It’s OK to have expectations, if you can manage them

Why the Green Bay Packers Shouldn’t Trade Jermichael Finley

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with an 11:30 a.m. lunch. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception. Cost per person is $30 (tax included). Wed., Jul. The meeting will take place rain or shine. Thu., Jul. 25, 2013 10:00AM – 10:30AM CDT Live McCarthy’s season-opening press conference Head Coach Mike McCarthys season-opening press conference Fri., Jul. 26, 2013 8:20AM – 10:20AM CDT *Public practice *Any practices moved inside to the Don Hutson Center due to inclement weather, poor field conditions or for any other reason will be closed to the public due to space limitations. All outdoor practices are expected to be held on Ray Nitschke Field (across from the Resch Center). Type of practice (pads or shells) is subject to change without notice.

Green Bay Packers: Is This the Year Graham Harrell is Surpassed by B.J. Coleman?

Graham Harrell

July 9, 2013 6:25 pm EDT by Julian Rogers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports A once-in-a-generation quarterback. Thats what was said about former Green Bay Packers long-time starter Brett Favre. As it turned out, the man drafted to back up and eventually replace Favre proved to be equally capable of delivering a Super Bowl to Titletown. Now that Aaron Rodgers is firmly established as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL , Packers fans and quarterback aficionados rightfully turn their attention toward the Packers reserve quarterbacks. The Packers have an impressive history of grooming quarterbacks. Ever since ex Texas Tech pass slinger Graham Harrell became Rodgers primary backup, the question has been asked: Can Harrell be the next former Packers understudy to ascend to a starting role (a la Matt Flynn, Rodgers, Matt Hasselbeck, Aaron Brooks, Doug Pederson and Mark Brunell)? The answer is still unknown. Rodgers is at the top of his game and in the prime of his career. Opportunities for a Packers backup quarterback are rare and usually confined to preseason games. For that reason, Harrell and second-year quarterback B.J.

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He was a difference-maker, and offenses don’t get better by losing those types of players. Finley may not be on the same level as Jennings in terms of consistency and production, but he’s still expected to be a playmakerespecially after losing Jennings. There now figures to be more opportunities in the Packers offense, and it wouldn’t be crazy to think Finley will pick up at least a portion of the slack. Listening to the coaching staff this offseason, you’d at least expect Finley to get the chance. Dating back to the end of last season, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has been highly complimentary of his tight end. “I really think the bye week he had an opportunity to step away and change some things,” McCarthy told Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He was a different guy. He was focused and productive in the second half of the season.” After Green Bay’s bye, Finley caught 37 of his 49 targets for 441 yards and a score. His drops declined, and his role in the offense increased. McCarthy continued his praise following minicamps and OTAs, per Kevin Seifert of ESPN: I think Jermichael looks excellent. He has put weight back on. He’s back where I like to see him, the playing weight that he’s playing with. He’s stronger. He’s playing with more confidenceI really like the offseason that Jermichael has put together so far. McCarthy obviously doesn’t make personnel decisions, but one could confidently say he would back Finley in any conversation with Thompson about dealing the tight end.

Matthews still has a 20-sack ceiling if he stays healthy, but that’s the concern here. 2-Star Players Eddie Lacy, RB. Lacy slipped to the second round of the NFL draft because of injury concerns, but he steps into the ideal situation. Lacy averaged 6.8 yards per carry at Alabama. He’s a 231-pound bruiser who could be used in the same fashion Cedric Benson was before a Lisfranc injury last season. Benson averaged close to 15 carries per game in five starts. If Lacy wins the starting job, he’ll do the same. He’s RB2/flex material with upside. 32 SLEEPERS IN 32 DAYS: More on Lacy’s rookie impact Jermichael Finley, TE. Finley wasn’t as bad as owners think in 2012. After Green Bay’s bye http://www.parkwolfpackfootball.com/nfl/claymatthewsjersey.html week, Finley had 37 catches on 49 targets in nine games (including the playoffs).

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