Confessions of a Polluted Mindset - The longest six weeks in football.

The Weekly Packers Brain Drain from Jersey Al.

Quiet time - If you write about the Packers, this time of year can be pure torture. There is almost nothing new to write about, last season and the draft has been long put to bed and all the previews and expectations have been done to death.  I know from first-hand experience when I was doing all the writing for my own site that It is NOT EASY during this time of year to compose interesting articles that people will actually want to read. To that end, I ask that you show a little extra appreciation for our writers on here during this time - I think they're doing a great job. 

The curious case of Kurt Benkert - It seems like a very odd time (from their perspective) for the Packers to make this move. From all accounts, Danny Etling has done nothing to look like a viable third quarterback and the Packers always carry four quarterbacks in camp. While Benkert himself said he knew he was going to get cut at the end of camp, the Packers will certainly need to have an emergency third quarterback on the practice squad. A guy like Benkert, who knows the system, would have be the obvious choice to be brought back to the practice squad. Perhaps the Packers are confident Benkert will be a street free agent at the start of the season, anyway. For his part, Benkert was appreciative of the opportunity to catch on somewhere else where perhaps a better opportunity awaits. We will have to wait to see how this plays out, but you would have to think a new quarterback will be brought in to replace Benkert before training camp starts

I'm Sorry - I just want to apologize to Rashan Gary for believing the "he's not a hard worker" untruths that were being reported during his draft season. I didn't investigate further for myself and that was a mistake. Lesson learned. 

Alien Lizard - Nothing against Allen, but I'm just not buying all the "Lizard as the #1 receiver" talk currently going around. I'm predicting a highly motivated Sammy Watkins will re-capture his first-round form and claim that title as the season progresses. This would no doubt make the Watkins signing the steal of the year by Gutenkunst.

1st Round talent on defense - There are seven first-round picks on the Packers defense that figure to be heavy contributors in 2022.  Add Preston Smith, an early second-rounder, and that's a lot of top-shelf talent on one defense. The only thing better would be higher picks, but you would have to give up some playoff appearances to be rewarded with those, so no thank you.

Quay Walker #22
Devonte Wyatt #28
Eric Stokes #29
Rashan Gary #12
Darnell Savage #21
Jaire Alexander #18
Kenny Clark #27
Preston Smith #38 

Mutual Admiration Society - Sounds like they are going to love playing next to each other.

 

 

 

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"Jersey Al" Bracco is the Editor-In-Chief, part owner and wearer of many hats for CheeseheadTV.com and PackersTalk.com. He is also a recovering Mason Crosby truther.  Follow Al on twitter at @JerseyalGBP

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murf7777's picture

June 22, 2022 at 06:26 am

Al, I appreciate the effort you and the other writers put into your passion and providing us entertainment, especially this time of the year.

When we drafted Gary, I did do some digging and found out he was the opposite regarding his effort and work ethic. It is amazing how one source says one thing about a player while another states the complete opposite. I’ve found the best way to really learn about a player is by combining multiple sources and watching a lot of their film.

Well before the draft, I really thought Watson wasn’t the guy to go after till I started learning more and more about him because others on this board were so high on him. I felt he was going to be another MVS which isn’t bad but not from a 1st rounder and I was hoping for a much more well rounded WR. I’m sold on him, but I still temper my expectations as he will frustrate us with drops in year one I suspect.

I agree with you and expect Watkins to come out and become our #1 WR. Keep em coming Jersey Al!

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Swisch's picture

June 22, 2022 at 01:49 pm

To take from your comment and run with it, murf, it seems so important in life -- as far as making decisions -- to consult multiple experts as well as making our own observations.
Beware the elitists who say they have all the answers, and want to shut down discussion.
It is said that sports imitates life, and teaches us about life.
I think I remember an old Packer saying that Lombardi talked about life most of the time with his players.
The lessons cross over from sports to other areas of life and back.
It wasn't enough for Lombardi in his vocation of being a head coach to just have good players, but also to have good men; and it was in having good men who were also good players that those Packers excelled like no other team in the history of the NFL.
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That's why, related to my comment below, I hope the Packers take a good hard look at Allen Lazard and think seriously about signing him to a new contract.
Evaluate his talent, his attitude, and his effort over the past few seasons -- and make a firm decision.
It doesn't matter ultimately what other teams may think of a player, or what any of the experts think. It doesn't matter what the fans think, including me.
Sure, listen to other trusted sources worthy of respect, listen well, but don't miss out on Lazard based mostly on what others say.
Make the independent decisions to stay ahead of the others.

