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Geronimo Allison Shows His Worth in Packers Game Against Bengals

What a game! That was a blast watching the Packers beat the Bengals. Truly a blast. Our new BFF, Geronimo Allison, made a name for himself in one night after having introduced himself to the NFL only since just last October. That was when his first ever professional catch went for a touchdown. 

Geronimo Allison

Overtime. Packers versus the Bengals. Tensions are running high and that is an understatement. However, the Packers pulled off a win with twenty-seven to twenty-four being the final score. Allison basically won the game for the Packers by setting up their game-winning field goal. He did a seventy-two catch and run play, giving the Packers the closeness they needed to seal the deal on the field goal.

Here is what the Head Coach Mike McCarthy said about Geronimo Allison:

  • “No surprise on Geronimo. Really, you could see it coming in preseason. So he’s taken that leap from Year 1 to 2. Plays with a lot of confidence. He’s just a damn good football player, so it’s no surprise he made that play.”

The amazing thing about Allison is that he rose to our awareness so quickly. A year ago he wasn’t on anyone’s radar. Just a rookie, plain and simple. Last year he didn’t even make the roster until week eight, and in the following thirteen games he did seventeen catches, a little over two hundred and fifty yards, and two touchdowns. 

Another receiver, Jordy Nelson, had a lot of good things to say about Geronimo Allison:

  • “We preach that a lot to our young guys: Even though you might not be a starter right now, we’ll eventually rely on you at some point. Usually, it’s down the road, not necessarily Week 3. He’s prepared. He knows his stuff. That’s impressed us from Day 1 since he’s been here. For a guy who if you think back to the beginning of last year was on the practice team, now he’s our No. 4 guy, our No. 3 guy. It’s real impressive.”

What all of us are impressed about with Allison, including top receivers and players like Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, is how quickly this young buck has proven himself to us. Really impressive!

Green Bay Packers

Ah, the Green Bay Packers. Watching Packers football and NFL football in generally truly is a joy, but there is just something about the Green Bay Packers that just gets us every time. Probably it is the team cohesion that really makes us admire this team. Here is a quote from quarterback Aaron Rodgers on his feelings about Geronimo Allison:

  • “I’ve known Geronimo has been a player for a long time. He’s a fantastic part of our offense, does a lot of things really, really well. He’s a tough kid, a really tough competitor. I remember the first day I watched him at training camp, I said, ‘How do you not get drafted?’ I said this kid’s fantastic. He’s got a great attitude. I was ripping him a little bit Week 1 about him being suspended and missing him out there, but it’s good having him back. He’s a guy who can really help him out, especially with Cobby being banged up. I’m really proud of him.”

And for some thoughts from the rising star himself:

  • “This year, I feel more comfortable out there. I’m running routes with my eyes up. I can see the finish, and I just feel comfortable putting my feet on the ground and making people miss. Last year, I was just a young guy wanting to do the right thing, make the right play and move onto the next play. This year, it’s not only about making the right play. It’s going out there and trying to score.”

We can’t wait to see this guy give it his all once again!

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Can Packers Recover from Second Double Digit Loss

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. Saying that that game was hard to watch would be a bit of an understatement wouldn’t it? But that is just the way it is sometimes. We had to see some pretty grim plays this past Sunday against the Atlanta Ravens. The Packers made some good plays too, but really the game was pretty one-sided and we all know it.

Really what it came down to was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers not being able to have enough time to get his plays out and to get the ball out of his hands. With Rodgers, he is a quarterback who has been notorious for being able to make phenomenal plays when he has the time to do so. Historically speaking, the Packers have been notorious for having a great ability to protect their quarterback, and this is why the team and Rodgers have usually worked so well together. Not this past Sunday though.

Rodgers just could not get the ball out enough. Even when he was not getting tackled left and right, he had enough pressure put on him that he did not by any means at all have a good enough allotment of time to make the play he wanted to make. The result? Picks. Lots and lots of picks. And again, does this most just remind you of their last game against Atlanta last year? It definitely reminds us of that, which is not a fond memory at all.

