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Pulse of the Pack: Packers Super Bowl Edition

With Super Bowl 50 right around the corner, Jacob and Jason debate who the best players are at each position in Packers history.  The duo also discuss the news that Aaron Rodgers had More »

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Cheesehead Radio: Shattered Dreams with ESPNWisconsin’s Bill Johnson

  It all could have been so beautiful…another Hail Mary, another amazing win, another charmed playoff season on the road….until Larry Fitzgerald single-handedly stole the Packers’ mojo and ended their season, leading More »

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From The Benches: The Offseason Is Coming

Ross and Ryan return for the final episode of the season. They begin, as usual, with news. Then they painfully describe their feelings after the Packers’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The More »

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Pulse of the Pack: Offseason Ponders with Jason Hirschhorn of Acme Packing Co

The Packers offseason is upon us and already, there is a lot to discuss.  Jacob and Jason chat with Jason Hirschhorn of Acme Packing Co about Bob McGinn’s (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) assessment of More »

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TTSO Packers Podcast: Packer Hibernation

On this edition of Titletown Sound, Jeremy and Chris talk about the future of Eddie Lacy, the legitimacy of Jeff Janis, and they learn who won the season-long Fantasy Pick’em battle. Join More »

Prospecting Potential Pass-catchers: Sterling Shepard

Prospect Profile Sterling Shepard

Peaking at the right time. It’s usually a really lame narrative about teams heading into the NFL playoffs but in terms of draft stock, it absolutely applies to the former Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

Shepard drew many eyeballs at the Senior Bowl, where he earned Practice Player of the Week and made some highlight reel catches.

Labeled primarily as a slot receiver, the fit for Shepard in the Packers offense is arguable, given the presence of Randall Cobb. But there are elements to Shepard’s game that are still incredibly intriguing, regardless of the current makeup of the Packers roster, where you almost wonder if another slot weapon, and arguably a receiver who can play at any position, would be worth the investment of a second to third round draft pick, as Shepard’s current projections indicate.

At 5’10 191 lbs., he’s already been labeled a slot receiver and the greatest knock on him is size, strength, and ability to win in contested ball situations. These are legitimate concerns, to some degree. But there are also some “little things” that Shepard does that make you feel that he can get away with playing at a less than ideal height and weight for a receiver, regardless of slot or perimeter.

There are numbers other than his standard stats to prove that his production is right up there with some of the top receivers in the 2016 class as well.

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Does Thompson Really have a Free Agency Phobia?

The dreaded Ted Thompson stare

The  Green Bay Packers’ season ended a few weeks ago, but the 2015 NFL season will come to a close this weekend with Super Bowl 50. And with that will begin the 2016 season a month later.  With that will begin the guesswork of who stays and who is shown the door. Teams will start bidding and trying to woo free agents with the promises of championship rings, each touted the missing link that will carry their new team all the way to Super Bowl 51.

And the yearly question will arise once again: will Ted Thompson pull the trigger finally and sign some talent that is not homegrown?

Draft and develop, it’s been the Packers’ mantra forever. Find that diamond in the rough and polish it until it shines. There’s no question Thompson hit pay dirt with Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb and Demarious Randall. But then there are still big question marks over some of his other picks–Nick Perry, Datone Jones, Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams. And then there were complete busts as well.

By now everyone has read the Bob McGinn article that was published in the wake of the Packers’ loss to Arizona. He pointed fingers at both Mike McCarthy and his deficiencies as the head coach. But he also placed a lot of the blame at the feet of Ted Thompson.

Is Thompson too rigid in his draft and develop mentality that his refusal to search the free agent market for talent is now becoming a boat anchor that will sink the team’s success?

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Pulse of the Pack: Packers Super Bowl Edition

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With Super Bowl 50 right around the corner, Jacob and Jason debate who the best players are at each position in Packers history.  The duo also discuss the news that Aaron Rodgers had his knee scoped and what that may have meant for the 2015 season and what it means for 2016 and beyond.  The Pro Bowl turned about to be another bad look for the NFL.  What should this game/experience look like in future?  As always, the guys take your questions too.  It’s all here on this latest Pulse of the Pack!

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Remembering the curious saga of former Packers receiver Greg Jennings

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Jennings went from receiver No. 1 to Public Enemy No. 1 in Green Bay, and it virtually happened overnight. Here’s a look back at how we got there.

 

 

 

Former Green Bay Packer Greg Jennings is among the best wide receivers to ever don the green and gold – you don’t have much ground to stand on if you argue otherwise.

Jennings ranks No. 5 all time in receiving touchdowns for the Packers, and has played in significantly fewer games than everyone ahead of him on the list. Only Don Hutson and Sterling Sharpe averaged more touchdowns-per-game than Jennings.