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murf7777's picture

June 23, 2022 at 04:25 pm

Good thoughts Swisch…..

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Johnblood27's picture

June 22, 2022 at 07:27 am

Hi Al, enough of the whining and excuses - I expect top-flight, stimulating and exciting content each and every day from CHTV. For the prices you are charging for your content, there should be no down time.

oh... thats right... CHTV is free! The very best GBP website on the interweb at the best price! We're just getting started on the 2022-23 season, take a breath all you CHTV writers, we will all be here when the real hitting starts with the absolute best commentary from the most knowledgeable posters on the interweb!

Agreed Al, Gary has been a revelation. it would be great to know just which coach(es) helped to stoke his fire and got through to him about the effort and dedication it takes in the NFL. Those are coaches that I would work really hard to keep around long-term.

Benkert-schmenkert, it doesn't matter, he was NEVER gonna get any PT in GB. Gutey did him a great big favor letting him go so he could pursue his dream in a situation where his efforts to impress his coaches could actually evolve into an NFL gig. Rodgers, Love and then whatever afterthought is still breathing. He has a better future being gone!

I'm not buying ANY of the #1 receiver hype. That is not something that gets created by any factors other than continued, consistent production. Maybe it will develop over time with one of the WR, but that is sooooo far down the road with the current group of WR. It's gonna take a real group effort to get the offense in a groove, and its gonna be the diversity of the WR room coupled with imaginative game planning by MLF along with an enlightened viewpoint on the wholistic passing game by AR to have a true playoff contending passing attack by the time the playoffs roll around. Good thing we have a 17 game pre-season before the playoffs since our division gives us a bye into the tournament!

Lots of talent on defense... yup, draft position paints a rosy picture. I can see a bright light on the horizon... I certainly hope that the coaching staff can build on the successes and learn from the gaps from last years initiation in the Barry defense so that all the accumulated talent leads to production and results that are favorable to the GBP. It's gonna be important for the defense to start the season strong, I think that means doing the basics very, very well and getting jiggy with it later in the season when the offense has found itself and then they can operate in a more synergistic manner.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

June 22, 2022 at 08:40 am

Good work Johnny!

Always enjoy your read!

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Johnblood27's picture

June 22, 2022 at 07:33 pm

Aw shucks, you're too kind...

but Thanks!

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Rebecca's picture

June 22, 2022 at 08:20 pm

This team needs to come out of the gate snarling and never letting up!

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Johnblood27's picture

June 23, 2022 at 02:49 pm

somebody has to make the sandwiches and coffee...

;-)

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Swisch's picture

June 22, 2022 at 02:13 pm

I'm concerned about the defense becoming overconfident already with all the hype about its talent.
It doesn't take much to lose the edge that comes with determination and dedication and discipline, as well as working as a team.
In my opinion, one team that never measured up to the 1985 Bears defense was the 1986 Bears defense, nor any of the successive defenses of the Bears.
I don't know what happened, but that storied unit of defense was never as dominant, even though they did continue to be among the best statistically.
Perhaps NFL offenses figured out the Bears defense, but perhaps also the Bears defense lost its edge with all of the acclaim.
In the case of the Packers largely untested defense of today, it would be a shame if they lost their way even before they ever became dominant.

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Johnblood27's picture

June 22, 2022 at 07:32 pm

I am 100% certain that the downfall of duh bares defense can be traced directly to ...

"THE SUPERBOWL SHUFFLE!"

did you see Doug Plank? That was truly embarrassing...

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NickPerry's picture

June 22, 2022 at 07:32 am

I agree with Al 100% and that's one reason I always try and compliment ALL writers here on CHTV. This really is the dead zone for anyone writing and trying to fill content. Personally, it drives me nuts when people criticize writers here. They don't get paid and do it for the LOVE of the Green Bay Packers! You have to appreciate that IMO.