Green Bay Packers

Ah, the Green Bay Packers. We love them, but we wished they’d played better this past Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Packers Football is what we live and breathe for in NFL football, and it is hard to see them get hit so hard by the same team that thrashed them a good one in the playoffs last year.

Here is a direct quote from Head Coach Mike McCarthy, who was available for comment after the game. He appeared a lot more composed and a lot more chilled out than we remember him when a literally purple-faced McCarthy stormed the field to argue with the refs on a decision. That outburst cost the team a ten-yard penalty! But he regained his composure even in the face of a pretty tough game for the Packers:

  • “The turnover ratio, they definitely won that. Big-play production, Atlanta was in their favor there. Defensively, just not getting the stops. But our guys had a lot of grit. They battled back. A lot of injuries.”

McCarthy was not the only one who had some choice words about the game. We also saw Davon House talk about it too. When he was asked about how the Falcons offense was able to beat a historically strong Packers defense, the cornerback Davon House had this to say about it, in regards to players Jones, Sanu, Ryan, and Freeman:

  • “11, 12 and 2 and 24. Julio’s the best in the game. Matt’s one of the best. Devonta is upcoming, he’s the next Maurice-Jones Drew. They’re good.”

Randy Cobb, another well-known player for the Packers also pitched in and had a few choice words about the game. All around amongst the Packers team it definitely did seem like there was a fair amount of respect for the opposing Falcons:

  • “No, we didn’t win. They played really well. They did what they needed to do. They took advantage in certain situations and made the plays that they needed to do to win.”

Going forward to their game against the Bengals, hopes are high that the team can make a comeback and do us proud!

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Will Packers’ Defense Maintain Its Strength Throughout the Season

For all of us Green Bay Packers fans, the big questions on all of our minds is whether or not the notoriously defensive strong team will be able to maintain their strong defensive approach in the coming games. We saw a lot of interesting plays in their last game against the Seattle Seahawks. It was a pretty interesting game, to say the least, but it is the viewpoint of most of us Packers fans that it was the Packers’ defensive skills that made the most difference in the game overall.

This was a tricky game, but we’re happy with it, right? Overall the Packers did well, but the Seahawks had their good plays too. When we look at the teams’ plays, this wasn’t the same group of guys that missed it on the defense so much in 2016, and certainly not the same team that gave up forty-four points to the Atlanta Falcons in the last year’s NFC Championship. Realistically, we have good ideas and good hopes for the future, and we’re thinking that the upcoming games will hopefully show a lot of that same defensive skill that the Packers are so well known for.

Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers beat the Seahawks 17 to 9, and while that wasn’t exactly what you would call a slam dunk victory (mixing sports colloquialisms, I know) it was still a pretty good victory considering that the Seahawks are skilled opponents, to say the least. Aaron Rodgers even commented on the game and their high hopes for the season, particularly with a focus on defense, by saying:

  • “The key to the game was our defense. If they play like that (for the rest of the season), we’ll be tough to beat.”

Now, Rodgers and the rest of the team definitely had a good offense too, which is normal, with Rodgers throwing a 32-yard pass to Nelson which basically decided the game, but the team’s defensive skills are what is being talked about the most. Really, the Packers have gone down in history for decades as being a defensively strong team, and that was something they lacked to a degree last year. Now, however, it is thought that perhaps they have their defensive skill back and better than ever.

The last time the Packers had a really good squad, good enough to make it to a Superbowl anyway, they were in a position where their offense and defense was both on point. Back then, they had a scoring season that was better than almost ever before. What we are all super happy about with this last game was that the Seahawks have been notorious for pulling miracles out of their helmets, even when their team isn’t totally cohesive. True enough, the cohesive unit and approach that has made the Packers very skilled in this game and what gave them the edge on one of the NFL’s better teams.

