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Green Bay Packers Preseason: Why You Should Watch

Preseason marks the return to the hallowed grounds.

The games don’t count but they are still important.

Preseason football can be a drag. We are happy to see the games return after a long offseason, yet almost immediately we long for the regular season. Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson will not be on the field much if at all. Players are not familiar with their teammates and ball security issues tend to dominate. Play can be sloppy and the outcomes don’t matter. So why even bother watching these exhibition games? Here are a few reasons.

the rookies

The NFL draft is almost an American holiday by now. As our favorite teams announce their picks we begin to have visions of these players making plays on the gridiron. Preseason is our first chance to see those visions become reality. Vince Biegel and Montravius Adams are out with injuries but Kevin King and Josh Jones are healthy. Expectations should always be tempered with rookies, and King had a couple rough moments in the first preseason game. We hopefully will see some splash plays from the pair before the month is over.

Running back is a position to watch this August. Three rookie runners are vying for spots on the roster. Jamaal Williams seems to be the leader, but Devante Mays and Aaron Jones will receive plenty of opportunities. Which of these runners will separate themselves and become a big part of the offense in 2017? Ty Montgomery is the starter but the others will be needed for the Pack to be successful.

Preseason position battles

Ted Thompson will have no choice but to cut one or two good receivers. Beyond the locks like Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams there appear to be seven players fighting for four spots. Trevor Davis and Deangelo Yancey made nice plays against Philadelphia that stood out. Jeff Janis scored a touchdown and Max McCaffrey was targeted numerous times. Have you heard of Michael Clark? An intriguing prospect who also scored against the Eagles. The Packers simply won’t have room on the roster for all these players and competition will be fierce.

The cornerback and safety positions feature a lot of depth behind the starters. The corners are especially interesting, as any number of players could move into a starting role with a solid camp. Also worth watching is QB Brett Hundley, he isn’t going to take Rodgers job, but a solid showing could land him a starters role elsewhere. Packers fans should be used to this by now, Mark Brunell, Matt Hasselbeck, and Aaron Brooks are players who proved their value in Green Bay before starting with other teams.

it’s football

Be honest here, you want to watch football even if it is preseason. Heck, use it as a tune up for yourself. If you haven’t grilled in awhile fine tune your skills so you are ready for Week 1. Practice some clever insults for the officials that will make your friends laugh. Enjoy the return of football, the team is on the field again and will be until February if all goes well!

 

Green Bay Packers Final 53 Prediction

With the annual NFL roster cut-down to 53 players quickly approaching on September 3rd, Brew City Sports Report gives you our prediction of who makes the cut to become part of the 2016 version of the Green Bay Packers

By: Mark Prott

Wide Receivers (7)      Quarterbacks (2)

Nelson            Adams             Rodgers

Cobb                Janis                Hundley

Abbrederis      Davis

Montgomery

Offensive Line (9)             Tight Ends (3)          

(G)  Sitton    (T) Spriggs            Cook

(G) Lang       (T) Murphy         Rodgers

(C) Tretter    (C) Barclay           Perillo

(T) Bulaga     (G) Taylor

(T) Bakhtiari

Defensive Line (5)     Running Backs (4) 

Daniels                           (RB) Lacy

Guion                              (RB) Starks

Clark                               (RB) Crockett

Lowry                             (FB) Ripkowski

Ringo

Linebackers (10)                                                          

(OLB) Matthews      (ILB) Martinez

(OLB) Peppers         (ILB) Barrington

(OLB) Perry               (ILB) Ryan

(OLB) Jones               (ILB) Thomas

(OLB) Elliott             (OLB) Fackrell

Secondary (10)                                                                

(CB) Shields                 (S) Clinton-Dix

(CB) Randall                 (S) Burnett

(CB) Rollins                  (S/CB) Hyde

(CB) Gunter                  (S) Banjo

(CB) Hawkins               (S) Brice

Specialists (3)

(K) Crosby  (P) Masthay  (LS) Lovato

NFL Suspensions                PUP List

(DL) Pennel (4 games)      (C) Linsley

(CB) Goodson (4 games)

Notes: Special teams value likely to decide final spots

  • I know earlier in training camp Mike McCarthy hinted the team may keep only 5 or 6 wide receivers but to me, the best 53 players on this team contains 7 wide receivers. Jeff Janis could be a candidate for IR but if the original timetable of 4-6 weeks for his fractured hand to heal stands true, he could be ready by week 3 or 4 as week 1 will mark roughly 4 weeks since the surgery. Janis became one of the top gunners last year down the stretch in the NFL and a top kickoff returner averaging 29.0 yards on 14 returns. While he may not have a huge impact as a wide receiver, this team could definitely benefit from his services on special teams. In addition, the Packers will most likely be scrambling to try to sign training camp phenom UDFA WR Geronimo Allison to the practice squad.
  • The linebackers total of 10 may seem high to some but remember that multiple members of the unit (Julius Peppers, Datone Jones) can also play in the defensive line at times in sub-packages.
  • The secondary competition is shaping up to me as the most intriguing battle in camp for the final spots because there is a lot of talent. I think the Packers keep 2 extra safeties in addition to the top three (Ha Ha, Burnett, Hyde). Chris Banjo is a special teams ace and Kentrell Brice is a very exciting safety prospect to develop given his impressive start on the field and his off the charts pro-day numbers. How the heck did he go undrafted? The last cornerback spot comes down to UDFAs Josh Hawkins, Makinton Dorleant, and 2nd year prospect Robertson Daniel. All three players bring speed to the table and have made their share of plays in practice. How they show up in the final preseason games will determine their fates.
  • Carl Bradford has been a great surprise during the preseason and looks to finally have found his niche in the NFL at inside linebacker. I think the battle between him and Joe Thomas is extremely tight but I give the nod to Thomas based on his ability to be a bigger contributor on special teams. Also Thomas’ experience on the field last year serving as the dime linebacker is a bonus working in his favor.
  • It will be interesting to see the early season moves the Packers make once the suspensions of Mike Pennel and Demetri Goodson are served. Goodson’s activation or release might come down to how well the special teams are playing. It’s a no-brainer to open up a spot for Pennel who seems destined for a prominent role on the defensive line, especially when he makes plays like this.