I think Lazard or "Lizard" as Al calls him will have a great season, probably his best as a Pro. But if Watkins stays healthy I have to agree with Al, he could really ball out. But my biggest hope for the WR position in Green Bay is Watson and Doubs show growth all season and are solid contributors by the end of the season. Hey, who knows, maybe Watson or Doubs balls out from the get-go.

THAT'S a lot of talent on one defense and the best part is its YOUNG HOMEGROWN talent. Every one of those players except P Smith was drafted by the Packers, more specifically Gute. WHY people continue to criticize this guy is beyond me. Speaking of being critical...

Rashan Gary... I went back and read many of the comments made when the Packers selected Gary that night on April 25th, 2019, including the negative ones made by myself. Some are pretty humorous. Gute has EARNED my trust...Here's the link...

https://cheeseheadtv.com/blog/packers-select-linebacker-rashan-gary-in-2...

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HawkPacker's picture

June 22, 2022 at 07:53 am

Great post Nick. I wholeheartedly agree on Gute. He has done a great job for us.

Sometimes you wonder why he does not address a certain area and really balls out in other areas. Examples would be: he has not addressed the safety area in this draft and he cut the third safety we used last year--Henry Black. He balls out in the draft on certain positions such as taking three wide receivers one year, signs two edge rushers and selects Gary the same year and selects multiple OL different years in the draft. Sometimes it is a bit of a head scratcher but you have to trust him as I do. The FO knows the players they have much more than we do and Gute has done such a great job. Thanks Nick.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

June 22, 2022 at 09:17 am

Nick,
Thanks for the great post, as well as link to draft night 2019. Gutey sure screwed up didn't he? LOL!

We are very blessed to have Gutey at the helm. He immediately has taken us a from 6-9-1 season to consecutive 13 & 3 seasons & playoffs.

I wasn't down on the Gary pick at all because I believe in Gutey. I did have favorites like Burns, Simmons, and Fant. I was especially wanting the injured Simmons with the 2nd Packers pick. We have all seen how Simmons has turned out. My greatest hope is Love eventually turns out like Gary has.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

June 22, 2022 at 09:46 am

Thanks for the link Nick.

A good one for all of us to go back and read 😁

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June 22, 2022 at 11:41 am

NP, Thanks for trip down draft night memory lane. Fortunately I must have fell asleep as I didn't see any D.A. comments from me about Gary or Savage. LOL

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JerseyAl's picture

June 22, 2022 at 01:25 pm

My God, the comments on that post! That Doug guy was a nightmare. Had to boot him eventually.

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June 23, 2022 at 06:27 am

Thank you Al!!! I for one always appreciate the watchful eye of Jersey Al for people like Doug!

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

June 22, 2022 at 10:58 pm

Just one comment. Actually a question. Didn’t Ted Thompson drafted Kenny Clark? It was one of his better draft picks in the later years.

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June 23, 2022 at 06:30 am

You're absolutely correct. Sorry WCPB, I got a little carried away!

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June 23, 2022 at 12:34 am

Love that trip down memory lane. I was happy with my responses, nothing outrageous. I liked Jeffrey Simmons and Christian Wilkins in that spot, just wanted a DL guy at 12 because Gute just signed Z and P Smith to big money. I also had my doubts about Gary's work ethic/love for the game, his lingering shoulder injury and lack of production at Michigan so I wasn't thrilled with the pick but I did think that he had potential. Big, strong and fast guy how could you not see the appeal, just didn't want him at 12.

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Leatherhead's picture

June 23, 2022 at 03:30 pm

Nice link. Maybe we could do one about Dillon, or Love, sometime in the future.

The passing game target distribution will work itself out. We have a long way and a lot of practice reps to go before it starts counting and some guys will get open and catch and some guys will get hurt and some guys will have the ball bounce off them. But eventually, as every dairy farmer knows, the cream rises to the top. A couple of guys will start claiming the majority of the snaps on offense, and the others will play special teams, get a few snaps, and maybe a target.