When it comes to Packers football and NFL football in general, as soon as a game is over we start looking to the next game. The Green Bay Packers play the Atlanta Falcons next, and that will be an interesting game, to say the least. The Falcons thrashed the Packers last season, so this is a rematch of sorts. All eyes will be glued to the TV for Packers fans and Falcons fans alike. The Falcons had an arguably better team than Green Bay did last season, as the Falcons were even stronger contenders for the Super Bowl than the Packers were. Looking forward, fingers crossed!

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Top 5 Takeaways from Packers Preseason Games

Woohoo! Here we go! Excitement is in the air and fans’ blood is pumping as we enter into the next season of NFL football. Here we are, just a little ways into the regular season, with one regular season win against the Seattle Seahawks, and four preseason games already under the 2017 Green Bay Packers Team’s belt. In the preseason, the Packers played quite well, winning three out of four of their games. They beat the Eagles, Rams, and Redskins, but they lost to the Broncos, which was sort of anticipated. Still, the Packers have a good start to their season with a good win against the Seattle Seahawks already under their belt.

Of course, every team says they want to make it to the Super Bowl, but the Packers really want to get there. Last year, they came so, so close to making it, getting into the playoffs and making a good show of it. Unfortunately, last season the Packers were notorious for experiencing some seriously debilitating injuries on the parts of some of their greatest players, so this year it is hoped that that won’t be such a huge problem.

NFL Preseason

For the NFL preseason, everyone is curious about how the Green Bay Packers did really, and how the Packers football is going to look this season. Our opinion? Pretty good! Here are our five, quick takeaways from the preseason games:

  1. Right off the bat, of course, we are all concerned about the numbers of rookie players this season. Last year’s season was the last season for a lot of great players who had spent years helping the Green Bay Packers perform exceptionally well. But you know, this happens every few years in football. As much as teams try to level out the numbers of new players coming in and veteran players leaving, occasionally you will get a year where a lot of rookies take the field all at once. This actually had us pretty concerned at the beginning of the preseason, but now we are a little less worried about it since they have been performing so well!
  2. Of course, a list of takeaways would not be a list of takeaways if we did not say something about Aaron Rodgers. Last year was hit and miss for Rodgers, and we say this not because of his performance based off of his skill, but because he too suffered some injuries that definitely put a dampener on his overall spirits. All in all, though we are pretty pleased with how he performed so far! His leadership has been great as usual, and so far no major injuries to report from him.
  3. Also, leadership from coach Mike McCarthy has been stunning this year. We all felt like Mike McCarthy was a little rough around the edges last year, and most of us agree that this was because of all of those injuries that kept happening in the early part of the season last year that had caused the Green Bay Packers to have to take an early bye week.
  4. The team has been working together very well all preseason. We noticed that in all four preseason games they seemed to be a very cohesive unit and work together as a team.
  5. The loss to the Broncos was honestly not that big of a deal, most fans felt. The Broncos is a solid team with fewer rookies than the Packers this year. Not a big deal!

We are all super excited about how the Packers are going to perform as we move into the rest of the season. All in all, we are very optimistic to see how the next few games go!

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What the Packers’ Lacked in Their Off Season Strategy

The Green Bay Packers are sort of notorious for two things during their average NFL offseason; pleasing themselves and aggravating their fan base. By most accounts, this has been a successful offseason for Packers football, and as a result, they are currently one of the favorites to make their way to the Super Bowl. A pressing question does remain as they look forward to the start of the regular NFL season: are they a strong enough team to take down powerhouses like the Atlanta Falcons or the Seattle Seahawks? There were a number of things that the Packers could have done to really bring their offseason to the next level.

The Problems at Center

The majority of the Packers problems seemed to have stemmed from their draft process. They did not re-sign T.J. Lang and J.C. Tretter as free agents and let them walk leaving a big problem on the offensive line. This problem could have been solved by drafting Tim Barnes. Barnes has been an above average center throughout his entire career and could have been a nice insurance policy to ensure the success of the offensive line. Coach Mike McCarthy has been blessed with starting caliber centers for the majority of his tenure as head coach at green bay and now he seems to be lacking in that area. Barnes could have provided the flexibility at the center position that the Packers have already enjoyed for years and solidified the Green Bay offensive line.