 

 

 

 

 

Packers 2016 Training Camp: 5 Breakout Candidates

With training camp quickly approaching in a little over a week, we examine 5 Green Bay Packers  who could potentially stake a claim for more playing time starting in training camp. To make this list, a player has to be in the first (1-4) years of their career and not already a starter at their position. Feel free to comment and give your list below.

By: Mark Prott

 

1.) Quinten Rollins

Admittingly, I’ve been on the Rollins Bandwagon ever since I heard his name called in the 2nd round on draft day 2015. His story and background are fascinating. From playing point guard for 4 years at Miami (Ohio) to being named the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, his lone year of College football.IMG_0009 (3) There’s just something about this kid that screams future impact player. The ball skills and instincts to be in the right place at the right time were evident early on as a rookie. The coaching he’s receiving from Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt is likely second to none in the NFL leading me to believe Packers fans are in store for an exciting 2nd year jump from Rollins. Expect him to challenge fellow 2nd year Damarious Randall for a starting outside cornerback job opposite Sam Shields but ultimately I believe Rollins will be the starting Nickel week one in the slot, where the Packers can get him closer to the ball and his play making ability can truly shine.

2.) Datone Jones

With only 8 sacks in his 3 year career with the Packers, the 2013 first round pick Datone Jones might qualify as a disappointment to many Packers fans. But let’s hold on because there’s still a glimmer of hope. It’s been well documented that the Packers plan to move Jones from defensive line to the elephant outside linebacker position, occupied by Julius Peppers and formerly unsigned free agent Mike Neal. I think it might be just what the doctor ordered. A similar move helped Mike Neal become a consistent contributor on defense after a slow start to his career. To prepare for the full time move Jones has cut fat and added speed according to an interview with Wes Hodkiewicz on packers.com. Jones just never seemed suited to play in the line full time and with a contract on the line I expect more impact plays with him on the edge where he can display his size, length and athleticism.

3.) Aaron Ripkowski

While local media provided conflicting reports about the Packers’ plans on whether or not to bring back John Kuhn, I am of the belief the Packers are moving forward without the long time fan favorite. In effect 2nd year full back Aaron Ripkowski served a year apprenticeship under Kuhn and his tutelage. Listed by the Packers at 6-1 246 and known as a blocker coming out of Oklahoma, Ripkowski offers the running game more pop and power. While currently listed atop the depth chart at fullback, he can’t be penciled in as the starter yet. John Kuhn is out there if Ripkowski shows he’s not ready. And many teams are getting away from the fullback altogether. However, Mike McCarthy loves the fullback in his offense and the eye test says Eddie Lacy is at his best with a lead blocker in front of him. He also looked comfortable with the ball in his hands, running over Carolina Panthers like a Mack truck in this video.

4.) Jeff Janis

The People’s Champ. Jokes aside, all Packers fans know that Jeff Janis is the most gifted receiver on the Packers depth chart when evaluating size/speed ratios. Mike McCarthy hinted that the Packers need more big targets to make plays in the middle of the field. Look no further than the Arizona Cardinals playoff game. Call it a fluke if you want but what I saw was a freak wide receiver out jumping possibly the best corner in the game with the game on the line and coming up with the ball. With the top two spots locked down, it would seem the number 3 and 4 spots are up for grabs. Davante Adams is likely the front runner but after a bad 2015 he doesn’t have anything locked up. Ty Montgomery’s status is still up in the air after coming off a bad ankle injury meaning significant playing time is still to be determined. Janis needs to work on route running but if he finally gets the playbook down and earns A-rod’s trust, watch out.

5.) Christian Ringo

Okay, I know this is a bit of a shot in the dark but hear me out on this Packers fans. First and foremost the 2nd year defensive lineman Ringo has already earned the respect of his teammates with All-Pro guard Josh Sitton describing him as a “good player” who is “young and full of energy.” Packers linebacker Jayrone Elliot also describes Ringo as the “captain of the scout team” in an  interview with Michael Cohen of the Journal Sentinel. Despite being on the Packers practice squad in 2015, the team raised his weekly salary in November to the rookie minimum for fear of losing him to another team’s 53. And then there’s the obvious Mike Daniels comparisons. Coach Mike McCarthy started the comparison with Daniels shortly after Ringo was drafted in regards to their similarities. The size/structure of both players are similar. Ringo is listed 6-1 298 while Daniels is 6-0 310. Both players are known for their quick twitch and explosive first step.  I’m not here to say Ringo is the next Daniels but the talent is intriguing. With Mike Pennel scheduled to be suspended 4 games to start the year, reserve snaps on the defensive line are likely up for grabs and Ringo should be in the mix. Oh and did I mention, this guy saves lives too!