Tag Archives: Linebackers

5 Guys That Have to be Good: #1 – Terrell Manning

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Training camp opens on July 26.  To prep for that I’m going to take a look at 5 players that “have to be good”.  The reasons can be varying but because of whatever circumstance it is either vitally important to the 2013 season or the teams foreseeable future that the investments made in these players pay off.  When a team is run the way that the Packers are, players have to step up every year.  Often times a popular veteran is allowed to leave via free agency or released outright and unproven players have to become useful NFL contributors.

 

When the Packers decided to give Brad Jones a 3 year deal making starter’s money, it set off a chain reaction.  It became possible all of a sudden that one of AJ Hawk, Jones, and Desmond Bishop would not be on the opening day roster.  While there is a large contingent of Packer fans that would have liked to see AJ Hawk released, all signs pointed to Desmond Bishop being the one that the team was willing to part ways with.  Rumors surfaced during the draft that the Packers were willing to part with Bishop for a late round pick, sending reactionary fans (read: me) into quite a tizzy.

 

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Is Mike Neal at OLB Salvaging a Career, or a Case of Crazy?

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Mike Neal: outside linebacker.

Of all the news that has come out of Green Bay during OTAs, this is the one newsworthy item that stands out above the rest.

The concept of this is difficult to grasp. How could a 294 pound defensive lineman go from playing with his hand in the dirt to rushing the passer from a standing position, playing in space when necessary?

It might be a case of Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers making an effort to salvage Neal’s career.

Since entering the league as a second round draft choice in 2010, Neal’s production has been far less than what one would expect from a high draft selection. Twelve tackles and 5 1/2 sacks in a total of 17 games played is not exactly what the Packers envisioned from someone drafted as high as he was.

Injuries have plagued Neal since he was a rookie. Playing in just two games as a rookie and seven in his sophomore season, Neal was finally able to stay somewhat healthy in 2012 (even though he was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy) and responded with his best season. Eleven tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in eleven games. Not exactly numbers that jump off the page, but a huge improvement from the 4 tackles and 1 sack Neal had in his fist two seasons COMBINED.

And now he is learning how to play outside linebacker.

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ALL Packers Talk Podcast: Linebackers and NFL Draft Needs

The Packers’ linebackers group is put under the microscope as we put on our GM hats and take a look at “where we are now”, “where we want to be” and “how do we get there.” We plan on doing a series of these podcasts, looking closely at this Packers team, position group by position group, and analyzing where improvements are needed. Then, of course, we’ll examine some college prospects that could help the Packers.

Tune in for this expanded coverage of the original Packers Linebackers Position Group Post  and much, much more…

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

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