The Advent of Adrian Peterson

Another player that would have made a big difference for the Packers offense is Adrian Peterson. Peterson may no longer be in his prime, but he would have made a huge difference for the Packers. Being a seven-time-Pro-Bowler, Peterson would have brought the experience needed to whip the Packers offense into fighting shape. He also could have provided the mentorship to groom Ty Montgomery into being Green Bay’s eventual starter sometime down the line. Peterson would have had a far reduced workload as it would have been split between himself and Ty Montgomery nearly fifty-fifty, taking the strain off him and potentially extending his own career.

Re-draft

The Packers draft was not nearly as successful as it could have been and a redraft would be the best way to fix this. The Packers had the right idea moving back on draft night, with the myriad of players of interest they needed the extra pick later in the draft. The second round pick of Kevin King was also smart to aid in the Packers lacking defensive backfield. The draft after that point was where the changes could have been made. The entirety of the draft should have gone as follows:

  1. Kevin King
  2. Alvin Kamara
  3. Jourdan Lewis
  4. Joshua Dobbs
  5. David Godchaux
  6. Jordan Evans
  7. Devante Mays
  8. Malachi Dupre

This combination of players along with Adrian Peterson would have been one of the strongest rosters in the NFL coming into the regular season. This combination of offensive and defensive players would have resolved many of the Packers weakness as well as paved the way for future starters under the mentorship of Adrian Peterson.

Final Thoughts

The Packers certainly have had a better offseason than they usually do, but it could have been much better. With the addition of a few key players and a redraft process, Green Bay could have been in a much better spot to start the season. Though they have some issue to work through the Packers are strong and determined to make playoffs and try to take home a Super Bowl victory. Only time will tell if their offseason planning was enough.

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Josh Hawkins: Could He Be The Packers’ Next Undrafted Success

Josh Hawkins may be exactly what the Green Bay Packers need to push their game to the next level. The free agent cornerback out of East Carolina has based his entire playstyle off of another rookie success, Sam Shields. Hawkins was inspired by the Sam Shields story and wants to be just like him. In a quote from Hawkins, he states “I wore the armbands, the tape, the white gloves just like him. Some of the guys, they called me ‘Little Sam Shields.’ I’m just trying to play like him. I try to mold my game after him.” Sam Shields would make a great role model for any aspiring cornerback. Having a recorded 245 tackles, 66 passes defended, and 18 interceptions in 80 regular season games, the man is a force to be reckoned with. It may very well be this admiration of Sam Shields that has pushed Josh Hawkins to be vigilant about improving his game in any way he can.

Accolades and History

Josh Hawkins played for the East Carolina Pirates, he stands 5-foot-10 and weighs in at 189 lbs.  His defining feature is his long arms which he puts to good use when defending passes. His recorded time for his college pro day 40-yard dash was 4.39 and during his time with the Pirates, he was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week multiple times. Hawkins is currently one of five undrafted players on the Green Bay Packers’ opening lineup and really showed he has something to prove in Last Saturday vs Washington. During the 37 defensive snaps he played, he stunned coaches with seven tackles (two on special teams) and three passes defended. This was Hawkins first NFL start due to the injuries of both Davon House and Damarious Randall. Two of those three defended passes prevented a Washington touchdown and paved the way for the Packers’ 21-17 victory. This performance garnered Hawkins the highest grade of all Packers’ cornerbacks that game.

NFL Preseason Hurdles

Though Hawkins may be a strong athlete one thing he struggles with is consistency, a problem that resulted in him being benched during his 2016 rookie season. To combat this, he trained rigorously with former Falcons cornerback David Irons in Atlanta during the NFL preseason.  Hawkins and Irons trained relentlessly with two-a-day practices to really hone Hawkins’ skills and Iron out the inconsistencies in his game. Hawkins emerged a much stronger player as a result of this training and though under the shadow of players like Damarious Randall, Quintin Rollins, and second-round pick Kevin King, Hawkins is starting to make a name for himself. Head Coach Mike McCarthy had as much to say about Hawkins, “I think the fact that Josh was on our 53-man roster last year tells you how we felt about him. If you look at last year, he played very well on special teams. Maybe not as far as his game opportunities, but throughout the second half of the season our special teams’ coaches were very high on him, and fighting to get him up on a weekly basis.”

