Monday, September 01, 2014

Bulaga Excited to Play in Regular Season Game

Packers Offensive Lineman Brian Bulaga is understandingly excited to play in another regular season game. 

The 25-year-old tackle missed the final seven contests of 2012 and all of last year with hip and leg injuries.

"It's great to get back on the field for regular-season football, there's no doubt about that," Bulaga recently told The Green Bay Press-Gazette. "I'm excited about it. This is the best my body has felt in a long time. I'm excited and ready to go. It's going to be a great challenge."

The Packers' 2014 season starts Thursday night in Seattle. Until then, though, it appears Bulaga will have to be excited a little longer.

Packers Defeat Chiefs 34-14 and Announce Their Roster

After a solid showing in all four preseason games, the Green Bay Packers' 53-man roster is pretty much what was expected coming into training camp. All of their 2014 draft choices are on the roster or on season ending I.R. None of the players released were notable and none of them were even drafted. And, as it seems to happen every year, they found an undrafted rookie free agent who made a big splash.
LB Jayrone Elliott. He led the team with 5 sacks and was by far the biggest playmaker this preseason. Some of the tackles assigned to block him were bad players, but some other team would have claimed him if they tried to move him to the practice squad. However, once the regular season starts, I expect he'll be left inactive. But they had a ton of injuries at outside linebacker last season and you never know when he'll be needed.

QB Matt Flynn and QB Scott Tolzien. Flynn's stats were OK, his accuracy was poor (47.4% completion) and he threw the lone INT of the preseason. Tolzien looked sharper this preseason and he should have won the job if it was a straight-up competition. Flynn, however, was better suited as the starter last season and that can't be discounted. But after last season's backup roller coaster of Graham Harrell to Vince Young to Seneca Wallace (all out of the NFL now), they needed some stability and I'm glad they kept both.

WR Jeff Janis. He didn't touch the ball a whole lot, but every time he did it was a big play. His route running looks like a work in process, but he showed good hands and big play potential as a receiver and returner. I hope he plays a lot on special teams even if he doesn't play at all on offense this season.

C Corey Lindsey. A month ago, it wasn't even guaranteed that the rookie 5th round pick would make the roster, and now he opens the season as the starter. I expect LG Josh Sitton will make the line calls on Thursday night, but Lindsey looked like a capable player against the Chiefs.

CB Demetri Goodson. This is a minor disagreement, but I didn't see anything that made me think their 6th round rookie CB should make the roster. But he didn't have a lot of competition, other than undrafted CB Jumal Rolle (who outplayed him this preseason, but was also kept on the practice squad) and Goodson probably won't be active in Week 1 anyway. He remains a project.

LB Andy Mulumba. His retention is minor too, but they needed another defensive lineman more than Mulumba, who didn't make much of an impact this preseason. Maybe he would have been released had not DT Khyri Thornton ended up on I.R.

S Sean Richardson and S Chris Banjo. Both can play on special teams, but Richardson looked better on defense. I'm glad they were able to keep Banjo on the practice squad. They don't have a player the caliber of Nick Collins anymore, but the safety position is as deep as it's been in years.

OT Derek Sherrod. He struggled in his second preseason game in St. Louis but otherwise he's looked solid. It's great to see the former 1st round pick back on the field. With Sherrod and RT Bryan Bulaga returning from injuries, despite the season ending loss of OL Don Barclay, the line with Lindsey, Sherrod and G Lane Taylor is deep.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Packers Change Their Minds; Keep Both Flynn and Tolzein on Roster

In spite of what they announced yesterday, the Packers have elected to keep both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzein on their 53 man roster, ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reports. 

This preseason, as we all know, Flynn and Tolzein played pretty well, making the decision to somehow not keep one of them an extremely tough one.

So, as was previously stated, the Pack have intelligently given each member of the duo a chance (although Flynn will apparently be used as the primary backup, according to the aforementioned Demovsky), something that should pay off this year if Aaron Rodgers gets hurt again.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Packers To Keep Just One Backup QB on 53-Man Roster

The Packers will keep just one backup QB on their 53-man roster this season, Pro Football Talk reports.

Currently, the battle for that spot is between veteran Matt Flynn and youngster Scott Tolzein, who both performed well this preseason.