IMO, I think the Packers plan to line up Watkins and Lazard and Amari Rodgers. Watson will play behind Watkins, and as he improves, he'll get more snaps. Doubs will be #5. Cobb will be inactive on gameday unless somebody else is injured.

The engine of the offense will continue to be the RB , who ends up with the ball in his hands over 50% of the time. You can't cheat on this offense because they definitely have a QB who can burn you for mistakes.

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Guam's picture

June 22, 2022 at 07:38 am

I am also very appreciative of Jersey Al and his team of writers. I have become a much more educated Packer fan through this site and its writers and commenters. Kudos to all!

I also was not a fan of the Rashan Gary pick, but not for the work ethic miss. His college production did not match up with his #1 ranking coming out of high school and that was a large red flag for me. Turns out he was playing out of position as a DL instead of an OLB and that is on Michigan's defensive staff, not on Gary. Kudos to Gary and the Packer coaching staff for righting that wrong.

I am optimistic about the Packer WR group mostly because Rodgers will not be afflicted with DavanteVision this year and hopefully will just throw to the open receiver. I think MLF can scheme the Packer WRs open - Rodgers just needs to give them a chance.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

June 22, 2022 at 09:22 am

Re:Gary - I think he was actually done a service playing "out of position", and I say that only because his game is much more rounded out than a lot of 3-4 OLBs. Z was an absolute liability against the run, so having an OLB that can also set the edge and contain is a huge upgrade there and doesn't require GB to play hybrid fronts or sell out to stop the run.

Plus, if Gary had been doing nothing more than putting up gaudy sack totals in college, he probably wouldn't have been on the board when the Packers were on the clock.

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June 23, 2022 at 07:51 am

Both fair points matt. Unfortunately playing out of position at MIchigan also cost Gary at least a year of top level productivity in the pros as he adjusted to his new position.

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HawkPacker's picture

June 22, 2022 at 07:46 am

Thanks to you Al and all of CHTV's writers for excellent articles throughout the year. Sure this is 'quiet time' but I think the majority of us understand this. However, we are all so much 'in love' with the Packers in that we don't seem to be able to get enough of the Packers so we want great articles all the time, which is not realistic. There are some articles that interest me more than others and if I don't think I will like a certain article, I pass on it. Personally, I would like to see an article on our DC. I remember when he was hired and I noticed his DC history and I was not impressed. I also remember that his strength was in the ILB area and now look at that part of our defense. I am super happy with him and would enjoy more about him. Just my two cents.

RE: Rashan Gary. I was so disappointed that we selected him at the time. I was super hyped for that draft as we had a #12 pick instead of a 30 and I had not heard much about Gary, and I follow the Big Ten a bunch. However, I am happy how things turned out with him and I do see his great work ethic.

Alien Lizard? I like Allen and always have since his days at Iowa State. As to who will be number 1? I don't really care as I just want the ball spread around more this year than in recent history. Things will fall into place.

'First round talent on defense'

I can't wait to see them play. It will probably take a few games to gel but I am so excited as to what we have now with these two GA picks. Should be a fun year to watch.

Thanks again Al for all of your great articles and to the other authors as well.

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June 22, 2022 at 07:57 am

Quiet time -
The great thing about the Packers is even this time of year, there is always something that can be written about that people will be interested in. Imagine trying to write something about most of the other teams in the league this time of year.

The curious case of Kurt Benkert -
I was surprised that they cut Kurt. I really liked him as a 3rd option. I thought a 2nd year in the system could have done him really well. Obviously we don't know how well he did in practices or anything, but what we saw of him last year, he was impressive. And his personality really caught on with fans in GB.

I'm Sorry - I think a lot of people need to apologize to Gary for their hating of the pick. That includes me. So i do apologize for not liking the pick right away. He has been a really good player for GB.

Alien Lizard - I don't think GB will have a true #1 WR this year. But as far as who has the most targets, catches, yards, td's that is a really good question.
Targets I think will be Watkins. I think Rodgers really likes him and is going to give him the most.
Catches I think might be Cobb. I could see him being the safety valve for Rodgers. The reason why i think he will have the most catches and not the most targets is because I think Cobb will be catching a lot more high completion passes.
Yards I will go with Watkins again. If he stays healthy I could see him around the 1000 yard mark.
TD's Lazard. I think this is where Lazard will be the biggest asset in the passing game.