Jennings also ranks No. 7 all time in receptions and receiving yards with the Packers, and was pacing to be one of the most productive wide outs the organization had ever seen.

A fan favorite – Jennings seemingly embodied a small town, hardworking mentality. He played college ball at a mid-major university (Western Michigan), is the father of four, and acted humbled to be in the NFL. He always wore a big smile and had a knack for coming up with big, crunch-time catches.

Like this for example…

Brett Favre hits Greg Jennings on the first play from scrimmage in overtime.

2007 — Brett Favre hits Jennings on the first play from scrimmage in overtime at Denver.

And this…

Jennings with his first of two touchdown receptions in SB XLV.

Jennings with his first of two touchdown receptions in SB XLV.

OK, last one…

Aaron Rodgers converts 3rd-and-10 to Jennings to help secure 31-25 victory in SB XLV.

Aaron Rodgers converts 3rd-and-10 to Jennings to help secure 31-25 victory in SB XLV.

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Packers’ 6 Biggest Positions of Need for 2016 Offseason

Packers Tight End Richard Rodgers

Below is a list of the top 6 positions of need for the Green Bay Packers coming into the 2016 offseason. This list is fluid and represents the team’s needs right now. This list will vary based upon resignings, retirements, or off-the-field issues. These needs can be filled in the draft or in free agency, but should be treated at some point this off-season in order for the team to show improvement going into the 2016 season.

1. Inside Linebacker

Clay Matthews has played very well at inside linebacker, but with Mike McCarthy stating unequivocally in his post-season press conference that he’d like to see CMIII back at outside linebacker, the Packers are mighty weak on the inside. Thumper Sam Barrington will be back after missing 2015 on IR, but he was merely the best of a bad bunch in 2014. Nate Palmer lost his starting spot to Jake Ryan, a young linebacker who has shown some promise, but is far from a sure-thing starter, especially if he’s not standing next to CMIII. On a much-improved defense, this is the major hole on the roster. The Packers need to place no. 1 priority at this position. If they can sign an impact free agent or spend a high draft pick on an instant contributor, the defense could stand to improve even more than it already has.

2. Tight End

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RELAX when it comes to Rodgers’ knee surgery

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It’s been a little over twenty-four hours since ESPN’s Jason Wilde and Rob Demovsky broke the news that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers underwent surgery on an injured left knee. So instead of finding some half-hearted excuse to duck out of the Pro Bowl later today, he really did have a legitimate reason to sit out.

As ESPN reported, it appears Rodgers had a minor–emphasis on no big deal–procedure to, as they put it, “clean up an old injury.”

Did he play hurt all year? Unless he divulges more, the world will never know. As far as old injuries, Rodgers sustained an ACL tear when he was in high school on January 2, 2000 during a pick-up basketball game on a school playground.

He rarely talks about it, but mentions it in a letter to his younger self that was published in ESPN magazine. He actually played with a blown knee for part of high school and college.  An injury like that isn’t a pain issue, it’s one of stability.

A blown ACL makes the knee feel like it is going to give out. So it is either braced to give it stability for sports or it’s surgically repaired. rodgers knee braceIt wasn’t until 2004, as ESPN reports, that he underwent ACL reconstruction. If you look closely at some of the high school photos, it’s there, a bulky brace taking the place of a repaired knee hidden in plain sight.

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Prospecting Potential Pass-catchers: Josh Doctson

Prospect Profile Wide Receiver Josh Doctson

Big plays in the passing game were almost entirely absent from the Packers offensive unit in the 2015 season. In fact, Green Bay only had four passing plays of over 40 yards in the regular season, which is two less than the six that Jordy Nelson accounted for on his own a year prior.

Obviously, losing Nelson to an ACL tear in August was a major part in that, but the fact that there is no other “big play” receiver on the Packers roster is pretty hard to dispute at this point.

So, should Ted Thompson choose to address that – or should TCU’s Josh Doctson be the best player available on the board when the Packers pick towards the end of the first round (Is that “best player available” disclaimer needed every single time?) – serious consideration should be given as to whether or not to take him, which would be the first time Thompson would have selected a receiver in the first round in his entire tenure. In fact, trading down to the early second round for Nelson in 2006 is the closest the Packers have come to investing big in a receiver in the draft under Thompson’s reign.

STANDARD STATS:

Freshman (Wyoming): 35 rec, 393 yds, 11.2 ypc, 5 TD

Sophomore: 36 rec, 440 yds, 12.2 ypc, 4 TD

Junior: 65 rec, 1018 yds, 15.7 ypc, 11 TD

Senior: 78 rec, 1326 yds, 17 ypc, 14 TD

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