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From The Benches: Safety First with with Cody Bauer

The guys return with special guest Cody Bauer from DraftDudes.com. They begin the show by discussing the return of Ross’ favorite backup quarterback Matt Flynn. After discussing the return of a current More »

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: Safety First with with Cody Bauer

From the Benches Packers Podcast

The guys return with special guest Cody Bauer from DraftDudes.com. They begin the show by discussing the return of Ross’ favorite backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

After discussing the return of a current quarterback, they discuss a legendary former quarterback. The discussion of Brett Favre leads to a time to reminisce about what was, and speculation about what Favre’s reception will be when he returns. Following the discussion on Favre the boys go Behind the Bench discussing Ian Hanley’s article about who the number one tight end will be in the 2014 season. The boys wrap up their positional series with the help Cody Bauer discussing the Packers biggest need at the safety position, and they pick who their favorite safeties are in this year’s NFL Draft.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Does Flynn Signing Signal Real Change?

When the signing of QB Matt Flynn was announced this week I tweeted out the following picture:

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Matt Flynn celebrates during the Packers epic comeback victory against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2013 season.

I shared the picture for a lot of reasons.  First of all, it’s one of my favorite photos of a Green Bay Packer.  I know that it’s from a mostly meaningless regular season game during an 8-7-1 season by a backup QB but it’s special.  The emotion that Flynn is showing is why I love football, and why I really like him as a player.  It’s not arrogant, it’s not being done to show up the Dallas Cowboys (making him a better man than I) it’s just joy and excitement.

The other reason I tweeted it was because I was excited!  I am excited.  I’m excited because I think this might mean a slight change in the way the organization does things.  Ted Thompson has always been very steady about the way he does his business. Some would say he’s bull-headed and his detractors call him “stubborn”.  Thompson built an elite program in Green Bay.  There is no question about that.  The team has been the playoffs in 5 consecutive seasons, and will be favored to do at least that much again.  They’ve also won three consecutive division championships.

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A What If Scenario About the Packers, Brett Favre, and…Vince Lombardi?

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Let’s get something out of the way right now.

The Packers and Brett Favre are going to reconcile.

It is going to happen. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. This is going to become a reality in the not too distant future.

The most recent comments about this gradual process by Packers President Mark Murphy indicated that this was going to be a reality last year, if not for Favre’s commitments coaching high school football:

 ”We do have ongoing communications with him, and I think relations are good. We’re hopeful to have him come back soon. We wanted to have him come back to a game last year, (but) his team kept winning and winning, so it kind of made it tough to find a time where it worked.”

The reconciliation process between the two sides has been a slow process since the former quarterback retired for good following the 2010 season. Both sides have spoken kindly about the other, with olive branches extended by both parties. At this point in time one could say that their relationship is one of respect. Both the Packers and Favre have seemingly put their differences about how their “marriage” ended in a messy divorce and have begun the next phase of their relationship.

It will never be the same, but there is at least a relationship between the team and their future former Hall of Fame quarterback.

For the fans, it is a different story.

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Who Will be the Packers #1 Tight End?

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With this week’s signing of backup quarterback Matt Flynn, the Packers have shored up one of their biggest liabilities on offense.  That leaves center and tight end as the two biggest areas of concern for the Packers going into the season. And while I believe the starting center job will be JC Tretter’s to lose, tight end still remains an area of concern.

In today’s NFL, the tight end position has become increasingly important. No longer undersized offensive linemen, tight ends are now often closer to oversized wide receivers. Too quick for linebackers to cover and too big to be covered by a corner, the modern tight end is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.

With the return of Jermichael Finley looking more and more unlikely, the Packers will need to try to find someone to replace the production, or at least the potential for production, that he brought to the position.

The draft is would be the obvious place to look for Finley’s replacement, but if the Packers stay at the 21st spot in the draft, they may find themselves in a no man’s land when it comes to finding an impact tight end. The top rated tight end in the draft, North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, will likely be long gone by the time the Packers pick. The next two tight ends off the board will likely be Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro and Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but both would probably be considered a reach at pick 21, but probably won’t make it to the Packers in the 2nd round.

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Meeting Lynn Dickey-A Magical Trip Down Memory Lane

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“Throw it Dad-I’m open!”

Chances are if you are a football fan, you were introduced to it at a very early age.

Parents spend their Sunday’s supporting their favorite team, with children in tow. While the adults know exactly what they are cheering at, children often follow suit, picking up the habits of their elders. These habits often turn into an obsession as the children get older, remembering where it began all those years ago.

Along with cheering hand in hand with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles is the tradition of playing catch with a football. The dawn of Fall brings a crisp relief to the air following a brutally hot Summer.  Picking up the old pigskin and tossing it around the backyard is part of growing up, and something everyone has done.

If you were a Packers fan growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was very little to cheer about. The Packers were bad, and that is putting it mildly. They were so far away from being playoff contenders that being an 8-8 team was considered a major success.

Despite the lack of success in the win/loss column, the Packers were still an exciting team to watch. One of the major reasons for this was their offense, led by their vastly underrated quarterback-Lynn Dickey.

Long before Don “The Majik Man” Majkowski brought hope back to the long suffering Packer fans, there was Lynn Dickey.

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Biggest Holes From Last Season Remain

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Ted Thompson made big mistakes at backup quarterback and safety last offseason ,and so far this offseason he has done nothing to address either of those areas.

The offseason is not over yet, and Thompson never dabbles in free agency much, but it is still strange to see the two areas he ignored last year being ignored again so far.

Right now the only two quarterbacks on Green Bay’s roster are Aaron Rodgers and Scott Tolzien. According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Matt Flynn is scheduled to work out for the New York Giants today.

It would be a pretty big mistake for Thompson to allow Flynn to escape to the Giants. He totally botched the backup quarterback position last season when he continued to waste time on Graham Harrell when it was clear that he did not have the skills to be an NFL quarterback. When it was obvious Harrell and B.J. Coleman were not the answers he made a desperation move in signing Vince Young, which failed badly. Seneca Wallace was signed just before the season, which was more desperation.

This almost ruined the Packers’ season when Rodgers broke his collarbone, and they lost three consecutive games before Flynn saved their season. It would be very surprising to see Thompson make the same mistake and let Flynn walk. Even if he drafts a mid-round quarterback that player would not likely be ready to contribute this season.

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Potential Late Round Picks and Undrafted Free Agent Targets for the Packers

Green Bay Packer Late Round Picks

While the first round of the NFL draft gets most of the hype and attention, and the second day picks are highly sought after, late round picks and undrafted free agents can play a huge role in a team’s success.

The Packers in particular are known for getting great value out of their late round picks and undrafted players. Sam Shields went undrafted out of Miami and is now one of the better young cornerbacks in the league, Frank Zombo was a key contributor during the Packers Super Bowl run, and most recently, Jarrett Boykin has emerged as a solid number three receiver for the Packers.

Even with 4 premium picks in the upcoming draft, and a fairly deep roster, I would still expect some late round picks and undrafted free agents to make an impact on the Packers’ roster this season.

Here are 8 late round prospects to keep an eye on as the draft approaches.

Jerry “Boo Boo” Gates – Bowling Green, S, 5’11”, 203

A 3 year starter, Gates has 7 career interceptions to go along with 5 forced fumbles. He is also a dangerous return man, and has returned both punts and kickoffs for touchdowns.

Gates should probably be getting more attention than he leading up to the draft and currently projects as a 7th round pick, or a priority free agent, but with his play making ability on defense and special teams prowess, I think Gates has an excellent chance to make an impact on an NFL roster.

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