Thursday, July 2, 2015

Packers Hint Kuhn May Be On The Bubble | Nobody's Job is Safe In Green Bay



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Now that we are into July, NFL training camp is just a few weeks away. This means the battles in camp now begin to take focus. Here is a look at the Packers 2015 training camp battles.

Fullback- Yes, I know, we love John Kuhn. However it is on the wrong side of 30 and will be paid 900 large if the Packers chose to keep him. They drafted Ripkowski in the sixth round, using a practice squad position or a backup position on a fullback is unlikely. This is one of those loser leaves town scenarios. My money (And that is just a figure of speech, I'm not betting on this at all) is on the rookie, based on how the Packers operate.

Third running back job- Right now, the Packers have maybe the best one-two punch in the league at the running back position in Eddie Lacy and James Starks. However, the third running back position is wide, WIDE open. All three, Alonzo Harris, John Crockett, and Rajon Neal all have a fair chance and as good of a chance as the other. Neal has a full year in the Packers system under his belt, which makes him the leader, but that doesn't mean much.

Fourth wide receiver- Last year it was the third wide receiver job that was the battle here. Devonte Adams won the job and has a great rookie season. Jarrett Boykin, his challenger, battled injury issues and is now in Carolina. Now it is the fourth wide receiver position that is up for grabs. The candidates are rookie Ty Montgomery, second year man and preseason hall of famer Jeff Janis, Jared Aberderis, and Myles White, who has an outside chance. From what I understand, the coaches want to bail on Aberderis, which leaves us with just Janis and Montgomery as I don't believe White is a serious contender. Jeff Janis has a longer leash than most other players in his position because 6'4”, 220 pounds, and a 4.42 40 time doesn't grow on trees. He showed great promise a year ago and is being banked on to take a serious step forward.

Third cornerback job- I expect that Shields and first round draft choice Damarious Randall will start. After that, the third corner back job is a two man battle between rookie Quinten Rollins, and Casey Hayward. Casey Hayward showed great promise as a rookie a few years ago but injuries have derailed him. It's now or never, and with his already there physical limitations, I expect the rookie with the through the roof ceiling, Rollins, to get the job.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Packers 53 Man Defensive Roster | 2015 Predictions



Packers Defensive 53 Man Roster
Last week we tried to predict who would make the Packers 53-man roster on offense. This week, let's do that on the defensive side of the ball. Will Green Bay make the right moves for the secondary? Is Clay Matthews going to get some pass rush help?  We'll see. 

Defensive Line: Datone Jones, Mike Daniels, Josh Boyd, B.J. Raji, Mike Pennel, Christian Ringo, Khyri Thornton, Letroy Guion (Bubble)- Other than Mike Daniels, the Packers defensive line is as wide open as the Browns quarterback competition right now. Datone Jones needs to take another step forward this season. Right now the defensive tackle starter by default is B.J. Raji, although look for Mike Pennel to maybe step up and take that role.

Linebacker: Clay Matthews (No Brainer), Sam Barrington, Julius Peppers, Carl Bradford, Jake Ryan, Nick Perry, Nate Palmer, Jayrone Elliot, Andy Mulumba, Adrian Hubbard(Bubble)- Even though they don't have specific positions, this Packers linebacking unit has morphed into a deep one in which many different players can line up all over the place. That works in the favor of Dom Capers. Might as well hang a “beware of dogs” sign above their heads.

Defensive Backs: Sam Shields, Damarious Randall, Casey Hayward, Quinten Rollins, Micah Hyde, Morgan Burnett, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Sean Richardson, Demetri Goodson, Chris Banjo- During the free agency period, the Packers lost both Tramon Williams and Devon House in free agency. They quickly replaced them by using their first two draft choices on Randall and Rollins, therefore holding onto the title this unit has of being the deepest secondary in the league. No surprises coming here.

Overall, the last spot comes down to Adrian Hubbard versus Letroy Guion. I would very well like to see Hubbard win it because I lost a lot of respect for Guion this offseason and I do not understand why he was brought back. I saved the 53 spot for Brett Goode, the long snapper.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Vikings 53 Man Roster For 2015 | Predicting Who Will Make The Cut in Minnesota



Vikings 53 Man Roster
Over the last several weeks on a different blog I have tried to predict the 53-man roster for the Green Bay Packers. Let's stay in the NFC North and try to do the same for the Minnesota Vikings. I am going to begin with their offense.