1st Round talent on defense - Jarran Reed was the 49th overall pick, a mid 2nd round pick in the 2016 draft. (the same year as Clark).
The defense is loaded with talent. This is probably the most talented defense we have had since 2010.

Mutual Admiration Society - I saw this tweet when it came out. I can just say that I'm excited to see this duo!

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LambeauPlain's picture

June 22, 2022 at 03:14 pm

“Alien Lizard”…that’s good!

I still think Allen will have a chance “snap” a lot of passes to have a shot for WR #1.

Leaders who work hard and improve do move up the chart.

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June 22, 2022 at 08:43 am

-The negative vibe I read on Gary came up mainly after his pedestrian first season. Who cares now, he's the complete package vs the pass and run.
-That's not always the case with OLBs who can get fooled because of their pass rush first attitudes. Watkins #1 WR at 29 with a notorious injury history? However, the best Packer receiver this year might have 55 catches + 4 with 40 each = good production.
- On defense the return of Alexander makes Douglas our 3rd CB who replaces Sullivan, Reed replaces Lancaster, Wyatt-Keke, and Walker should be more versatile than Barnes. This should propel us into top 3 in the NFC.

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June 22, 2022 at 08:34 am

Al going all the way back to the ALLGBP days and up to now the writers have always done a great job for us. It's been solid work all the way through and the writers along with our bloggers have made this the best Packers online site.

Kurt Benkert will get a shot with his new team unless they picked him up solely to be a camp body. Who knows he could bounce back to the Packers at some point.

Gary - I posted from the beginning that he has all the tools to become a force for the Packers. They brought him along slowly and now he's reached the point where hopefully he can take over games for the Packers defense and wreck the opponent's game plan.

Lazard - he may not be the #1 WR but this is his time to make his statement for his career. A big season will propel him to the #1 WR spot. A season similar to his previous seasons and he will likely remain a #2 at best or #3 for the remainder of his career.

Defense - this is probably the most talented defensive unit the Packers have had since the mid-90s Holmgren defense maybe even all the way back to the Lombardi era. But they need to do it on the field. For now it's all on paper. From the perspective of the starting players we have an elite DL in Clark. Elite ILB in Campbell, elite OLBs in Gary and P.Smith and elite CBs in Alexander and Stokes. We're only missing an elite Safety. Amos is good/very good but he is not at an elite level. Otherwise our starting unit is a very good NFL defense. It's up to them to take the next step to become a top NFL defense. Thanks, Since '61

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June 22, 2022 at 11:22 am

"But they need to do it on the field. For now, it's all on paper."

As it has been every year, and just like paper, it gets crumpled and tossed aside when it needs to not be the HOPE on paper.

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June 22, 2022 at 06:04 pm

"Stay golden Pony Boy!"

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June 22, 2022 at 09:15 am

Al, like others have mentioned here, you and everyone else in CHTV are always appreciated! This is my number one website, I come here first when I wake up, and check back during the day for more content.

Even those who criticize this site do so because they are venting their "external" frustrations.

Keep it coming Al!

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June 22, 2022 at 03:18 pm

Dittos.

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June 22, 2022 at 09:22 am

Lots of commentary on the Benkert release. Remember he has been in the league a long time. He is what he will be in terms of development. There isn't much more growth to be had. What most seem to avoid is maybe...just maybe Jordan Love is really developing and showing enough improvement that Benkert isn't needed and the Packers want cap space and another young developmental QB. Let's hope anyway.

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June 22, 2022 at 09:54 am

In his position and time in The league, there is limited value in just being in a camp when he’s destined to be cut, the more so as the Packers have made clear Love is going to get a great deal of playing time and practice focus after Rodgers.

Essentially, he acknowledged that his best hope is to latch on elsewhere where he can get some exposure and do so having a chance to get some knowledge of their system. Given their plans, arguably the Packers did him a favor in reality.

