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Green Bay Packers Still Have a Formidable Force in Peppers

Packers' Linebacker Julius Peppers

The Green Bay Packers have been widely regarded as a draft-and-develop team under the managing of Ted Thompson. Prior to last season, the Packers strayed from that mentality when they signed veteran free agent Julius Peppers to a three-contract.

The move was a curious one to say the least. Green Bay has made a point to not spend large amounts of money on other teams’ free agents, so why should the team break that philosophy to sign a 34-year-old defensive end who has been criticized for occasionally taking plays off?

But over the course of the season, the signing of Julius Peppers proved to be a very important move for the Packers. Peppers became a leader on the Green Bay defense (he was even voted to be the team’s postseason defensive captain) and had one of the most solid defensive performances that the Packers have seen in recent years.

Heading into the 2015 season, Peppers can still be a formidable player for the Packers’ defensive unit. Motivated by the possibility of winning a championship before retiring, Peppers has found new life in Green Bay that make him one of the Packers’ most important players heading into next season.

The biggest concern when Peppers joined the team was his age. At age 35, he is easily the oldest player on the Packers’ roster. But his age did not factor into his performance last year, and it will likely not impact him in 2015 either.


Packers Emerge as NFC, Super Bowl Favorites in NFL Online Betting

Packers favorites to be Super Bowl Champs

The Green Bay Packers were denied a ticket to their first Super Sunday appearance since winning Super Bowl XLV when they suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks in last season’s NFC Conference Championship game.

But that defeat has done little to dampen the Packers’ Super Bowl 50 odds, which have climbed to 6/1, making them early favorites in NFL futures betting at the online sportsbooks.

The Packers enjoyed a strong offseason, keeping WR Randall Cobb and RT Bryan Bulaga in the fold with shiny new contracts, and are once again expected to be one of the NFL’s dominant offensive forces in the upcoming season.

Not surprisingly, the Packers are also pegged as favorites to emerge as NFC Conference Champions this season, with strong 13/4 odds.

The Pack are closely trailed in the NFC online betting by Seattle, who are a 7/2 bet to make a third straight Super Bowl appearance.

The Seahawks fell short of a Super Bowl repeat, dropping a 28-24 decision to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, which will most certainly be remembered for the Seahawks’ infamous play call which denied them a game-winning TD on the final play of the game.

The Dallas Cowboys, one of the surprise stories in the NFL last season after winning 12 games and the NFC East division crown, round out the top three in NFC futures betting, with 6/1 odds.


Where Will Green Bay Packers’ WRs Land on Depth Chart?

Packers Receivers Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis

One of the most intriguing position battles that the Green Bay Packers will be paying attention to heading into training camp is where the wide receivers will fit on the roster.

The team is not too far removed from losing Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and James Jones over the course of two seasons. But now, Green Bay once again finds itself with an abundance of talented receivers on the roster.

The top three spots on the depth chart are secured. Jordy Nelson remains the undisputed number one receiver, Randall Cobb will fill the number two slot, and Davante Adams has impressed the team enough to lock up the third spot on the depth chart.

But after that, the Packers have a number of receivers who will be competing for a roster spot and aiming to be the fourth-string receiver. The competition for that position will likely include 2014 draft picks Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis and 2015 draft pick Ty Montgomery.

The early favorite for the fourth receiver spot appears to be Janis. Nelson sat out for OTAs while he recovered from hip surgery, so Janis got in a lot of work with the starters. During that time, he made a major impression on the coaching staff and began to develop a rapport with Aaron Rodgers. His athleticism and high ceiling make him a valuable asset to the Green Bay receiving corps.


Green Bay Packers with the Best Chance to Win NFL Awards

Reigning MVP and Packers' Quarterback Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers have had a number of players take home NFL awards in recent years. Aaron Rodgers won MVP awards following his 2011 and 2014 seasons. Eddie Lacy took home the offensive rookie of the year award in 2013. Former Packer Charles Woodson was the defensive player of the year in 2009.

