Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Packers reportedly showing interest in North Dakota State QB Brock Jensen

The Packers are currently showing interest in North Dakota State QB Brock Jensen, ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reports. According to his agent, the Pack worked out Jensen last Friday, making them the third team to do so. 

In his college career at NDSU, Jensen set an FCS record for wins, emerging victorious in 47 of the 52 games he played in. Right now, I'm not sure where he'd fit with the Packers, as they already have two backup-capable hurlers in Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzein on the roster, but since Mike McCarthy did say last month that he'd like a fourth quarterback I guess Jensen heading to the Cheeseheads is a definite possibility.  Again, I don't see how it'd help anything, but yea, it could happen.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Matthews "probably won't be too heavily involved" in offseason OTAs

Packers LB Clay Matthews "probably won't be too heavily involved" in the team's offseason OTAs, #52 recently told USA Today. Apparently, his thumb is still not completely healed, making the risk of having him practice not worth taking. 

In the very next question, Matthews did say that he'll be ready for the late-Summer training camp, so yea, I guess this whole thing isn't that bad. If he's still beat up, making him participate in relatively minor drills is pretty worthless, especially since the duo of he and DE Julius Peppers will dominate this fall if they can just stay healthy.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bleacher Report names Tim Masthay NFL's 26th Best Punter

The Popular Sports website Bleacher Report has named the Packers' Tim Masthay the NFL's 26th and the NFC North's 4th Best Punter. As evidence for their claim, BR points out Masthay's inability to work well with a full field and his constant kicking with a low trajectory, something that kills his hang time. 

As his overall score, Masthay was given an 80/100, which, while not great, seems to pretty much be where he is. He's not a star or a failure; he's just okay, something that's good enough when you're on a team with a QB like Aaron Rodgers.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Does the Julius Peppers signing make the Packers "championship-caliber?"

While the recent signing of DE Julius Peppers was obviously big, whether or not it will make the Packers title-contenders this season is still up for debate. Peppers is good, but will he actually bring the team back to their 2011 selves? DB Jarret Bush apparently thinks so.

"I think J.P., pound-for-pound, is one of the most athletic athletes in the league right now," Bush told the Green Bay Press Gazette. "I think he's going to give teams a lot of trouble, especially with Clay (Matthews), Nick Perry, Mike Neal and Mike Daniels. ... They can't just double Clay anymore, He's going to wreak havoc over there. I think we'll be a championship-caliber team."

It's good to see the confidence here, but really, "championship-caliber"? That's a little rash, wouldn't you say so?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Packers "wanted Favre to come to a game last year"

According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, the Packers "wanted Brett Favre to come to a game last year." That Mark Murphy quote, taken from the article, seems to imply that the two sides are done hating each other, which can only be a good thing. 

I mean, when you think about it this whole "Favre's a traitor" talk doesn't make much sense anymore. Yea, the guy went to Minnesota for two seasons, but still, it's not like he wasn't in the right for doing so. He wanted to play, the Vikings wanted him on their team, and that was it. I honestly don't see the complications in that, especially since #4 still played 16 years for Green Bay beforehand.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Matthews: Opponents will double team Peppers in upcoming season

In an article recently published by USA Today, Packers LB Clay Matthews, when asked who he thinks opponents will double team in the upcoming season when he and newcomer Julius Peppers blitz, said that he believes the latter will be the more aggressively defended one due to to his height and weight: 

"They're going to double (Peppers)," Matthews said. "And that leaves plenty of opportunities for me. I haven't had too many one-on-one opportunities, and when you do, you're expected to win — at least in our locker room — the majority of the time, because that's supposed to be a mismatch."

Let's hope he's right. I like Matthews, but compared to Peppers he's simply not as good.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Packers finally re-sign Matt Flynn

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Packers have finally re-signed Free Agent QB Matt Flynn. Last season, Flynn was the only decent backup the Pack had, going 2-2 in 4 starts with two one-point wins over the Falcons and Cowboys. 

Now overall, I wouldn't say Flynn's a great player, but still, in the end he does fit well in Green Bay. I mean, I still don't want him to have to play in a meaningful situation this season, but if Rodgers goes down I guess I'd rather him come in than Tolzein. That's not saying much, but hey, it's a fact, isn't it? Right now, whether we like it or not, Flynn's the lesser evil, so I guess the team might as well keep him on the roster for another year.