Packing the Stats: How the Packers Invest

One thing that many fans have noticed over the years is that Ted Thompson does not like to draft interior offensive linemen, instead preferring to draft tackles and converting them into the interior once they reach the NFL.  This concept seems to indicate that in the NFL there is a premium placed on some positions while not others; for instance quarterback is naturally considered...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brandin Cooks a First Round Option for Packers?

Over the course of the past two off-seasons the Packers have lost Donald Driver to retirement; Greg Jennings and James Jones to free agency. Those types of losses to the wide receiver position would typically cripple teams passing attacks. Thanks to Ted Thompson that wasn’t the case. Thompson selected Jordy Nelson in the second round when his team already had Driver, Jennings and...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Packers: Why Jared Abbrederis is the Perfect WR for Green Bay in 2014 Draft

If there is one position that Packers General Manager Ted Thompson knows how to draft, its wide receiver. Like any GM in the NFL, Thompson's draft record if far from perfect but its hard to argue with his results at receiver. Back in 2006, Thompson found his first gem when he drafted Greg Jennings out of Western Michigan. Then he followed up that by selecting James Jones in...
Via The Packers Guru
1 day ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Series 2014: Grading the Packers' 2011 draft

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The only downside to a team winning the Super Bowl is getting the last pick in each round of that year's draft. Considering the prize that was won, though, it's obviously well worth a few spots on the board during draft weekend. That's where the Green Bay Packers found themselves in early 2011, having just brought the Lombardi Trophy back to Lambeau...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Series 2014: Grading the 2009 draft

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's common practice for media (and fans) to analyze each NFL team's draft selections just moments after the picks are made. Was this the best available player? Did it fill a need on the roster? Was it perhaps a reach to take that player at that spot? Was there a player who fit a more pressing need still on the board who got passed over? While those are...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Ted Go To Jared?

I keep reading that Jared Abbrederis will likely be a third or fourth round pick in next month’s NFL Draft. And while that might be the right spot for him as far as most teams are concerned, I wouldn’t have a problem with general manager Ted Thompson taking the talented wide receiver at 56. That’s […]
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy or Sell: Packers Draft Edition

Now that the dust surrounding free agency has settled, the football community can focus its energy on the draft and the next crop of players ready to join the NFL. The Green Bay Packers, currently holding the 21st overall pick, have spent significantly less time in the spotlight than any of the franchises holding a top ten selection. As a team built and maintained through a draft...
Via Pro Football Spot
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived

Surviving Sundays with no Packers Football As we sit here waiting…and waiting…and waiting for the NFL draft to come around, now is as good a time as any to look back on Packers general manager’s Ted Thompson’s draft classes. This draft will be Thompson’s 10th. Let’s rank his first nine classes best to worst, even if it’s still too early to judge some of the more recent...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Richburg Won’t Go At 21

Tony Pauline of draftinsider.net reports the Packers might take a center in round one. “Who would take [Weston] Richburg at the end of the first frame? I’m told for a variety of reasons to keep an eye on the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos.” Look, general manager Ted Thompson may like […]
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Easy Decision On Sherrod

Green Bay has until May 3 to pick up the fifth-year option on Derek Sherrod’s contract or risk losing the offensive tackle after next season. Let’s just say general manager Ted Thompson won’t be losing much sleep over this decision. Due to a severely broken leg suffered in his rookie season, the former Mississippi State star […]
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarrett Bush believes Julius Peppers transforms Green Bay into a championship-caliber team

The signing of Julius Peppers was a marked departure from the way that Ted Thompson usually approaches free agency. Peppers is a veteran closer to the final days of his career than he is to the start of it, he's a high-profile name and he's never worked within the Packers system before. The last time that Thompson made such a move brought the team Charles Woodson which worked...
Via The Pack Mentality
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Forget, Matt Flynn, You’re Here Forever

After spending the last two years trying with no avail to make it as a big-city starting quarterback in Seattle in Oakland, Matt Flynn has accepted his fate as Aaron Rodgers Backup For Life. After washing out with the Seahawks and Raiders, it became readily evident that Flynn was only competent when playing in Green Bay, and would have no choice but to spend his life holding clipboards...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Packing The Stats: The Importance of Pre-Draft Visits

So it’s not exactly a busy week in the world of the NFL (try as they might to might to make it a year long sport), and there isn’t really anything going on until the draft; the Combine and Pro Days are essentially over, free agency has definitely hit that point where teams are now waiting to see what pieces they manage to pick up in the draft before signing anyone new and basically...
Via AllGreenBayPackers.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading Ted Thompson: Re-Signing James Starks

Running Back – Re-signed: James Starks – With the emergence of the Alabama Hamma’ Eddie Lacy, it’s easy to forget about the other guys in the Packers backfield. James Starks is among the forgotten even though his play last year, while scarce, was memorable.In his four years as a Packer, Starks has shown that he is a break-out threat whenever he gets the ball. He’s never...
Via Pro Football Spot
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Packers target a top 10 cornerback in May’s draft?

