2009 August : Packers Insider

Preseason points: Rodgers has Packers’ O rolling

August 30, 2009 by  
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By Ed Thompson, Scout.com via FoxSports.com
Aug 30th, 2009

Point 1: Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense are going to be very tough to stop this season.

If you missed the Packers’ first-half spanking of the defending NFC Champions at Arizona, you missed an impressive showing by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Co. With the team’s 44-37 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Packers are 3-0 heading into the final week of the NFL preseason.     

Rodgers has benefited from great pass protection from the starting OL, being sacked a total of zero times through the three games

Rodgers has benefited from great pass protection from the starting OL, being sacked a total of zero times through the three games

The fifth-year veteran quarterback, who is beginning only his second season as a full-time starter, confounded and frustrated the Cardinals’ defense during the first 30 minutes of the game. In addition to completing 14 of 19 pass attempts for 258 yards and three touchdowns, Rodgers added…… Full Article here

Team Facing Quandary in Backfield

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By Tom Silverstein, Journal Sentinel
Sun, Aug 30th , 2009

Glendale, Ariz. — Exhibition games alone won’t be enough to determine which running backs other than starter Ryan Grant and backup Brandon Jackson deserve to stick on the Green Bay Packers’ final 53-man roster.

In the 44-37 victory over the Arizona Cardinals Friday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy got Jackson, DeShawn Wynn and rookie Tyrell Sutton work with the No. 1 offense.   

“He’s a little scrappy dog,” veteran Packers receiver Donald Driver said of rookie RB Tyrell Sutton

“He’s a little scrappy dog,” veteran Packers receiver Donald Driver said of rookie RB Tyrell Sutton

The problem is that the three combined for six carries and one reception in 30 minutes, hardly the kind of wide, representative look that can lead to an easy decision. When it comes time to decide which backs to keep and how to rank them when the season starts, the Packers are going to have to study the little things.

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Solid performance of Rodgers has Team Excited about Regular Season

August 30, 2009 by  
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By Pete Dougherty, Green Bay Press Gazette
Sun, Aug 30th, 2009

Good luck finding an NFL quarterback playing better than Aaron Rodgers in the 2009 preseason.

The Green Bay Packers’ second-year starter has been nearly flawless in three games and has a staggering passer rating of 151.1 points, barely less than the maximum score of 158.3.      

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been carving up opposing defenses this preseason.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has been carving up opposing defenses this preseason.

He and the starting offense have been almost unstoppable. In 12 possessions against Cleveland, Buffalo and Arizona combined, the Packers have scored nine touchdowns and a field goal, with the other two drives ending in a missed field goal and a failed fourth-and-one when coach Mike McCarthy eschewed a chip-shot field goal attempt.

The Packers no doubt felt good about Rodgers last season after his solid performance as a first-year starter, but his lights-out play so far has their confidence in him soaring.

“About as high as you can (get),” halfback Ryan Grant said. “He’s playing at the highest level he’s been at, he’s doing some phenomenal things. If we protect him he’ll be able to do anything he wants on the field.”

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Clicking Where it Matters the Most

August 29, 2009 by  
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By Bob McGinn,  Journal Sentinel
Aug 29th, 2009

Glendale, Ariz. — The National Football League regular season is two weeks away, but the Green Bay Packers are ready to start right now.

Flexing their might on offense and defense, the Packers wrapped up their August of all Augusts by holding off the Arizona Cardinals, 44-37, at University of Phoenix Stadium.   

“Is it possible to peak this early?” a personnel director for another NFL team said at halftime. “They are one of the best teams I’ve seen. Very consistent. Very disciplined. Very detailed.” 

Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is sacked by Green Bay linebacker Brandon Chillar (54) and cornerback Charles Woodson.

Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is sacked by Green Bay linebacker Brandon Chillar (54) and cornerback Charles Woodson.

A personnel director for another club was asked if Green Bay was among the top clubs he has watched.

“The answer is ‘yes,’ ” the scout replied. “It’s not the regular season, but people do treat the third preseason game to a degree as the final tuneup. They are executing on offense both run and pass.”

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Game Notes: Jennings Briefly KO’d

August 29, 2009 by  
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By Rob Demovsky Green Bay Press Gazette 
August 28, 2009

• GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Green Bay Packers’ preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium ended at 12:28 a.m. CT…….  

