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From The Benches: All Time Packers

From the Benches Packers Podcast

The guys are back with a new show and new content this week. They kick off the show with some news on Jermichael Finley, and follow that up with a discussion on Mike Daniels’ promise to bring a new attitude to the Packers defense.

The highlight of the show comes from the discussion sparked by former Green Bay Press Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause’s recent piece. The guys pick their all time Packers team from 1992-present day with a couple surprises along the way.

Following a lengthy discussion the guys continue their summer conversation series discussing their favorite memory from personal experiences at Lambeau Field, all before Ross discusses the new video policy at Packers training camp in the show’s signature segment of You’re Gonna Want To Cut That.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: 53 Man Roster Prediction Update: Camp Edition

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I took a swing at the 53 man roster immediately following the undrafted free agent signings, which you can find here.  There have been a few developments since then.  Obviously the most significant one is the release and probable retirement of Jonathan Franklin.  I had him penciled in to the roster not only for this season but for many seasons.  Other players made as much as a name for themselves as you can in OTAs.  First I’ll lay out the new 53 man prediction followed by a little bit of analysis.

Quarterbacks (3)

Aaron Rodgers
Matt Flynn
Scott Tolzien

Running Backs (4)

Eddie Lacy
John Kuhn
James Starks
DuJuan Harris

Wide Receivers (6)

Jordy Nelson
Randall Cobb
Jarrett Boykin
Davante Adams
Jared Abbrederis
Chris Harper

Tight Ends (4)

Brandon Bostick
Colt Lyerla
Richard Rodgers
Ryan Taylor

Offensive Linemen (8)

David Bakhtiari
Josh Sitton
JC Tretter
TJ Lang
Bryan Bulaga
Don Barclay
Derek Sherrod
Corey Linsley

Defensive Linemen (6)

Mike Daniels
BJ Raji
Datone Jones
Jerel Worthy
Josh Boyd
Khryi Thornton

DE/OLB (3)

Julius Peppers
Nick Perry
Mike Neal

Outside Linebackers (3)

Clay Matthews
Carl Bradford
Adrian Hubbard

Inside Linebackers (4)

AJ Hawk
Brad Jones
Jamari Lattimore
Sam Barrington

Cornerbacks (5)

Tramon Williams
Sam Shields
Casey Hayward
Davon House
Jarrett Bush

Safeties (4)

HaHa Clinton-Dix
Morgan Burnett
Micah Hyde
Sean Richardson

Specialists (3)

Mason Crosby
Tim Masthay
Brett Goode


Ol’ Bag of Donuts: What If???

Ol Bag of Donuts Packers Podcast

Ol’ Bag of Donuts is back after summer vacation and are gearing up for Green Bay Packers training camp. Chris and Adam bring back the popular “What if?” and first ponder what would have happened if the Packers didn’t draft Raji in 2009. To close out the podcast the guys move to a more chillier “What if?” segment regarding the McCarthy-era that never happened.

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Chris Lempesis and Adam Somers bring their offbeat brand of podcasting to Packers Talk Radio Network, with the latest rumors, news, and prognostications about your Green Bay Packers.

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Richard Rodgers

The tight end position in Green Bay is the one that both baffles and excites me the most.  I have literally talked myself into 3 different players as the #1 contributor on the team (4 if you include Jermichael Finley).  I truly the believe the position is fascinating.  When you add in the fact that the team’s best special teams contributor, Ryan Taylor, basically has to make the team you can talk yourself into 5 TEs making the roster.

Due to the unfortunate end of Johnathan Franklin’s career this 5 TE roster is possible, but the idea that the team would be best served keeping 6 WRs muddies those waters.  Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Colt Lyerla and Richard Rodgers all bring different things to the position and I don’t really want to see any of them go.  What makes it intriguing is that I really don’t believe the team can afford to keep 3 QBs 6 WR 4 RB and 5 TE.  That’s 18/53 players dedicated to the offensive skill positions.  If you add 8 OL and 3 specialists to that number that’s 29/53.  It’s very unlikely that the Packers go into the season with only 24 defenders.  They kept 27 last year and with the mantra being “more personnel, less scheme” I wouldn’t be shocked to see that number climb to 28 or 29.

That means at least one of Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien, DuJuan Harris, John Kuhn, Jared Abbrederis, Chris Harper, Andrew Quarless, Colt Lyerla, Ryan Taylor, or Brandon Bostick are going to be released.  God only knows what would happen to the roster if Jermichael Finley is re-signed.


PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Happy Birthday America!


This writer is taking the week off, but would like to leave you with some Packers related patriotic images.  Remember, kids, you live in the land of the free and the home of football like an egg, not football like a ball and it, is, glorious.  I’ll be back the following Friday with the conclusion of the summer battles series.  Go Pack Go and stay safe this holiday weekend!







Ross Uglem is a writer at PackersTalk.com. You can follow Ross on twitter at RossUglem



Getting To Know: Johnathan Franklin

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Packers Talk Radio Network continues its player profile series for our sponsor Mayfield Sports Marketing with a look at former Packers running back, Johnathan Franklin.

Two words: “Big letters.” Then, a few more: “We’ll be better. I can promise you that.”

In the 2013 draft, Ted Thompson used his second round pick on Eddie Lacy and to the surprise of many, drafted a running back out of UCLA, Johnathan Franklin, just two rounds later.

Big. Letters.

It seems like yesterday that Mike McCarthy stood in front of the Packers press corp and made his “big letters” proclamation about the Packers running game. Without knowing that the 2013 season would be played largely without franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers, McCarthy put the league on notice that the 2013 Packers were going to be in the business of running the football. Sure, McCarthy might’ve headed into the new season with a rushing emphasis regardless of the personnel lining up behind Aaron Rodgers. Afterall, this is the same man that insists on calling John Kuhn’s number every time the Packers are within inches of a first down –between the steel mined and manufactured in his home state and the cheese synonymous with the state he’s made his living, we’ve run out of clever ways to describe McCarthy’s stubborn streak– but after OTAs and a rookie mini-camp, McCarthy knew he had the right players to back up his words.


PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Wide Receiver Summer Battle


The first thing that I’d like to do here on Football Friday is voice my encouragement towards Jonathan Franklin.  By all accounts he was a wonderful human being and I, for one really felt like he was talented.  The short length of his career shouldn’t affect his ability to have a positive impact on the world.  I am happy for Jonathan that he has such a positive attitude and is a man of Faith.  He’ll always be a Green Bay Packer.

It’s hard not to get excited about the Green Bay Packers receiving corps.  Aaron Rodgers is.  Tom Clements is.  Both men have described the receivers room as “as deep as since I have been here”.  James Jones, Donald Driver, and Greg Jennings have all gone on down the road.  The Packers cupboard certainly wasn’t left bare with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarret Boykin.  Many teams would have been happy with those 3.

Ted Thompson is appearing to have learned from his most respected predecessor, former Packers GM Ron Wolf.  Wolf said that one of his greatest regrets was not getting Brett Favre enough weapons.  Thompson responded to Jones’ departure and the possible retirement of Jermichael Finley with the drafting of Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis.  Talented TE Colt Lyerla was added as a UDFA.  The tight end room is not that crowded, but the receivers seem to have 9 players competing for 6 or even maybe just 5 spots.  Holdovers Myles White, Kevin Dorsey, Alex Gillet and especially Chris Harper are vying for these spots as well.