Quarterback: Teddy Bridgewater, Shaun Hill, Mike Kafka (Bubble), Taylor Heinicke (Practice Squad) - For the first time in a long time, the Vikings have a long term answer at quarterback. I believe Bridgewater's ceiling is a good second-tier quarterback, and in a future post during the dog days of Summer I will explain what I mean and why. Shaun Hill will be the backup and Mike Kafka is playing for his career right now. Taylor Heinicke is headed for the practice squad.

Running back: Adrian Peterson, Jerick McKinnon, Joe Banyard, Matt Asaita, Dominique Williams (Bubble) - So after all of that, it appears as the Adrian Peterson saga is over as he has reported for team activities. I still say they messed up, but hey, that's just my opinion and we have beat that subject to death so let's move on. We don't know how exactly effective or ineffective he will be, that will be determined when he gets on the field and actually plays. Jerick McKinnon is a good young speed back who will get a lot of carries this season. Joe Banyard should be the third down back and Matt Asaita will be kept for depth purposes and he may even get some at time at fullback. Dominique Williams is a long shot, but still possible option to make the roster.

Fullback: Zach Line- I don't have much to say here. Moving along.

Tight End: Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison, Mycole Pruitt, Brandon Bostick (Bubble) - Kyle Rudolph has regressed since coming on strong his first couple of years. Still, he is a good starter. Ellison is the backup and Mycole Pruitt will be the third string tight end. Brandon Bostick comes to Minnesota after spending the first part of his career in Green Bay. Hopefully he can shake off the mistake he made in the NFC Championship game and move on.

Wide Receiver: Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace, Cordarrelle Patterson, Stefon Diggs, Jarius Wright(Bubble), Adam Thielen (Bubble), Leslie Jordan (Bubble), Dante Foster (Bubble) Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace will start. Cordarrelle Patterson will be the number three and continue to return punts and kicks until he can become a better route runner. The rest of them are in a wide open competition.

Offensive Line: Matt Khalil. David Yankey, John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco, Phil Loadholt, T.J. Clemmings, Tyrus Thompson, Joe Berger, Mike Harris (Bubble), Austin Shepard (Bubble), Bobby Vardaro (Bubble), Zac Kerin (Bubble)- Right now the Vikings offensive line is one big wide open competition. We know they will keep a 9th offensive lineman but we don't know who that will be. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Packers 2015 53 Man Roster | Will Kuhn Keep His Starting Position?


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Myles White

Now that the draft is over, NFL teams have begun the process of evaluating the 90 or so players they have in the building at the moment, with the idea of getting it down to 53 by week one of the regular season. I thought it would be a good time to try to give out an early 53-man roster prediction for our own Green Bay Packers

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Scott Tolzien, Brett Hundley

Aaron Rodgers has the most comfortable job security in the NFL. Tolzien won't have to worry about his job as the backup this season, but beginning next season, he is going to have to work his butt off to keep the talented Brett Hundley from taking his job.

Running Back: Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Rajon Neal, Alonzo Harris (Bubble)

Eddie Lacy and James Starks have become, maybe the best one-two punch at the running back position in the league. The surprise here is the Packers not drafting a third running back. However the coaches really do like Neal, so that should give him lead heading into training camp.

Fullback: Aaron Ripkoswki (Bubble), John Kuhn (Bubble)

This is going to be the battle of training camp in Green Bay. Can the rookie Ripkowski send John Kuhn packing? I think so.

Wide Receiver: Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davonte Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jeff Janis, Jared Abberderis (bubble), Myles White (Bubble)

The top three of this group are set with Nelson, Cobb, and Adams. We also know Ty Montgomery will make the team.  After that it is anyone's guess how this will play out. The coaches really like Jeff Janis, we know that. From what I understand it to be, the team is getting ready to bail on Jared Abberderis.

Tight End: Richard Rodgers, Andrew Quarless, Kennard Backman, Justin Perillo (Bubble)

So after all of that talk of drafting a pass catching tight end, Ted Thompson preceded to do, well, something else. Now the pressure is on Richard Rodgers to take a big step forward this season. Andrew Quarless is a serviceable backup and Backman will make the team by default.

Offensive Line: David Bakhtiari, Josh Sitton, Corey Linsley, T.J. Lang, Brian Bulaga, J.C. Tretter, Don Barclay, Lane Taylor.

The first five on this list are the starters, and they have become one of the best units in the league. Also for the first time in years, the Packers feel good about the center position heading into camp. Linsley played awesome as a rookie last season and is the firm, unquestioned starter this season. He could make the pro bowl this season if he takes a big enough step forward. Tretter, Barclay, and Taylor all have versatility.