Hawkins has worked hard to overcome his consistency issues and now looks to be a driving force for Packers football. Just like his Idol, Sam Shields, before him Hawkins is breathing new life into the Packer’s defense. He may not be starting when his injured counterparts return but that does not dampen his determination to improve. With his speed, reach, and new found precision, this undrafted player from East Carolina could be the Green Bay Packers’ next success story.

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Why Packers Running Game Fell Short in Preseason Opener

Most people hate the preseason and so do the players, but it is a great opportunity to get a look at some roster bubble players and the new acquisitions. Then again, we can’t get enough football as it is and everyone likes to see their team out on the field even if it is still summer time. The Green Bay Packers first preseason game was at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. The team came out with a pretty ugly win. It was a sloppily played game that showed how much rust these guys need to shake off before the regular season begins. The Packers had a tough time running the ball and here is why.

Vanilla Offense

First and foremost, it is the preseason. Most teams use this time to evaluate new players and slowly work in more of the playbook. As such, coaches play it pretty tight to the vest. They do not want to show too much of their play calling, adjustments or various ‘looks’ to an opposing defense they may see in the future or put on tape for the entire league to see. This is the preseason, players (starters) are not here to really win. They are here to get a few reps and stay healthy. This is why they do not game plan. Coaches evaluate players on the bubble of the roster and their new signees. With that said, it is obvious why the running game fell short in this preseason opener. The Packers didn’t game plan to run the ball, they simply put out an offense and had them run plays they should know by this point.

Eagles Defense

The Philadelphia Eagles defense is one of the best in football. They have, arguably, the best defensive tackle in the league in Fletcher Cox. The second greatest rusher in Brandon Graham and a rookie defensive end (first round selection) that broke Reggie White’s sack record at Tennessee and many analysts argue was the best pass rusher in the draft. This is only compounded by their acquisition of Timmy Jernigan a mauler from Baltimore and their formidable linebacker core. A surprise in the game was non-starter Mychal Kendricks ability to rush the passer/backfield and contribute. The Packers running game, which was at the bottom of the league last year, had quite the difficult task ahead of them. Not to mention that the Eagles second and third string defensive line players would be starters for other teams.

Number of Touches

The biggest reason for the lack of a Packers rushing game was the limited number of touches that the running backs were given. Their starter, Ty Montgomery, carried the ball three times for zero total yards. Jamaal Williams carried the ball four times for fourteen yards (long of 5). Aaron Jones carried it twice for zero yards and Devante Mays did not get any touches. In total, the Packers ran the ball nine times in their season opener. The team is clearly a pass happy team, you would be too if your quarterback was Aaron Rodgers, but McCarthy is going to have to find a way to get the ball in his running back’s hands if he wants to have a successful season. This was probably done with a purpose. The team’s third string QB looks really good and the team could be looking to trade second string QB Brett Hundley for a pivotal piece. He is in a contract year and not likely to stay with the team since Rodgers is nowhere near done. Letting him go out there and let it rip is a great way to show the rest of the NFL what he has, that he’s ready to start somewhere else and worth a nice player or solid draft pick.

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5 Green Bay Packers to Watch During Training Camp

Training camp is almost over and the rumors and analysis of the hot new players continue to swirl. The team needs to see some improvement from their defense and their running game. There have only been a few practices this year, so there is plenty of time for new players to prove themselves and others to drop. There are high hopes for this season and the team will need to get some solid production out of their newly acquired players. Here are 5 Green Bay Packers to watch during training camp.

