cover based on the comments of Mike McCarthy. First they address the report More »

Getting to Know: Eddie Lacy

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Packers Talk Radio Network continues its player profile series for our sponsor Mayfield Sports Marketing with a look at Running Back Eddie Lacy.

Eddie Lacy was born on June 2, 1990 in the Gretna, LA. His high school career did not get off to a good start, as he as forced to transfer schools as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Once settled in at  Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La, his football career took off.

Lacy lettered all four years of high school, becoming one of the most sought after running back recruits in the country. Having his choice of colleges to attend, he chose Alabama, and his journey to the NFL would begin in earnest.

A member of three (!) national championship teams during his time at Alabama, Lacy tore through the record books, becoming one of the best players to have ever played for the Crimson Tide during their long, storied history.

The stats speak for themselves.

  • Was a member of three national championship teams during his four years on campus, during which time the program posted a 49-5 record (.907).
  • Followed in the footsteps of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram (2009) and finalist Trent Richardson (2011) as the starter in the backfield for the Crimson Tide, opening all 14 games in 2012 and earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors after finishing with 204 carries for 1,322 yards (6.5 avg.) and 17 TDs.
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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Post Free Agency Off Season Needs Audit

Mike McCarthy

Immediately following the Super Bowl, I outlined what I perceived to be the Green Bay Packers’ needs moving into the 2014 season here.  Now that it seems clear the team will not re-sign or sign another player that projects as an “impact” player, it’s time to see where these positions stand heading into May’s draft.  I’ll report the additions to the team at that position since the Feb. 7 article and then some solutions to the problem if there still is one.  If they select a player that’s not a part of the “solutions”, in this writer’s eyes the problem was not adequately addressed:

1. Safety- I’m not exactly able to start this week’s column off with a bang.  Despite a what appeared to be a bumper crop of useful players in the free agency pool at the position the Packers did nothing.  In fact, they did less than nothing.  Green Bay allowed one of their starters M.D. Jennings to walk and join the Chicago Bears.  this doesn’t really bother me, but the fact that the team has not added anyone to replace him does.  The Packers are either going to entrust the position opposite Morgan Burnett with 2nd year pro Micah Hyde or put all of their eggs in the basket of a rookie.

Additions: none

Possible Solutions: HaHa Clinton-Dix, Calvin Pryor, Jimmie Ward, Deone Buchanon, Terrence Brooks, Craig Loston, Kenny Ladler

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From the Benches: Hyde Your Kids

From the Benches Packers Podcast

The guys are back with special guest Jason Perone, who is pinch hitting in place of Ryan for this week. They start off the show by discussing the news that friend of the show, North Dakota State QB Brock Jensen has a private workout lined up with the Packers. After Ross gets through that discussion, the boys move on to discuss John Kuhn’s situation, and why the Packers did not go after a veteran safety.

The big discussion of the night involves the new role of Packers CB/S Micah Hyde and what his role could be in the defense going forward and whether or not that is something the Packers should be interested in going forward.

There is a discussion that follows as the boys adopt a Packer for the upcoming season, continue their draft series discussing some cornerbacks, and go through the draft class that was brought in with PTRN’s first mock draft of the year.

Finally, the boys end the show with Jacob talking about the criticism of Mike McCarthy in the show’s signature segment of “You’re gonna want to cut that.”

Listen using the player below or download the podcast from the Packers Talk Radio Network on 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 Uglum, and Ryan Hillesland.

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In Appreciation of Jermichael Finley

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Since being drafted by the Packers in 2008, Jermichael Finley has been one of the most divisive players on the Packers roster.  Finley has shown flashes of potential greatness, but he has never been able to put together a full season that would put him in the upper echelon of NFL tight ends.

After playing only 88 snaps his rookie year, Finley had a solid, but unspectacular season in 2009, during which he split playing time with Donald Lee.  But during the Packers wild card round match up against the Cardinals, Finley displayed the talent that the Packers were hoping for when they drafted him in the 3rd round out of Texas, catching 6 passes for 159 yards.

After his breakout playoff game, the Packers made Finley the centerpiece of their offense for the 2010 season, but unfortunately for the Packers and Finley, he suffered a season ending knee injury the fifth game of the season.

Finley remained healthy in 2011 and 2012, but put up just average numbers, 10 touchdowns, 82 receptions and 1,434 yards between the 2 seasons, to go along with a woeful 23 drops.

Before the 2013 season there was speculation that the Packers would be cutting Finley rather than pay him the $8 million plus he would be owed, but the Packers stuck with Finley, and it looked like he would reward them for their patience. Finley had 25 receptions, 300 yards, and 3 touchdowns through 6 games. But it wasn’t just the numbers. Finley wasn’t having the drop issues he had in previous years, he looked more explosive in his route running, and he was breaking tackles to gain extra yards after the catch.  Finley appeared to be heading for a big pay day in free agency at the end of the season.

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Is There Cause for Concern For the Packers Passing Game?

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For most of the Mike McCarthy era, the Packers have been blessed with having one of the best receiving corps in the NFL.

The names are entrenched in the annals of Packers history.

Donald Driver. Greg Jennings. Jordy Nelson. Randall Cobb. James Jones. Jermichael Finley. These are just a few of the players who have helped the Packers during the past decade become a top flight passing attack. Each of them have their own place in the team’s history, and our memories as well.

As time has passed, and as part of the business known as the National Football League, many of the players that were part of this powerful passing attack have moved on, evaporating the once talented group of receivers.

Donald Driver retired. Greg Jennings took the money and ran to the Vikings. James Jones signed with the Raiders. Jermichael Finley’s career is in limbo as he recovers from a neck injury. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are all that remains of the group which a mere three seasons ago set numerous offensive records, and helped Aaron Rodgers set a record for passer rating.

Because of the depletion of talent, is there a reason to be concerned about the Packers passing game?

On the surface, the answer is a resounding NO! As long as Aaron Rodgers is throwing pin point accurate lasers to the receivers, there is no cause for concern.

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NFL Draft Talk: No Huddle Radio with Ourlad’s Dan Shonka

No Huddle Radio from ALLGBP.com on Packers Talk Radio Network

Your No Huddle Radio hosts are back to preview the NFL Draft coming up in May.

They bring in one of the most knowledgeable draft experts on the planet, former college coach and pro scout Dan Shonka of the Ourlad’s NFL Scouting Services.

We pepper Dan with questions to get you his insider perspective and look at potential candidates for the Packers. Not to be missed!

Listen using the player below or download the podcast from the Packers Talk Radio Network on Itunes.

 

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Assessing the NFC North Offseason

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Right now we should be getting really excited about the NFL Draft, but Roger Goodell got greedy and moved it back to May so that the NFL could control every month of the year, so we are left with a slow news time for the Packers.

This is a good time to look at what the other three teams in the NFC North have done in the offseason up to this point. If you’re curious to see if their moves have improved their odds of making it to the Super Bowl, take a look here at the updated NFL Lines.

And now, without further ado:

 

Chicago Bears:

Additions:                          Losses:

Lamarr Houston            Julius Peppers

Jared Allen                     Devin Hester

Ryan Mundy                 Henry Melton

M.D. Jennings             Cory Wootton

Willie Young                Michael Bush

Josh McCown

The Bears have had a very busy offseason with all the additions and subtractions listed above and re-signing Jay Cutler, Tim Jennings, Charles Tillman and Matt Slauson. They always seem to “win” the offseason with big moves, but have still not been able to catch the Packers.

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