Packer Update

Ted Left O-Line Vulnerable

Why did I bang the drum so loudly in September for the Packers to sign free agent center Fernando Velasco? You got the answer to that question on Thanksgiving when Evan Dietrich-Smith left the game against Detroit with a sprained knee. That one injury forced multiple changes on the offensive line. Had GM Ted Thompson […]

Lang Primed For Big Season

The Green Bay Packers need young players to step up if they expect to be a force come January, but that won’t be enough. They also need a bunch of veterans to perform better than they did a year ago. Jermichael Finley, T.J. Lang, B.J. Raji, A.J. Hawk, Tramon Williams and Mason Crosby immediately come […]

How Will O-Line Look Next Season?

There are a lot of questions that need to be answered between now and the start of training camp. One of them deals with the offensive line. There could be a number of changes in the group that is charged with protecting Aaron Rodgers and opening holes for whichever pedestrian back wins the starting job. […]

Offensive Line Mess Could’ve Been Avoided

I, a blogger who knows more about F. Scott Fitzgerald than Larry Fitzgerald, saw this coming months ago. How one of the best GMs in the National Football League didn’t is mind-boggling. From the time the 53-man roster was set in early September, the Packers were playing with fire on the offensive line. Well, the […]

Lang’s Future Could Be At Center

Mike McCarthy’s press conferences are usually about as exciting as watching paint dry, but the coach did say something interesting yesterday. When asked about the extension signed by T.J. Lang, he lauded the offensive lineman’s versatility and then mentioned that he was a candidate to replace Scott Wells before Jeff Saturday signed. I found this […]

Lang Agrees To 4-Year Extension

The Packers agreed to terms on a four-year extension with starting guard T.J. Lang on Monday. The former Eastern Michigan star, who was in the final season of his rookie contract, would’ve been one of the most popular free agents available next March. Instead, he’ll remain in Green Bay through at least 2016. Starting right […]

Extending Lang Won’t Come Cheaply

How much will it cost to extend offensive lineman T.J. Lang? Plenty. Evan Mathis of the Philadelphia Eagles signed a five-year contract worth just over $25 million in March. The deal included a $5 million bonus. While the 30-year-old Mathis played extremely well in 2011, he’s almost six years older than Lang and not nearly […]

Packers Lack Quality Depth At Guard

I didn’t think Evan Dietrich-Smith was a legitimate NFL player two summers ago. After re-watching his three starts from late last season, I’ve changed my mind. He’s definitely a legitimate NFL player; he’s just not a guard. While the 26-year-old managed to survive in 188 snaps against the Giants, Oakland and Chicago, he wasn’t very […]

Notes: Big Extensions Are Coming

The Packers will likely spend close to $200 million in the next 12 months to extend quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews. That’s why the team is being very careful with its money this offseason. While GM Ted Thompson would love to keep ascending offensive lineman T.J. Lang and Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings – […]

Lang Could Take Center Stage

Most people are just assuming that Scott Wells’ replacement at center will come via free agency or next month’s draft, but after spending the past few days re-watching some games from last season, I’m beginning to believe the Packers might actually have a pretty good in-house candidate for the job. The more I watched T.J. […]

REVIEW: CARDINALS AT PACKERS

Green Bay evened its preseason record at 1-1 by beating the Cardinals 28-20 at Lambeau on Friday night. More importantly, a number of young players stepped up. Here’s a quick look at the movers and shakers from week 2: GRAHAM HARRELL: The second-year quarterback has struggled for most of camp, but he justified coach Mike […]

SLOCUM HAS NO MORE EXCUSES

The 2010 Packers won the Super Bowl despite their special teams. While kicker Mason Crosby and punter Tim Masthay were fine, the returners had very little room to manuever and the kick coverage was consistently inconsistent. But things are looking up. The addition of receiver Randall Cobb provides Green Bay with all the ingredients needed […]

SHERROD FACES TOUGH TRANSITION

I understand why Derek Sherrod opened camp as the starting left guard. This year’s first-round draft choice is far and away the most talented of the contenders for the job – not to mention far and away the highest-paid. But I also understand how difficult the transition will be. Not only does Sherrod have to […]

LANG SHOULD RETURN TO FORM

Players seldom regress from year one to year two unless there’s a legitimate reason. A surgically repaired wrist would be a legitimate reason. T.J. Lang, who filled in so admirably at both offensive tackle positions as a rookie, never came close to regaining that form in a disappointing sophomore season. Unable to attend minicamps and […]