Still, since this news appears to be legit it looks like the Pack have a tough decision to make here, as Aaron Rodgers getting hurt is obviously something they need to prepare for (just in case).

Flynn and Tolzein, who both started at times for the team last year during Rodgers' absence, each had big nights Thursday against the Chiefs, completing 7/15 passes for 102 yards and 12/18 for 139, respectively.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Adams Tears ACL; Will Miss Entire Season

If you've followed the Packers at all this preseason, it's no secret to you that they've sustained a good amount of injuries.

From rookies Jared Abbrederis and Colt Lyerla to Brandon Bostick, Don Barclay, and J.C. Tretter, the Pack couldn't seem to stay healthy during the last month, a trend that has to end eventually.

Unfortunetaly, though, that eventual occurrence won't come today, with ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reporting that rookie Tackle Adams will miss all of 2014 with a torn ACL. 

No, this loss won't ruin Green Bay's year, but yes, it will force them to look for a new offensive lineman, something that must be annoying considering Adams looked alright during his time on the field.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Notes From Packers' 34-14 Win Over the Chiefs

Some notes from the Packers' 34-14, preseason-ending win tonight over the Chiefs:

Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzein. Wrapping up their competition for the backup QB spot, Flynn and Tolzein both played well in this easy W, completing 7/15 passes for 102 yards and 12/18 for 139, respectively. 

LaDarius Perkins. Since Eddie Lacy didn't play this evening, it was inevitable that somebody else would steal his spotlight, with that someone eventually proving to be Perkins, who collected a team-high 45 rushing yards on 8 carries.

Jeff Janis and Davante Adams. Also stepping up to fill-in the spots vacated by the not-playing starters today were young WRs Janis and Adams, who each collected TD catches to end the contest early.

Final Preseason Preview: Chiefs at Packers

The only starter who needs watching is the newest one: C Corey Lindsey, who won't even have a chance to play with QB Aaron Rodgers in a game before the regular season opener. Since the only other center on the roster is Garth Gerhart, who I don't expect to make the cut (maybe the practice squad, again) and the backup, backup plan is starting guard Josh Sitton, it's not likely that Lindsey will do anything to lose the job.
I've seen players have great final preseason games and still find themselves released by the end of the weekend. I expect GM Ted Thompson already knows who he wants to keep. But, as special teams coach Shawn Slocum said, he hasn't set his special teams unit so there could be tweaks to the roster, and a last minute trade or waiver claim from another team is very possible.

I still think the Packers keep both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien on the 53-man roster. They need three quarterbacks, even if they'd like to stash one on the practice squad, and there's no one else to choose from. Maybe they could add a QB from another team to the practice squad after the final cuts, but that sounds like an unnecessary risk just so they can keep a 10th linebacker. Though Tolzien is still eligible for the practice squad, I think he'd be claimed if the Packers released him, so it's not possible to stash him there.

So I don't expect to watch any final roster battles, but I hope to watch Flynn and Tolzien succeed against the Chiefs' backups and the backup front seven dominate on defense. It could be an entertaining game against a Chiefs team with solid depth.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lacy Could Lead League in Rushing, Packers RB Coach Says

To us Packers fans, it's no secret that Eddie Lacy's one of the best RBs in the NFL.

Still, to say that he'll lead the league in rushing at this point in his career seems a little unlikely, something Green Bay RBs Coach Sam Gash apparently doesn't care about. 

"Without a doubt," Gash told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel earlier today. "He has the capability of being the leading rusher and maybe even combined yards if he catches a lot of balls. I absolutely do think that."

In other words, it appears the Pack are beginning to get a little cocky here with their prized sophomore, someone who was good last year yet still has a lot to prove.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Packers TE Bostick Claims Injury Came at Perfect Time

Packers TE Brandon Bostick, who hasn't played or practiced since hurting his leg in last Saturday's win over the Rams, is claiming that the injury came at a "perfect time."

According to USA Today, Bostick sees the wound as something that won't keep him out that long, while also giving other candidates for the position extra chances.

Bostick, 25, is currently entering the third year of his NFL career, each of which has come with Green Bay.

Knowing that, you'd probably assume that a man who's never left the bench like Bostick would be frustrated by the fact that he'll miss the beginning of the season, although apparently that's not the case, something you can't help but amire in a young guy.