Quinten Rollins

The defensive backs for the Green Bay Packers ranked next to last this past season. Therefore, it is no surprise that this group must improve drastically to give the team a fighting chance at a deep playoff run. Quinten Rollins took plenty of hits last year as half of the team’s cornerback trouble. They gave up the second-most passing yards out of the entire league. He was returned to training camp a new man and receiving the praise of both the D-coordinator and position coach. It is going to take some serious hard work for this group to turn around what they put on the field last year. Rollins has come back to camp with a fire that everyone is noticing. His transitions are much cleaner and have added some speed out of his breaks. Able to play both outside and inside provides the team with some flexibility, but coaches see a ‘star’ in him and like his physical style of play at the line. Quinten Rollins is definitely someone to keep an eye on as the season begins.

Dean Lowry

Part of the problem with the Pack’s passing defense is a lack of sufficient pressure from their line. The best way to improve a team’s pass defense is to get some big, fast, and strong bodies to pressure the quarterback. Having players in the backfield forces the quarterback to rush through reads and make poor decisions. Dean Lowry (DE) had a quiet rookie year and is looking to make a real impact in his sophomore season. He has returned to camp bigger, faster and stronger. Head coach Mike McCarthy has noted the difference and hopes that he can continue that growth into several hurries and sacks this season.

Josh Jones

The team was very high on their second round pick, out of NC State. It seems that they have good reason to be as well. Josh Jones is not disappointing when the pads are put on in practice. The team desperately needs a dynamic playmaker at this position. Jones has been flying all over the field. He is getting some looks as a hybrid inside linebacker because he has great size and instincts. This kid is the real deal.

Running Backs (Ty Montgomery)

The running back is a position to watch during camp. The Pack desperately needs a player to step up and be “THE GUY.” Ty did a serviceable job last year as a hybrid WR/RB but has come to camp with more weight and better vision. He is rarely, if ever, stopped at the line of scrimmage and clearly (originally a WR) has great hands. Jamaal Williams is a favorite draft ‘steal.’ He has continued to impress but still sits in the no. 2 RB spot currently. If he can show better ability to catch the ball and pass protect (which Montgomery is struggling with), then he could be the no. 1 back.

Jason Spriggs

Spriggs was a second round pick last year and slated to make a big jump into a starting role for the Packers. He must find some rhythm and confidence to bolster this o-line group. His performance against the Eagles was not a pretty one. Rookie, first round pick, Derrick Barnett was able to put a lot of pressure on Spriggs’ quarterback. He must bounce back for the next game and camp is the place to make that happen.

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How Green Bay can Rebound from NFC Title Loss this Season

Training camp is coming to an end and the first preseason game is almost here. While preseason is just that preseason, the team is in a familiar position and eager to start the regular NFL season. The devastating loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC title game is still weighing on the minds of players, ownership, and fans alike. This, the third NFC title loss, will be fresh for all Packer’s fans as the start of the season kicks off. The start of the season must kick off with a boom. If the Green Bay Packers can get off to a strong start, then the sadness and disappointment of that Title loss will dissipate. If the Packers end their season with another NFC Title defeat or even worse, no playoff berth, it will surely result in a shakeup of the front office and coaching. Nevertheless, the team must start fast to gain momentum to free themselves of the embarrassment of the 44-21 loss to the Falcons. In order for this to happen, several things need to fall into place.

Green Bay Packers 2017 Season Theme

Every year Mike McCarthy provides a theme for the upcoming season. In previous years, post-NFC Title loss, he has given different themes and non-themed years. After the Seahawks defeat, the coaching choice was not to discuss the loss and ‘completely’ forget about it. This was followed by a 4-6 season start that took Green Bay out of position to host the NFC Title game at Lambeau Field. The theme for this year should be ‘Fast Start.’ They need to kick the tires and light the fires if it were to boost morale and get the team energized for another season. Key positional places have been filled by free agency and the draft. The team is lacking experience in the defense, but a solid run game and pass rush could help mask those deficiencies. Playing fast and getting out to quick leads should be their motto this season because it was Atlanta’s fast flying defense that was able to keep them in check.