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June 22, 2022 at 08:11 pm

Same thing is true with Lazard. He is what he is. He won't suddenly transform into a #1 receiver. He will never be a guy that gets doubled and they will never roll a defense to prevent him from getting open. Can't he just be a good 3rd option and that be enough for a good career? He's just not fast enough. He will never be Julius Jones, or Calvin Johnson.

That is fine. Getting open in intermediate spaces, throwing a block, and being a red zone threat is plenty. There are now younger, faster, and cheaper players moving into line behind him.

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June 22, 2022 at 09:26 am

I was also not a fan of the Gary pick. I wanted the Packers to select either Jeffrey Simmons, who went to the Titans or Brian Burns who was selected by Carolina. Now I wouldn't take either of those over Gary. Great choice by Gutey!
I don't believe we'll have a true #1 WR. I think Watkins will start out getting the most targets, but will likely be injured or be less effective as the year goes on. I think you'll see a true WR by committee this year with targets being more evenly spread than in past years. Watson and Doubs will start the year slowly, but will see more action as the year goes on.
Unless injuries strike the defense hard, especially impacting the Edge and Safety positions this will be a top 5, maybe even a top 3 defense. The talent is definitely there, with no glaring weaknesses to be seen other than depth and it's the 2nd year in this defense , which will also help with their growth.

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June 22, 2022 at 10:25 am

Packman, I agree. I expect the team to start out with Sammy and then it’s WR by committee. I rewatched the Arizona game and saw Aaron make it work and the defense hang in there. We have a better defense now and probably a better ST’s. I may cringe at the expectations that we may have an actual top five defense but I do think that it’s better than anything we have had for some time. I was not happy that we let Pettine go because I thought that it was a talent issue not a coaching issue that the defense sucked. But when we brought in Barry we also brought in a new focus on LB play. And keeping Gray was a great non move.

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June 22, 2022 at 10:11 am

Like a lemming, I followed the opinions of other posters at the time. I was expecting big name picks. Savage also threw me off of my projections. Yet I thought that Gary was probably a good pick but had him in the second round as a projection. As other posters here can attest, I don’t know crap. I don’t have the time and the skill to do the type of analysis that scouts and GM’s do. And we have some good ones.

As far as the release of Kurt, I am guessing that the staff felt that he was maxed out on talent and that the other guy might fill the role of PS QB better. (I forget his name) Might be a better QB in the room because of his experience and was once considered an option at another position (I think it was WR).

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June 22, 2022 at 11:05 am

Don't know who the actual #1 receiver will turn out to be, but at least one of them needs to establish themselves as a consistent deep threat or those short and intermediate routes are going to be awfully crowded with defenders. I still see Lazard as a primary blocking and possession receiver who has more of a heightened role in this team's offense as opposed to others.

I'm hoping that both Watkins, and to a lesser extent Doubs, are going to be able to get in sync with Rodgers in fairly quick order. Rodgers is always going to want to air it out a few times, and I can't see him being content confined to an overly methodical offense.

One of the best articles of late was Wendell's on the defenders' gap-and-a half responsibilities. It really struck a perfect medium between being a little more detailed than usual without being over the readers' heads.

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June 22, 2022 at 11:37 am

Agree that releasing Benkurt now was doing him a favor. He will have a better chance to catch on somewhere else.

Gary's teammates were so effusive about him that I never was really down on the pick. Surprised, definitely. But the measurables were just crazy, and knowing that they could stash him behind the Smith Bros. just made the pick make a whole lot of sense. I feel the same way about Wyatt.

The hot take this week is to tamp down the expectations on the defense. Any way you slice it, this is the most talented defense that I have ever seen suit up for Green Bay since 1996, back when the salary cap was a new thing. The potential is there. The DL will have to develop and gel. The OLB position will have to figure out how to keep guys fresh. But boy, this is a loaded group.

I don't care what the numbers say, I think one of the rookies will take over the #1 spot by January. Watkins has an injury history. Lazzard is not that dynamic. Doubs and Watson have a prime opportunity here, if one of them can take advantage. And I really like Toure as a future #3 receiver. This will be a committee until one of the rookies emerges, hopefully sooner than later.

