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Greg C.

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  1. Stock Up, Stock Down Weeks 1&2

    That's a good list. I would add that Mike Daniels' stock is down. Maybe his preseason injury is lingering. I haven't seen any big plays from him.
  2. Contract years, Cobb vs CMJ.

    So maybe Cobb's relative lack of production has mostly been a product of him being overshadowed by other receivers. If that's the case, maybe he'll be more productive this season. It's still hard to see how he would be worth a big contract next year, though, with all of the young talent on the roster.
  3. Burks is questionable and Jones is out. There seems to be some real hope for Burks to play this week.
  4. Random Packer News & Notes

    That is a good article, thanks for the link. I will add that when you use the short passing game, it eventually opens up opportunities to throw deep anyway, because it wears out the pass rushers. It seems like the Patriots have been using the short passing game more in the past few years. At other times, especially when they had Randy Moss, they threw the ball downfield a lot more.
  5. NFL News & Notes

    Yeah, that was quite a shock when Sitton got released by the Packers, especially because Lane Taylor had struggled into the preseason. But it seemed like right from the start, Taylor played about as well as Sitton. I think he's actually been better than Sitton was in his last year in Green Bay. Sitton was in decline when he was released, but the decline has been steeper than anticipated. He never looked like he was in great physical shape, by NFL standards, and maybe that caught up to him.
  6. Wide Receiver Outlook

    Probably not. But one or more of them will see more action anytime McCarthy goes to a spread offense.
  7. Wide Receiver Outlook

    So coming into the season, it seemed like we had Adams who is a #1 and Cobb and Allison who are both #3's, but now I'm thinking that maybe Cobb and Allison could both be more like 2.5's, which would average out to a 2 and a 3, you know? So I think these three can carry the load, especially with Jimmy Graham in the mix. (Graham's presence clearly had a lot to do with freeing them up against the Bears.) What we don't know is how the rookies will perform if pressed into service when there is an injury. That's why I would like to see Valdes-Scantling, at least, getting some snaps early in the season if possible. He was only on the field for two plays against the Bears.
  8. He's #27 in net average, at 36.8, so he has a ways to go. That long return was a killer. I'm surprised that 48.0 is only good enough for 15th in gross yardage after one week, not that gross yardage matters much anyway. It seems like punters have been kicking the ball farther in recent years.
  9. Trevor Davis to IR

    I don't think anyone said that, but Davis was the best option to return kicks, which is why he made the roster.
  10. DeShone Kizer (A Browns fans view)

    On an unscientific note, I was really struck by the physical resemblance between Kizer and Hundley. I think Kizer was even chewing gum. Also, he seems to have that Hundley quality of alternating between nonchalance and sheer panic. It was a brief appearance in a rough game, so it's too early to give up on him. But I don't feel any better about the trade for Kizer than I did the day it happened.
  11. Wk 1 postgame: GB 24 • CHI 23

    Nice. It's looking like Allison might be able to fill the Jordy Nelson role. Not Jordy in his prime, but better than Jordy was last year. He's a tall receiver with really good body control and great communication with Rodgers.
  12. Wk 1 postgame: GB 24 • CHI 23

    Wow, I didn't realize it was that much. I did notice that there were a lot of DBs in the official starting lineup when they did it on TV, though. At least five, but I think there were six.
  13. Wk 1 postgame: GB 24 • CHI 23

    I'm late to the party to be making such general comments, but I just want to say that for my money this was the most impressive Packer comeback in recent years, eclipsing the Hail Mary win in Detroit because in last night's game Rodgers was playing hurt, plus it was special that it happened in a home game, in front of Packer fans. In the second half, this one almost had the feel of that game with Favre after his dad died, when the entire team rallied around him and could do no wrong. Having said that, it was disappointing that the Packers got outplayed so badly in the first half. It looked like they were being outcoached. I saw later that the Bears offense did great on its 15 scripted plays but didn't do much after that. Is it possible that the Bears coaches put so much effort into developing and executing those first 15 plays that they simply ran out of ideas for the rest of the game? The halftime adjustments for the Packers offense obviously worked, which begs the question of why they didn't do those things earlier. For awhile it seemed to be mostly either a straight drop back to pass, with the play developing slowly, or a running play between the tackles. I hope McCarthy learns from this. Meanwhile, the defense played a heck of a game after a bad start on the first possession or two. Time after time they came up with stops. The entire secondary played great. It's not too often a defense can be that effective when its pass rush is so poor. Can they do this for a whole season though, especially in playoff games against good QBs? Probably not.
  14. Why fair catch? Cobb knows how to return punts.
  15. That's right, Cobb would be the safest option. That would be my guess, now that you mention it.
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