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How Will Second Year Players Impact Green Bay Packers?

Packers Center Corey Linsley

The Green Bay Packers had four rookies who made significant contributions to the team in the 2014 season. A handful of others were drafted but, for various reasons, did not have as big of an impact. These nine players who were drafted by Green Bay last year will look to prove themselves in their second season.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Corey Linsley, Richard Rodgers and Davante Adams all played a large portion of the Packers’ snaps last year. The other draftees, Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis, Khyri Thornton, Carl Bradford, and Demetri Goodson, were less essential to Green Bay winning the NFC North title.

So what can the Green Bay Packers realistically get from each of last year’s draft picks? When looking at each player, it is clear that there will be both major and minor contributions from these second year players.

Corey Linsley

Linsley exceeded all expectations during his rookie year in Green Bay. He was drafted in the fifth round to be a backup, but after J.C. Tretter went down with an injury in the preseason, Linsley was forced to become the starting center.

He responded better than the Packers could have hoped. Linsley was rated the fourth best center in the league by Pro Football Focus. He stayed healthy throughout the year, and was the only player to be on the field for every single offensive snap.

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Inside the Bear Den: Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers vs Bears

Not only am I a Green Bay Packers fan living in Chicagoland, but I also married into a family filled with Bears fans. I actually proposed to my wife mere minutes before the 2010 Packers/Bears NFC Championship game. It was a fantastic day!

Over the three and a half years that we’ve been married, many interesting conversations have come up at the dinner table concerning the Green & Gold, so I thought I’d sit down with my brother in-law and get his thoughts on a few topics having to do with the Packers. For our first conversation, we talked about quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Jordan: What is the first thought that comes to your mind when I say the words “Aaron Rodgers?”

Eric: Hopeless…for the Bears. Honestly, it’s like comparing him to LeBron James and all the grief that he’s given to the Bulls over the years. It’s so frustrating. And it’s even more frustrating to look back at all the quarterbacks the Bears have had over the years while the Packers transition right from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers. I mean, are you kidding me?

J: How would you describe Rodgers’ play on the field?

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Green Bay Packers Positional Spending

Packers Ted Thompson gives a Thumbs Up

During a time when there is not much Green Bay Packers news to write about I thought it would be interesting to break down the team’s salary cap. Here’s what the Packers will be spending by position this season in comparison to the rest of the NFL.

Quarterback: $20.38 million (5th)

Running Back: $3.2 million (31st)

Wide Receiver: $12.79 million (21st)

Tight End: $3.37 million (27th)

Offensive Line: $21.82 million (20th)

Defensive Line: $15.24 million (26th)

Linebackers: $31.86 million (2nd)

Cornerbacks: $11.72 million (20th)

Safeties: $11.46 million (10th)

My thoughts are that this mostly lines up with what NFL positions are valued around the league and that’s  no coincidence. Obviously, quarterback is the most valued offensive position and running back the least valued, which is reflected very well on the Packers. It will be very interesting to see what Ted Thompson is willing to pay Eddie Lacy in two years. He’s one of the elite running backs in the NFL and Thompson has never had to pay one of them before. Ryan Grant got paid by Thompson, but he was not on Lacy’s level, and it took a training camp holdout to get it done.

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Packers All-Draft Bust Team: 1991-present

Green Bay All-Time Draft Bust Team

The Green Bay Packers are known as a Draft and Develop team, but that doesn’t mean that they always get it right. In fact, they tend to get it wrong a fair amount. Not as bad as some other teams, mind you, but they are not hitting 1.000.

I have only been around since 1991, and there have been plenty of draft busts to create a full team. I got the idea from the book, “Packers by the Numbers,” chapter 77. If yo want to see a full Draft Bust team going back to the first ever Draft, look in that book. Without further ado, the 1991-present Green Bay Packers Draft Bust team:

QB – Brian Brohm (Round 2, 2008)

A complete failure in Round 2, Brohm never developed and failed to beat out fellow draftee Matt Flynn (7th round). He bounced around the league since, starting game in his career.

RB – Alex Green (Round 3, 2011)

A home run threat out of Hawaii, Green blew out his knee his rookie year and was never the same. He led the team in 2012 in rushing but got cut the following year.

FB – Quinn Johnson (Round 5, 2009)

The heir to William Henderson, Johnson was a tank who struggled with the speed of the NFL while in Green Bay. He never made an impact before being cut.

WR – Cory Rodgers (Round 4, 2006)

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The Green Bay Packers and DOD Money

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It was a week ago when Christopher Baxter broke the news that the the Department of Defense (read: your tax money) has been writing some pretty hefty checks to some of the NFL teams. Of course this grabbed everyone’s attention in the Packer’s little corner of the world.

As Baxter reported, the Green Bay Packers have received $600,000 since 2012.

And this is where some lose their minds.

Everyone out there gets that warm fuzzy when a team unfurls the 100 yard long American flag, honors a living vet and his/her family on the field and turns the entire stadium into an American flag with the help of colored bits of cardboard sitting at each seat complete with instructions. Yet for some, these acts seem a little less homespun and genuine now knowing that there was money given for such placements.

CheeseheadTV’s Aaron Nagler reached out to Packers’ PR director Aaron Popkey recently about how these funds are being sent, and Popkey replied with the following:

The Packers’ partnership with the Wisconsin National Guard is similar to our other partnerships in that it includes traditional marketing aspects designed to address its objectives, which are recruiting, retention and awareness. It featured advertising on TundraVision, stadium signage and Packers.com, as well as sponsorship of other programs and events such as the high school coach of the week, a job fair for veterans and a continuing medical education program. Our partnership arrangement does not simply focus on one specific event, but is comprised of many different features.

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Why deflated balls are a big deal

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Fans across the NFL–including Packers fans–have likely had their fill of Deflategate. And as I post this column, the NFL Players Association is drafting Brady’s appeal to his four game suspension. Four games–a quarter of the season—all for a bunch of flat balls. Oh, that as well as a $1 Million fine and forfeiture of next year’s first round draft choice as well as their fourth round pick in 2017.

I could rehash the entire Wells Report and the whole Free Brady outrage, but I won’t.  Instead, let’s break down the apologist’s arguments and point out the painfully obvious and –oddly enough–how this scandal affects the Green Bay Packers.

  • Excuse #1: Big whoop, it’s just a bunch balls. And the advantage it gave the Patriots did not tip the game in their favor during their victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game.

Yes, it’s true. The Patriots walloped the Colts. Probably would’ve done it, flat balls not withstanding, but why have rules if they are only suggestions? And guess what, the NFL has rules specifically addressing the condition of its game balls. In fact, the NFL rules pertaining to balls are pretty clear:

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Green Bay Packers Position Battles

Jeff Janis Packers

The Green Bay Packers are always a team that relies on internal competition to rise up everyone’s play. The team is known for its depth and with a new draft class added onto what was already a very deep team that is true again. The good news is that most of the starting positions are locked up, which is the sign of a good team. However, that doesn’t mean this won’t be a very competitive summer with players fighting for playing time and backup spots. Here are a few interesting battles to look forward to:

 

Backup Quarterback:

I’d actually be surprised if this is much of a battle. I would expect Scott Tolzien to win the job fairly easily with continued improvement and knowledge of the offense. However, Hundley may be the most interesting player to watch this summer. Mike McCarthy finally has a backup quarterback to develop with real talent and skills after years of wasted time with Graham Harrell and Matt Flynn. Hundley should easily be able to force the Packers to keep three quarterbacks for the second consecutive season.

 

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