The most exciting development for me is how Campbell feels about Walker. That is a very positive sign.

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June 22, 2022 at 12:39 pm

Regarding Lazard, Watkins, and the rest of our receiving corps, it may be best to have a few guys in the range of 50 catches this season than one guy with 100.
This kind of diversity seemed to work well in our Super Bowl season of 2010 with Jennings, Nelson, Jones, and Driver -- although I'm too lazy to look up the number of receptions for each that season, as well as in the following one of aerial artistry and excellence in 2011.
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Another plus to this approach is that it seems that being more involved with receptions would really energize all of our wide receivers to play harder during the times that they're not targeted, as well as being ready whenever their opportunities to make the big catches do come.
Anyone who has played even backyard football -- and it's true of just about any other activity in life -- knows how much easier it is to be motivated when we're involved in a meaningful way.
It's not that guys won't try hard when they're largely left on the periphery, but that there's something to touching the ball that provides a natural boost of enthusiasm.
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After 13TC said that Lazard's 40-time is about as fast as Davante Adams, Jerry Rice, and Larry Fitzgerald (as I remember it), I've been wondering if perhaps Lazard could be similar to Fitzgerald in his method of operation on the field.
Even if Lazard's numbers aren't as high due to the Packers spreading around the ball, perhaps he can have a similar success to Fitzgerald in a similar way.
Lazard was a high-volume pass catcher at Iowa State (as I remember it), and may be ready to step up for the Packers -- although, again, I'm too lazy to look up his numbers in college.
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With Lazard as our only proven wide receiver still in his prime, I would sign him to an extension of about four seasons for a total of $40 million (with incentives to make more).
It seems to do otherwise is penny wise and pound foolish, especially when the Packers are handing out big contracts to so many other players. I'm concerned that Lazard is going to feel underappreciated and ready to leave after this season.
Lazard is likely to be at least a solid player all the way through such a contract, while the younger and inexperienced guys find their legs in the NFL -- and he could turn out to be much better than solid.
It seems a key to success in life is to discern which people are worthy of confidence before everyone else does.

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June 22, 2022 at 08:26 pm

C'mon, you are seriously mentioning Lazard with Jerry Rice, Larry Fitzgerald, and Tae?

There's a reason he was undrafted, and cut from Jacksonville's practice squad. Undrafted.
It's to his credit that he worked his way onto the roster, but that does not make for big second contracts.

Larry Fitzgerald was the third player drafted in 2004, he played at a pro bowl level for 17 seasons. Jerry Rice is the greatest receiver of all time. Davantae, quite possibly the best release from the line of scrimmage ever? Honestly, stop.

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June 23, 2022 at 12:06 pm

My main point is that it doesn't matter if he was drafted or if he was cut by another team, but how he plays football now.
Each fan can make his or her own call about what they think of Allen Lazard.
My urging was that we don't decide based on the hype, or lack of hype, but with our own best evaluation.
Personally, I don't think Lazard will match Fitzgerald, but even approaching him would make for an outstanding career.
Plus, I was wondering if they may have similar physical attributes and playing styles.
I'm a little disappointed with the lack of response. Perhaps I'll try the comparison again in the future. I'm always looking for robust discussion.

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June 22, 2022 at 06:18 pm

Rookies report to training camp one month from today, so we're getting there.
The whole team starts on July 27th.
Meanwhile, it would help if the Brewers pound the Cardinals tonight.

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June 23, 2022 at 04:51 am

Al, the number of fans who are posting here is the best evaluation of the work of all authors here.

Also, I'm very grateful that I found, first your page and than been transferred to Cheesehead tv.

Sometimes I do not agree with author's thesis or thinking or points of view, but it is nice that we can discuss with authors, not only amongst ourselves, the followers.

Also, CHTV has so many instructive and teaching articles that everyone can find one for his pleasure.

Keep doing this wonderful place as all of you are doing and it will be just OK.

I know the summer is lazy time ("When living is easy") but, somehow I'm sure you and the team will find a way to produce interesting content for Packers Nation.

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June 23, 2022 at 07:49 am

Thank you for the kind comments everyone!

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