Ted Thompson’s first highlight move of free agency was to re-sign whom many said was the most important piece for the Packers to make a deal with: Sam Shields. The deal came just days after reports came out that said the Packers would allow Shields to test free agency. That didn’t happen, a deal got done, and now the Packers have their best cover corner locked down for the next...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ted Thompson: Evaluating the Draft, Part 8

It has been almost two years since the 2012 draft. At that time, Packers fans were collectively urging Ted Thompson to pick an outside linebacker and improve the defense. Thompson’s emphasis on improving the defense was evident, as the first six picks were defensive players.Here are the selections of the 2012 draft class:1st round- Nick Perry/LB/USC2nd round- Jerel Worthy/DT/Michigan...
Via Pro Football Spot
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers: Believe It or Not, Green Bay is Building a Championship Caliber Defense

Packer fans may find this hard to believe and may think I’m full of it — but the Green Bay Packers are building a championship caliber defense and despite struggles in recent years, it’s going to come to fruition in 2014. That may seem like a bold statement to make after the Packers finished 24th in points allowed and 25th in yards allowed last season, wile also forcing just...
Via The Packers Guru
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Fab Four: Kansas City Chiefs’ developmental players

No matter how you view the Kansas City Chiefs offseason thus far, the undeniable fact is that this team has lost much more than it has gained in free agency. After losing six starting caliber players–all who played a role in Kansas City’s success last season–the reality of the situation is that next seasons success relies not on the offseason additions that are made, but Andy...
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12 days ago  |  1 Comment

Packing the Stats: Who can the Packers find at pick 21?

In 2012, Greg Gabriel postulated an interesting hypothesis that teams use historical draft data to predict how many players at a certain position will get drafted.  I did this analysis in 2012 based on the draft board and draft selection of the Packers back then and thought it was a pretty interesting exercise.  Basically, a quarterback (regardless of the specific player) is more...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Ted Thompson Must Not Care Much About the Center Position

Packers Center J.C. Tretter It seemed to me to be a no-brainer. The Packers have no one on their roster with more than minimal NFL experience as  a center.  Before yesterday, there were 19 players on the NFL Free Agent Tracker listed at the center position. Surely Ted would be looking to bring in an inexpensive player with real experience at center in case the JC Tretter conversion...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back At ’11 Draft

They (whoever “they” are) say it takes three years to fairly judge an NFL draft. By that way of thinking, it’s now OK to look back and judge the class of ’11. GM Ted Thompson selected a whopping 10 players that April weekend. Nearly three years later, only four remain with the organization – each […]
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers: Top 5 First Round Prospects

The Green Bay Packers are a team that builds their roster primarily through the draft. And when I say primarily, I mean entirely. In fact, no team in the NFL has more homegrown players on their roster than the Packers.Ted Thompson is known as one of the better drafting GMs in the league today. However, much or most of his success has come from the second round and on, while the first...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers: Why Locking Up Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb Must Be a Priority

Throughout his tenure as general manager of the Green Bay Packers, Ted Thompson has been steadfast about how he builds a team — he believes in drafting, developing and keeping your own talent. It’s a wise philosophy that Thompson has followed since he arrived in Green Bay back in 2005 and its successful implementation is a big reason why the Packers have made the playoffs five...
Via The Packers Guru
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers prefer compensatory picks over unrestricted free agents

Packers General Manager Ted Thompson has a formula for building his team, and he’s sticking with it. Thompson believes in building through the draft, not free agency, and that includes acquiring more draft picks by declining to sign unrestricted free agents. In the NFL, teams that lose more in free agency than they acquire get compensatory picks, and the Packers’ moves in free...
Via Pro Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Mailbag: Is Aaron Rodgers’ work ethic in question?

The Packers still have money they could spend on free agents, why not go after DeSean Jackson? –Jay from Chicago The Packers still have money yes, but do they need a high profile and high priced wide receiver? No. We’ve seen throughout the years that receivers flourish in the Packers system, and we’ve seen time and again that when they leave they’re not as good or productive...
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21 days ago  |  2 Comments

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