Overall, the Packers have been fortunate to have maintained high levels of talent over the last few seasons. Heading into 2015, Green Bay once again has a selection of players who have the potential to be honored at the end of the season. Which players on the Packers have the best chance to win each award?


Last Packer to win: Aaron Rodgers, 2014

Packer with best chance to win in 2015: Aaron Rodgers

This one was not difficult to figure out. Rodgers is still the best quarterback in the NFL heading into next season. In a league that has become increasingly dependent on the passing game, the quarterback position has become the most valuable almost by default. Seven of the past eight MVPs have been quarterbacks.

If Rodgers can maintain his efficiency and consistency that he has displayed over the past four seasons, he would be the player with the best chance to win in the entire league, not solely the Packer with the best chance. There is no reason to expect a substantial drop-off in his production, and he will likely be in the consideration for MVP throughout the season.


Green Bay Packers Benefit from McCarthy’s Coaching Changes

Packers' Head Coach Mike McCarthy

Earlier this offseason, the Green Bay Packers underwent the biggest change to the offensive coaching staff in the Mike McCarthy era. McCarthy gave play-calling duties to new associate head coach Tom Clements, marking the first time in his career as head coach that McCarthy will not call offensive plays.

McCarthy was the subject of much criticism following Green Bay’s fourth quarter collapse against the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. Part of that criticism revolved around his tendency to loosen up aggressiveness when the Packers took the lead instead of putting teams away.

Though it was likely not in direct response to that criticism, McCarthy elected to forfeit play-calling duties anyway. Clements was promoted from offensive coordinator to associate head coach. When 2015 begins, it will be the first time that Aaron Rodgers receives his play calls from someone other than McCarthy.

The Packers offense is not likely to suffer any setbacks from a new play caller. The plays themselves will remain largely the same. More importantly, the offense itself, which features the same eleven starters from last season’s league-leading unit, will have a much bigger impact on the production than the play calling.

Although Rodgers recently acknowledged that he does not call his own plays, he will still have roughly the same amount of freedom when it comes to changing plays at the line of scrimmage. So if McCarthy’s coaching changes will not drastically impact the offense, how will the Green Bay Packers benefit from McCarthy giving up play-calling duties?


Pulse of the Pack: Minicamp Murmurs

Pulse of the Pack Podcast on Packers Talk Radio Network

Pulse is back to recap the Packers recent OTA’s and Mini camp.  Jacob and Jason break down the battle at wide receiver and who has the edge for the final spot or two?  Is the Packers offense the greatest show on grass?  What will become of the tight end position?  More rookie talk with updates on Ty Montgomery, Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins and Jake Ryan.  The pair also discuss where the Packers may carry an extra body or two and talk about a few veterans who are on the bubble and may see their days in Green Bay numbered.

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Inside or Outside, Green Bay Packers Can Count on Matthews

Packers' Linebacker Clay Matthews

Since the time he entered the league in 2009, Clay Matthews has been one of the best pass rushers in the NFL and one of the Green Bay Packers’ best defenders.

Matthews’ primary position has always been outside linebacker, but the Packers were forced to give him significant time at inside linebacker last season. Rather than suffer a decrease in production due to inexperience at the position, Matthews responded by giving an immediate boost to a struggling linebacker corps.

He began playing inside during Week 9, and took a significant portion of snaps there for the rest of the year. Before the switch, the Packers’ run defense was dead last in the NFL. By the end of the year, aided drastically by Matthews’ presence, Green Bay’s run defense rose to 23rd in the league.

Overall, Matthews simply showed that he can do more than just rush the quarterback. He proved that he is a versatile defender who can adequately cover and stop the run from the middle of the field.

The Packers’ biggest need in the offseason was to address the inside linebacker position. While Matthews did a more than sufficient job, Green Bay would still prefer to keep him on the outside, where he is one of the best in the league.

But the Packers did not draft a linebacker until the fourth round, and Matthews has been getting reps in on the inside during practices as well. It appears that Green Bay is prepping Matthews to once again see a significant number of snaps at inside linebacker this year.