How Can Packers Avoid a Repeat of Playoff Loss Against 49ers in Week 1 Showdown?
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Packers’ young offensive tackles expected to play like veterans
If the All-Big 12 offensive lineman from Oklahoma State needed additional motivation, it arrived two weeks ago. He was with his wife for 22 hours of labor when their daughter was born late in training camp. This is a 2013 photo of Lane Taylor of the Green Bay Packers NFL football team. This image reflects the Green Bay Packers active roster as of Monday, June 3, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo) Over the weekend, Taylor learned he made the Packers’ 53-man roster. This is a dream come true, Taylor said in a phone interview with The Oklahoman. Since I was a little kid I dreamed about being in the NFL. I am so blessed and so grateful for this opportunity. While ESPN and other media outlets constantly monitor whether quarterback Tim Tebow can land a shot with another NFL team, players like Taylor are the feel-good stories when they survive cutdown day. When I told the Packers I chose to come to their organization Aaron Rodgers Jersey that’s when it hit me I might have a chance to make an NFL roster, Taylor said.
Breaking: Packers cut Coleman, add Wallace
The Packers will be relying on at least one of their three running backs, but specifically rookie Eddie Lacy , to step up and force the 49ers to take the Packers running threat seriously. NFLs Best Quarterback ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski certainly drummed up attention when he commented that Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, (h/t Sports Illustrated ) but even Jaworski ranks Rodgers as the No. 1 quarterback in the NFL . An elite quarterback like Rodgers always gives his team the chance to win any game. While Rodgers is not the running threat that Kaepernick is, he is the most consistent passer in the league. His ability to orchestrate drives typically works even against defenses as strong as the 49ers unit, while he has the arm strength and movement skills to turn any play into a big play. If the Packers are going to win this game, they need Rodgers to play up to his billing as the NFLs best quarterback (and up to his five-year, $110 million contract extension too). Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images The Packers’ success falls very much upon the shoulders of Aaron Rodgers Rodgers played a solid game against the 49ers last season, completing two out of every three passes (26 of 39) for 257 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Still, the Packers never expect Rodgers to be the second-best quarterback on the field, which he was thanks to Kaepernicks performance in that game. The Packers should look to establish a ground game to open up passing lanes for Rodgers, but if this game comes down to the wire, it will be up to Rodgers to make the big plays as a passer to help his team win the game.
Green Bay Packers: Biggest Snubs and Surprises from 53-Man Roster Cut
Coleman, according to Green Bay Press Gazette reporter Wes Hodkiewicz. Less than a half hour later, ESPN’s Ed Werder revealed that the Packers would be signing Seneca Wallace to replace Coleman and be Aaron Rodgers backup quarterback. Wallace, 33, spent most of his career at Seattle, backing up the oft-injured Matt Hasselbeck. Wallace is a 10 year veteran with a career passer rating of 81.3 along with 31 passing touchdowns and 4,808 yards. The quarterback was last on the San Francisco 49ers preseason squad, joining Aug. 22 and asking for his release Aug. 29. Wallace felt he would not get any playing time behind the team’s starter Colin Kaepernick and backup Colt McCoy. The Packers must have heard about the mini-drama taking place in San Francisco, and, needing a backup QB fast, they cut Coleman and signed Wallace.
Pro football: Packers were the right fit for former OSU lineman Lane Taylor
Whatever the case, it’s obvious the Packers aren’t going into this game with Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher protecting the edges for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. And they definitely aren’t going up against the New Orleans Saints defense. “There’s really no better way to test yourself than with a group like that, what San Fran offers,” Lang said. “So, we feel good about where we’re at right now. We’re fresh, we’re rejuvenated. “I think we’re excited to get a chance to start a new year, start fresh, and show what we’ve been working on all off-season.” The larger question is whether they can prevent the likes of Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Justin Smith and Ray McDonald from coming around the corner and putting a hurt on Rodgers. And not only that, they’ve got to find a way to run the ball against a team that held opponents to 9.75 points per game in the preseason despite limited playing time from its starters. The one thing the Packers do know is that they were not completely shut down on offense in the two games they played against the 49ers last season. The San Francisco defense dominated far more in the regular-season opener at Lambeau Field than it did in the lopsided divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on Jan. 15.
Packers’ 53: Home Talent League
Surprise: D.J. Williams, Tight End Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports Based on his career production, it isn’t surprising that tight end D.J. Williams was cut by the Green Bay Packers. He only had nine receptions for 70 yards during his two seasons with the Green Bay Packers. However, the reason Williams’ release is so surprising is because of his youth and upside. Coming into the NFL during the 2011 draft, Williams was viewed as a versatile tight end who could become a rather dominant H-back. Unfortunately, he never saw the field enough and wasn’t a good enough blocker to see enough time on the field to reach that upside. Still, Green Bay giving up on him after only two years is rather surprising. Snubbed: Dezman Moses, Outside Linebacker USA TODAY Sports When outside linebacker Dezman Moses was called upon last year to fill in, he performed rather well. He started seven games and finished the 2012 campaign with 27 total tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble.
Where do you guys get all this stuff? (For the record, ESPN.coms Kevin Seifert was the first to point it out.) “I dont know that thats ever been brought up in a personnel meeting, Thompson added. We dont think about that.” While the raw number might not be intentional in case youre curious, only fullback John Kuhn (nine games with Pittsburgh in 2006) and defensive tackle Ryan Pickett (75 games with St. Louis from 2001 through 2005) have seen regular-season action with other teams, although others did spend time with other clubs before coming to Green Bay certainly the ethos behind it is. And Thompsons latest 53-man roster is reflective of that approach. They are Packers through-and-through. Of the 53 players currently on the roster Thompson emphasized that the roster could and likely will change before next Sundays regular-season opener at San Francisco 34 entered the league as Packers draft picks (64.2 percent). Nine more signed with the Packers immediately following their respective drafts as undrafted free agents. Eight of the teams 11 draft picks from this year are on the 53-man roster (Datone Jones, Eddie Lacy, David Bakhtiari, Johnathan Franklin, Micah Hyde, Josh Boyd, Nate Palmer and Sam Barrington) while another, JC Tretter, is on the physically unable to perform list. (Seventh-round wide receiver Charles Johnson was cut but is being signed to the practice squad while the other seventh-round wideout, Kevin Dorsey, is on injured reserve awaiting an injury settlement.) Coach Mike McCarthy amended the teams draft-and-develop philosophy when he spoke to his new players at the post-draft rookie orientation camp in May, telling them that the Packers are now a draft-and-undrafted-and-develop team.