Packer’s Offense

This is the time of the year when fans and analysts alike look over rosters and decide who has fixed previous years problems and bettered themselves overall. On paper, the Pack is looking as strong as ever on the offensive side of the ball. This speed, power, and experience should get them out to early leads in all their games. The team as added Bennett and Kendricks to their TE group, which should only provide Rogers with more weapons. These two will bring a great level of skill and experience to that position. These big bodies will help in the run game (which desperately needs to produce this year) as Kendricks is an above average run blocker; both of whom can get up to the second level and take on backers and CBs. The NFL season is a growling one, one that requires production from everyone on the team. If these Tight Ends can show they were worth the acquisition, then the team could get off to a great start. Rogers and his top flight receivers must regain midseason form and light up opposing defenses. Finally, if they can get any type of running game to one, control the clock and wear out the defenses and two, pull another body down into the box, then the offense could be unstoppable.

2017 NFL Season

The keys for a Green Bay rebound this year will be a good start to the season. The offense must light up the field in the air and on the ground. A well-balanced offense is the key to a great start. They must take the pressure off the defense, but who also must show up. Rogers and the offense cannot continue to get involved in shootouts. A strong start to the season will definitely help the team overcome their NFC Title loss from last year.

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Packers Training Camp: Who Will Emerge as the One to Watch

As the final morning practice wraps up this Tuesday, August 1st fans all over the country are wondering what this Green Bay Packers team will be. For the last several seasons the playoffs have always been expected with Aaron Rodgers at the helm of the offense. The question will become, what will the defense be like? The once powerful and sturdy defense has continued to dwindle for the last few seasons as vets lose a step and become less effective. Clay Matthew’s positional shift has to place talent in a needed position and keep a defensive leader on the field. The secondary needs to take the next step if the team expects to take that step towards the Lombardi. The Packers are going to need someone to take it up a notch in camp and show some real promise. A solid defensive contributor or a workhorse back is necessary.

Past Years: Players Who Have Emerged

In the last few years, there were a number of players who would emerge as champions of camp. That does not mean they are Pro Bowl caliber players, or even that they will start, but they are exciting to watch and even more exciting to imagine out on game day. Last year it was Geronimo Allison that shined in camp and went on to make some considerable contributions to the team. He looks to be given a larger role in the Pack’s offense this year as well. In the year before, it was Jeff Janis that broke out during camp. Janis had a monster game in Arizona playoff game, but his ceiling has been reached and probably will not be back in Green Bay after this last year on his contract.

Flash Shines Bright

More often than not, it is a flashing player that will shine in training camp. Skill positions are the players that normally shine because their play is easily recognizable and often times electric. Lineman on both sides of the ball can show promise, but with limited contact, it can be harder to recognize their work. If history decides to repeat itself for another year of training camp, the player who will emerge as the one to watch will be former LSU wideout, Malachi Dupre. The 6’4’’ receiver should show the Packers he was worth a late round pick. The receiver has the size, talent, and more skill than his college resume would show (a lack of consistent quarterback play and having Leonard Fournette as your running back will drive down your stats). All signs point to the possibility that Dupre will have a great camp when you combine his potential with the arm talent of Aaron Rodgers.

Potential Camp Break-outs

The Packers need rookie running backs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones to have a great camp. Ty Montgomery will be back as the lead back, but as a converted wideout, he could have some trouble with players more comfortable with the role. Jamaal Williams looks to be the bruiser that the Pack desire, but could be much more. He seems to have the speed and power to be a solid contributor and if he can show some elusiveness, he could earn a heavier workload. Aaron Jones is speedy and shifty and racks up a lot of yards, which could show up in camp.

Defensive Backs

The Packers really need to have some more skill come out of their cornerbacks during camp. Kevin King (first selection in this year’s draft by the Pack) has shown real promise as a starter, but rookie corners often need at least a season experience to make a difference. Devon House is looking to have a bounce back year and show he can start in this league. If either of these DB’s shows any flash of skill, it will go a long way.