July 27, 2010 ~ by Gregg Rosenthal
~Packers safety Atari Bigby will arrive to training camp on time to try to defend his starting strong safety job.
A league source has confirmed to PFT that Bigby signed his restricted free agent tender on Tuesday. Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported the news. Bigby, a rangy but highly inconsistent player, is scheduled to earn $1.759 million.
Rookie Morgan Burnett has impressed in minicamps and could challenge Bigby for playing time this year. Bigby makes big plays and is an asset in the running game, but too often was the cause of breakdowns in the secondary.
July 26, 2010 ~by Brian E Murphy
~The last we saw of Brad Jones, he was actually MIA in Glendale, Arizona, a seemingly innocent bystander to the crime of being torched by Cardinals QB Kurt Warner.
While ROLB Clay Matthews was being double-teamed all game long, and still getting to Warner on occasion, LOLB Jones was manhandled by Arizona RT Levi Brown.
While Warner had all day long to survey the Packers confused pass defense, Packers fans could only dream of a compliment to Matthews coming from the other side. This is why many Packer fans and draft experts expected a guy like Jerry Hughes from TCU to be Ted Thompson’s 2010 number one draft pick. That was, until prototype Packer offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga slid down to their pick.
That being said, Thompson had six more rounds, plus free agency, to bring in a big time pass rush specialist to upgrade Jones at LOLB. So what did Thompson do? He told everybody the copboard is not as bare as others think it is.
Sure, he hoodwinked Packer nation that same line last year when referring to the right tackle position, telling us that Allen Barbre and Breno Giaconimi were both ready. Barbre won that battle, and we all saw in week one against the Bears how ready Barbre really was. The name Adewale Ogunleye is all we need to remind us. Aaron Rodgers still occasionally sees Ogunleye in his nightmares.
But not so fast with Brad Jones. Brad Jones, pass-rush reportoire
When Brad Jones was announced as the seventh round selection out of Colorado in the 2009 NFL Draft, University of Colorado fans told me that Jones is as fast as the wind coming off the edge.
Packer fans saw some glimpses of it last year, in limited duty.
Jones didn’t start at LOLB until after Aaron Kampman blew his knee out in week 11, but starting with the first game in December, Jones had a four-game stretch in which he registered four sacks. He brought down Flacco, Roethlisberger, and Hasselbeck four times. He also had seven tackles against Dallas in a big win in week 10.
However, at about 239 pounds, Jones did not have the strength to go thru any NFL OT’s, and speed alone isn’t enough to conistently get to QB’s at this level.
Following the draft this April, Thompson was asked about the position, and said: “Brad did pretty good during the limited time that he played there last year, and we’re going to work at it.
Every year it’s that way. Quite frankly, Brad Jones is a perfect example. We picked him in the seventh round last year and at this time last year you wouldn’t have thought he’d have wound up starting eight games or something like that and had the production he had in sacks.
I understand everybody’s concerned about that position. We don’t think it’s quite as dire as everybody else does.”
Jones has added a solid 10-15 pounds of muscle since that Cardinals loss, and he’s refined his pass rush moves.
Only time will tell, but Jones hopes and expects his off-season hard work will pay off and will make Ted Thompson look like a genius.
The first test will come on September 12th in Philadelphia against Kevin Kolb, and Packer fans are banking on Jones acing his first exam of 2010.
July 25, 2010 ~ by Bob McGinn
~In truth, general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy could hardly have hoped for any more from Aaron Rodgers after they mortgaged their futures by trading Brett Favre.
All Rodgers has done in Green Bay is post a passer rating of 97.2, placing him just ahead of Steve Young (96.8) as the National Football League’s all-time efficiency leader.
Full Story here
July 23, 2010 ~ by Brian E Murphy
~It took Aaron Rodgers awhile, but he figured out how to get the ball to Jermichael Finley’s correct shoulder.
July 22, 2010 ~ by Ryan Fowler
~Throughout the 2010 NFL season, Whatifsports.com will provide Foxsports.com its game predictions and Fox Sports Fantasy Football fantasy projections on a weekly basis.
Using our NFL simulation engine, we have “played” the entire 2010 NFL season. Each game was simulated 501 times.
The simulation engine has provided us game-by-game predictions and projected fantasy stats for all 32 NFL teams and 350 players.
The NFC North predictions are: Click here
July 22, 2010 ~ by Jon Bob
~Aside from Aaron Rodgers’ MVP-caliber year and Charles Woodson’s DOPTY campaign, no individual storyline from the 2009 season was quite as compelling as Clay Matthews’ sensational rookie performance………. The Packers had a chance to do something about this, but they didn’t. They passed on the likes of Jerry Hughes in the 2010 draft, and instead opted for “tackle of the future” Bryan Bulaga.
Full Blog here
July 22, 2010 ~ by Brian E Murphy
~The fellas at ESPN with NFL Live weigh-in with their NFC North preview.
Former Cowboy Darren Woodson pegs Aaron Rodgers as the division’s best QB. Yes, that’s assuming Minnesota’s QB returns.
Full video here
July 19, 2010 ~ by Brian E Murphy
~Aaron Rodgers may be your number one choice at QB in your fantasy drafts next month, but he was soundly beaten by many other current and former QBs this weekend in golf at the American Century Championship at Edgwood Tahoe Golf Club.
Former QB Billy Joe Tolliver blew away the field by 19 points, with Tony Romo and John Elway among those tied in 2nd place.
Many other former QBs such as Trent Dilfer, Mark Rypien, Joe Theismann, and Chris Chandler also finished in the top 20.
Those guys are older and have had nothing but time on their hands since retiring. All except Romo.
Rodgers did beat Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, as well as Jared Allen of the Vikings.
It was Aaron’s second time playing in the fantastic event, and he expects to do better next year than this year’s tie for 43rd.
Full results here
July 18, 2010 ~ by Lori Nickel
~One of the most anticipated times in the National Football League season is quickly approaching:
Putting on the pads and going to work at training camp.
But what exactly do the expert evaluators look for among the flying elbows in the clouds of dust?
The Green Bay Packers will open their practices to the public once again starting July 31, and droves of fans will come and snap pictures and wait in long lines for autographs.
But some will want to observe the craft to formulate their own opinions about who is a sleeper and who is a bust on coach Mike McCarthy’s bloated roster.
That can be difficult, tracking nearly 100 players running in nine different directions at the commands of dozens of coaches.
So here is a guide to observing and analyzing various positions at practice, at the suggestion of the men who know the NFL the best: coaches, players and one particularly razor sharp former player, radio analyst Larry McCarren.
McCarren, who was Green Bay’s center for 12 years, sees every practice for its duration. Radio listeners know well that he provides instant insight during games, making calls before the TV replay is shown.
McCarren spent nearly two hours of a recent summer minicamp providing tips on what to look for when studying the various positions in football.
First, some general advice.
Watch from the stands rather than on the sideline. It is a better viewpoint (especially if you’re watching the running backs). Full story here