WR Greg Jennings makes catch despite getting sandwiched between two Cardinal DB's and briefly getting KO'd, suffering mild concussion

WR Greg Jennings makes catch despite getting sandwiched between two Cardinal DB's and briefly getting KO'd, suffering mild concussion

Probably the most important thing to come out of the post-game locker room was that wide receiver Greg Jennings said he sustained a concussion when he got sandwiched between Cardinals cornerback Bryant McFadden and safety Aaron Francisco on his first-quarter 25-yard reception.

“Got hit, got a concussion,” Jennings said on his way out of the locker room. “But I’m good now.”

Jennings said he got knocked unconscious briefly.

“Yeah for a second or two,” he said. “It’s part of football. I’m good now. Everything’s working normal. I called the wife and told her everything’s good, and I’m good to go.”

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Charles in Charge: Hits Paydirt with Blitzes

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Green Bay Press Gazette
Aug 29th, 2009

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Plenty of candidates here, most notably quarterback Aaron Rodgers (155.2 passer rating), but Charles Woodson gets the call.

The 12-year pro was dominating as a blitzer from his cornerback position in the first half and had two sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.        

Charles Woodson strips the ball from Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner in the second quarter of an NFL preseason game Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 in Glendale, Ariz. The fumbled ball was returned for a touchdown by the Packers's Aaron Kampman. Photo by Ross D. Franklin/AP

Charles Woodson strips the ball from Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner in the second quarter of an NFL preseason game Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 in Glendale, Ariz. The fumbled ball was returned for a touchdown by the Packers's Aaron Kampman. Photo by Ross D. Franklin/AP

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Packers Starters Dominate Again, Have Not Punted in 3 Games

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By Rob Demovsky, Green Bay Press Gazette
August 28, 2009

• GLENDALE, Ariz. — Maybe those first two preseason games — the ones where the Green Bay Packers looked more like their 13-3 form of 2007 than their 6-10 struggles of 2008 — weren’t flukes after all. Perhaps knocking around the likes of the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills actually meant something.

Oh, it was still preseason, to be sure, and defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ new 3-4 defense bent more than it had in the first two outings, but this was no lightweight opponent.
This was the Arizona Cardinals, the defending NFC champions.
And this was their field, University of Phoenix Stadium.

The starters staked the Packers to a 38-10 lead only to see the backups nearly give it all away. The Cardinals scored with 38 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 38-37 but failed on a 2-point conversion. On the ensuing kickoff, Ruvell Martin caught an on-side kick attempt and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown and a 44-37 victory that kept the Packers (3-0) perfect in the preseason 

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WR Donald driver outfights Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle, catches 55-yard pass from Rodgers

WR Donald driver outfights Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle, catches 55-yard pass from Rodgers

5 Things to Watch Friday Night at Arizona

August 28, 2009 by  
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By Tom Pelissero, Green Bay Press Gazette
Aug 28th, 2009

 

1. The Packers’ starters will play at least a half, their longest preseason opportunity to show the domination of the past two weeks wasn’t a fluke.
It’s an especially intriguing test for the new 3-4 defense, which hasn’t yielded a point but will be facing veteran QB Kurt Warner, All-Pro WR Larry Fitzgerald and an Arizona offense that last season ranked second in the NFL in passing yards (292.1 per game), third in points (26.7) and fourth in total yards (365.8).   

Packers offense will be tested against a tough Arizona front 7 on defense

Packers offense will be tested against a tough Arizona front 7 on defense

 

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Packers Looking to Tampa Bay for Backup QB Help?

August 27, 2009 by  
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By Steve Wyche, NFL.com
Aug 27th, 2009

The Green Bay Packers are concerned enough about their backup quarterback spot that they could get involved in trade talks with Tampa Bay, which is shopping quarterbacks Byron Leftwich, Luke McCown and Josh Johnson. A league source said the Packers are exploring backup quarterbacks around the league and another source said Green Bay has McCown as a possibility. 

Tampa Bay has extra QB's, while the Packers are perhaps short at QB

Tampa Bay has extra QB's, while the Packers are perhaps short at QB

The Packers have been concerned about their backup quarterback situation

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BJ Raji Gaining Steam

August 27, 2009 by  
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By Pete Dougherty, Green Bay Press-Gazette
Aug 27th, 2009

The Green Bay Packers are doubling B.J. Raji’s snap schedule this week and limiting him to only defensive end to get him ready for the regular-season opener just around the corner.   

Rookie Raji is ready to anchor DL with Pickett and Jenkins

Rookie Raji is ready to anchor DL with Pickett and Jenkins

Raji missed the first two weeks of training camp while his contract was negotiated, so the Packers are walking a fine line the last three weeks of camp: Trying to get the No. 9 pick overall in the draft ready for extensive playing time against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 13 without getting him injured from overwork.

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